PLANO, Texas, April 22, 2009 - Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced support for the independent S1000D technical publication standard within the integrated content management solution of its Teamcenter® software suite. Already adopted throughout the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry, S1000D is being embraced due to its designed intent to reduce the time and costs associated with publishing, exchanging and maintaining technical information.
“Because we deliver a comprehensive PLM portfolio with an integrated content management solution Teamcenter users already had the ability to fully synchronize product documentation activities with product engineering activities,” said Steve Bashada, vice president of Teamcenter Applications, Siemens PLM Software. “With today’s announcement we can now enable all of our customers producing and exchanging technical publications to experience the efficiency provided by the S1000D standard while maintaining the unique advantages of the Teamcenter content management offering.”
In today’s global manufacturing environment, most products – especially in the A&D industry – are the result of collaboration among many suppliers with one principle integrator. The technical information about systems, subsystems and components comes from all parts of the global supply chain. S1000D takes a completely data-centric approach to the storage and publication of technical information. Content is broken down into reusable "data modules" which are managed in Teamcenter as a standard compliant Common Source Database (CSDB). The modules are then retrieved and assembled to meet pre-defined business and structural requirements.
"S1000D is having a major impact on publications in the A&D space,” said Rick Schochler, COO of Crowell Solutions, a Dallas, Texas based consultancy specializing in business intelligence, content management/S1000D and application development. “One of the major topics that groups are dealing with is how best to handle parts information within an S1000D environment. The ability to reuse product data straight from the engineering source is a huge advantage to writers who need to insure part information is accurate with respect to product configuration. Teamcenter content management provides the ability to do this by pulling publications staff into the engineering repository and sharing that info."
Using Teamcenter with S1000D support, customers can easily change, control and configure technical information in a collaborative environment that ensures documentation will be synchronized with the product and conform to the standard. The result provides customers with the opportunity to produce more sophisticated documentation in less time and at a significantly reduced cost. In addition, consumers of the information get documentation in a format that is understandable and predictable, and therefore easier to use.
The content management capability in Teamcenter is a dynamic publishing solution integral to the overall PLM process, enabling companies to automate the assembly and publishing of product or service information in multiple languages and formats. The offering builds on the state-of-the-art data management and collaboration technology of Teamcenter, to deliver a content management solution that treats product-related documentation as an intrinsic part of the product itself. The result is a proven solution that eliminates the manual, repetitive, error-prone steps typically associated with the development of technical publications. Using this content management solution, companies can develop richer, more interactive and accurate documentation that is synchronized with the underlying product data and can be generated in less time and with less resources. Teamcenter also makes it easy to localize documentation with multiple language support, compile content to reflect product variants, or adapt to match a customized product and deliver that content by appropriate means.
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 5.9 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.
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.
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