Siemens PLM Software Launches Tecnomatix 9 to Increase Planning and Manufacturing Productivity

Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:00am EDT

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Latest Release Includes New Features for Process Planning, Robotics and Virtual
Commissioning and Multiple Enhancements to Optimize Production Efficiency
PLANO, Texas--(Business Wire)--
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 the latest release of Tecnomatix
software, the company`s comprehensive digital manufacturing suite. Numerous
enhancements throughout Tecnomatix 9 - along with several new features in areas
such as process planning, robotics simulation and commissioning - create a
solution aimed at helping companies optimize their planning and manufacturing

"In order to respond to a changing market and prepare for opportunity during
economic downturns, companies need to rapidly develop new products while
maintaining high quality," said Ziyon Amram, vice president, Digital
Manufacturing Solutions, Siemens PLM Software. "The many enhancements and new
functionality of Tecnomatix 9 are designed to help organizations increase both
planning and manufacturing productivity resulting in production optimization,
cost reduction and the ability to efficiently reconfigure manufacturing systems
to meet changing market demands." 

Planning Productivity

The Tecnomatix suite, together with the new capabilities in today`s release,
enables collaborative engineering and improves the productivity of manufacturing
planners, supporting companies in their effort to bring products to market

Tecnomatix also leverages Teamcenter software, Siemens PLM Software`s digital
lifecycle management portfolio, as an integrated platform for manufacturing
planning, from process authoring through simulation to documentation.
Enhancements in Tecnomatix 9 support concepts such as re-use of best practices
and standardization, as well as tools helping to manage complexity, such as
change management. These tools help increase planning productivity and enable
planners to do more with less. 

One of the principal ways Tecnomatix 9 helps companies drive productivity is
through several new features aimed at automating various planning tasks. For
example, one new function allows for the rapid creation and exploration of
alternate product assembly/disassembly sequencing in order to optimize this
planning task and save time in creating assembly documentation. Another
automated planning task enhancement uses a higher level task description to
manipulate the Jack human model component of Tecnomatix in 3D virtual
environments. This capability can significantly reduce the time required for a
simulation study, allowing for the evaluation of various what-if scenarios
involving the simulation of humans in a manufacturing or maintenance

Tecnomatix 9 includes several additional enhancements targeted at increasing
planning productivity, usability improvements and a new manufacturing tooling
library. In addition, Tecnomatix offers tighter integration to Teamcenter,
enabling seamless manufacturing data collaboration between Tecnomatix
applications and the Teamcenter PLM backbone. 

Tecnomatix 9 brings planning and production more closely together, and helps
bridge the gap between virtual and real. With Tecnomatix 9, a new solution for
Dimensional Planning & Validation (DPV) is being introduced. DPV enables
capturing large amounts of as-built data from measurement devices on the
shop-floor and managing them in Teamcenter. Product designers as well as
manufacturing engineers can leverage powerful search and analysis functions to
analyze and compare quality data from various plants and thus optimize product
and process. 

"With the Tecnomatix solution, we have succeeded in introducing a fully
integrated planning system into our company," said Roland Weisser, plant
manager, ebm-papst St. Georgen GmbH & Co. KG. "From design and planning to the
after-sales stage, we are able to map the entire production lifecycle. The
planning data can be re-used at any time and the production planners can access
existing documentation for the same process and the same machine or system." 

Manufacturing Productivity

In addition to addressing the planning process, Tecnomatix 9 also contains
multiple new features and enhancements focused on manufacturing productivity.
These features and enhancements further strengthen the power of Tecnomatix to
help companies virtually optimize their manufacturing processes with software
tools designed to maximize the productivity of existing lines and facilitate the
commissioning of new ones. 

In the area of robotics simulation, Tecnomatix 9 offers a number of new
capabilities including a new automatic path planning function that significantly
reduces the effort for the offline programming of robots. In addition, the
Tecnomatix virtual commissioning capability allows for testing real PLC
controller programs against virtual manufacturing lines and can lead to a
dramatic reduction in commissioning time on the shop floor. Furthermore,
standard libraries of intelligent components significantly reduce the time and
effort spent on virtual commissioning projects by eliminating the time necessary
to manually create logic definitions from scratch. 

"Virtual commissioning provides real and tangible benefits and addresses one of
manufacturing's fundamental issues: getting product to market in a timely and
competitive manner," said Dick Slansky, senior analyst for PLM, ARC Advisory
Group. "With today`s release of Tecnomatix 9, Siemens PLM Software continues to
approach PLM and digital manufacturing in an integrated and holistic manner that
is consistent with the needs of its customers. Virtual commissioning represents
one of the immediate paybacks of the Tecnomatix digital manufacturing technology
and offers a concrete value proposition. Many manufacturers will find that the
potential benefits already available provide a compelling reason to embrace this
technology today." 

Tecnomatix 9 enables companies to boost manufacturing productivity in several
other areas of the manufacturing environment such as factory layout and space
consumption, manual workflow processes and material flow.

* More realistic digital human models enhance ergonomic studies and aid with the
early detection and correction of potential issues. 
* An enhanced time analysis and management capability includes the ability to
analyze value added tasks versus non value added tasks. 
* Tighter integration between Teamcenter and the FactoryCAD solution in
Tecnomatix improves factory design data management and collaboration. 
* Multiple improvements to the Tecnomatix Plant Simulation application enhance
the users` ability to reduce inventory, detect potential bottlenecks, optimize
material flow, and quickly model even the most complex environments.

"The simulation and virtual commissioning applications in Tecnomatix enable us
to identify potential issues in a digital environment before they become
expensive problems on the factory floor," said Jordan Merhib, director of
Business Development, Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. "Tecnomatix
enables us to help our customers avoid multiple problems that would lead to
missed delivery schedules and lost revenue. We are confident that we will be
able to take advantage of several of the new capabilities in Tecnomatix 9 to
further improve our customer`s overall production productivity." 

Tecnomatix 9 is available immediately. For more information, please visit 

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 

About the 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, Tecnomatix, Jack and FactoryCAD are trademarks or registered
trademarks 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. 

Siemens PLM Software
Jim Phelan, 314-264-8216

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