Product Lifecycle Management

Siemens PLM Shares Strategy and a Glimpse of What’s Ahead

26 Sep, 2013 By: Nancy Spurling Johnson

As it remains focused on continually shoring up Teamcenter’s core architecture, the company announces plans for Industry Catalyst apps designed to address the needs of specific markets.


New Active Workspace

Launched at the event in Boston, Active Workspace is a new product in the Teamcenter software portfolio, another important step toward realizing its HD-PLM vision, the company stated. Active Workspace is designed to provide an intuitive, highly visual, user-customizable environment for nontraditional PLM users who need access to 3D information from a desktop PC or mobile device via any modern browser. Working in conjunction with other Siemens PLM Software technology and designed to adapt to any industry, it brings together information that is spread across unconnected sites and databases and makes it instantly available and easily comprehendible — thereby supporting better decision-making and enhancing the value of PLM systems.

Paul Sicking, senior vice-president, Chief Technology Office, explained that with Active Workspace, “We are aiming for a user experience much like that of a smartphone. … It’s just simple, understood, and works as expected.”

NX and Solid Edge Updates

Jim Rusk, senior vice-president of Product Engineering Software, provided a status report on the NX integrated CAD/CAM/CAE solution, which the company develops based on goals similar to those of its PLM solutions. “We look at planning activities by industry. When we develop a product like NX, we have to work hard to create best-in-class products that are effective across all industries but also meet their specific needs.” Potential improvements to NX are weighted from zero to 100% for relevance to customers across industries. “In the end,” Rusk said, “most functions are pretty balanced in terms of how they average out across industries — in the 60% applicable range when you average it.”

NX 9, coming later this year, will bring several significant updates, including:

  • Embedded subdivision surface modeling to enable new levels of advanced surface creation, integration, and speed via fully associative and reusable NURBS output and core workflow operations with manipulation and editing. “You can create in minutes the shapes that would take hours or days using other tools,” Rusk said.
  • Real-time, ray-traced rendering that is multicore CPU– and GPU-accelerated for instant display of interobject reflections and refractions.
  • NX 2D Layout, developed in response to customers’ needs to work with legacy 2D data and develop new product layouts in 2D, enables rapid changes to curves while maintaining geometric relations. New capabilities will assist with a layout by leveraging 2D components as reusable, associative objects.

For the latest updates about the Solid Edge 2D/3D CAD solution, see recent Cadalyst articles, “Solid Edge University 2013, Part 1: Solid Edge ST6 Adds 1,300 User-Requested Features” and “Solid Edge University 2013, Part 2: Q&A with Karsten Newbury.”

Stay Tuned

Focused on industries that include automotive, energy, machinery, it goes without saying that Siemens PLM Software doesn’t court the little guy. But within those big-business pursuits lies a clear commitment to meeting the specific and critical needs of individual markets and individual users, all aimed at increasing the value of product lifecycle management.

At the conclusion of the two-day Boston event, Grindstaff said that there’s still work to do to improve the company’s offerings: “We don’t think PLM has been solved.”
 

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