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Siemens PLM Software Introduces Teamcenter 9; Enables Better Decision Making in Product Development

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 Teamcenter® software, the world’s most widely used PLM system. Teamcenter 9 delivers new solutions and enhancements across the portfolio in support of Siemens PLM Software’s HD-PLM vision, which was established to help companies make better informed decisions more efficiently and with a higher level of confidence.

Teamcenter helps companies deliver increasingly complex products while maximizing productivity and streamlining global operations. The Teamcenter 9 release adds a new integrated systems engineering solution and tightens the integration across the unified architecture so companies can make smarter decisions with better visibility into the impact of those decisions. Enhancements across the entire Teamcenter portfolio significantly improve productivity so companies can get to market faster, while reducing total cost of ownership.

“To face the challenge of increasing globalization of the enterprise and the ever-growing complexity of products, our customers require a more intelligent PLM system that provides the right information to the right person at the right time,” said Eric Sterling, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Lifecycle Collaboration Software, Siemens PLM Software. “Teamcenter 9 continues to build on the unified architecture with a more integrated approach to connecting the information generated by teams across the extended enterprise, while giving them a more personalized and productive user experience.”

Systems Engineering

The new Teamcenter systems engineering solution provides a fully-integrated approach to systems engineering and requirements management. Unlike traditional systems engineering solutions that use stand-alone tools for system modeling, documenting interfaces, and documenting requirements, Teamcenter delivers a more systems-driven approach to product development that is managed from within the Teamcenter environment. This enables a common view of the system up and down the value chain, helping to eliminate costly late-stage system integration problems that result from requirements not being tied to physical implementation. Teamcenter 9 accelerates the product development process through intelligently integrated information, and ensures all departments and disciplines are using synchronized product information.

In addition, integrations with familiar best-in-class tools like Microsoft’s Outlook® messaging software, Word, Excel® spreadsheet software, and Visio® software, as well as MathWorks’ MATLAB® environment and Simulink® environment, support a variety of methodologies for systems definition and modeling using the tools that engineers are used to using.

Content Management

Technical documentation is a critical component of product development as it supports the delivery of documents such as user guides and repair manuals along with the release of a product. In the past, product development needed to be completed before documentation could be created due to the ever-changing nature of design.

The enhanced integration of content management in Teamcenter 9 allows product documentation to be created in parallel with the design process. This ensures that changes are communicated as they occur and their impact can drive documentation more efficiently. Moreover, because today’s products often have multiple options and variations, Teamcenter content management supports configuration-driven documentation that reuses common components of text, graphics and meta-data. This provides efficient, context-based multi-channel publishing to support the need for multi-media delivery on different devices and in multiple languages to support global markets.

In addition, an even tighter integration to Cortona3D’s Rapid Author application enables documents to be created with illustrations that remain linked to the design data they describe so changes can ripple all the way through to the documentation. The new release also supports the latest version of the S1000D standard used in aerospace and government documentation as well as the DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture).

Service Lifecycle Management

Siemens PLM Software extends its Service Lifecycle Management vision with a new service scheduling and execution module. Service scheduling and execution have traditionally been separate activities conducted outside of PLM. This has made it difficult to track whether service has been completed in compliance with published procedures, which increases safety risks, product failures, or even downtime that could result in additional costs or fines.

Teamcenter 9 integrates the service scheduling and execution management solutions, enabling companies to more effectively control cost by defining and efficiently scheduling service orders and tasks. Teamcenter 9 helps optimize service organizations’ resources, improve service throughput and reduce asset downtime. Teamcenter tracks and captures the execution of these service tasks to maintain an accurate history of assets and service records. Service personnel can also use the feedback capability to provide input to engineers further helping to increase product performance and reliability.

Process-based User Experience

Product development requires the involvement of both occasional and “power-users” who work in varying disciplines with varying needs and who need to access the right PLM data for the task at hand. Teamcenter 9 makes it easy to tailor the user experience with stylesheets that can streamline processes regardless of whether they use the traditional Teamcenter rich client (application) or thin client (web). The layout can now be easily customized to make it much easier for users to access task-specific information, actions, and behaviors, which results in a more streamlined and productive user experience.

Teamcenter 9 is available immediately. For more information on these and other enhancements in Teamcenter 9, please visit www.siemens.com/plm/teamcenter9

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 to deliver 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 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.

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. Teamcenter is a trademark or registered trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Outlook, Excel and Visio are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. MATLAB and Simulink are trademarks or registered trademarks of The MathWorks, Inc. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

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