October 08, 2007
Teamcenter 2007 Announced
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- Integrate all of the CAD designs to define a product’s engineering content.
- Synchronize the engineering processes that require the participation of an entire supply chain and their access to all of the product information needed to get jobs done.
- Establish product configurations that can be managed, tracked, and re-used throughout an entire product lifecycle, as well as across multiple product offerings.
- Let design teams collaborate with manufacturing teams.
To address these strategic issues, Teamcenter Engineering provides multi-CAD engineering process management for multi-site product teams. With core functionality in UGS’ market Teamcenter portfolio, Teamcenter Engineering is especially suited for enabling product development teams to improve efficiency during the earliest stages of the product lifecycle.
Teamcenter Engineering allows engineering and manufacturing teams to synchronize design data, share design models in workflow-driven processes, and collaborate across a digital environment. CAD systems currently supported include NX, I-deas, Solid Edge, AutoCAD, CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, and SolidWorks. It lets dispersed product teams, or separate companies, collaborate in common design and team members to participate in automated engineering and manufacturing processes via what UGS calls visual product collaboration.
Teamcenter Manufacturing an information management engine based on Teamcenter Engineering, with several extensions that optimize its applicability to the manufacturing environment and manufacturing process management. Teamcenter Manufacturing serves as the foundation for UGS' Tecnomatix suite of digital manufacturing products, that lets companies quickly assess the impact of decisions on product, process, plant, and resource requirements. It focuses on managing product definition and related information, to manage a wider set of data created in the manufacturing planning stage of the product lifecycle.
By itself (and by definition), Teamcenter is not PLM, but does provide a crucial part of the PLM puzzle that is involved with process as well as product. Based on a multitude of factors, Teamcenter and PLM continue to move to design and manufacturing companies of all sizes. Some of these factors include regulatory compliance, shorter product lifecycles, or for companies to remain competitive and growing top-line revenue while cutting bottom-line expenses. These factors boil down to management issues and Teamcenter has proven well-suited to this task by a customer base and associated markets that continue to grow. UGS has been quite successful with Teamcenter and this trend
should continue with Teamcenter 2007.
The Week’s Top 5
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CoCreate Software announced that Grimme Landmaschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG in Damme, Germany has adopted the CoCreate OneSpace Suite to systematically digitize product development. Grimme has produced equipment for the sowing, care, harvest and storage of potatoes for over 70 years. The company also offers sugar beet harvesters. Products such as Grimme's large harvesters are customer-specific and frequently configured with a wide range of models and options. Design engineers at Damme regularly face the challenge of adapting machinery because of the complex interplay between climate, soil, and weather conditions in different regions. To react faster and more flexibly to the
needs of new customers in new regions, the company implemented CoCreate OneSpace Modeling and its Dynamic Modeling based approach to product design. With the CoCreate software, designers work free of design history, meaning that anybody can use and modify designs without worrying about previous modeling steps. The OneSpace Suite includes key modules that streamline all of Grimme's work, such as Sheet Metal for OneSpace Modeling, lets the company's CAD software communicate with laser-cutting machines and sheet metal folders.
Autodesk announced the launch of its academic certification program for secondary and post-secondary students. The Autodesk academic certification program enables students to earn a credential in recognition of their knowledge of specific Autodesk software applications. Autodesk supports this program with an end-to-end certification solution that includes: a pre-assessment application proficiency exam, Autodesk official certification courseware for reviewing the knowledge and skills covered on the certification examinations, and certified user and certified expert examinations for validating knowledge and skills. Schools that choose to deliver the Autodesk academic
certification exams can become authorized certification centers and have the flexibility to offer exams to students at the school's convenience. The Web-delivered exams are performance-based rather than traditional multiple choice, requiring students to demonstrate their skills by using Autodesk applications.
VENTREX Automotive GmbH saved four months in the design of an automotive valve by using EFD.V5, CATIA V5-embedded CFD simulation software. Automotive air conditioning systems are beginning to use CO2 as the refrigerant because it does not damage the ozone layer and also has a very low impact on global warming. But CO2 based systems need to operate at pressures 7 to 10 times higher than previous generation systems and this requires redesign of many components. Among the components most affected by the change is the valves used to evacuate and charge the system. Most important, the pressure drops seen in existing valves are too high to enable the required flow rates. But reducing
the pressure drop of valves is challenging because of the complexity of internal flow passages caused by the presence of components used to open and close the valve. In the past, engineers would make design changes based on educated guesses. For each design change they had to build and test a prototype of the valve. The test results did not provide diagnostic information that would help engineers determine whether or not the design change had the intended effect. CFD makes it possible to build a software prototype of the valve that can be solved to determine the pressure drop of any particular design iteration without having to build a prototype. The greatest obstacle to the use of CFD has
been that traditional CFD codes require the user to have a deep understanding of the computational aspects of fluid dynamics in order to be certain of obtaining accurate results. EFD.V5 simplifies the simulation process by extending CATIA V5 functionality to include fluid flow and heat transfer simulation within a single user environment.
3D Systems announced DuraForm HST Plastic, a strong, temperature-resistant Rapid Manufacturing material for use in its Sinterstation HiQ SLS Systems. Incorporating advanced fiber technology, DuraForm HST (High Strength and Temperature) Plastic is an engineered material for applications that require improved strength, higher stiffness, and elevated temperature resistance. With better pricing than carbon-fiber filled materials and better recyclability than other competitive materials, DuraForm HST is a cost-effective solution for both engineering applications and general purpose use. DuraForm HST offers good accuracy and repeatability in all X-Y-Z directions. This white-colored
material is easy-to-process, resulting in parts with excellent surface detail. It is also a non-conductive material that is RF transparent to faraday cage effects. Specific applications include UAV components, housings and enclosures and low- to mid-volume manufactured parts.
Consona ERP, a provider of ERP software and services for small and midsize discrete manufacturers, announced a formal technology partnership with Omnify Software, a provider of PLM software for electronic, medical, mechanical, and defense manufacturers. The integration between Intuitive ERP and the Omnify PLM solution allows small and midsize manufacturers to share and synchronize engineering and manufacturing data through an automated process. Manufacturers with sophisticated engineering requirements can utilize the Omnify system to manage product data, such as component information, bill of materials, documentation, engineering changes and compliance data. Pertinent
information is automatically passed to Intuitive ERP, where it is integrated into the system's financial, distribution, and manufacturing modules.
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