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THE COMPANY: Ottawa Mould Craft Ltd. develops customized plastic product for a wide range of industrial applications. These include telecommunications equipment such as phones, connectors, cable management, fibre optics connectors and cellular phones. It develops consumer products including tools, toys, pagers and furniture components. The company also manufactures protective equipment and breathing apparatus for the military.THE CHALLENGE: The company has been an IQMS customer since 2003. Prior to implementing IQMS EnterpriseIQ, Ottawa did not operate any formal ERP system. It used spreadsheets. The company was using separate, multiple programs for its accounting, sales management, marketing and a third software solution for shipping. Even when bundled, Ottawa’s systems lacked the functionality and interoperability needed to mange its business effectively. David Beal, vice president of Ottawa, Inc. describes the company’s old system as, "between a crystal ball and Ouija board."THE STRATEGY: After an extensive review of competitive vendors and software, Ottawa selected EnterpriseIQ, which provides a powerful and cohesive solution that meets the unique and varied requirements of industry specific manufacturers. Ottawa was impressed with its features, such as a comprehensive financial management system, real time machine monitoring, regrind usage and consumption capabilities, multi-level bills of manufacture and multi-tool and family-tool functionality."Ottawa Mould Craft Ltd. spent four years researching the best software for our company and we are convinced when all things are considered IQMS was the best choice and still is," says vice-president David Veal.After working out minor compatibility glitches with a third party software Ottawa was using, IQMS technical support and customer service helped" Ottawa achieve a flexible, lean and robust solution to run its injection molding and manufacturing platform. THE RESULTS: IQMS was the only solutions provider that was able to assist in establishing its new ERP platform around the company’s multi-system configuration, saving Ottawa money, both in capital investment costs and manpower during implementation.Ottawa is bound by quality standards to exceed customers’ expectations both in product performance and customer service, and EnterpriseIQ has been central to this effort. While most technology companies target markets, IQMS targets customers. According to Veal, IQMS EnterpriseIQ technical support for customers is one of the most powerful features of the software. IQMS has saved Ottawa ten times of what they were previously paying with third party software. Having a single-source, Web-enabled ERP solution has allowed Ottawa to centralize its business activity, and improve its overall effectiveness and efficiency of operations. As a comprehensive solution, EnterpriseIQ enables Ottawa’s separate business areas to consistently achieve the rigorous quality standards set forth under ISO certification.• Browse back to the 2009 Software Case Study Guide Index for many more software applications.
THE COMPANY: Oakville, Ont.-based Integral Machining Ltd. machines and designs precision parts to the aerospace, medical, alternative fuel, instrumentation and photonics industries.THE CHALLENGE: President Peter Reypa said the company felt that in order to be more efficient, they needed to get into the Swiss-turn market with machines that are very fast, with multi-axis capability and extreme accuracy requirements. However, programming for these machines can be very complex and time consuming. THE STRATEGY: When they purchased their Tornos machine, at first they used the software that came with the machine; but when they saw Delcam PartMaker at a trade show, he was amazed at how easy it was to program. "With PartMaker we were able to combine the speed of the machine with PartMaker’s robust postprocessor," Reypa said, reducing programming time from six to one hour.The software breaks complicated part surfaces into sets of planes or faces, so machining tasks like turning, plane milling and cylinder milling are carried out separately and for each face in a intuitive manner. All this can be documented so the operator can handle even the most complex part quickly and easily. The software provides the link between the engineering department – which designs its product using both 2D drafting and 3D solid modeling – and the manufacturing department, is tasked with producing the parts.THE RESULTS: "The really big benefit to having PartMaker is the ability to take the solid model, or even the DXF file, coming out of our engineering department for the part and immediately import it and be able to view it, edit it as necessary, and generate accurate toolpaths," said CNC programming manager Andrew Sweeting. Thanks to a close collaboration between Tornos and the PartMaker developers, a special data-file format generated by PartMaker can be directly imported into Tornos’ TB-Deco software. This ensures accurate transfer of the SwissCAM toolpaths"As a business owner, for me, it’s all about speed," commented Mr Reypa. "With such powerful tools at our disposable, my staff and I can give customers the attention to details needed when producing components." Whether it is a single part or complete assembly using electronic files or blueprints, with the system IML has in place, they can offer a very quick turnaround.• Browse back to the 2009 Software Case Study Guide Index for many more software applications.
THE COMPANY: Toronto-based Mercor Lighting Group distributes lighting products for residential, industrial, retail and commercial customers in Canada and the United States. The company has annual revenues of approximately $20 million and currently employs 40 people. Mercor is the result of a merger between Mercury Lighting of Toronto and Eclairage Corlite of Montreal.THE CHALLENGE: Following the merger of Toronto’s Mercury Lighting of Toronto and Montreal’s Éclairage Corlite in 2002, Mercor has enjoyed an increase in market share. Given this rapid growth and the competitive nature of its industry, Mercor needed to standardize business processes, and consolidate inventory management and go-to-market strategies across its organization. The company also aimed to increase precision of managing inventory and enhance client and supplier relationships to ensure continued success and profitability. In addition, Mercor wanted to improve its ability to support growth, as it looked to further expand across Canada through organic growth and future acquisitions." THE STRATEGY: Mercor decided to integrate its IT systems to increase visibility across its supply chain and enable better decision-making. The company partnered with Implanciel (now known as Fortsum Business Solutions) and SAP Canada to implement the SAP Business One application, which helps small businesses to streamline operations and manage their entire business, including financials, sales, customer relationships and inventory using a single solution. It can be tailored to meet industry-specific requirements and is scalable to support changing needs as businesses grow. Using a phased approach, Mercor implemented the software in Montreal and then moved to Toronto.THE RESULTS: Since implementing SAP, Mercor has improved inventory visibility, reduced data entry errors and simplified transfers between locations–reducing annual inventory costs by 10 percent. The company has also optimized its procurement processes and improved its ability to audit suppliers to choose the most suitable one at any given time. This enables Mercor to fulfill orders quickly and effectively, which in turn has improved customer satisfaction and retention.Mercor has streamlined its financial and reporting processes and reduced invoicing costs by approximately $8,000 per year. The company has also improved its sales management and has seen a significant increase in profitability. In addition, Mercor has increased efficiency in its IT systems without increasing support costs and established a platform that can support future expansion and integrate acquisitions more easily. "SAP software has become the backbone of our company, providing IT stability and support for our critical business processes," Mercor owner Eric Tordjman said.
Michigan-based Fisher & Company, an automobile seating safety systems and precision metal parts manufacturer, has chosen to deploy the 2X ApplicationServer for Windows Terminal Services to optimizing company-wide access to critical server-based applications. Its use will give the company’s users effective remote application delivery, supporting over 300 global users in company offices based in the United States, Mexico, Germany, India and Japan.Network administrator Kevin McDaid is responsible for guaranteeing day-to-day mission-critical software access to company employees, regardless of location. The company had previously deployed nine 2003 Citrix Presentation Server 4.5 servers for the task; yet with an initial product cost of $75,000, not including $11,000 in annual maintenance fees, he became concerned with the constraints Citrix’s solution placed on his IT department budget. Through his switch to the 2X ApplicationServer solution, Kevin retained all of the functionality previously provided by Citrix at a total cost of about $12,000, including maintenance fees, a savings of 86 percent in operational costs.Additional savings from ApplicationServer accrued through increased server operational longevity. McDaid remarked that by choosing a 2X solution, his "servers can go a lot longer between reboots." He added that he could "add more users to each server, which means I have less servers to administer," not only reducing server administration and energy costs, but also saving him the time and hassle required to maintain larger server farms.He was immediately impressed with the efficiency possible through a 2X solution, as ApplicationServer installation took approximately six hours, a stark contrast to the "two days required to install our nine Citrix servers, resulting primarily from Citrix-required policy updates and modifications."2X business development manager, Scott Sims, explained that the company was "proud that Fisher & Company chose 2X for their global application and desktop delivery. 2X ApplicationServer protects companies from exploding software maintenance and administration costs. To stay competitive, companies are becoming increasingly dependent on flexible and secure access to their applications and data from anywhere. With centrally managed and published applications, businesses can optimize access to their network."An example of the flexibility of 2X’s products is shown in the way their solution has effectively addressed the unique facets of Fisher & Company’s corporate culture. Many at the company occasionally avoid traveling to the corporate office, working instead from their respective home offices – yet they still require full-time network support for vital tasks, such as printing critical documents. To address this potential dilemma, the 2X Universal Printing driver, which is automatically included with the 2X enterprise license, provides users print capabilities regardless of location."Our printing problems have disappeared since we started using the 2X ApplicationServer with Universal Printing," McDaid said.Perhaps more important is the way the 2X solution was seamlessly integrated with existing company processes, since out of the hundreds of users occasionally working from home offices, all have "been able to map to their local printer without any problems." Though McDaid typically expects occasional product functioning glitches, such as the fact that "printing difficulties were a constant issue with Citrix servers, he was pleasantly surprised that while his cost savings were significant, the less expensive 2X solution also provided improved functionality.McDaid also appreciated the freely distributed 2X ThinClient Operating System included with his purchase. To address specific needs within the company, it retained a number of custom-built computers, for which new operating systems would ordinarily have to be purchased. Utilizing the ThinClient Operating System with the 2X ApplicationServer allowed these computers to operate effectively without the need for additional operating system purchases, which he estimates has saved the company "roughly $100 per unit so far."Though valuable in cutting corporate operating costs, McDaid sees such additional features as indicative of 2X’s commitment to addressing corporate remote application publishing needs as a complete, effective solution, stating that the "2X team was effective in not only addressing my individual product issues, but also finding a comprehensive solution to my remote application computing needs as a whole."The success has encouraged McDaid to pursue increased engagement with the company to provide similar solutions in the future. He states that he trusts 2X to provide him with "effective solutions that improve and simplify server-based computing issues," and that he looks forward to implementing 2X products and services in the future.For more information, contact 2X at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .www.2x.com
National Instruments, a leader in control design and embedded systems, and SolidWorks Corp., a leader in mechanical design software, have collaborated on a mechatronics tool that helps mechanical and control engineers work together to lower the cost and risk of motion system design.Seamlessly connecting NI LabVIEW graphical system design software and SolidWorks 3D CAD software, the new virtual prototyping solution helps engineers and scientists design, optimize, validate and visualize the real-world performance of machines and motion systems before incurring the costs of physical prototypes. Because LabVIEW is used for controlling the virtual prototype, engineers and scientists can deploy their graphical software to physical NI hardware with little to no change to the code."The increasing complexity of machine designs demands better collaboration between different engineering disciplines including mechanical, electrical and control," said Jeff Ray, CEO of DS SolidWorks. "SolidWorks and National Instruments have developed a prototyping solution that dramatically shortens the gap between idea and reality."Mechatronics-oriented design tools improve machine development by simulating the interaction between mechanical and electrical subsystems throughout the design process. Historically, teams of engineers from different disciplines worked in silos and in sequential development. Design decisions were made independently, resulting in longer development times and higher costs. Now, to streamline development in a mechatronics approach, the teams work in parallel and collaborate on design, prototyping and deployment. The ability to create virtual prototypes is a critical aspect of the mechatronics approach because it helps engineers and scientists explore machines before they are built."We live in a multi-domain world, so designers should have access to best-of-class tools in each domain," said James Truchard, president, CEO and co-founder of National Instruments. "By combining two of the most powerful design tools, LabVIEW and SolidWorks, we are giving engineers and scientists a new way to collaborate more effectively and innovate more quickly."The seamless integration of the LabVIEW 2009 NI SoftMotion Module and SolidWorks software delivers a design environment that is ideal for virtual prototyping. Existing SolidWorks CAD models can be easily connected to LabVIEW, which automatically links the motor actuators and position sensors defined in the model. Using the high-level functions provided by the NI SoftMotion for SolidWorks, engineers and scientists can develop sophisticated motion control applications that include logic based on sensor feedback. Design teams, customers and sales engineers then can use the virtual prototype to visualize realistic machine operations and analyze cycle time performance. By using LabVIEW and SolidWorks, the mechanical dynamics of a machine, including mass and friction effects, as well as motor and mechanical actuator torque requirements, can be simulated before parts are specified."The SolidWorks and LabVIEW connection gives our R&D teams the ability to develop a virtual prototype in advance of a physical build," said Dr. John White, chief engineer at NCR Corporation. "LabVIEW controls the motion trajectories while SolidWorks can be used to calculate the driving forces, power requirements and stresses. Together, these two development tools provide our engineers with the data needed for full design analysis and optimization."The new virtual prototyping solution also makes it easy to deploy motion applications, validated using the SolidWorks 3D CAD environment, to NI embedded control platforms such as the NI CompactRIO programmable automation controller (PAC). Because the application was developed in LabVIEW, the same code used to create the virtual prototype can be deployed to physical NI hardware with little to no programming changes. Additionally, engineers and scientists can use the new NI 951x C Series drive interfaces to achieve direct connectivity to hundreds of stepper and servo drives and motors from NI and third-party vendors.www.ni.com/digitalprototypingwww.solidworks.com
For more than a quarter of a century, database software giant Oracle has been providing reliable, secure and integrated technologies managing business systems and information. A partnership with Kepware Technologies, a leader in communications for automation, connects to hundreds of protocols and a wide variety of control equipment enhancing the integration of connectivity from plant floor equipment to Oracle's manufacturing applications found in the Oracle E-Business Suite, including Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center (OMOC) and Oracle Discrete Manufacturing.However, before this partnership was finalized, Oracle contracted with a third party, Geometric Ltd., to test environment, scenarios and procedures to deliver unbiased results of the KEPServerEX OPC server as a quality data connector solution." "Amit Singh, director of product strategy for the OMOC, comments that "we place a very high degree of importance on rigorous testing and certification to ensure smooth integration and great customer experience." Therefore, Oracle enlisted Geometric to perform the testing and certification of the integration between OMOC and KEPServerEX. The KEPServerEX solves the complex problem of connecting fragmented disconnected shop floor data to the business context of the customer’s back office systems. The OMOC, with a data model based on ISA-95 industry standard, applies a pre-built, flexible and extensible adapters to connect the existing infrastructure, manufacturing execution systems (MES) and ERP systems, converting raw shop floor data into meaningful business KPI (key performance indicators) information. A robust contextualization rules engine drives pre-built key performance indicators and analytics, delivered in Oracle’s easy to configure and extendable Business Intelligence (BI) technology. All the components combined deliver real-time monitoring and analysis of shop floor operations that provide a foundation for running Continuous Improvement (CI) programs such as Lean and Six Sigma.Geometric established a KEPServerEX OPC server testing project in the OMOC Lab in Pune, the eighth largest city in India. This facility mimics a realistic shop-floor systems environment with the complete test setup of the connectivity solutions from Oracle’s shop floor communication provider partners, and PLCs. In this lab, tests for flawless connectivity and integration are conducted, resulting in rejection or endorsement. This process ensures quality in an environment where the ultimate solution relies on a combination of products from different vendors. Performance TestingThe shop floor communication product was tested in several scenarios; the performance of response time to handle high frequency data, the correct processing of voluminous data and the reliability under heavy load in a high volume real-time production environment. Testing at a very high rate (one to five seconds) the shop-floor devices continuously generated data to insert into the OMOC device table. Oracle conducted further testing under high data intensity and volume, double checking for accurate recording, contextualizing and processing the data thus ensuring performance of their OMOC." "Not only was data produced at high frequency and volumes straining the systems to optimum capacity, the test scenario included performance monitoring tests. Different data acquisition frequencies and number of tags were utilized.During the entire test, procedures included accounting for various time factors of the different situations." Intervals were examined in correspondence to;1."" "Changes to data on the shop floor communication device 2."" "KEPServer reading data3."" "Data pushed into the OMOCMultiple time intervals were selected for various performance tests. A MicroLogix 1100 PLC was programmed to produce data for 15 tags configured inKEPServer. The PLC was switched on first, and after stabilization, the KEPServer effectively transferred data into the OMOC.ResultsThe KEPServer server performed successfully in writing data at high frequency to the OMOC with consistency in response, accuracy and stability. Exceeding actual shop floor conditions where typical frequency for data written is expected to be much lower."Geometric has gone beyond the general test scenarios to make sure that our customers can be fully confident about being able to connect to shop floor equipment and devices using Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center and partner solutions such as Kepware," Singh says. "We are grateful to our partner Kepware Technologies for working with Geometric and helping them build the entire infrastructure for the test laboratory. On their part, Geometric has displayed an amazing understanding of the manufacturing operations space and appreciation for real world customer issues. This case study is a Geometric document but we agree with and fully support their findings."Roy Kok, vice-president of sales and marketing for Kepware, further comments on the testing process as "Kepware has worked closely with Geometric to ensure they have a full understanding of our product capabilities, to support this evaluation, and to support Kepware partners requiring solution assistance."This testing encouraged Oracle to enlist Kepware Technologies as a key partner to gather real-time streaming data from plant equipment and control systems. Now Kepware ships an OMOC’s Connectivity Suite that can be configured to collect specific device tags in real-time and transfer them to the Center, which then contextualizes and aggregates the data into role based dashboards with specific KPIs including OEE.The end results for businesses are tools to maximize plant asset performance with a simplified solution to connect hundreds of protocols and a wide variety of control equipment.www.kepware.comwww.oracle.comwww.geometricglobal.com
Autodesk Inc. has announced that design and engineering professionals can become Autodesk Certified in AutoCAD 2010, Autodesk Inventor 2010, Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 software. Becoming Autodesk Certified allows professionals, and companies boasting Autodesk Certified employees, to validate their industry skills and knowledge, demonstrate expertise and gain credibility. Customer demand has contributed to the huge growth of Autodesk Certification over the past year, increasing the number of Autodesk Certified professionals to more than 100,000. " "With engineering and design fields becoming increasingly competitive, certification gives employees an edge at a time when having one is critical to career success," said Barbara Bowen, certification program development manager, Autodesk. "Autodesk Certification allows experienced designers and engineers to validate acquired skills by receiving recognition for their knowledge of specific Autodesk software applications." www.autodesk.com/be-remarkable "
Rittal Systems Ltd. has launched a new way for users to access product models on its website at www.rittal.ca.This new feature provides CAD models for Rittal’s industrial, IT, climate control and busbar power distribution solutions including enclosures, racks and accessories in a variety of native, neutral and image formats. The database contains two-dimensional drawings and three-dimensional models for over 2,000 Rittal parts in low, medium and high resolutions to give users the ability to tailor the level of detail to their precise specifications.By utilizing this tool, denoted by a "3D" icon beside applicable part numbers or found by clicking the "Downloads" tab on the product detail pages of the website, customers can obtain product information online in an intuitive fashion, streamlining enclosure-system design.www.rittal.ca
Bosch Rexroth Canada is beating the recession blues for both itself and its customers by installing a new $1.5-million CNC machine and CAM software package that uses the latest technology to build customized hydraulic manifolds for its customers efficiently and for a competitive price. The economic outlook might be gloomy for some companies, but Bosch Rexroth Canada is looking ahead to a brighter future by taking a positive, proactive approach to helping its customers make the most of every manufacturing dollar. In the current tough economic conditions, Bosch Rexroth Canada is continuing to make investments centered around customer satisfaction, including implementing lean programs such as 5S, BPS (Bosch Production Systems) and continuous improvement of its processes and technology, resulting in greater value added to the products it provides to customers.Bosch Rexroth recently installed a brand-new, state-of-the-art CNC machining center and CAM software package at its Welland, Ont., facility, demonstrates Bosch Rexroth Canada’s commitment to its Canadian customers. The new $1.5 million investment will allow the company and its customers to stay competitive by delivering top quality Bosch Rexroth custom integrated hydraulic solutions for a variety of applications."We pride ourselves on providing strong engineering and manufacturing solutions meeting our customer’s requirements," says Dino Paladino, general manager of systems with Bosch Rexroth Canada. "Investing in state-of-the-art equipment and personnel training is key to our commitment to maintaining the level of service and satisfaction customers expect from Bosch Rexroth."The new CNC machine will provide the Welland facility with added flexibility and capacity to manufacture custom manifold blocks for Bosch Rexroth’s hydraulic solutions. A team of application engineers and designers develop the integrated circuits and manifold designs, then forward the information to the machining center for manufacturing.The new machine is a Mazak HCN 6800 horizontal machining center. It features a 10,000 RPM spindle speed, which provides fast, reliable machining of the blocks. The Mazak contains six pallets, where multiple work pieces can be loaded, offering great flexibility and the opportunity to perform unmanned machining over a period of time. Other features include a wide machining area and large table capacity, 330 tool storage magazine and cyber tool management to monitor tool condition.According to Paladino, the machine will increase Bosch Rexroth’s current capacity and, with the added flexibility, allow penetration into new market areas. As part of the project, Bosch Rexroth also implemented new CAM software to help improve the process. The software is Delcam’s FeatureCAM, which recognizes the features of the manifold block from the original three dimensional model, identifies the tooling required to manufacture the block, then creates the required machine code."The FeatureCAM software will eliminate the majority of programming typically required when trying to transfer information from our design group to the machine," Paladino says.www.boschrexroth.cawww.featurecam.com
Exact Software has announced the availability of the Exact Synergy Performance Suite, which enables the high performance workplace by combining one consolidated view of the business with role based performance management, activity monitoring and full-scale business analytics. This streamlines critical business processes and provides the means for clearer and quicker analysis, leading to higher performance and deeper customer satisfaction in as little as three to six months.Simply automating business transactions is no longer enough. Organizations today suffer from a lack of control and visibility into operations and complex IT infrastructures that are costly to maintain, the company says. The need to streamline and organize critical business processes while providing increased levels of visibility across the organization is what truly leads to better business performance, they add.The suite can be integrated with any back-office ERP system, which expands how businesses utilize core operational information previously restricted to a small set of knowledge workers. Ultimately, companies that select the Exact Synergy Performance Suite will conquering the traditional challenges that impede high performance (lack of visibility, complicated IT infrastructure, insufficient data structure that restricts actionable information, etc.). "As market needs evolve, so will our solutions," says Harry Merkin, VP of marketing for Exact Americas. "Synergy Performance Suite enables companies to improve control, transparency and organizational effectiveness all while realizing significant savings in infrastructure and operational costs. These are the demands of the industry today, and the Synergy Performance Suite is poised to meet those demands."The Exact Synergy Performance Suite is anchored by Exact Synergy Enterprise, the next stage in the evolution of Exact’s award winning Synergy product. Synergy Enterprise development has centered on maximizing the user experience and is based on the latest Microsoft technology (.Net). This new version offers web-based functional capabilities including HRM, CRM, Document Management, workflow, Knowledge Management, the ability to achieve compliance and Financial Consolidation, and features superior search functionality as well as an enhanced Software Development Kit.The Suite also includes Exact Business Analytics, providing the latest capabilities necessary to measure and analyze business performance, and Exact Event Manager, providing real-time activity monitoring capabilities.www.exactsoftware.com
Oracle's Agile Product Lifecycle Management 9.3 is a new offering with advanced risk analysis, an enterprise PLM backbone that integrates other applications and hundreds of productivity-enhancing innovations.This latest release equips customers to drive profitable innovations, mitigate risk, lower development and product costs and improve productivity across the entire product lifecycle. It also represents the latest milestone for Oracle's "Applications Unlimited" program, the company says.Enhancements include:• Product Risk Management, Supplier Risk Analysis, Part Risk Analysis, Product Quality Risk Analysis, Product Design Volatility Analysis.• Analytics enhancements with Agile PLM 9.2.2 and higher, such as Enterprise PLM Backbone allowing companies to integrate existing engineering and enterprise systems.• SOA Enterprise PLM Platform with modularized web services, event management and extensible scripting for all PLM components including CAD objects to easily deploy, integrate, mash-up and extend product lifecycle processes.• Integrated Product Master Data Management to manage data mappings, improve data quality and data governance across the heterogeneous systems integrated to the Enterprise PLM Backbone.• Oracle Application Integration Architecture (AIA) - Continued development of out-of-the-box open standards-based integrations to broader enterprise systems including Oracle and SAP.• User Productivity Tools, leveraging a Web 2.0 User Interface."PLM has become a highly strategic tool that can impact profitability, mitigate risks and improve enterprise productivity," said Oracle vice-president of PLM product strategy Hardeep Gulati. "With this latest release, Oracle extends its lead in delivering Enterprise-class PLM by giving organizations more out-of-the- box processes to support their corporate initiatives within the framework of a scalable, enterprise PLM backbone."www.oracle.com/plm
Dassault Systèmes has launched V6R2010, the latest release of its software offerings, and introduced 42 new V6 products supporting business processes in all industries. Joining them is a new offer, V6 PLM Express, tailored for mid-market businesses and small teams within large organizations.The PLM Express provides a single, open scalable platform in a pre-packaged, ready-to-use environment engineered for rapid deployment. It has online-enabled design-anywhere functionality, provides real-time seamless collaboration and supports multi-CAD interoperability and hybrid V4-V5 implementations.PLM Express’ role-based selections of the full V6 portfolio and its out-of-the-box configurations make the solution easy to buy and implement, the company says, and because all V6 solutions share the same interface and data model, mid-market users can inherently collaborate and integrate with OEMs."PLM 2.0 is an enterprise-wide business transformation catalyst integrating both industrial business processes and dedicated applications. V6’s lifelike experience, IP collaboration, modeling, simulation and manufacturing solutions provide customers an agnostic and federating platform that truly accelerates PLM 2.0 transformations," says Dominique Florack, senior executive vice-president of products, research and development.Additionally, the introduction of CATIA Live Shape allows casual users to quickly create design concepts in a lifelike environment and easily modify existing designs, including those from other CAD solutions. SIMULIA V6 DesignSight Structure makes advanced non linear finite element analysis technology available to non-experts." "Global industrial equipment companies of all sizes face increasing product variability and disruptions in the value chain while delivering ever faster innovative products." With V6 PLM Express, V6R2010 focuses on small and medium-sized companies with a sales configurator that entitles online component and sourcing management to lower the total cost of ownership. For the packaged goods industry, V6R2010 introduces a new ENOVIA CPG Accelerator. The Integrated Product Management accelerator integrates components and formula raw materials for product definition, enabling global change management and dynamic approval to accommodate regulated industry requirements. In addition, V6R2010 SIMULIA is bringing a major step for support of simulation lifecycle management processes for the industry.And for car makers, V6R2010 brings a breakthrough in the area of collaborative engineering and manufacturing for the automotive industry, OEMs and their suppliers. With a single PLM platform for IP management, V6 offers a seamless product to process integration without any engineering and manufacturing data duplication. DELMIA V6R2010 Robotics enables companies to develop multiple resource layouts for any given manufacturing process plan and provides key decision making tools to assess plant capacity, throughput, efficiency and associated costs. With online creation and collaboration, car makers can quickly exchange with partners and suppliers around the globe. www.3ds.com
Siemens PLM Software today said its laser-focus on industry automation and desire to improve productivity "from the shop floor to the executive suite" had guided the latest versions of both its Tecnomatix digital manufacturing suite and Teamcenter PLM software, according to a morning teleconference with company executives.Executive vice-president of marketing Dave Shirk said the enhanced software was aimed at boosting productivity for the global manufacturing industry "by bringing engineering and manufacturing together." The theme of the day was the state of the economy and the importance of continuing to invest in innovation."It is more important than ever for product-producing companies to elevate and optimize their overall productivity," said Chuck Grindstaff, CTO and executive vice-president of products."Our customers are evaluating every aspect of their business to look for new ways to improve productivity, from the shop floor to the executive suite. To respond to their needs, we have put an even sharper focus on developing creative tools and features in the new versions of Teamcenter and Tecnomatix that will help them unleash new levels of efficiency in product development and production."Tecnomatix 9Today’s launch of Tecnomatix 9 further extends the philosophy of "doing more with less" through a tighter integration with Teamcenter (see features below) and new functionality aimed at driving higher levels of planning and manufacturing productivity.The software suite drives manufacturing productivity in a variety of areas, including the optimization and commissioning of robots and automation equipment, manual workplace configuration to achieve output and safety objectives, efficient placement of factory equipment and material flow optimization.In the area of robotics simulation, Tecnomatix 9– started in 1983 for robotics automation–offers a number of new capabilities, including a new automatic path planning function that reduces the effort for the offline programming of robots. In addition, its virtual commissioning capability allows for testing real PLC controller programs against virtual manufacturing lines. Furthermore, the company says, standard libraries of intelligent components reduce the time and effort spent on virtual commissioning projects.""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 with the 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."Tecnomatix 9 updated 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.• Multiple improvements to the Tecnomatix Plant Simulation application enhance the users’ ability to reduce inventory, detect potential bottlenecks, optimize material flow and quickly model complex environments.It also helps improve planning productivity with integrated planning solutions that supply instant access to the latest product data while supporting capture, standardization and re-use of qualified manufacturing best practices.Teamcenter 8With today’s launch of Teamcenter 8, Siemens is delivering a variety of new features and modules aimed at driving productivity throughout the product lifecycle. Teamcenter serves as the single source of product and process knowledge for companies all over the world and in virtually every manufacturing industry. The new functionality in Teamcenter 8 focuses on boosting productivity for these organizations in three specific areas.It delivers individual productivity with an extensive Microsoft Outlook user interface and integration with Microsoft Office 2007. They've added a "ribbon" to the Microsoft Office toolbar, making it easier to interact with product information directly from within Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. The new Content and Document Management solution with its Office 2007 integration offers enhanced document management support for templates, embedded PLM menus and automatic rendering to standardize document processes, improve user productivity and reduce training costs.Teamcenter also now supports extended enterprise collaboration by sending compact packages of information via email. Teamcenter emails the desired files – including lightweight 3D JT data – that can be read by the recipients using either Teamcenter or the free JT2Go application. Teamcenter also includes new industry solutions for Aerospace & Defense, CPG, and Medical Devices along with hundreds of updates across other solution areas.www.siemens.com/plmwww.siemens.com/plm/tecnomatix9www.siemens.com/plm/teamcenter8
CAM software provider Delcam showcased a number of new products and new versions at a free Productivity Seminar held earlier this month at the Sandvik Canada Technical Center near Toronto."We hold these regular events to ensure our customers, and prospects alike, are aware of these new developments so that they can gain the maximum benefit from Delcam’s software," explained Delcam Canada vice-president Mark Cadogan. Enhancements were shown across Delcam’s range of CAM products, including FeatureCAM for feature-based programming of mills, lathes and complex multi-tasking and multi-axis machines; PartMaker for turn-mill equipment and Swiss type lathes; and PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining. "The most significant of the new developments was the latest version of PowerMILL, which incorporates support for parallel processing on multi-core computers. The result, the company says, is even-faster calculation times than PowerMILL 9, providing dramatically-increased output. Individual toolpaths can be generated more quickly and the user can prepare data in the foreground while the computer calculates toolpaths in the background." Furthermore, the computer will continue with a series of calculations automatically during the user’s breaks or overnight.Delcam’s range of quality control software was also featured, including the latest release of PowerINSPECT, which incorporates a new interface for "simple" measurements. Other enhancements include more flexible handling of geometric data sets, easier methods to add extra data and improved reporting."We were able to show our software range to existing and potential customers, and to several of our machine tool partners," Cadogan reported." "They all seemed very impressed with what they saw."I am sure those in attendance left with the impression that Delcam are making sure both that our products are here for the long haul and that we have every intention of coming out of the current economic times stronger than most of our competition."
Note: Since this announcement, Siemens PLM Software released the latest versions of its Teamcenter 8 and Tecnomatix 9 software suites. Check out Manufacturing AUTOMATION's coverage.IBM and Siemens PLM Software announced joint offerings to help companies share manufacturing plans and product data, and improve the management of products throughout their lifecycle–from design and manufacturing to end-of-life planning and recycling."As products become more sophisticated and the number of suppliers and manufacturers increases around the globe," the company says, "companies need a more intelligent and well-connected framework to support the accurate exchange of millions of data transactions. These transactions are important in the design and manufacturing of mechanical, software and electrical components critical in products from planes and ships to global positioning systems and cell phones."Using IBM's Product Development Integration Framework (PDIF) as a development platform and primary integration environment, Siemens will deliver "ready-to-use" solutions built on its Teamcenter PLM software portfolio and IBM WebSphere and Information Management (DB2). PDIF also enables a richer integration between Siemens Teamcenter and Rational Software Platform for Systems.Additionally, IBM and Siemens will jointly provide a range of services including consulting and implementation, systems integration and application hosting." ""By using a flexible software environment, companies have a framework for marrying key PLM business processes to technology initiatives that offer a structured approach to managing the life of a product," said Michael Wheeler, vice-president of IBM PLM and Supply Chain Solutions.""For line-of-business users from product development to supply chain it means faster access to information and better performance to support collaboration for global product development," stated Michael Burkett, leading industry analyst and vice-president of AMR Research. "The technology certification is significant in its depth where Teamcenter PLM is now optimized to run on IBM applications including WebSphere and DB2," he added.By exploiting the open computing flexibility of IBM's service-oriented architecture (SOA) and IBM's PDIF, companies can address the challenge of making sure millions of pieces of data and design plans are exchanged accurately throughout the product lifecycle communities." The companies says this combination helps companies build, extend and transform their existing infrastructures incrementally over time by allowing multiple systems to re-use business services and incorporate new technologies such as web-based collaboration across the product supply chain.www.ibm.com/solutions/plmwww.siemens.com/plm

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