UGS, a provider of product lifecycle management software and services, Ford Motor Company and Ford Global Technologies, and LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford that manages its property and technology commercialization matters, have formed an alliance to deliver PLM commercial products to enhance the vehicle development process.
Through the Ford Innovation Acceleration Center based in Michigan, Ford and FGT work to reduce cycle time and bring better vehicles to market faster. The firms say that their alliance further demonstrates their commitment to bring customer-focused automotive PLM solutions to market more quickly on a global basis.
This alliance allows Ford and FGT to collaborate with UGS in providing early input to the development of new PLM technology, while UGS is able to more quickly bring new commercial PLM software to market.
UGS has been a PLM supplier to Ford since 1996, and currently provides PLM solutions to Ford’s product development, powertrain systems, powertrain operations, vehicle manufacturing operations and customer service units for all Ford vehicle brands.
NX’ software, UGS’ digital product development product; ‘Teamcenter’ software, UGS’ digital lifecycle management product; and ‘Tecnomatix’, UGS’ digital manufacturing solution, are all currently deployed within Ford’s global enterprise.