SOURCE: IBM

April 28, 2005 02:00 ET

CELLS Speeds Development of Its New Synchrotron Facility With IBM's PLM "Asset Lifecycle Management Solution"

"Asset Lifecycle Management" Solution, Based on SMARTEAM, Implemented by Arion Data Systems, Streamlines the Development of Alba, a New Generation Synchrotron Light Facility in Spain

BARCELONA, SPAIN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 28, 2005 -- Today, Arion Data Systems, an IBM Business Partner, announced that the Consortium for the Exploitation of the Synchrotron Light Laboratory (CELLS) has chosen IBM's PLM "Asset Life Management solution" to speed the construction process of the facilities related to the Alba project. CELLS (http://www.cells.es) is a consortium co-financed by the Spanish State and the Autonomous Government of Catalonia to develop Alba, a new generation synchrotron light research facility.

A synchrotron is a particle accelerator that boosts the velocity of electrons, protons or ionized atoms (ions) to near the speed of light. When a charged particle is accelerated, it radiates electromagnetic energy. In a synchrotron, this energy may be used for a number of experimental purposes in physics, biology, earth science or environment research. Alba is a new generation of Synchrotron which is under construction in Cerdanyola del Vallès, near Barcelona.

CELLS will use IBM's PLM "Asset Lifecycle Management" solution (ALM) based on SMARTEAM, a leading collaborative product data and lifecycle management solution, to streamline the construction of this synchroton facility. This solution will enable CELLS to avoid data and file dispersion by presenting a proper unified Information and Documentation system, as well as providing continuous and constant access to it. The solution will help the consortium integrate its heterogenous divisions, including engineering, administration and accelerators, as well as computing and experiments, in a single, virtual collaborative environment. This will help reduce time and resources formally devoted to notify and/or distribute documents between the different departments of the Consortium. SMARTEAM is an IBM PLM solution developed by Dassault Systèmes.

Arion Data Systems S.L., an IT consulting and solutions company and an IBM business partner, will help the CELLS consortium manage and optimize the global information system related to the project.

"CELLS is looking forward to apply IBM's PLM solutions -- like many other leading private companies and international laboratories -- and to see its impact on the way we work in our scientific environment, focused on a unique multi-disciplinary single-product development," said Lluís Miralles, Engineering Services Division Head of CELLS.

"This synchrotron is a flagship project for the scientific and industrial community that will return unique benefits in terms of advanced research. Arion Data Systems is proud to contribute with leading technology and know-how to this huge advancement in scientific research. It is another industry that is now reaping the benefits of PLM," said Jordi Martín, Arion Data Systems' PLM Division Manager.

About Arion Data Systems

Arion Data Systems is the IBM business partner in Spain focused in PLM solutions. With more than 20 years of expertise, Arion Data Systems has the ability to design and deploy business solutions that allow its industrial customers to be more competitive, with shorter time to market, improved product quality and greater innovation. For more information, visit http://www.ariondata.com

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About Dassault Systèmes

As world leader in PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, the Dassault Systèmes Group brings value to more than 70,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to maintenance. Its offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA®, ENOVIA®, DELMIA®, SMARTEAM®), general-use 3D solutions (SolidWorks), and 3D components (ACIS®) from Spatial Corp. Dassault Systèmes is listed on the (NASDAQ: DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com

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