Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, has introduced a modularized product development strategy for machinery manufacturers, called Advanced Machine Engineering.
Siemens officials said it addresses challenges equipment makers face today with increasing product complexity and rapid delivery times. Advanced Machinery Engineering connects mechanical, electrical and software engineering data. Engineers get access to a global prototype, known as digital twin, that can be tested virtually throughout the development process.
The engineering platform can increase collaboration and reduce development time, delivery risk and costs, Siemens said.
Advanced Machine Engineering leverages mechatronic design, giving a common framework for mechanical, electrical and software disciplines to work in parallel.
“With this technology, customers are able to deliver their machines more quickly with higher-quality automated solutions,” said Thomas Strigl, business development manager of German factory design company EDAG Production Solutions GmbH. “For example, their commissioning time on a real machine could be reduced up to one-third of the original time.”