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Flight Refuelling Ltd. to Accelerate Time-to-Market With PLM Solutions From IBM and Dassault Systèmes


Leading In-Flight Air Refuelling Company Aims to Shorten Product Development Cycles and Capitalize on New Business Opportunities With SMARTEAM

WIMBORNE, UK and PARIS -- Jun 17, 2005 -- IBM and Dassault Systèmes today announced that Flight Refuelling Limited, a division of the Cobham Aerospace Systems Group, has chosen to implement their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions to improve productivity and product quality, and accelerate time-to-market.

Flight Refuelling will use SMARTEAM, for collaborative product data and lifecycle management, to optimize management of specifications, engineering rules, operational parameters, simulation results, and customer-related product design data. SMARTEAM is an IBM PLM solution developed by Dassault Systèmes.

Flight Refuelling is a world leader in the in-flight air refuelling market, offering a full range of refuelling equipment for both tanker and receiver aircraft -- among the most technologically advanced in the world. To support its growth, Flight Refuelling sought a collaborative application robust enough to manage and share the product data of its wide range of offerings through all aspects of its product development and manufacturing processes. With SMARTEAM, Flight Refuelling will link more than 300 users across multiple disciplines and departments.

To help Flight Refuelling streamline its product development methodologies and realize rapid return on investment from the new platform through productivity gains and cost reduction, IBM and IBM Business Partner Transcat PLM Ltd, will provide consulting, project management, implementation, and support services over the three-year roll-out period.

“We have chosen SMARTEAM because we think it is the leading solution in the area of product data and business process management,” said Peter Holland, Engineering and Quality director, Flight Refuelling Ltd. “SMARTEAM integrates proven best practices of the aerospace industry and enables us to increase our overall efficiency. Thus, we are able to start our journey to responding in real time to any business opportunity.”

“Reducing time to market, minimizing cost and improving product quality is critical for companies in the Aerospace market,” said Hervé Rolland, vice president, Product Lifecycle Management Solutions, IBM EMEA. “Together with our Business Partner, Transcat PLM Ltd, we have implemented end-to-end, integrated collaboration solutions that help Flight Refuelling improve resource utilization, shorten product development cycles and increase product innovation, thus transforming the company into an agile and flexible business.”

“SMARTEAM’s comprehensive, scalable PLM functionality will help drive Flight Refuelling’s market leadership position and optimally manage the substantial growth they anticipate in the coming years,” said Denis Senpéré, vice president, PLM Europe, Dassault Systèmes. “With SMARTEAM, Flight Refuelling will have the collaborative capabilities necessary to streamline processes enterprise-wide and produce better quality products more efficiently and cost-effectively.”

About Flight Refuelling
Flight Refuelling and Sargent Fletcher form the Refuelling & Auxiliary Missions Equipment Division of Cobham’s Aerospace Systems Group. The Division offers a comprehensive portfolio for the design and integration of refuelling systems, external fuel tanks, weapons carriage & release, tactical UAVs and ATC systems.

About Transcat PLM Ltd
Transcat PLM Ltd is a UK company focused on value-based services for Product Lifecycle Management solutions developed by Dassault Systèmes, its mother company. The Transcat PLM Ltd team is composed of highly experienced PLM experts who successfully implement projects in various industry segments based on CATIA, ENOVIA, SMARTEAM and DELMIA Solutions. Their expertise extends into the data quality management area with the Q-Checker Solution developed by Transcat PLM GmbH. For more information, visit

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 70,000 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 retirement. 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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