DaimlerChrysler Selects UGS' e-Vis Solution to Streamline Assembly of The 2002 Jeep(R) Liberty at its New Toledo North Assembly Plant

UGS Technology is Expected to Improve OEM-Supplier Communication,

Reduce Time-To-Market and Prevent Costly Assembly Line Delays



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from UGS

    CYPRESS, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- DaimlerChrysler Corporation has
 selected the e-Vis collaboration solution from UGS (NYSE:   UGS) to automate the
 real-time sharing of manufacturing related quality data across the Jeep(R)
 platform team and supply chain.  The automaker will use e-Vis, a secure,
 Internet-enabled visual collaboration solution, to help Jeep engineers, shop-
 floor personnel and suppliers to collaborate more efficiently.  This improved
 communication of product and process data will allow Jeep Liberty suppliers to
 deliver accurate suspension systems directly to the assembly line, reduce
 adjustments on the line and help bring higher quality vehicles to market
 faster and at lower costs.
     "UGS' e-Vis solution will facilitate critical technologies for the all-new
 Jeep Liberty by providing us a method for real-time, visual communication of
 product and production variable data," says Brian Burtka, supervisor of
 steering and suspension in DaimlerChrysler's Jeep Platform.  "Our goal with
 the Jeep Liberty is to identify a component or process failure within five
 minutes to prevent line stoppage.  We expect e-Vis to deliver the key
 information to the appropriate people in a drill-down, menu selection style
 format within minutes.  Our plant and suppliers can continually monitor the
 statistical data and optimize trends based on real-time production variation
 data to optimize component processes that will eliminate downtime within the
 Toledo North Assembly Plant, where the new Jeep is being built.  This will
 result in significant time and cost-savings on the assembly line."
     DaimlerChrysler's UGS-powered automated environment for communication of
 dimensional quality data will work in conjunction with a machine equipped with
 laser cameras to measure thousands of points on the vehicle body where the
 suspension system is attached.  The solution includes software that will
 statistically analyze this data to spot trends.  Then, e-Vis will
 automatically send the data via automatic email or pager to Jeep engineers,
 shop-floor personnel and the suspension supplier, who will review the data
 together in real time and determine what adjustments are required.  The
 supplier can make the necessary changes in-house and deliver accurate
 suspension systems directly to the plant.
     "With e-Vis's collaboration and solutions, DaimlerChrysler's Jeep(R)
 Platform will be able to better predict product and process variations in
 launching the all-new Jeep Liberty," says Tony Affuso, president and CEO of
 UGS.  "These solutions provide world-class automakers like DaimlerChrysler a
 secure, scalable framework for improving the communication of product and
 process data among partners and suppliers whose specific knowledge adds value
 to the product life cycle."
     The all-new 2002 Jeep Liberty starts production this spring at the state-
 of-the-art Toledo North Assembly Plant.  The Liberty will be available in
 dealerships this summer.
 
     About UGS
     UGS (NYSE:   UGS) is one of the world's fastest growing and most successful
 software and services companies, dedicated to helping manufacturers optimize
 their product lifecycle process.  UGS' rich heritage and financial strength
 have been established by consistently providing the industry's best product
 development applications for over 25 years.  Today, UGS is distinguished as
 the leading supplier of Internet-based product life cycle collaboration
 solutions as well as the company that is creating the de facto industry
 standards for the digital product.  With offices in over 30 countries around
 the globe, UGS is the vendor of choice for open solutions that seamlessly
 weave into any environment and create unprecedented value for the world's most
 demanding customers.  In addition, UGS is the first company in its industry to
 earn the ISO 9001/TickIT certification.  For more information please contact
 UGS at (800) 498-5351 or via the World Wide Web at http://www.ugs.com .
     UGS, Unigraphics Solutions, Parasolid, Solid Edge, Unigraphics,
 ProductVision, iMAN, GRIP, managedServices, EAI, FactoryCAD, FactoryFlow,
 Sense8, VisFactory, VisConcept, VisConference, VisMockup, VisProducts, VisVSA,
 VSA, e-Vis, LightningStart and RAPIDiMAN are trademarks, registered trademarks
 or service marks of Unigraphics Solutions Inc. All other trademarks,
 registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders. The
 information within is subject to change without notice and does not represent
 a commitment on the part of Unigraphics Solutions Inc.
 
     CONTACT:  Jim Phelan of UGS, 314-344-5290, or jim.phelan@ugs.com .
 
 

SOURCE UGS
    CYPRESS, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- DaimlerChrysler Corporation has
 selected the e-Vis collaboration solution from UGS (NYSE:   UGS) to automate the
 real-time sharing of manufacturing related quality data across the Jeep(R)
 platform team and supply chain.  The automaker will use e-Vis, a secure,
 Internet-enabled visual collaboration solution, to help Jeep engineers, shop-
 floor personnel and suppliers to collaborate more efficiently.  This improved
 communication of product and process data will allow Jeep Liberty suppliers to
 deliver accurate suspension systems directly to the assembly line, reduce
 adjustments on the line and help bring higher quality vehicles to market
 faster and at lower costs.
     "UGS' e-Vis solution will facilitate critical technologies for the all-new
 Jeep Liberty by providing us a method for real-time, visual communication of
 product and production variable data," says Brian Burtka, supervisor of
 steering and suspension in DaimlerChrysler's Jeep Platform.  "Our goal with
 the Jeep Liberty is to identify a component or process failure within five
 minutes to prevent line stoppage.  We expect e-Vis to deliver the key
 information to the appropriate people in a drill-down, menu selection style
 format within minutes.  Our plant and suppliers can continually monitor the
 statistical data and optimize trends based on real-time production variation
 data to optimize component processes that will eliminate downtime within the
 Toledo North Assembly Plant, where the new Jeep is being built.  This will
 result in significant time and cost-savings on the assembly line."
     DaimlerChrysler's UGS-powered automated environment for communication of
 dimensional quality data will work in conjunction with a machine equipped with
 laser cameras to measure thousands of points on the vehicle body where the
 suspension system is attached.  The solution includes software that will
 statistically analyze this data to spot trends.  Then, e-Vis will
 automatically send the data via automatic email or pager to Jeep engineers,
 shop-floor personnel and the suspension supplier, who will review the data
 together in real time and determine what adjustments are required.  The
 supplier can make the necessary changes in-house and deliver accurate
 suspension systems directly to the plant.
     "With e-Vis's collaboration and solutions, DaimlerChrysler's Jeep(R)
 Platform will be able to better predict product and process variations in
 launching the all-new Jeep Liberty," says Tony Affuso, president and CEO of
 UGS.  "These solutions provide world-class automakers like DaimlerChrysler a
 secure, scalable framework for improving the communication of product and
 process data among partners and suppliers whose specific knowledge adds value
 to the product life cycle."
     The all-new 2002 Jeep Liberty starts production this spring at the state-
 of-the-art Toledo North Assembly Plant.  The Liberty will be available in
 dealerships this summer.
 
     About UGS
     UGS (NYSE:   UGS) is one of the world's fastest growing and most successful
 software and services companies, dedicated to helping manufacturers optimize
 their product lifecycle process.  UGS' rich heritage and financial strength
 have been established by consistently providing the industry's best product
 development applications for over 25 years.  Today, UGS is distinguished as
 the leading supplier of Internet-based product life cycle collaboration
 solutions as well as the company that is creating the de facto industry
 standards for the digital product.  With offices in over 30 countries around
 the globe, UGS is the vendor of choice for open solutions that seamlessly
 weave into any environment and create unprecedented value for the world's most
 demanding customers.  In addition, UGS is the first company in its industry to
 earn the ISO 9001/TickIT certification.  For more information please contact
 UGS at (800) 498-5351 or via the World Wide Web at http://www.ugs.com .
     UGS, Unigraphics Solutions, Parasolid, Solid Edge, Unigraphics,
 ProductVision, iMAN, GRIP, managedServices, EAI, FactoryCAD, FactoryFlow,
 Sense8, VisFactory, VisConcept, VisConference, VisMockup, VisProducts, VisVSA,
 VSA, e-Vis, LightningStart and RAPIDiMAN are trademarks, registered trademarks
 or service marks of Unigraphics Solutions Inc. All other trademarks,
 registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders. The
 information within is subject to change without notice and does not represent
 a commitment on the part of Unigraphics Solutions Inc.
 
     CONTACT:  Jim Phelan of UGS, 314-344-5290, or jim.phelan@ugs.com .
 
 SOURCE  UGS