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 PDF Key takeaways: Rapid changes in technology, such as the evolution of smart, connected products and the Internet of Things, are making product development efforts more complex, reducing companies’ returns on R&D investments. Many company’s problems are exacerbated by ongoing changes in the engineering workforce and the introduction of disruptive business models from nimble “digital native” competitors. As a result, many companies find their engineering teams are spending much less time on innovating new products and technologies and they struggle to keep up with the technical and developmental clock speed required to compete and win in this new competitive environment. Accenture’s Engineering & Product Operations services focus on providing strategic guidance and action to help companies optimize their engineering operating models and create the imperative for organizations to transform themselves—increasing scale, agility, efficiency and enabling new sources of value. The days when firms could be content simply competing in their local markets are long over. No
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 PDF Ten years ago, Siemens acquired UGS. At that time, the acquisition clearly set a new agenda for the entire PLM industry. Customers across manufacturing and process industries could envision the benefits of integrating the physical world, such as through Siemens AG’s leading automation design and production technology, and the virtual world, through UGS’s leading factory design, product design, and digital collaboration software. Since then that vision has become a reality in many different forms (i.e., virtual commissioning, simulation, and test; IoT and simulation). Once again that vision is realized with Siemens PLM Software’s Additive Manufacturing (AM) strategy. Siemens PLM Software has taken a holistic approach to AM product development by providing technologies for generative design, topology optimization, light weighting, adaptive design or convergent modeling, right through to simulation of actual downstream AM manufacturing processes. Siemens PLM Software has tapped into an ecosystem of product developers, experts, manufacturers, 3D printing machine OEMs,
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 PDF On September 6, 2017, at a Siemens PLM Software gathering for industry analysts, Mr. Bob Haubrock, Senior Vice President, Product Engineering Solutions offered early looks at the strategy and content of NX 12, Siemens PLM Software’s flagship CAD solution. Targeted for commercial release at the end of October 2017, NX 12 showcases three major technical thrusts into areas of high industry interest. The release contains major enhancements for generative design, additive manufacturing, and multidiscipline design. CIMdata views all three directions as important and timely advances. CIMdata defines generative design as a collection of tools and techniques that help to arrive at feasible product designs, including geometry, from statements of requirements and constraints. Topology optimization is the most notable generative design process. Siemens PLM Software’s solution for topology optimization is built on a mesh geometry foundation now included in their Parasolid geometry kernel. The kernel supports a mix of precise geometry (Nurbs
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2018: The Launch (Commentary)

 PDF Key takeaways: SOLIDWORKS 2018 is planned for release at the end of October 2017. CAMWorks has been packaged and released under the SOLIDWORKS banner as SOLIDWORKS CAM. The release introduces topology optimization technology from SIMULIA. On September 26, 2017, Dassault Systèmes hosted industry analysts, technical press, and customers at their Waltham, Massachusetts headquarters for the launch of SOLIDWORKS 2018. The event was also live streamed over the Internet. Mr. Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO of the SOLIDWORKS brand, welcomed the attendees and noted that “SOLIDWORKS is everywhere,” with 5.1 million users at 261,000 companies around the world. He spoke of the company’s “values, vision, and actions.” He addressed company values that centered on being responsive to customer demands in an ever changing world, and on being responsible, fostering the belief that “technology is a transformative force” in the world. CIMdata recognizes that SOLIDWORKS has gained broad-based acceptance in design and is exceptionally positioned to influence
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 PDF Key takeaways: From the opening keynote through the many sessions, Oracle’s laser focus is on the cloud and the cloud leader, Amazon Web Services. Their new Autonomous Database offering and approach toward Highly Automated Cyber Security focus on the needs and threats facing information technology infrastructure today and tomorrow. Machine learning is behind both offerings, and will increasingly be embodied in their applications software portfolio. Oracle PLM Cloud continues to mature, including adding their process PLM offerings to the cloud roadmap and developing important synergies with their evolving Internet of Things (IoT) strategy and offerings. Oracle convened their annual OpenWorld gathering, taking over San Francisco from October 1-5, 2017. Over 60,000 attendees swelled the venues, and street closures and thousands of banners trumpeted the gathering on lampposts all over the city. Over 2,300 sessions were hosted by over 3,000 customers and partners. Beyond just the huge Moscone Center, Oracle hosted focused tracks at hotels nearby,
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 PDF Key takeaways: Actionable, holistic Digital Twins are living models fed by analytics and exercised by math-based simulations. Digital Twins create a predictive engineering analytics function that enables companies to improve their product design, process design, warranty, and maintenance approaches. Siemens PLM Software defines an actionable, holistic digital twin composed of multiple functional twins, including product, performance, and production digital twins—one of the broadest digital twin strategies in the industry. As a developer of technology as well as a manufacturer and user of products and systems, Siemens AG and Siemens PLM Software are leveraging the breadth of their solutions to offer actionable, holistic digital twin solutions that can deliver enhanced business value. Introduction NASA was the first to dabble with “pairing technology”—the precursor to today’s digital twin—as far back as the early days of space exploration. The concept of a digital twin has been around for a long time, but only recently has it become cost-effective to
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 PDF Key takeaways: As a strategic part of Siemens AG, Siemens PLM Software is delivering a comprehensive and cohesive end-to-end solution. With more than US$10B in acquisitions, Siemens PLM Software (Siemens) has expanded significantly and continues to deliver solutions to support the digital transformation of industry, including expanding to operations and service. Both of Siemens’ design solutions, NX and Solid Edge, offer improved workflow for generative design techniques including topology optimization by leveraging Convergent Modeling that includes faceted and precise geometry, additive manufacturing, and reverse engineering. Siemens’ actionable, holistic digital twin composed of multiple functional twins, includes product, performance, and production, and is broader than other digital twin solutions in the market. The acquisition of Mentor is bearing fruit on many fronts, including wire harness design and electronics manufacturing. Siemens can now offer a multi-domain IT environment that supports the development and ongoing operation of today’s smart, sensor-rich, connected products, as well as supporting tomorrow’s products,
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