April 03, 2006
Tecnomatix 7.6 Released For Digital Manufacturing
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UGS Corp. has released Tecnomatix Version 7.6 software, the latest version of its comprehensive digital manufacturing software portfolio. Tecnomatix 7.6 includes new capabilities that facilitate the definition and optimization of common workflow processes typical to many manufacturing organizations, while automating time consuming tasks that serve to boost manufacturing engineering productivity in process design and validation. The latest release also includes a variety of enhancements to further improve ease-of-use.
UGS also announced that by more tightly integrating Tecnomatix with its Teamcenter PLM software portfolio and creating closer alignment with the UGS PLM Open business model, it has elevated digital manufacturing's impact on PLM and made significant progress in closing the gap between product and process design for the entire global manufacturing industry.
"The need for speed-to-market consistently ranks high on the business agendas of most manufacturing executives," said Gisela Wilson, Director of the PLM Solutions analysis at IDC. "By supporting manufacturing industry workflows in its Tecnomatix digital manufacturing portfolio, UGS is creating a virtual 'day-in-the-life' scenario for the manufacturing engineer and addressing the critical manufacturing business objective of accelerating production launch and meeting time-to-market commitments."
Enhanced workflow support in Tecnomatix 7.6 is designed to help manufacturing engineers define consistent, unambiguous, error-free processes that are optimized for efficiency. This industry-leading functionality includes support for a variety of common business workflow processes:
implementation of Digital Manufacturing software. It is a prerequisite to have agreed business processes and corresponding organizational support as a basis for such an implementation. Those digital methods should enable to automate or partially automate time consuming planning tasks that are critical elements in the process chain of our enterprise. The new Tecnomatix Software (Version 7.6) allows us to plan ahead for manufacturing and ramp-up processes, improve collaboration and thereby avoid expensive redundant efforts and mistakes in the manufacturing processes. This contributes to improving our bottom line."
UGS has focused many of the enhancements in Tecnomatix 7.6 on increasing the productivity of manufacturing engineering by reducing the time required for process design and validation tasks and improving usability. Some of the major enhancements include:
"The latest release of Tecnomatix is consistent with UGS' commitment to providing manufacturers worldwide with the software tools that will help them optimize their efficiency and innovation throughout their entire product lifecycle," said Ziyon Amram, vice president, Manufacturing Solutions, UGS. "Through its enhanced support of common business workflow processes and focus on manufacturing engineering productivity, Tecnomatix 7.6 is helping companies transform their process of innovation through world-class digital manufacturing."
Tecnomatix enables companies to innovate by:
Although we did not attend this year's National Manufacturing Week conference and exhibition, I've heard from a couple of my peers who did attend that despite what we've all been hearing and reading about lately, there was actually a slight air of optimism surrounding the manufacturing community. A number of emerging technology trends that might affect the future of manufacturing were introduced there and other venues in the past year, and this announcement about Tecnomatix from UGS is further proof that big things are happening in the manufacturing arena.
About a year ago, I saw a poll conducted by the folks that run the International Machine Tool Show (IMTS) that showed that the Top 10 general product categories that IMTS 2004 attendees were most interested in included:
I'm sure the ranking of most of these polled categories paralleled the amount of traffic the vendors offering products in these categories received at the last IMTS. As you can see, operations ruled. I didn't really see many surprises in this poll, although it's interesting that computers and software ranked eighth. It seems, based on this poll, that attendees are pretty satisfied with their CAD/CAM software and the platforms they run on in favor of other technology areas that provide faster and more flexible actual manufacturing capabilities. Actually, the interest seems to be higher in flexibility than just raw speed.
of multi-tasking and multi-processing.
they truly need and not just what the vendor thinks they need!
equipment vendors, and these partnerships are making things better for the respective vendors themselves, as well as their customers.
These are just a few of the things I've been following, but they all seem to point to the fact that technology, properly employed, could very well be a key that leads the way to a North American manufacturing revival. We've got a long, long way to go, but it is a start.
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