July 13, 2005 09:00 ET

THK Enhances Design Innovation With PLM Solutions From IBM and Dassault Systèmes

Manufacturer Expects to Reduce Design Cycle Time by 80% Using CATIA V5 3D Capabilities

TOKYO and PARIS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 13, 2005 -- IBM and Dassault Systèmes (NASDAQ: DASTY) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced that THK CO., LTD., a world-leading manufacturer of LM (liner motion) guide products, has chosen their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions to streamline its product development process, reducing design time by 80%, and enhancing product quality and innovation.

THK will use CATIA V5 3D design capabilities and powerful knowledgeware functions to design its LM Guide, Ball Screw and Actuator, which have built-in LM Guide and Ball Screws. THK's LM Guide, Ball Screw and Actuator are incorporated into the very foundation of various kinds of machinery, from machine tools to factory equipment. Machinery precision depends on these vital products. Moving from 2D to 3D, along with the ability to apply generative mechanical design principles and knowledge from one project to another, CATIA V5 will enable the company to enhance design innovation and expand its product portfolio while optimizing parts reuse and commonality. As a result, THK will keep design costs at a minimum. In addition, advanced CATIA V5 modeling functions will enable the design of unprecedented complex shapes, thus responding on demand to customer expectations.

THK estimates that implementation of CATIA V5 will allow the company to reduce its design time by 80% at early design stage. It also will facilitate the instant acquisition of information about bill of materials (BOM). In a second phase, THK expects to further increase time-to-market of its products by integrating all processes, from design to manufacturing, enabling all departments of the company to share the same data, knowledge and best practices. THK will leverage those operations across its enterprise.

THK's leadership position in linear motion systems has led to rapid and revolutionary improvements in the accuracy and speed of advanced mechatronic instruments such as machine tools, industrial robots, and semiconductor production equipment. It has also made possible ultra-precise operations, to submicron standards.

"Our customers require the highest quality and most innovative products quickly," said Hiroshi Niwa, general manager, Research and Development I, Engineering and Development Department, THK. "We believe IBM and Dassault Systèmes' PLM solution will dramatically improve our product development and manufacturing technology by enabling greater knowledge sharing and streamlining our manufacturing processes. We are confident that we will be able to respond to customer requirements even more quickly and precisely than before."

"THK's products have had for many years a reputation of quality and innovation," says Junichi Takeuchi, vice president, PLM solutions, IBM Asia Pacific. "Like other industrial companies using our PLM solutions to differentiate themselves from competition, THK will quickly get return on investment through operational cost reductions, increased productivity and quicker time-to-market of highly innovative products."

"For the precision-parts manufacturing industry, which supports the very basis of machinery products, implementation of V5 PLM solutions by THK is a major event," said Christian Nardin, managing director, Dassault Systèmes Asia. "THK will be able to integrate its process end-to-end and achieve a major reduction in design time through the effective use of its design knowledge. Furthermore, THK will be in a position to react faster to the diversified needs of its customers. As many OEM manufacturers have adopted V5 PLM solutions, a greater synergistic benefit can be expected through collaboration as parts suppliers adopt those solutions as well."

About THK

THK pioneered the development of the Linear Motion Guide, or "LM Guide," and is a global market share leader in machinery component parts. The LM Guide enables the rolling motion of linear mechanisms in mechanical tools. THK bases its corporate philosophy on "providing innovative products to the world and staying abreast of new trends to contribute to the creation of an affluent society." As an advocate of the "creative development company," THK focuses on developing new products. THK will continue to further the growth of industry and society through original expression and the development of unique technologies.

About IBM

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About Dassault Systèmes

As world leader in 3D and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, the Dassault Systèmes group brings value to more than 80,000 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®, DELMIA®, ENOVIA®, SMARTEAM®), mainstream 3D design tools (SolidWorks®), and 3D components (Spatial/ACIS®). Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit

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