08 June 2012

Solid Edge Software Helps University of Tokyo Win NHK University Robot Contest

TOKYO – June 8, 2012 – 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 that the University of Tokyo's Department of Engineering, Teiyukai RoboTech (the University of Tokyo RoboTech) won the NHK Robocon University Robot Contest, using robots designed with Solid Edge® software, a complete hybrid 2D/3D CAD system that uses synchronous technology for accelerated design, faster revisions, and better reuse, to help companies design better. The team went on to win the ABU Robocon award at the ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest. “Participating in the University of Tokyo RoboTech is very significant in nurturing students’ humanity and technical capabilities,” said Professor Yasuo Kuniyoshi, advisor of the University of Tokyo RoboTech, and Department of intelligent machinery of the School of Information Science and Technology at the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo. “We look forward to continue working with Siemens PLM Software and producing even greater results.”

The software was provided through an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM™ initiative that provides PLM technology to more than one million students yearly at more than 11,000 global institutions. Siemens PLM Software now offers a free student edition of Solid Edge to students throughout the world at any academic level. At the mechanical related departments of the University of Tokyo, in addition to being used in students’ design and drafting lectures by Professor Tamotsu Murakami, Solid Edge is also used in extra-curricular activities such as the Robo Tech Team, and offers students a chance to acquire knowledge and practical experience.

“Siemens PLM Software is delighted that the use of Solid Edge software has contributed to the University of Tokyo RoboTech’s achievement,” said Taro Shimada, vice president, Japan Operations of Siemens PLM Software. “Through our GO PLM program we are able to help enhance design and manufacturing education at Japan’s premier education institutions. By supporting academic institutions, we will continue to help nurture human talent to sustain manufacturing in the future.”

Solid Edge streamlines machine design and boosts productivity

By designing robots using Solid Edge, the University of Tokyo RoboTech was able to perform interference checks, strength and weight calculations, and digitally simulate parts which formerly could not have been verified unless they were physically manufactured. The use of Solid Edge also helped the team create a streamlined design process for the robot prototype, which was formerly time-consuming and expensive. Sharing and managing Solid Edge 3D data among team members enabled them to design various parts of a single robot concurrently and then assemble the parts together, helping further reduce design and build time. Solid Edge was also used to design the competition field and to simulate the operation of the robot.

“Before using Solid Edge, we prepared our design plans individually on paper. However, as the machines grew in complexity and scale, there was a limit to designing by hand so we switched to Solid Edge team designing,” said Takumi Akazaki, manager for 2012 University of Tokyo RoboTech. “We can now get precise images from data to position dimensions and to classify files during assembly. This creates a design that can be easily understood by all team members. The new Student Edition of Solid Edge enhances access by allowing individual students to download it directly. This makes it even easier to use Solid Edge.”

The University of Tokyo's Department of Engineering, Teiyukai RoboTech

The University of Tokyo RoboTech has entered the NHK University RoboCon 10 years in a row, and has managed to win the National Championship three times, as well as winning a worldwide competition ABU RoboCon Grand Prix. The university won the ABU Robocon Award, the world’s most prestigious award of its kind. This was only the second time that a Japanese team had won that award since 2002. In recognition of these results, the team was awarded the University of Tokyo’s 1st President’s Award.

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 7 million licensed seats and more than 71,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies, delivering open solutions to help them make smarter decisions that result in better products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About the Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) supports the entire value chain of its industrial customers – from product design to production and services – with an unmatched combination of automation technology, industrial control technology, and industrial software. With its software solutions, the Division can shorten the time-to-market of new products by up to 50 percent. Industry Automation comprises five Business Units: Industrial Automation Systems, Control Components and Systems Engineering, Sensors and Communications, Siemens PLM Software, and Water Technologies. For more information, visit www.siemens.com/industryautomation

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