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About Dimensional Control Systems

With more than 20 years of providing quality SPC and tolerance analysis solutions to manufacturers, DCS has been influential in helping manufacturers reduce their Cost of Quality

Delivering Leading Quality Technology Since 1994

Beginning in 1994, DCS has been developing dimensional engineering and quality tools for manufacturers. With its start as an Engineering Service Provider, DCS has helped companies execute dimensional engineering to improve quality and reduce costs. 

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Inception

1994

DCS was established by Robert Kaphengst and John Mathieson to support the need for a disciplined approach to GD&T deployment. This approach would come to be known as the Dimensional Engineering Process. The first DCS customers were automotive OEM’s and suppliers needing to apply this discipline to their engineering organizations.

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3DCS Creation

1998

Release of version 1.0 of 3DCS 3-D CAD based Variation Analysis Software.  Initially used to support its contracted dimensional engineering services work, 3DCS soon became commercialized and available to the general industry marketplace.

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QDM Creation (GDM)

1999

Originally called GDM, 1999 marked the release of version 1.0 of QDM Inspection Reporting software.

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Dassault Systemes' Gold Partner

2001

DCS enters into PLM provider Dassault Systemes CAA partner program. This leads to the development and commercial availability of 3DCS CAA V5 CATIA integrated variation analysis.

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First Aerospace OEM Client

2002

DCS wins its first aerospace client as Boeing selects 3DCS for application on its newly designed 787 aircraft program.

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CAD Integration Partners

2015 - 2018

DCS reaches a development partnership agreement with PLM provider Siemens PLM, and begins development on 3DCS NX Integrated, which became available for commercial release in June 2016. DCS reaches a development partnership agreement with PLM provider PTC, and begins development on 3DCS Creo integrated, which was released alongside the 3DCS 7.4 release in March 2017. 

About DCS - DCS Mission and Solutions

Dimensional Control Systems performs with a simple mission in mind:

To change the way businesses execute Quality Assurance by combining engineering methods with software technology and excellent customer service.

Dimensional Control Systems Inc. (DCS) based in Troy, Michigan, USA is focused on the methodology of Dimensional Engineering. DCS offers best-in-class software solutions and services to manufacturing companies the world over. With over 50 years of Dimensional Engineering background, DCS continuously strives to exceed our customer's expectations for world-class Variation Analysis and Quality Management System (QMS) software and services.  

Learn more about DCS Solutions

450+

Customers

10,000+

Users Worldwide

40+

Countries

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3D Tolerance Analysis

DCS develops the leading tolerance analysis software, 3DCS Variation Analyst, used across the world to reduce scrap, rework, and warranty issues. As a CAD integrated tolerance simulation, 3DCS is available in CATIA V5, SOLIDWORKS, CREO, NX, 3DEXPERIENCE, and as a standalone tool.

SPC Quality Systems

Automating quality processes and reporting, QDM is an affordable SPC System designed for complete customization to a clients quality processes. This gives company wide manufacturing visibility, allowing you to find and respond to manufacturing problems before they occur. 

Engineering Services

DCS offers its clients a variety of services to support their dimensional and quality initiatives. This includes modeling services, training, process consulting, and GD&T services. 

Staffing Solutions

With a dedicated team to providing qualified candidates to leading manufacturers, DCS prides itself on helping companies add new engineers to their teams quickly through direct hires, or temporarily increase their staff to handle large workload and projects through contracted engineers. 

DCS exists today because we are passionate about the technology of Dimensional Engineering. As a company our mission at DCS, since the very beginning, has been to establish a work process and system of software tools to help engineers evaluate and ultimately select cost effective designs and processes that will in fact meet their quality needs. Dimensional Engineering is, after all, the process of using dimensional quality goals to drive design process decisions.

John Mathieson, Executive VP and COO of Dimensional Control Systems, Inc.

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Success Stories

As CAD technology continues to advance to include greater levels of analysis, our open API strategy allows us to support the incorporation of tools like 3DCS software to keep up with the growing demands of customers. The partnership between Siemens and DCS will allow an integrated environment, giving NX users access to advanced analysis as part of the CAD environment.

Bob Haubrock,

Vice President, Product Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software

In a typical section of an A320 Family Aircraft, roughly 90 stringer couplings are installed. Around 2/3 can be covered with the parametric model (this equals 60...couplings.

In the A319, A320 there are 4 section joints, while the A321 has 6. One parametrical model can then cover 180 assembly situations. 

Axel Siewert,

AIRBUS

Successful tolerance analysis product execution played a major role in our achievement of high quality across our product vehicle line. The Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Malibu and Cadillac CTS were all named Car/Truck of the Year winners.

General Motors

By being able to do very comprehensive modeling, the other advantages we’ve seen is we’ve discovered sensitivities in areas we wouldn’t have expected you know well outside our region of interest that had influence, it’s also served as a quality check for our drafting process as well as allowing us to incorporate feedback from the manufacturing floor.  

Avery M.

Design Engineer

Advantages during the pre-production phase are root cause analysis - only recently we've actually really started using the software to root cause the problems. We've found that looking at the contributor lists, for example, really help us get to the root cause of the problems and propose solutions. 

Laurence Allmark,

Senior New Product Quality Engineer, McLaren Automotive

The 3DCS technology brought our commitment to product quality and safety by design to an even higher level. The tool not only can quantify our technical decisions but truly helps our IPD teams to numerically and visually discuss spatial dimensional variations and its management early in the design phase.

Daniel C. da Silva,

Embraer Tolerance Analysis Team Leader, Embraer

Meet the Team

Meet some of the many people at DCS working every day to deliver you the best possible experience.

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John Mathieson

CEO and President

As one of the founders of DCS, John Mathieson continues to direct DCS towards the future of quality. 

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Dave Johnson

3DCS Product Manager

Leading the 3DCS product team, Dave Johnson is instrumental in the development and application of 3DCS software. 

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Thagu Vivek

QDM Product Manager

As a Six Sigma Black Belt, Thagu Vivek guides the QDM development and deployment teams in SPC System application and installations. 

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Jason Brehmer

Customer Support Specialist

Jason Brehmer is the first line of support at DCS, providing answers to clients modeling and support questions on Helpdesk, Livechat, as well as email and phone. 

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Gary Bell

Sr. Variation Analyst

As an ASME Certified GD&T Trainer, Gary Bell is the primary demonstration engineer at DCS, providing modeling examples, support, and services for new clients. 

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Spencer Strouse

Dimensional Tolerance Engineer

As a leading member of the service and training team at DCS, Spencer Strouse is paramount to delivering completed variation models, GD&T support, and training classes to DCS clients. 

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Donald Jasurda

VP of Sales

Donald Jasurda provides vision and guidance to the sales and marketing team at DCS. As a regional manager of the western United States, Canada, and Mexico, Jasurda assists a multitude of clients achieve their quality objectives through tolerance analysis and SPC solutions. 

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Michael Pritchard

Sales Manager

As the Sales Manager for the Eastern United States and Canada, Michael Pritchard helps provide tolerance analysis and SPC software solutions to manufacturers ranging from the smaller suppliers to large, multi-national OEM's. 

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Benjamin Reese

Marketing Director

Managing the marketing at DCS, Benjamin Reese develops DCS's customer-facing messaging and digital presence; from website to events. 

 

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Christine Buchanan

Senior Technical Recruiter

With more than 15 years of experience in professional staffing, I’ve worked with a variety of companies, industries and clients to jump start their careers. As such, I’ve successfully connected clients with large manufacturers as well as smaller firms, across all different types of industries.

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David Stahl

Senior Technical Recruiter

With more than 20 years experience in recruiting and staffing, David Stahl has helped both recent graduates and experienced professionals find work in their field with competitive benefits.

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Carrie Zink

Payroll and Benefits Admin

Helping employees at DCS onboard and wade through the paperwork associated with new and continuing employment, Carrie Zink has been a helping member of the team at DCS since the beginning. 

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Let's Solve Your Dimensional Problems Together

Whether it is build issues, access to real-time data, fit and function problems, DCS can help solve your dimensional issues in production. Contact DCS to learn how we can help.

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Blog, News and Events

See what's happening at DCS from the DCS blog, Engineering Talk

Our Friends & Partners

DCS has partnered with leading CAD and software companies to provide comprehensive dimensional solutions. 

Dassault Systemes
Siemens
PTC - CREO CAD
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