PROSTEP has been developing standards-based integration solutions for the Siemens Digital Industries Software product family for many years. The two companies have now expanded their long-standing collaboration so that Siemens’ Polarion ALM™ software and Teamcenter® Manufacturing, from the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of software and services can be connected to PROSTEP’s integration platform OpenPDM. The aim is to provide customers with even greater support for end-to-end digitalization.
Many manufacturing companies work with PDM/PLM solutions that are not being developed further and/or are no longer able to meet changed functional requirements. They often lack employees who have the skills needed to find an alternative. As a vendor-neutral consulting company that knows the PLM market well, PROSTEP can provide them with the support they need when it comes to selecting an appropriate system.
It is not just cars that are increasingly being tailored to customers’ wishes but also other products. As a result, the number of variants is increasing. Professor Georg Rock from the Software Engineering department at Trier University of Applied Sciences explains how manufacturers can better get to grips with variants and what challenges they face when managing them. He is a specialist in variant management.
In the middle of last year, a blockchain committee was founded at the VDMA with the aim of establishing a platform for the exchange of information on blockchain technology. At the last meeting of the committee, PROSTEP presented a use case that shows how the authorship of complex CAD models can be proven beyond doubt using the technology.
Last year, PROSTEP introduced the first connector that connects the 3DEXPERIENCE cloud to OpenPDM, thus allowing engineering data and ERP data to be linked via the integration platform. PROSTEP has continued to develop the connector and now additional data objects can be exchanged and geometry information can be made available in native or neutral formats.
Up-to-date 3D documentation not only makes it easier to maintain and operate plants, it is also vital when it comes to modernizing them. However, creating CAD models or digital twins of existing plants manually is a time-consuming and costly process. PROSTEP’s AI-based 3DigitalTwin solution can make this process much faster.
New service-oriented business models not only encourage a more sustainable economy but also represent a financial win-win situation for both providers and consumers. Manufacturers who offer their products as a service retain their customers over the long term and gain easier access to operational data that enables them to optimize products while they are in operation and make targeted improvements to the next generation of products. Customers reduce their investment costs or transform them into running costs. They get what the product is supposed to do in the form of a service at a clearly calculable conditions without having to worry about maintenance or replacement.
At the Forum Digital Technologies in Berlin, over 2,000 people have seen the demonstrator of the blockchain solution that PROSTEP developed together with partners as part of the SAMPL project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The solution enables the tamper-proof exchange of 3D print and process data and the unambiguous identification of the printed components.
In order to make production processes more flexible and control them more efficiently, IT systems for manufacturing process planning must be seamlessly integrated into the digital information flows between the PDM/PLM and ERP worlds. This white paper explains how the digital thread can be spun from product development through manufacturing process planning to production.