05 October 2009

Siemens Integrates Virtual Planning with Physical Production to Maximize Manufacturing Productivity

Joint Effort between Siemens’ Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software and Motion Control Systems Business Units Produces “Significant Value for Their Customers”

EMO MILANO 2009 and PLANO, Texas, October 5, 2009 – Siemens today announced a new software solution that integrates manufacturing planning with the shop floor machining operations associated with producing parts. The new offering maximizes productivity by tightly linking Teamcenter® software from Siemens PLM Software with Motion Control Information System (MCIS) from Siemens Motion Control Systems, to ensure digital planning data is accurately and efficiently delivered to the precise point of manufacturing.

“In 2007 Siemens announced a unique software vision to unify the global manufacturing industry’s product and production lifecycles by leveraging the synergies between its newly acquired PLM (product lifecycle management) business and other business units in the Siemens Industry Automation Division,” said Peter Thorne, Managing Director, Cambashi Ltd. “Today’s announcement – the result of a collaborative effort between the PLM and Siemens Motion Control organizations – is part of that vision and should create significant value for their customers.”

Uniting manufacturing planning and production

Manufacturing companies need to ensure that there is an effective connection between manufacturing engineering and shop floor production in order to avoid common errors that lead to production delays, excessive scrap and redundant resources. If data is inaccurately transferred from one system to another or if the data is sent to the wrong location, it can have a significant impact on schedules, costs and product quality. This can be especially common in environments that produce many different products with small production runs and flexible machine tool assignments, or where modifications to the part design and its related machining program are common, creating multiple changes that need to be tracked, coordinated and delivered to the right place at the right time. Creating the wrong version of a part wastes expensive time and material, while the lack of complete information about the availability and location of specific tool assemblies forces an inefficient use of tooling resources.

Today’s announcement unites the manufacturing process management module of Teamcenter, the world’s most widely used PLM portfolio, with two MCIS solution components – Direct Numerical Control (DNC) and Tool Data Information (TDI). The new solution allows companies to manage the process of delivering the correct manufacturing data – such as NC part programs created by computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, or tool availability information – from a central information management and planning environment to the proper physical manufacturing location on the shop floor.

“When Siemens acquired UGS Corp., one of the industry’s leading PLM software and services companies, we committed to producing solutions that would merge the virtual world of PLM software with the physical world of shop floor production,” said Chuck Grindstaff, executive vice president of Products and Chief Technology Officer, Siemens PLM Software. “By integrating Teamcenter and MCIS we are delivering on that vision with a solution that will help companies reduce production time and costs and improve product quality by ensuring close coordination between manufacturing planning and shop floor production."

The Teamcenter to MCIS interface is available immediately from Siemens PLM Software.

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 nearly six million licensed seats and 56,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. 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, Germany) 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 industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors 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. With around 42,900 employees worldwide Siemens Industry Automation achieved in fiscal year 2008 total sales of EUR8.7 billion.

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. Teamcenter is a trademark or registered 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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