- September 16, 2010
September 16, 2010 - Siemens PLM Software announced Mechatronics Concept Designer an integrated machine design solution for companies that develop and market machine tools and production machines. Mechatronics Concept Designer represents a paradigm shift for the industry with a new systems engineering approach to machine design that captures ‚Äúvoice of the customer‚Äù input, manages early requirements and facilitates the simultaneous definition and simulation of the complex mechanical, electrical and automation software found in today‚Äôs increasingly complex machine tools. With an easy-to-use, interactive simulation capability based on groundbreaking ‚Äúgaming‚Äù technology, Mechatronics Concept Designer can help significantly reduce development time and improve product quality for the global machine design industry.Mechatronics Concept Designer is based on Siemens PLM Software‚Äôs computer-aided design application NX software and works in conjunction with its Teamcenter software.An Integrated End-to-End Systems Engineering ApproachThe development process in the machine tool industry requires experts from several different disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, and software design, to develop a complex machine to the specific requirements of each individual customer. Traditional software tools don‚Äôt take requirements into account, and the lack of a ‚Äúcommon language‚Äù has made it difficult for these disciplines to integrate with each other until the end of the design process when changes are more costly, both in time and money. This fragmented set of design applications combined with the complexity of the machines, has made it virtually impossible to simulate and evaluate various design concepts to support rapid and effective product development decision making.Siemens PLM Software‚Äôs Mechatronics Concept Designer enables mechanical, electrical, and software/automation disciplines to work in parallel. It includes all the powerful mechanical design features of NX while enabling the user to develop a list of sensors and actuators which can be easily selected and positioned, laying the foundation for the electrical engineers to create the layout plan. And more efficient software development is supported through the ability to make the machine‚Äôs sequence of operations available in a standard format common in the machinery industry.Working in conjunction with Teamcenter, the world‚Äôs most widely used PLM system, Mechatronics Concept Designer delivers an end-to-end machine design solution with an integrated systems engineering approach. At the beginning of the development cycle, designers can use the Teamcenter requirements management and systems engineering capabilities to build a functional model that ensures customer requirements are incorporated into the design.Video Game Technology Enables Groundbreaking SimulationMechatronics Concept Designer also includes a state-of-the-art modeling and simulation capability based on NVIDIA PhysX technology. This physics engine, developed with the PhysX SDK from NVIDIA, is similar to the software technology used in many of today‚Äôs modern video games. This groundbreaking approach to simulation makes it easy to quickly create and interactively validate alternative design concepts. In addition, the user is able to interact with the digital machine model while the simulation is running, providing the ability to test the effects of different inputs in real time. The ability to model real-world physical behavior in the virtual world, based on simplified mathematical models, enables early concept verification that helps detect and correct errors when they are least expensive to resolve.‚ÄúSiemens PLM Software‚Äôs Mechatronics Concept Designer solution enables our entire development team to collaborate more effectively from the beginning to the end of the machine design process, thereby allowing us to catch and easily correct issues early, before they become costly manufacturing or customer related problems,‚Äù said Dr.-Ing. Siegfried Schmalzried, Managing Director MAG Switzerland, MAG Industrial Automation Systems. ‚ÄúIn addition, its ability to capture and support requirements, coupled with its outstanding physics simulation, gives us the confidence we are producing a very high quality design that will meet or exceed our customers‚Äô expectations. And that‚Äôs a strong competitive edge.‚Äù‚ÄúMachine tool builders must improve development methods that span from conceptual design through detailed design,‚Äù said Sal Spada, Research Director, ARC Advisory Group. ‚ÄúSpecifically, development methods that facilitate conceptualization of a system early in the design process and track functional requirements with the implementation are essential to reducing time to market and ensuring that the completed system meets the customer expectations.‚Äù‚ÄúSiemens PLM Software is constantly looking for ways to create value for our customers by focusing on their specific needs and developing unique solutions to meet those needs,‚Äù said Joan Hirsch, vice president of Product Design Solutions, Siemens PLM Software. ‚ÄúMechatronics Concept Designer is an excellent example of this commitment and focus and its integration with NX and Teamcenter creates the industry‚Äôs most complete machine design solution. By providing the ability to simulate and validate complete concepts in a virtual environment we are not only helping our customers develop machines faster, we are also helping them design with more confidence and with a higher degree of quality.‚ÄùAbout Siemens PLM SoftwareSiemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 6.7 million licensed seats and 63,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products.