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:
- A new Robotic Process Simulation offering provides Body-in-White (BIW) users with an ability to accurately simulate and validate complex robotic processes, obtain accurate cycle times and improve the quality of virtual process validation.
- A new quoting tool helps suppliers produce fast and accurate responses to RFQs, by reusing best practice processes to select the best quote alternative.
- New technical publication capabilities, including a significantly improved user interface, helps customers from all industries produce better process documentation and improve process communication.
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:
- A new automatic weld point distribution tool assigns, validates and reports on weld point distribution in the process design, replacing a tedious manual process and saving hours of manufacturing engineering efforts.
- A process mirroring capability reduces the time necessary to model assembly processes by up to 50 percent.
- The automatic path planning capability enables manufacturing engineers to define robotic and/or assembly paths within minutes instead of hours.
- A new distributed flow simulation experiment capability significantly reduces time to execute "what if" simulation experiments and optimization.
- A wide variety of usability enhancements -- including new color tree indicators, automatic note placement, Windows-like application framework, and interactive parametric report generation -- create a more user-friendly and efficient work environment.
Tecnomatix enables companies to innovate by:
- Capturing, managing and leveraging manufacturing process information
- Authoring a manufacturing process in an efficient and reusable manner
- Validating and optimizing manufacturing processes
- Communicating, collaborating and executing manufacturing processes
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:
- Machining centers
- Turning centers and lathes
- Milling and drilling
- Tools and tooling
- Grind and finish
- Workholding devices
- Quality, test, and measurement
- Computers and CAD/CAM software
- Sawing and abrasives
- EDM and ECM
Equipment flexibility has definitely become a major trend and direction lately on several different levels. Although flexibility means different things to different vendors, most equipment vendors would agree to define flexibility as the freedom and ability to perform a wide variety of tasks; the ability to be reconfigured extensively and quickly; the ability to handle a wide range of raw material;, and the ability to handle several different manufacturing operations with a tool, ideally reducing manual setups, work handling time, and tool inventories. While it can be a complex endeavor to successfully accomplish, technology and equipment flexibility is a major step forward in the areas of multi-tasking and multi-processing.
Another trend that I have seen emerging in manufacturing is automation integration and not just automation features of specific equipment. For example, I've seen and read about several instances of vendors demonstrating their equipment integrated at different levels of automation to showcase their ability to help customers arrive at the proper level of automation for their particular businesses. One vendor calls this concept "automate to order," where the customer's true needs are evaluated before implementing a blanket solution, and there is no longer such a thing as "one size fits all." What a refreshing concept - putting customers first and providing them with what they truly need and not just what the vendor thinks they need!
Although CAM software ranked near the bottom of the IMTS Top 10 list, like many of the other areas of technology, flexibility was a major trend and customer demand, along with efficiency. Much like what has happened on the CAD side of the equation, simulation is coming into its own on the CAM side. Programmed tool movements can be previewed for errors and wasted motion and can be corrected, saving machine tools and time. More complex, multi-tasking equipment demands CAM software that is also up to the task, especially with regard to the myriad synchronizations required - a tough proposition to say the least. Several CAM vendors are addressing this problem by forming partnerships with 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.
The Week's Top 5At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.
PTC On Board With BMW ORACLE Racing In Design Of 2007 America's Cup Yacht
PTC announced that the new BMW ORACLE Racing yacht, 'USA 87' a challenger for the 32nd America's Cup in 2007 has been developed with PTC software, including Pro/ENGINEER and Windchill. The new boat was christened at the team's base in Valencia, Spain - a culmination of a multi-year global design and development effort. BMW ORACLE Racing selected the PTC Product Development System because it supports the biggest objectives of innovative yachts: to be lighter, faster, and stronger. PTC has worked with BMW ORACLE Racing since 1999. In 2004, the partnership was renewed to support the sailing team in their challenge for the 32nd America's Cup in 2007 in Valencia, Spain. The team uses Pro/ENGINEER for all its design activities, from developing the shape of the hull and keel, to designing structural components for the mast. In addition, the engineers have automated many of the design tasks and optimization routines through the Pro/ENGINEER application programming interface, Pro/TOOLKIT.
Right Hemisphere Integrates Modules And New Capabilities In Deep Exploration CAD Edition 4.0
Right Hemisphere, who provides Product Graphics Management (PGM) software, announced the next release of its Deep Exploration client software. A standalone or companion application to the company's Deep Server enterprise PGM software, Deep Exploration 4.0 is available in two versions: Standard Edition and CAD Edition. Right Hemisphere also announced the availability of its two new software plug-ins for Deep Exploration CAD Edition and Adobe Acrobat 3D, called the Right Hemisphere PMI Module and the Right Hemisphere PDF Publishing Module. These plug-ins provide added functionality for 3D collaboration, and 3D PDF publishing. Deep Exploration CAD Edition transforms CAD models into lightweight product graphics; authors a full range of 2D and 3D product graphics; publishes finished graphics and documents; and augments high volume, 2D and 3D graphics processes.
World's Largest Supplier Of Food Weighing Machines Automates Custom Product Configuration With SolidWorks
Ishida Europe will use SolidWorks to streamline design time for the machinery global food companies use to automatically weigh and pack everything from cereal to seafood. The U.K.-based company plans to reduce custom machine configuration time by 80 percent with SolidWorks' automated design and advanced sheet metal capabilities. Ishida Europe is the European commercial and manufacturing arm of Ishida Co., Ltd., the Japan-based global developer of weighing and packaging machinery founded in 1893. Its machines weigh and pack food for such global brands as Frito-Lay, Mars, and Nestle. The parent company had largely been using static 2D software in its operations around the world before gradually switching to SolidWorks.
Actify Announces SpinFire Professional 8.0
Actify Inc., announced the availability of SpinFire Professional 8.0, a digital design communication tool for the automotive, high technology, aerospace, industrial automation, and discrete manufacturing industries. New features that enhance the digital design communication process include the ability to interact with Product Manufacturing Information (PMI, also known as GD&T), a plug-in application program interface (API) to create custom solutions, a completely new user interface, improved analysis capabilities, and an easier exploded assembly creation tool. SpinFire Professional 8.0 makes 2D and 3D CAD data more easily accessible to both technical and non-technical users. It provides 2D and 3D CAD visualization capabilities, without requiring a native CAD system, in a secure and user-friendly 3D format.
ANSYS Elects To Refile With FTC For Merger Review
ANSYS Inc. announced that following informal discussions with staff at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), ANSYS has elected to refile its pre-merger notification and report form under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act with respect to its acquisition of Fluent Inc. ANSYS has withdrawn its original filing and has refiled its Notification and Report Form with the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice on March 27, 2006. As a result, the FTC staff will have more time to review the information submitted by ANSYS and Fluent before the staff must determine what additional information, if any, it will request. ANSYS and Fluent remain committed to working cooperatively with the FTC as it conducts its review of the acquisition.
Jeffrey Rowe is the editor and publisher of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached here or 408.850.9230.
This WeekLead Story
- Ferris State University To Receive PLM Software From UGS
- DaimlerChrysler, Mercedes-Benz Car Group Chooses SIMPACK For Multibody Simulation
- SolidWorks Helps Peavey Rock Product Design
- UGS Expands PLM Technology Through Integration With Digital Manufacturing
- UGS Cuts Cost With Sun Solaris 10 Server Consolidation
- PLMIG Announces Results Of PLM Benefits Workshop
- Autodesk Announces Columbia Aircraft As March 2006 Inventor Of The Month
- ICEM Surf Helps Design Of New Wheel Trims
- Visual Integrity Releases pdf2cad v6.1.: Appoints CADalog.com as premier on-line reseller
- Magics X Service Pack 2 Released For Rapid Prototyping And Manufacturing.
- Moldflow Updates Plastics Advisers Software
- VRCO And Fakespace Enable Immersive Virtual Reality Capabilities For Autodesk AliasStudio 13
- Delcam Cuts Moldmaking Times In Half
- PROSTEP AG And Right Hemisphere Bring Advanced 3D Product Graphics Management
- Metris Presents a ModelMaker Z Solution Package at Westec for $85,000
- The MathWorks Showcases Model-Based Design At SAE World Congress 2006
- CD-adapco To Unveil New Vehicle Aerodynamic Simulation Technology At SAE World Congress
- NGC Announces TPM Shop-floor Control Management Software In Simplified Chinese
- Delcam Records New Sales High In 2005
- Adept Technology Introduces AdeptSight Guidance For Material Handling And Assembly Robots
- CADLock Launches Discussion Forum
- Haemonetics Deploys Agile 9.2 Across Global Operations
- Daehan Optimizes Operations With PLM From IBM And Dassault Systhmes
- ESI Group Releases CFD-CADalyzer 2006 For Heat And Flow Transfer Simulation
- FeatureCAM Completes First Year At Delcam
- eMachineShop.com Online Factory Boosts Customized Parts For Automotive Do-It-Yourselfers
- Quantum Joins Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Consortium
- Quartz Mountain Aerospace Unveils Its FAA-Certified Single Engine Airplane
- Delphi Outlines Transformation Plan
- UAW Statement On Delphi Filing Bankruptcy Motions
- American Manufacturing Receives A Boost From The White House
- MRG Document Technologies Selects PTC Arbortext
- DaimlerChrysler Building Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles
- Delphi CEO Steve Miller To Discuss Corporate Turnarounds
- Manufacturing Insights' Report Provides Tips To Improve Supply Chain Management
- AIAG To Support China Automotive Supply Chain
- Teradyne and Softing Use Automotive Standard To Connect Systems
- IBM Launches Services To Combat Worm And Virus Threats
- Delphi Drives Technology Discussions At SAE 2006
- Methode Electronics And SensorDynamics AG Announce Partnership
- Eltek Ltd. Receives Orders From European Medical Equipment Manufacturer
- Increased Need For Critical Measurements, Demand From Automotive Industry To Sustain Expansion Of Measurement Gages Market
- Hella Selects OmniVision CMOS Sensors For Automotive Rearview Cameras
- MatrixOne Enters Into Medical Device Compliance Business Alliance
- Hiring Outlook For Manufacturing And Service Sectors Strong
- Ball Aerospace Opens New Detector Technology Center
- MySQL AB Adds IBM & EMC To MySQL Network Certified Partner Program
- National Manufacturing Week 2006 Heralds Success
- Cognos And Composite Software Offer Out-of-the-Box Packaged SAP, Siebel Reports
- MSC Names President And CEO
- MSC Names Board Chairman
- Ford Names New VP & CIO
- RPT CEO Earns FANUC Robotics' Achievement Award