The news comes days after Procter & Gamble, the world's largest consumer goods company,said it would standardise on SAP for enterprise requirements management. SAP and Dassault Systèmestechnologycomplement each otherin manufacturing.
Procter & Gamblealready uses Dassault Systèmes' 3DVia, Simulia, Delmia and Solidworks for packaging design, product development and factory planning.
The company will use a common backbone built on Dassault Systèmes' V6 systems integration technology, which was launched two months ago.
Michael Telljohann, Procter & Gamble's PLM director, said the company will use V6 to combine data from existing systems to better manage its product, packaging and process information. This will improve the accuracy of information and speed up the product development process as the entire product definition will reside in a single view, he said.
"In an organisation as large as ours, with so many brands, products and geographies involved in the design and manufacturing process, PLM enables us to save both time and cost from the bottom line. This makes Procter & Gamble more productive and strengthens our innovation capability," Telljohann said.
Procter & Gamble has 16,000 Enovia users (12,000 internal and 4,000 external). It will implement the Enovia Consumer Packaged Goods Accelerator for Global Specification Management to better manage products spanning multiple brands and markets.
This will reduce the number of regulatory compliance systems, lower raw material costs, reduce cycle times and enable Procter & Gamble to use lower-cost labour centres, Telljohann said.