E/E Integration, Cloud PLM And Other News About Siemens Industry Software
At Siemens Digital Industry Software, the annual presentation of new developments for the press and analysts took place digitally worldwide in mid-June. The most important innovations were summarized in press releases on June 16 and 17. They concern the functional enhancements of Mentor Graphics' main product, Capital, and its integration into the Siemens industrial software suite; Teamcenter X as a complete SaaS solution for PLM; the new, AI-based design tool NX Sketch; and a strategic partnership with IBM for Service Lifecycle Management. At that time, there was no news yet of the now well-known partnership with SAP (all pictures © Siemens).
Capital, the system for the development and production of electronic-electrical systems, is now also available as a tool for the engineering of complex E/E system architectures, communication networks and embedded software. This alone is an important step for Capital users. But for industry, the fact that Capital has been integrated into the Siemens Excelerator portfolio is likely to be even more far-reaching. This opens up a toolbox of Capital, Teamcenter, NX and Mendix, which together, in parallel and simultaneously support multidisciplinary, model-based system development. No other IT provider has offered this in this form and to this extent before.
Teamcenter X is the name of the cloud PLM solution from Siemens, which offers the complete functionality of the system as Software as a Service. This means that the system can now be used to its full extent via the cloud, and the entire responsibility for the smooth functioning and up-to-dateness of all parts of the software lies with the manufacturer, no longer with the customer. Of course, this also solves the question of the scalability of PLM deployment.
With NX Sketch, the CAD system offers an AI-based option for working flexibly with 2D sketches within the 3D environment. Design ideas can be developed on the screen without prior parametric or dimensional input and then integrated into a 3D model. According to Siemens, sketches account for 15 percent of all design work. And this sketching is 30 percent faster with NX Sketch.
To extend life cycle management beyond engineering to the operation and maintenance of plants, Siemens has entered into a cooperation agreement with IBM. To this end, parts of the Excelerator portfolio will be linked to IBM Maximo in the future. This will make service lifecycle management for plants more readily available to customers.