(Siemens PLM Software: Plano, TX) -- Today’s manufacturing leaders are constantly assessing their ability to become more flexible, more sustainable, and competitive, but this requires the determination to continually assess production capability in the most efficient means possible. Siemens PLM Software understands these concerns. That is why it provides continual updates to the Tecnomatix digital manufacturing solution suite.
With the Tecnomatix 10.1 release, Siemens PLM Software is taking on the complexity of planning global production strategies, improving the ability to ensure worker productivity and safety, and driving higher-value solutions for optimizing production and improving quality.
Here are just a few of the latest release highlights:
Standardization and re-use of assembly manufacturing processes and plant operations are key components of a successful global strategy. Every plant has unique characteristics that must be accounted for, yet every plant must share common best practices.
An advanced assembly planning product on top of the Teamcenter-based process authoring tool, Manufacturing Process Planner, further improves collaboration for planning product build strategies—whether over multiple plants or within a single plant. The enterprise bill-of-process (BOP) capability simplifies this complexity so that you have full traceability of products and processes across multiple plants.
In addition, with enhancements in the Process Simulate Human tool, users can measure metabolic energy consumption and fatigue analysis of manual operations as part of their integrated PLM environment.
Efficient assembly planning leads to smarter decisions and fewer surprises during production. When companies are able to efficiently balance workload between stations, they increase throughput, reduce bottlenecks, and ensure that automated systems and personnel are able to execute tasks within the production takt time.
With the latest line-balancing application, users can balance their production lines using simplified drag-and-drop capabilities, as well as validate manufacturing constraints and precedence.
Validating and optimizing manufacturing systems before implementation drives productivity, increasing efficiencies to levels unachievable by deploying and continuously improving. With the latest addition to the Plant Simulation solution, users have the power to create value stream maps of their production systems from a new library of components that are tied to the discrete-event analysis engine.
Now, iterative process analysis is executed virtually on the company’s value stream. This leads to a more complete manufacturing operation definition, the elimination of nonvalue-added activity on the factory floor, and shorter ramp-up time-to-volume production.
Manufacturers are looking to further automate manufacturing because complicated products are driving the need for the flexibility of automated systems. With the latest enhancements in the Process Simulate solution, Siemens PLM provides functional improvements through a Calibration application, Virtual Commissioning performance improvements, and better integration with SIMIT software.
Additionally, ease-of-use is increased with an enhanced robot jog user-interface, and better control and visibility of continuous manufacturing features. Graphical display improvements for material definition usage and a silhouette lines option in wireframe view provide an enhanced visual environment with improved documentation capabilities.
The latest release of the Lifecycle Quality solutions increases the fidelity of dimensional analysis in design while streamlining the ability to manage global production quality. Now companies can visualize feature variation through a finite element analysis (FEA) mesh to easily identify where major contributors to dimensional variation exist.
In addition, updates to the Dimensional Planning and Validation solution enable system administrators to see the status of global production quality data capture in one, easily configurable web interface.