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CAD-centric PLM, ERP-centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What's Right for You? - Part 1
In this day and age of globalization, ever-shorter new product introduction (NPI) cycles and overall product lifecycles, partner collaboration, and whatnot

cad cam cae  their expertise in the CAD and computer-aided engineering (CAE)-related product data management (PDM) realm, these vendors have expanded into the collaborative PLM realm by acquiring one or more PLM solutions and are currently selling them under the Teamcenter, ENOVIA , and Windchill PLM brands, respectively. Autodesk and Gerber Technologies would be additional prominent CAD providers that have recently joined the PLM fray. The Pros of CAD-based PLM Solutions Indisputably, CAD-based PLM vendors have

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PLM Portfolio


About Siemens PLM Software SIEMENS PLM Software, a division of Siemens Industrial Automation (IA), is a global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 56,000 customers worldwide. SIEMENS PLM Software’s major customers include companies in a variety of manufacturing industries around the world, such as Boeing, GM, Toyota, Procter and Gamble (P&G), Intel, Samsung, and Target. SIEMENS PLM Software delivers solutions to customers for product lifecycle management (PLM) including computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering (CAE), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and product data management (PDM). About Siemens Industrial Automation The Siemens Industrial Automation Group (IA), Nuremberg (Germany), provides products for manufacturing and process industries, as well as the electrical installation industry. The company also provides system solutions such as machine tools, and automation solutions for facilities such as automobile factories or chemical plants. IA also offers software for linking production and management (horizontal and vertical IT integration), and for optimizing production processes.  About the Siemens PLM Portfolio Teamcenter The Teamcenter product line is a family of solutions that enable extended manufacturing enterprises to capture, manage, access, integrate, and leverage diverse types of product information, including product requirements, project data, engineering design data, parts/documents, and product configurations – in a web-native environment. The Teamcenter suite of visualization and collaboration solutions helps companies optimize their product lifecycle management processes by unifying their internal organizations with suppliers, business partners and customers in a Digital Collaboration environment. NX The NX product portfolio, including current products NX, I-deas NX Series, NX Nastran and Imageware provides a set of proven CAD/CAM/CAE solutions for total product engineering – enabling companies to model and validate products and their production processes in an integrated digital environment. The NX solutions deliver strategic advantage to manufacturers by effectively capturing, applying, and sharing knowledge throughout the digital engineering process, significantly enhancing a company’s digital decision making process. Tecnomatix Siemens PLM Software has an extensive, proven record of leveraging decades of industry-specific manufacturing expertise to develop process solutions that transform the world’s leading manufacturers. Siemens PLM Software offers the Tecnomatix suite of best-in-class digital manufacturing applications and production expertise, covering manufacturing engineering through shop floor execution. These solutions are connected together, to legacy systems and to the extended enterprise by an open manufacturing backbone. Tecnomatix is the leading digital manufacturing solution based on technology, market share, industry experience, and world-class customers served. Velocity / Solid Edge The UGS Velocity Series is a comprehensive family of modular, yet integrated solutions addressing the product lifecycle management (PLM) needs of the mid-market. Consisting of a preconfigured family of digital product design, analysis and data management software offerings, UGS Velocity Series leverages the industry’s best practices to provide significant breakthroughs in ease-of-use and deployment. Mid-sized manufacturers can leverage the power of UGS Velocity Series to transform their process of innovation while maintaining a low total cost of ownership

cad cam cae  (PLM) including computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering (CAE), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and product data management (PDM). About Siemens Industrial Automation The Siemens Industrial Automation Group (IA), Nuremberg (Germany), provides products for manufacturing and process industries, as well as the electrical installation industry. The company also provides system solutions such as machine tools, and automation solutions for facilities such as automobile factories or chemical Read More

Gaining Competitive Advantage through Global Product Development


Product development is a mission-critical process. And it can also be very expensive. But thanks to modern computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering (CAE), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and product lifecycle management (PLM) systems, many manufacturing companies now have the tools that allow better alignment of cost and value-add. This is what’s referred to as “global product development.” Learn more.

cad cam cae  business units then transitioned CAD modeling and other forms of engineering support work to this and various other Indian engineering services companies. Siemens, a $74B German company, while citing competitive pressures, shifted one-third of its 30,000 embedded software engineers to China, India and Russia. This shift affected product development operations in Siemen's fixed-line and wireless telecom, automation and drives, transportation, and energy transmission businesses. Cummins Engine, a $13B US Read More

Welcome Analyst Sanjeev Pal


It gives me immense pleasure to join the analyst team at TEC. As all of us know, the information technology (IT) landscape is changing rapidly, and the practices and trends that existed five years ago are considered antiquated today. Further, enterprise software users are being challenged to innovate with existing resources, while both software vendors and end users are facing an increasingly

cad cam cae  (ERP), and computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer-aided engineering (CAE) packages such as those found in the domain of Systems Engineering. Every analyst dreams of producing research that has a wide impact, identifying broad trends but also encompassing niche industry practices and issues. That work must be based in hard facts. TEC’s impressive knowledge base of user requirements and its modeling techniques—using vendor and end user input to continually update Read More

What Does the “M” in PLM Really Mean?


In the two previous blog posts (What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean? and What Does the “L” in PLM Really Mean?) I discussed the object being managed within the product lifecycle management (PLM) methodology. Now, it is the time to move on to the last word—“management.” Management is such a general term nowadays, that simply looking at it won’t give you much idea of what it is about in the PLM

cad cam cae  such as computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer-aided engineering (CAE) are the most direct contributors to the productivity of generating product definition information. However, these are not enough. It is not rare to see a manufacturer send part drawings to a supplier through e-mails and for the latter have a hard time loading the files, or for a design engineer to spend one hour to find an existing drawing that he can simply re-create in half an hour. These two Read More

Shifts in Payment Models for CAD Deployments


Given the recent desktop virtualization move for PTC Creo, it will be interesting to watch whether PTC will start offering subscriptions for some Creo apps (and Dassault Systèmes for SolidWorks). This is especially interesting in light of the recent move of Siemens Solid Edge to subscription licensing, and also since Autodesk is now offering its desktop and other design products on a pay-as-you-go

cad cam cae  in Payment Models for CAD Deployments Given the  recent desktop virtualization move for PTC Creo , it will be interesting to watch whether PTC will start offering subscriptions for some Creo apps (and Dassault Systèmes for SolidWorks ). This is especially interesting in light of the recent move of  Siemens Solid Edge to subscription licensing , and also since Autodesk is now offering its desktop and other design products on a pay-as-you-go basis . In terms of comparing 3D computer-aided design (CAD) Read More

First Trace, Inc


First Trace is a global provider of Engineering Document Management (EDM) and Business Process Management (BPM) software specifically designed for Engineering Enterprises. Our flexible solutions significantly save engineering resources by automating the management of your "release" product, CAD drawings, BOMs, and office files while reducing costly documentation "breakdowns" in the process.

cad cam cae  of your release product, CAD drawings, BOMs, and office files while reducing costly documentation breakdowns in the process. Read More

PLM: A New World of (More) Collaboration and Innovation


It used to be the case that PLM was perceived as being principally about CAD tools and 3D drawings and complex technical specs that no one really understood except the geekiest of PLM geeks. This perception was justified, to an extent. After all, PLM and CAD tools can be complicated, engineers and designers tend to operate in highly specialized environments, and there's a common misconception

cad cam cae  as being principally about CAD tools and 3D drawings and complex technical specs that no one really understood except the geekiest of PLM geeks. This perception was justified, to an extent. After all, PLM and CAD tools can be complicated, engineers and designers tend to operate in highly specialized environments, and there's a common misconception that PLM addresses execution rather than innovation. But after attending the PLM Innovation 2012 conference two months ago, I realized that PLM is starting to g Read More

Autodesk Resuscitates Tinkercad in the Cloud


Autodesk recently signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tinkercad, an easy-to-use browser-based 3D design tool. The addition of Tinkercad to Autodesk is aimed at helping broaden the consumer-oriented Autodesk 123D family of apps and supports Autodesk’s vision to help anybody (students, makers, and designers) imagine, design, and create anything. The acquisition will also revive the Tinkercad

cad cam cae  latency of current cloud CAD systems. Read More

Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series introduced Needham, Massachusetts, United States (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC), which is an over US$ 1 billion large software company that develops, markets, and supports product development software solutions and related services. The article analyzed the company’s genesis from its inception in 1985 through the mid

cad cam cae  its direct modeling 3D CAD capabilities, primarily to add its existing customers and history-free, dynamic modeling capabilities to PTC’s  CAx (computer-aided technologies)  arsenal. The product was recently renamed Creo Elements/Direct (see Part 1 for more detail on the differences between parametric/history-based and explicit/direct modeling approaches ) Most Recent Acquisitions Most recently, PTC acquired the assets of Synapsis Technology (later renamed InSight ) in 2008, Relex Software in 2009, Read More

Autodesk to Bring Microsoft Business Solutions Closer to PLM


While the recent joining of complementary forces by Microsoft Business Solutions and Autodesk will make many heads turn, a lot more detail and clarifications are needed for the alliance to establish itself as an ERP-PLM superpower in the mid-market.

cad cam cae  designs from Autodesk's pervasive CAD software with Microsoft's ERP solutions through the Autodesk Vault design data/engineering data management (EDM) software, giving these companies a way to easily connect the engineering teams that design products with the operations teams that manufacture them. Consequently, the companies' mutual customers should be able to more easily track product data by linking the engineering bill of materials (EBOMs) and engineering change orders (ECOs) that will be created Read More

PLM Road Map 2009: What to Expect?


I went through the agenda of the PLM Road Map 2009 (September 22 and 23, in Detroit, Michigan [US]) when I submitted my attendance preferences to conference organizer Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA). Looking at the agenda, I’m convinced that the two-day event is well structured to cover critical issues in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field and to apprehend the future

cad cam cae  Teams in breakout sessions. CAD Visibility and Interoperability Managing and controlling product data is an important aspect of PLM, but it is not enough to lock the information (especially computer-aided design [CAD] data) in a vault. A key value in PLM, however, is the ability to extend this data beyond the desktop to other engineers, other departments, and other stakeholders–primarily customers and suppliers. I’m expecting that Dr. Ken Versprille’s session CAD/Visualization Trends: Dealing with Read More

Embraer to Overhaul Its PLM Platform with PTC Windchill


In a well-established upper-range product lifecycle management (PLM) market total platform replacements are a rare occurrence. Brazil-based Embraer, one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, has recently selected PTC’s Windchill PLM technology solutions to “help bring new innovative aircraft to market faster, more efficiently, and with the highest levels of quality.” With the switch from

cad cam cae  V6 platform (where both CAD and PLM are on a new object-based architecture). There is not a great migration path from file-based CATIA V5’s architecture to V6, while ENOVIA V6 doesn’t do a very good job of managing CATIA V5 data, which often results in performance issues. Central to Embraer’s ability to achieve the aforementioned goals is the choice of a new PLM backbone system that offers the broadest set of capabilities. After an exhaustive review of leading PLM technology providers, Embraer Read More

Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 1


Needham, Massachusetts (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC) is an over USD 1 billion large software company that develops, markets, and supports product development software solutions and related services. The company’s solutions help its client companies design products, manage product information, and improve their product development processes

cad cam cae  integrating them with multiple CAD and related software solutions, thus fostering openness and interoperability. At the same time, the vendor continues to integrate its PLM products more tightly and make them easier to deploy, as it believes that these capabilities will create significant added value for its customers. Using PTC's tightly integrated CAD and enterprise PLM solutions, organizations are better able to create and manage product information throughout the lifecycle for optimal product Read More