Siemens made a strong case for data management capabilities regardless of an organization's size, hence, perhaps, the reason for its strategy of offering a range of solutions. Citing a recent survey of more than 2,000 representatives from global manufacturing companies, conducted in partnership with Tech-Clarity, Siemens found the majority of respondents still using Windows application folders and network drives to manage design data and as a result, still struggling to find and track progress around engineering changes.
The survey found that 25 percent of companies report workers spending more than 20 percent of their time on non-value-added data management tasks. In contrast, respondents who gave their organizations high ranks for product development performance were 30 percent more likely to use data management solutions.
Accompanying the Insight XT release, Siemens PLM Software also rolled out the latest Solid Edge ST5 release, with more than 1,300 customer-driven productivity enhancements, including additional ways to leverage synchronous technology (ST), the company's history-free, feature-based design technology. Specifically, Solid Edge ST5 employs ST for multi-body modeling, which lets users import parts and assemblies from any CAD system then combine them into a single part or multiple part depending on requirements.
Other notable features include: Improvements to simplify drawing documentation, including the ability to show an assembly in multiple positions in a drawing view, and a marquee capability for creating nailboards of electrical wiring harnesses; drawing views of connectors; and connector and conductor tables for pulling together complete manufacturing documentation. Improvements on the simulation front include a steady-state thermal simulation capability that when coupled with ST, allows users to test more alternatives in less time, further reducing requirements around building and testing physical models.
The final piece of Siemens' announcement was the Solid Edge Mobile Viewer, a free 3D viewer app for the iPad, intended to enhance collaboration by allowing users outside of engineering and design to view design data. The new app allows for the usual rotating, panning, zooming, and showing and hiding of parts, making it a useful tool for design reviews or customer presentations. Siemens already offers a Teamcenter app, but it's mainly an introduction to the technology, not a real productivity app.