Dassault Systèmes, a French company with nearly 1,000 employees at its North American campus in Waltham, has just unveiled “Target Zero Defect,’’ a collaborative platform for helping automakers to reduce costs by detecting mistakes earlier in the design process.
This Target Zero Defect solution builds on Dassault Systèmes’s expertise in 3D software used for the virtual design, testing, and manufacturing of products.
Automakers are key customers for such software. A Globe story from 2012 noted that company engineers in Waltham were working with such automakers as Ford, Honda, BMW, and Jaguar Land Rover.
Designing a new car model is now a global project, with design teams, suppliers, and factories scattered all over the world. That means a collaboration platform such as “Target Zero Defect’’ has the potential to be a valuable resource for an automaker looking to get a new car model quickly and cost-effectively from drawing board to market.
According to a Dassault Systèmes press release, its Target Zero Defect platform can help achieve that goal by smartly connecting an auto company’s entire ecosystem of design, engineering, and manufacturing departments.
In a statement, Monica Menghini, Dassault Systèmes’ executive vice president of industry and marketing, outlined some of the advantages of the Target Zero Platform.
“Instead of corrective action to solve defects, the industry needs to eliminate them upfront by capitalizing on institutional knowledge and tracking costs,’’ Menghini said. “This is about creating a holistic view of your business to improve the entire development process.’’
In Waltham, Dassault Systèmes has a special briefing center where the company can showcase products to potential customers by demonstrating those products through a 3D immersive experience. The plan is to bring some automakers to Waltham to show off the Target Zero solution.