Dassault Systèmes announced that SOPAL, a Tunisian manufacturer of complex and distinctively styled kitchen and bath fixtures, is using V6 PLM Express and 3DVIA Composer to cover the entire development process of its line of faucets and related equipment. Based on the V6 platform, SOPAL has adopted a PLM strategy for all of its products, from initial styling of new equipment to product phase out and end of life. Using Dassault Systèmes’ solutions, SOPAL can manage all of its product information, such as technical specifications, design data, manufacturing data, regulatory constraints, and sales throughout the entire lifecycle.
SOPAL chose V6 PLM Express for its handling of and lifelike visualization of sophisticated surfaces, enabling its designers to create the complex shapes in CATIA V6 that give its faucets a distinctive and attractive look. DELMIA’s V6 Machining Solution will be used to produce their tooling and speed up the entire process. This multi-brand implementation of V6 PLM Express allows SOPAL to keep track of each product and makes the data available to anybody in the company with a need to know. With trends in faucet design changing often, SOPAL felt it had to remain flexible and reactive to market demand.
SOPAL chose 3DVIA Composer to quickly and easily document the assembly process, and deliver it in an interactive 3D experience, complete with animated procedures. SOPAL uses 3D animation to explain to architects, construction companies, or the final customer how their products should be installed and how they function. To gain worldwide exposure, SOPAL recently published its product portfolio on the 3DVIA.com website, the DS online solution for searching, uploading & sharing ideas in 3D.