28 April 2008

Siemens PLM Software Shows Small- to Medium-Sized Businesses How to Improve Commonization and Reuse

PLANO, Texas, May 1, 2008 – Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) products and services, today announced the expansion of its “Fast Track to PLM” SMB (small- to medium-sized business) educational seminar series to help manufacturers understand how to implement a commonization and reuse strategy that provides global access to reusable products and processes.

The need for reuse is the focus of a report issued by the Aberdeen Group – “The Design Reuse Benchmark Report – Seizing the Opportunity to Shorten Product Development.” The report states that top performers are more likely to dedicate resources to simplify and verify designs for reuse. More than 70 percent of these performers integrate the preparation and verification of designs for reuse in the design phase. In addition, top performers are twice as likely to track the amount of time required to change existing designs into new ones.

The Aberdeen Report says: “Companies that reuse designs shorten their design cycles impacting how often an organization can hit their design release date.... While all engineering organizations (100%) report that they are currently reusing designs, top performing groups are further along in the deployment of techniques and technologies to capitalize on design reuse. From product design to analysis, and NC programming, these best in class companies are currently using these technologies to facilitate their design reuse strategies.”

The Aberdeen report also stated that 64 percent of best-in-class companies design their products for modifications and 43 percent centralize their data. Siemens PLM Software “Fast Track to PLM” seminars highlight how best-in-class companies address commonization and reuse through PLM to:

  • enable and automate proactive commonization
  • prepare CAD models for reuse
  • provide global centralized data access across the value chain
  • integrate cross functional teams in one standard platform

“Many manufacturers find that commonization and reuse gives them the ability to reduce costs, improve quality and bring products to market at a faster pace,” said Bruce Boes, vice president, Velocity Series™ Marketing, Siemens PLM Software. “Making key data readily available for reuse provides efficiencies in design, manufacturing, testing and compliance. Engineers can quickly search part libraries, make minor changes to fit new product designs and automatically test for manufacturability.”

For more information or to obtain a list of Fast Track Reuse webinars, visit Siemens PLM Software’s SMB Center at www.siemens.com/plm/smb. SMBs may also download the Aberdeen Report from www.siemens.com/plm/reuse.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 4.6 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. Velocity Series is a trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

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