UGS has signed a $1.2 million contract with Strachan & Henshaw, one of Europe’s leading defence and nuclear engineering project management companies, for the supply and implementation of UGS’ product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions.
The agreement includes licenses of Unigraphics – UGS’ CAD/CAM/CAE software suite, i-Man – its Internet-centric collaborative product definition management system, Solid Edge – the company’s mid-range mechanical CAD solution and Product Vision – an advanced visualisation and collaboration tool.
Strachan & Henshaw’s decision to replace its previous system followed a successful pilot program based on UGS’ software and services.
‘The project selected for the pilot was an existing one for the development of a new weapons system for the Astute Class submarine,’ says Andrew Mitchell, technical system leader, Strachan & Henshaw.
In Strachan & Henshaw’s new collaborative environment, i-Man will manage all information relating to individual projects, including 3D component models, assembly models, detailed drawings, product configuration details, analysis results, specifications and manufacturing process information.
i-Man will also be used to control individual access to the product database and manage engineering workflows, revision levels and sign-off procedures.
In addition to i-Man, Strachan & Henshaw will use UGS’ Solid Edge for initial concept design work and various development projects. For its most complex projects and detailed engineering design, including integrated structural integrity, assembly motion analysis and numerical control (NC) manufacturing, the company will rely on Unigraphics.
Strachan & Henshaw will also benefit from UGS’ Product Vision, which will enable real-time collaboration between dispersed project teams, including non-technical staff members who need to provide input into the development process or sign-off on designs.
Initially this real-time access and conferencing capability will be available via a standard web browser to users on Strachan & Henshaw’s secure network. However, in the future, the company plans to make the same facilities available to partners, suppliers and customers outside its firewall.