Category Archives: PLM

Aras Introduces Dynamic Product Navigation

ANDOVER, MA, July 1, 2020 – Aras, the only resilient platform provider for digital industrial applications, announced the availability of Dynamic Product Navigation (DPN) as a platform service. DPN will be available across the breadth of the Aras Innovator application suite as well as custom applications, enabling users to browse, search, and drill down on 3D assembly data within the context of the overall product structure. This extends the capability to query, identify, and interact with related PLM business items from product development to the broader enterprise for Digital Thread interaction.

Aras’ Dynamic Product Navigation capability marks an important shift from the typical static representation of CAD-based geometry to an interactive ability where users can tailor their 3D view according to business needs using business-related information. Selectively viewing 3D data based on PLM attributes – rather than strictly CAD attributes – is a powerful capability for all types of users enabling the ability to interact with 3D data early and in context. For example, Manufacturing personnel can assign production routing steps based on manufacturing sequence, Quality can visualize items that have identified defects or corrective & preventative action reports (CAPA), and Maintenance can easily isolate and view parts with service bulletins.

With this new capability, users across the organization can create queries on 3D data to reflect interactive structure representations based on ad-hoc criteria. An individual can view the product in the right context to answer a specific question quickly. Dynamic interrogation enables people to visually see complex combinations of data such as highlighting parts with change orders pending, visually identifying items that have failed simulation criteria, or showing components from a specific vendor or country of origin.

DPN eliminates the need for specialized CAD knowledge, CAD licenses and manual conversion activities. The browser-based visualization in DPN is intuitive and easy for non-CAD users. Highly accurate, lightweight views convert automatically from the native CAD files of all the major tools including CATIA, NX, Creo, SOLIDWORKS and more.

“Traditional Digital Mockup tools overlook a critical use case for 3D visualization, which is simply finding business information using the product’s physical design,” said John Sperling, SVP product management at Aras. “Rather than searching by part number or other abstract characteristics, DPN provides easy-to-use 3D viewing so you can navigate through your product visually and find related business information. With Aras’ best-in-class ability to manage the entire Digital Thread, anything about your product can be found starting with a visual search using Dynamic Product Navigation.”

Aras subscribers get Dynamic Product Navigation for no additional cost and the capability is available immediately.

About Aras

Aras provides a resilient platform for digital industrial applications. Its open, low code technology enables the rapid delivery of flexible, upgradeable solutions for the engineering, manufacturing and maintenance of complex products. Aras’ platform and product lifecycle management applications connect users in all disciplines and functions to critical product data and processes across the lifecycle and throughout the extended supply chain. Airbus, Audi, GE, GM, Denso, Honda, Kawasaki, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, and Nissan are investing in the platform to manage complex change and traceability. Visit www.aras.com to learn more.

Siemens, IBM Announce Service Lifecycle Mgmt Solution

PLANO, TX and ARMONK, NY, June 18, 2020 – Expanding on their long-term partnership, Siemens and IBM announce the availability of a new solution designed to optimize the Service Lifecycle Management (SLM) of assets by dynamically connecting real-world maintenance activities and asset performance back to design decisions and field modifications. This new solution establishes an end-to-end digital thread between equipment manufacturers and the owner/operators of that equipment by leveraging elements of the Xcelerator portfolio from Siemens Digital Industries Software and IBM Maximo.

“The combined capabilities of IBM and Siemens can help companies create and manage a closed-loop, end-to-end digital twin that breaks down traditional silos to service innovation and revenue generation,” said Peter Bilello, president & CEO of industry research and consulting firm CIMdata. “Only by closing the loop between product design and development decisions, accurate product configurations and service operations, can companies hope to run a profitable and effective product-as-a-service business model.”

OEMs and owner/operators can struggle to improve the performance and reliability of an asset over its operating lifecycle, due to inefficient data sharing between engineering, operations, and maintenance processes. This joint solution from Siemens and IBM creates a single source of information designed to help OEMs and equipment owner/operators improve many aspects about how they design, maintain, and service their assets. In addition, the solution enables OEMs to now provide valuable after-market services to their clients.

“This new collaboration combines two industry-leading offerings into a unique solution for the industry,” said Kareem Yusuf Ph.D., general manager, IBM AI Applications Business. “OEM’s and owner/operators can leverage the new solution to help them reduce operational costs and increase up time of their equipment.”

The integration of asset management and product lifecycle management (PLM) technology can help owner/operators to stay up to date. The solution also enables OEMs to receive critical data about asset performance, maintenance and failures in the field. Leveraging IoT technology, manufacturers can gain insights on wear and tear, operating conditions, parts failures, and other patterns that lead to design or manufacturing updates. This data can be used to help manufacturers lower maintenance costs, reduce risks, and improve asset resiliency.

“IBM’s Maximo Enterprise Asset Management software provides key technology to further extend the capabilities of the Xcelerator portfolio,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, CEO for Siemens Digital Industries Software. “By leveraging the world-class product configuration management capability within Teamcenter, companies can bring product design, manufacturing and service together to maximize their software investment, while also minimizing downtime, improving quality and reducing inventory costs.”

For further information on Service Lifecycle Management solutions, please see here.

About Siemens Digital Industries (DI) 

Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 76,000 employees internationally.

About Siemens AG  

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, Siemens generated revenue of €86.8 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2019, the company had around 385,000 employees worldwide.

Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

Siemens Expands Capital for Electrical Systems

PLANO, TX, June 18, 2020 – Siemens Digital Industries Software announces an expanded Capital electrical/electronic (E/E) systems development software portfolio. Building upon leading Capital capabilities for design, manufacture and service of electrical systems, the portfolio is now expanded to encompass E/E system and software architectures, network communications and embedded software development. As part of the Xcelerator portfolio of software, services and application development platform, Capital is integrated with adjacent Siemens solutions, including the Teamcenter portfolio for product lifecycle management, NX software for mechanical design and Mendix low code development environments, which creates the world’s most comprehensive E/E systems development solution to efficiently engineer today’s smart products.

Functional View

Product View

Comprehensive Portfolio from Requirements to Validation

Modern E/E systems are characterized by a huge growth in complexity and depend on integrated electrical, electronic and software systems for innovation, while demanding robust verification & traceability. To effectively manage these interconnected challenges, the E/E systems development solution from Capital encompasses E/E systems architecture, electrical systems, communication networks and embedded software. It supports integrated end-to-end model-based design, manufacturing and service domains to transform quality and reduce costs. Strategic integrations with Siemens’ model-based systems engineering (MBSE), MCAD, product lifecycle management (PLM), simulation and manufacturing solutions help enable a comprehensive digital twin of the whole product. These integrations deliver requirements management, multi-domain functional modelling, software simulation, application lifecycle management and manufacturing plant simulation.

“Siemens continues to be on the forefront of bringing together formerly siloed disciplines required to develop and support today’s smart, connected products,” said Craig A. Brown, executive consultant, CIMdata. “By integrating Capital with these technologies, Siemens is providing companies a system-wide view of their products allowing them to economically achieve the performance and quality their customers require.”

Customers can address the mega trend challenges that autonomous and electric products bring to the market with model-based engineering solutions. Automotive companies can employ E/E systems development to develop vehicle platforms driven by architectural designs through design implementation, manufacturing and service across the spectrum of electrical and software challenges. Aerospace companies can now take advantage of this architectural-driven approach to minimize program risk and help achieve compliance.

The end-to-end capture and definition of the E/E system functionality enables the creation of a comprehensive digital twin for early simulation and verification. This allows organizations to ‘shift-left’ or move their verification and validation earlier in the product development process, thereby helping achieve faster product development, higher product quality and reduced time to market. The model-based approach of Capital helps enable high levels of automation and data continuity via a digital thread connecting product optimization, realization and certification. As well as supporting an end-to-end flow, Capital is flexible to adapt to specific customer needs, supporting individual ways of working while providing support for necessary industry standards as part of an open ecosystem.

“Over the last two decades the Capital portfolio has been strategically expanded to meet the needs of innovative organizations that are ushering in the future of E/E systems development in industries as diverse as automotive, aerospace, marine and industrial machinery,” stated Martin O’Brien, senior vice president of Siemens’ Integrated Electrical Systems business. “Companies have realized significant tangible benefits when they deploy Capital for the development of electrical systems, networks and embedded software.”

Capital now supports the delivery of more innovative products, while helping increase efficiency and reducing cost from design through manufacturing to service. Siemens continues to drive digital transformation across industries, including automotive, aerospace and defense segments, by providing technology to create and leverage a comprehensive digital twin. For more information on the Capital E/E Systems Development flow, visit siemens.com/ee-systems.

Siemens Digital Industries Software is driving transformation to enable a digital enterprise where engineering, manufacturing and electronics design meet tomorrow. The Xcelerator portfolio helps companies of all sizes create and leverage digital twins that provide organizations with new insights, opportunities and levels of automation to drive innovation. For more information on Siemens Digital Industries Software products and services, visit www.sw.siemens.com.

For further information on NX Sketch, please see here.

About Siemens Digital Industries (DI) 

Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 76,000 employees internationally.

About Siemens AG  

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, Siemens generated revenue of €86.8 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2019, the company had around 385,000 employees worldwide.

Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com

PTC Releases Windchill v12

BOSTON, MA, June 10, 2020 – PTC announced the launch of the latest version of its award-winning Windchill product lifecycle management (PLM) software. Windchill 12 offers new collaboration tools, capabilities to improve product quality, and enhanced deployment options that provide the tools necessary to adapt to today’s changing work environment.

“Companies are recognizing a greater need for collaboration in their product development processes that allows for speed, confidence, and ease of administration – all while maintaining quality across development stages, stakeholders, and products,” said Jeffrey Hojlo, program director, manufacturing insights & product innovation strategies, IDC. “This takes on added importance as companies work through the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as a more distributed workforce, disrupted supply chains, and dynamic customer needs. PTC continues to position itself to address these market needs, and enable flexibility and resiliency for its customers.”

Enhancements in Windchill 12 include:

Easy, Secure Access to Product Data

Building on Windchill’s web-based user interface and highly configurable out-of-the-box applications, Windchill 12 enables companies to improve collaboration across the enterprise with even broader access to product data. Extensions to Windchill 12, including Silicon Expert and IHS integration, provide sophisticated component sourcing, part selection, and risk assessment, enabling customers to improve profit margins.

Quality Built into Every Project and Process

Closing the loop between engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, and field service, Windchill 12 gives companies greater end-to-end capabilities to uncover design issues early and react faster to adverse events. These capabilities enable companies to drive down the cost of poor quality and enable greater speed to market and customer satisfaction. The new proof of traceability feature, delivered through tight OSLC integration with Windchill 12, Windchill RV&SWindchill Modeler, and third-party requirements management tools such as IBM Doors NG, allows companies to protect intellectual property at the origin of the digital thread. Leveraging the latest version of PTC’s Creo design software, Windchill 12 and the Creo View visualization solution allow users to identify changes in the view states captured in the CAD design to visually manage critical-to-quality (CTQ) characteristics.

Concurrent Manufacturing

Meeting the growing demand for customer-driven product configurations has become increasingly difficult given supply chain interruptions, evolving safety regulations, and time-to-market pressures. Windchill 12 helps customers adopt more flexible ways of producing products by providing digital thread continuity between the design and the information on the factory shop floor. Windchill 12 introduces powerful BOM transformation tools that enable manufacturing engineers to quickly view and reconcile upstream changes to downstream manufacturing and plant-specific BOMs.

Digital First

With Windchill 12, PTC continues its commitment to openness and standards-based integration with new enhancements based on the ODATA standard to enable multi-system orchestration and compatibility with PTC and non-PTC applications. Windchill 12 provides administrators additional tools to plan and execute upgrades from previous releases, enabling companies to streamline upgrades and get value quickly on the latest Windchill platform.

“With the release of Windchill 12, we at PTC have continued our commitment to an enterprise-wide PLM platform that addresses the changing ways our customers work, with a focus on extended team collaboration and alternative types of work,” said Kevin O’Brien, general manager, PLM, PTC. “We are proud that the latest version provides not only a seamless experience with other products within the PTC suite, but also enables our customers to become more agile with faster access to up-to-date product information required at any given time.”

About PTC

PTC enables global manufacturers to realize double-digit impact with software solutions that enable them to accelerate product and service innovation, improve operational efficiency, and increase workforce productivity. In combination with an extensive partner network, PTC provides customers flexibility in how its technology can be deployed to drive digital transformation – on premises, in the cloud, or via its pure SaaS platform. At PTC, they don’t just imagine a better world, they enable it.

For more information, visit PTC.com.