Volkswagen Group is to implement Delmia’s DPE solution at all its production sites as the program offers high-level planning reliability and optimised implementation, reducing time-to-market

Volkswagen AG recently announced that it intends to implement DELMIA Process Engineer (DPE) software throughout its organisation. A Group agreement indicates that the DPE will be used in all production sites as a strategic means of assembly planning for the Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and SEAT brands.

Dassault Systèmes, originator of the DPE program, sees this as a great endorsement of the power of DELMIA solutions. “After initial testing and positive evaluation of the performance value of DPE at Audi, this solution will now be available for other members of the VW Group,” says Volker Germann, Volkswagen’s Head of Planning. “This is an important step for complete integration of our enterprise, involving more than 500 users.”

In the next few months, the focus at Volkswagen AG will be on introducing the DPE solutions in additional production sites with DELMIA. In addition to DPE at Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda, DELMIADPM Assembly will be deployed for the determination and verification of assembly sequences, as will DELMIAV5 Human, where digital test dummies can help determine ergonomic analysis to recognise and eliminate unnecessary stress for personnel.

“Thanks to years of close and successful cooperation between Volkwagen, Audi and DELMIA in automotive assembly, the DPE solution now fully supports our planning processes,” comments Arne Lakeit, Audi Head of Planning. DPE is a key element of the 3D Product Lifecycle Management of DELMIA. This software has been designed for comprehensive manufacturing process planning and target costing in simultaneous engineering. It ensures high-level planning reliability alongside optimised planning and implementation, reducing time-to-market and cutting costs.

Allowing for redundancy-free management

DPE paves the way for an early and reliable overview by showing the production time, investment costs, the production space and personnel needed, so that the time from product design to the production phase is considerably shortened. The object-centric Product, Process, and Resource hub database on which DPE is based, allows for redundancy-free data management, which ensures consistency of planning information in all detailed engineering stages. As a result, DPE gives greater planning reliability, shorter planning times and a reduction in development costs.

“We are now working with the same tools and methodology in all assembly departments of the group,” explains Gerhard Voges, Skoda Head of Planning. “In only nine months since the implementation of DPE at Skoda, we have already seen the benefits. The SEAT brand is also introducing DPE as a tool for assembly planning throughout the company and will rely on it for future projects.”