"HD-PLM is about providing information at their fingertips and this is yet another piece of information that they are looking for," he explained. "Tighter integration means they can take that CAM design information and analysis information and rapidly transfer the underlying mathematics and intelligence attached to the object without any disruption of data whatsoever."
Vistagy's specialized focus on the marine, aerospace, automotive, and wind industries is also synergistic with Siemens' own new industry-focused mission, according to Affuso, who said to expect more acquisitions in specific industry areas moving forward. The Vistagy deal is the first company acquisition made by Siemens PLM Software in four years, since it was acquired by Siemens AG.
"We've gotten to the point where we have a great set of generic capabilities, now it's time to look for specific applications," Affuso said. "This is an example of getting a deeper dive into specific industries."
In addition to the integration angle, the acquisition makes sense for customers because it gives them a single company to deal in terms of purchasing and support, noted Bruce Boes, Vistagy's vice president of product management and marketing.
Having direct ownership, not just a partnership, with a composite manufacturing software vendor appears to be a high priority, not just for Siemens PLM Software, but for its chief rival, Dassault Systèmes.
Last month, Dassault snapped up Simulayt Ltd., a maker of advanced fiber simulation and ply modeling software used in composites design across a range of industries, including aerospace, marine, automotive, and energy. In addition to the Simulayt technology, CATIA Version 6 and Version 5 have integrated composite functionality as part of the CATIA Composites Workbench, but it's limited to design functionality and doesn't fully address how composite materials will drape while simulating manufacturability.
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