Material Handling Equipment

Massive adoption of E-commerce and same-day delivery expectations have disrupted the logistics ecosystem. Material handling equipment OEMs must reinvent themselves to keep up. But meanwhile, they must also secure their daily business by timely delivery of mainstream equipment. The digital twin and digital thread approach by Siemens will help material handling equipment OEMs successfully navigate through this complex transition period, by accelerating the delivery of any material handling equipment type, from mainstream to advanced.

Material Handling Equipment

Massive adoption of E-commerce and same-day delivery expectations have disrupted the logistics ecosystem. Material handling equipment OEMs must reinvent themselves to keep up. But meanwhile, they must also secure their daily business by timely delivery of mainstream equipment. The digital twin and digital thread approach by Siemens will help material handling equipment OEMs successfully navigate through this complex transition period, by accelerating the delivery of any material handling equipment type, from mainstream to advanced.

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Lifecycle Management

A lifecycle approach to process and data management is critical to meet these challenges regardless of how your business contributes value to the industry.  Our solution improves how manufacturers manage change, execute work processes, drive quality, and connect to external suppliers and customers. Our lifecycle management approach to centralizing technical information, keeping it up to date, and accessible means knowledge workers can be more efficient and achieve higher levels of performance.

Project Management

Project Lifecycle Management for the Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment industries provides a platform for Program Management, Project Management, and Product Lifecycle Management to be combined with features for managing the Project and Product Portfolio in an integrated manner.

Engineer to Order Process Automation

Our ETO process automation solution provides a powerful rule authoring environment and repository that allows domain experts to capture rules and best practices used to engineer and bid ETO products, reducing the manufacturing cost of configured products.

Reliability, Functional & Systems Safety

Reliability and System Safety for the Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment Industry leverages an integrated “Design for Support” approach which increases the machinery system reliability while decreasing the maintenance and logistics footprint, reducing the total cost of ownership.

Verification Management

Our Verification Management Solution for the Heavy Equipment Industry combines unique capabilities for integrated simulation and test management with plant simulation for manufacturing and manufacturing planning and execution, all while insuring complete closed loop requirements traceability.

Powertrain Mechanical Design

Powertrain Mechanical Design for the Heavy Equipment Industry combines advanced simulation capabilities and best-in-class generative design software to create a state-of-the-art modeling environment to quickly assess the efficiency of powertrain designs.

Software Engineering

Software Engineering for the Heavy Equipment Industry leverages an Integrated product development strategy, where software (both embedded and non-embedded) development is part of a multi-discipline approach, enabling closed-loop performance assessment. Providing bi-directional integration between ALM and PLM which helps to build the complete digital twin.

Additive Design & Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing and Design for the Heavy Equipment industry delivers integrated software applications for additive manufacturing that allow you to reimagine products, retool manufacturing and rethink business models.

Supply Chain Collaboration

Our solution offers an easy-to-use, secure platform for interacting with suppliers, even those outside of your PLM environment. A holistic view of product structure, including supplier data, is available by storing and providing product data in a centralized database.

Manufacturing Process Planning & Simulation

Manufacturing Process Planning and Simulation for the Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment industry is designed to enable manufacturing enterprises to manage their highly complex, configured-to-order product variations and produce them as required to meet regional and local regulations, as well as specific customer requirements.

Manufacturing Process & Data Management

The Manufacturing Lifecycle Management Solution for the Heavy Equipment Industry allows you to Manage all of the information defining your products, processes, production resources and plant facilities in a single source of manufacturing knowledge.

Tooling & Fixtures

Tooling and Fixtures Part Manufacturing solution for the Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment Industries offer a comprehensive set of fully integrated tools for part manufacturing from CAD/CAM, robotics, CNC machining, and CMM inspection through 3D printing.

Factory Layout, Line Design & Optimization

Our Factory Layout, Line Design and Optimization solution for the Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment Industries allows you to design, layout, and configure your factory environment, as well as optimize factory operations using digital 3D factory models and advanced software tools.

Production Planning & Scheduling

Production Planning and Scheduling Solution for the Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment Industry provides a suite of tools that helps planners, from owner-operators to equipment OEM’s to work together to optimize production processes within the digital enterprise to increase efficiency, flexibility and time-to market.

Integrated Quality Management

Our Quality Management solution provides manufacturers with the ability to improve quality and reduce costs along the entire product lifecycle by providing a closed-loop quality environment that will optimize operational efficiency and help to drive out waste and scrap, allowing you to build a best-in-class manufacturing operation.

Manufacturing Execution Management

Manufacturing Execution Management is a sophisticated, highly scalable Manufacturing Execution System (MES) that delivers the ability to combine global production efficiency with quality and visibility, as well as production optimization, ultimately resulting in higher manufacturing responsiveness.

In-service Data Management

In-service Data Management solution for the heavy equipment industry allows customers to manage the entire lifecycle of product configuration from concept to variants, from designed to manufacture and service.

Service Engineering & Support

Service Engineering and Support solution for the Heavy Equipment Industry lets you utilize existing product knowledge from design and simulation, while incorporating the experiences and requirements from the field to determine service requirements, service plans and service instructions, that need to be developed, validated, and documented prior to the delivery of your product.

Service Operations for Heavy Equipment

Service Operations for the Heavy Equipment Industry lets you work from previously defined service plans and asset status or from service demands which enable service organizations to generate service work orders, schedule service events, assign service tasks, support service technicians with information and task orders, and track to closure all service work required and performed.

Cabin Interior Design

Deliver greater innovation at higher quality and lower cost with comprehensive 3D cab design. Let our integrated and intuitive solution suite of broad and deep best-in-class capabilities enable your design team to balance operator functionality and safety with comfort and style. Quickly identify and design the high-strength structural cab exterior while determining the best solutions for operator visibility. Locate all the control and interface devices in a logical arrangement, recognizing the parallel needs of operator ergonomics along with multiple configurations and selection of customer-specified components. Create the most intuitive and flexible cab configurations with distinctive style and brand identity.

Next generation design for heavy equipment

Deliver greater innovation at higher quality and lower cost with comprehensive 3D product design. Our integrated and intuitive solution suite, with broad and deep, best-in-class capabilities, allows your design team to explore multiple machine or mechanism solution approaches and quickly arrive at the most cost-effective, innovative, functional products.

Quickly deliver innovative construction, mining, and agricultural machinery by using most comprehensive 3D design suite. Build larger, more sophisticated and comprehensive models that encompass all design features to overcome challenges of validating multi-configuration requirements.

Technical Publishing

The amount of complexity inside Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment is growing at a pace never seen before thanks to Industry 4.0, customization and globalization. Bringing your document development and management processes into your PLM environment enables you to address this complexity with a more efficient and accurate development process that avoids the duplication errors and out-of-date information caused by manual, paper based tasks. This solution also enables you to generate more rich 2D and 3D content, making it easier to give end users information in the media they choose.

Engineering Data Management

Industrial machinery and heavy equipment manufacturing is becoming more complex with the increasing requirements of embedded software and electronics content. Many manufacturers are challenged with these new and ever-changing needs. Manage multi-disciplinary machinery and equipment engineering teams with an integrated approach to engineering lifecycle management that leverages integrated requirements management, secure supplier collaboration and an engineering management platform that combines mechanical, electronic, software and simulation data into a single collaborative environment.

IoT & lifecycle analytics

Leverage the Internet of Things to collect information from machinery in the field, mine and construction site, the "physical twin". Combine this with engineering insight contained in the Digital Innovation Platform, the "digital twin", to gain insights necessary for achieving a competitive advantage.

Product Cost Management

Machine and equipment costs are under constant pressure and increasingly stringent governmental regulations. Customized user specifications around the globe affect delivery, costing and quality control processes in the industrial machinery and heavy equipment industry. Our solutions help deliver a competitive advantage through an effective, sophisticated product cost solution that integrates a world class PLM program with precise cost management tools.

Heavy Equipment Compliance Management

Global heavy equipment manufacturers must be compliant with local, national and global governmental requirements for material source and selection, as well as safety and emissions in order to be competitive.

Composites Engineering & Manufacturing

Take advantage of the promised weight reduction and style advantages of composite parts for your mining, construction and agriculture machinery by leveraging our advanced, integrated, proven solutions for advanced composite part development. Enable your engineering and manufacturing teams to confidently design and build with composites, knowing that our model-based definition, simulation and manufacturing solutions help them meet the strict requirements of your customers’ engineering challenges.

Fuel Economy & Energy Management

Energy management decisions influence a variety of factors in heavy equipment development, from fuel consumption and emissions to powertrain choices and thermal system performance, such as HVAC and cooling systems. This is why it is so important to make the right energy management decisions on the vehicle level early in the conceptual phase. Later in the process, the final design can be balanced to optimize driver thermal comfort and fuel efficiency as well. Engineers can turn to 1D and CFD solutions to provide the scalable simulation tools that can help make the right energy management choices right from the start.

Machine Performance Engineering for Heavy Equipment

The new norm for heavy equipment manufacturers is how to address massive, ever-increasing levels of complexity in machine design while improving the engineering process. Siemens simulation, and testing solutions can improve engineering accuracy and development productivity to help create the most comprehensive digital twin and meet the quality standards of the most complex heavy equipment products being produced today.

Operability & Productivity

Improve heavy equipment operability and productivity, and help your customers reduce operational costs. By combining system simulation tools, 3D analysis software including CFD, and testing solutions and services, our solution can help you during all stages of the development cycle - from selecting a design - to optimizing components and fine-tuning the control strategy, to testing the final product prototype.

Collaborative Manufacturing for Heavy Equipment

Our collaborative manufacturing solution helps you unify global design, engineering and manufacturing teams so they are able to work on the same requirements, models and manufacturing process plans, while having the flexibility to meet local requirements. In this collaborative environment, you benefit from better simulation and optimization of manufacturing planning, optimized design and manufacturing processes, and manufacturing intelligence connected with product development.

Structural Integrity & Durability

Help your customers be more productive by delivering heavy equipment that can withstand higher loads and reducing downtime. Our simulation and testing solutions provide a complete and effective durability engineering process, from high-quality, automated load data acquisition and target setting, to load prediction on full product level, to stress and lifetime behavior assessment of components.

Noise & Vibration

Optimize noise and vibration performance to increase the comfort and safety of operators, passengers, and bystanders, and to comply with market-mandatory regulations. By providing a comprehensive set of advanced NVH and acoustic simulation and testing solutions, Siemens Digital Industries Software helps engineers calculate load transfer, optimize ride and in-cabin noise comfort, and validate the final prototype for ISO certification.

Digital Mockup, Virtual & Augmented Reality

Digital Mockup and Virtual/Augmented Reality for the Heavy Equipment Industry enables users to perform form, fit and function studies, as well as conduct design reviews by immersing themselves in the virtual world of the product’s digital twin to view and analyze the 3D model at the proper scale.

Fleet Maintenance & Analytics

Fleet Maintenance and Analytics Solution for Heavy Equipment builds on our remote diagnostic foundation to provide integrated analytics and fully integrated data management capabilities to predict fleet maintenance needs and provide field service teams with complete asset-specific information to minimize unplanned downtime.

Digital Powertrain

Our Digital Powertrain solution for the Heavy Equipment Industry, provides manufacturers the tools to deliver the next generation of high-performance drivetrains.  By combining advanced simulation capabilities with best-in-class generative design software and electrification, we provide advanced capabilities that allow for increased efficiencies when managing multi-domain solutions.

Product and Portfolio Management

Product and Portfolio Management for the Heavy Equipment industry delivers a comprehensive portfolio management solution that provides a single source of strategic direction, project information and assessment tools that you can leverage to better plan your product portfolio and drive project execution more effectively.


Driven by the need to lower emissions and noise, the global heavy equipment market is transitioning to hybrid, electric, and even hydrogen powertrains, impacting all parts of the supply chain. These newly deployed technologies in the heavy equipment sector strongly impact the engineering process. Defining the right electrified machine design is complex and requires engineers to learn and increase their expertise in a new domain. The right design should also allow end-users in the construction, agricultural, or mining field to meet or exceed usual performance levels while ensuring the machine complies with stricter standards for noise and gas emissions.

Predictive performance engineering for heavy equipment

Win with best-in-class real-world simulation and IoT solutions to create the next generation of heavy machinery. Integrate multi-physics design, simulation, testing, and field data analytics into common and connected workflows to produce accurate results faster, and at a lower cost with Siemens Predictive Performance Engineering.

Accelerated equipment design for heavy equipment

Accelerated Equipment Design helps OEMs address challenges that slow down equipment design, such as dealing with many design variants, increased complexity, regulatory compliance, and disconnected workflows.

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E-commerce and exigent consumers disrupting material handling

From warehouse management to shop-floor operations, to field operations, and more - material handling spans a wide range of activities, all requiring dedicated machinery. That led to a fragmented material handling equipment market, with a lot of niche specialization, and a relatively stable competitive landscape in each subsegment. Today, however, ongoing evolutions are disrupting the status quo. These include accelerated adoption of e-commerce, consumer expectations like same-day delivery, stock-keeping units (SKUs) becoming commonplace, the deployment of warehouse networks, aging workforce, and more. Their common outcome is increased demand for digitalization, automation and integration of services and activities.

Increased material handling digitalization and automation

New applications, based on emerging technologies like automation and artificial intelligence (AI), are rapidly gaining ground, including autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and automated storage-and-retrieval systems (ASRS). Material handling equipment OEMs must embrace such innovations, upgrade their offering, and/or diversify their activities. They must redirect their focus to resolving fundamental questions like how to shorten overall lead times while logistics become increasingly complex. And next, how to achieve this while minimizing total cost of ownership, aiming at longer replacement cycles and lower maintenance, and in a sustainable way, with regulations for safety and emissions becoming ever more stringent?

Faster design and delivery of material handling equipment

Material handling equipment OEMs are at a critical point in their existence, where they need to define their future span of activities. The must investigate what is necessary to deliver the innovative material handling solutions and business models that will make them successful. Meanwhile they need to secure their daily business by timely delivery of mainstream equipment. By accelerating the design and delivery of their material handling equipment, Siemens Digital Industries Software provides OEMs with the necessary bandwidth to explore the feasibility of innovative applications and take the lead in an industry that is in full transformation.

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