PLANO, Texas, March 3, 2008 – Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced that the Siemens CIO Global Forum, the governing body at Siemens, has approved the 3D JT data format for the long-term data retention of product information throughout its entire global enterprise. The company selected JT over all other relevant data formats after a comprehensive evaluation.
The decision marks Siemens AG’s first global standardization of Siemens PLM Software technology since the company acquired Siemens PLM Software – formerly known as UGS – in May 2007.
“Siemens, like all leading global corporations, utilizes technology and services from many providers. While Siemens has clearly committed to PLM industry leadership with our solutions, we understand that its internal needs will always be driven by the Siemens business strategy and requirements as well as its culture of technology openness,” said Tony Affuso, chairman and CEO of Siemens PLM Software. “Therefore, while the JT evaluation took place well before our acquisition, we are particularly gratified by this decision because it serves as the latest validation of the superiority of our JT technology.”
Siemens AG is comprised of a wide variety of self-governed business units that produce a diverse set of products for multiple industries. This diversity creates a heterogeneous landscape of product development software applications that produce 3D product information in multiple data formats. As a result, the company needed a common and flexible format that was compatible with all of its various 3D systems so that product data could be accurately retained and retrieved over time. The ability to facilitate the potential consolidation of its product development software applications in the future was also a significant consideration.
“Long-term data retention is of vital importance to Siemens, so we needed to ensure the common format we selected was a widely adopted, open and published standard that could precisely represent the extensive range of our product geometry and specifications, yet still employ a reasonably small file size for speed and efficiency,” said Reinhold Achatz, head of Siemens Corporate Research and Technologies. “After several years of experience with all of the primary 3D formats, we conducted a thorough evaluation of each one based on a wide variety of critical criteria. JT emerged as the clear choice over all others due in part to its superior versatility and its de facto standard status in key industries we serve. JT’s robust and flexible capabilities can address the broadest spectrum of needs for not only Siemens but also for any manufacturing organization.”
The JT data format serves as a common 3D language for enabling product visualization and information sharing between PLM software applications. The robust functionality and lightweight nature of JT makes it possible to view and share product data, manufacturing information and interactive images worldwide, in real-time and throughout all phases of the product lifecycle. JT represents the de facto standard for 3D visualization, collaboration and data sharing within key industries such as automotive and aerospace. The JT Open consortium is a community of global leaders that view PLM as a competitive advantage and have adopted the JT standard.
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.
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.
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