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The road to manufacturing innovation

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Globally distributed partner networks are no longer the sole domain of large OEMs, with small and mid-size companies participating in or even driving multiple, highly competitive supply chains, each placing rigorous demands on product development speed, quality and costs. 

Collaboration is critical to successful product design. With Solid Edge software, OEMs and suppliers can improve and manage collaboration across design teams, regardless of location. By reducing design revisions and communication delays, customers enjoy better time-to-market and increased profitability. 

Solid Edge built-in data sharing, design communication and interoperability capabilities deliver cost effective, collaborative design tools throughout the entire OEM and supplier value chain. 

By delivering complementary technologies, communication between customers and suppliers reduces misinterpretation across all points of the value chain to successfully convert raw ideas into new business and respond quickly to emerging risks and opportunities. 

Relentless innovation is key to market leadership. Most forward-thinking companies are continuously optimising and improving products and processes, and organising their value chain so that innovation can flourish. 

By allowing distributed value chains to work together as a single enterprise, these ‘innovation networks’ drive today's crucial business imperatives. To achieve this level of collaboration companies must find new sources of innovation that extend well beyond in-house invention. 

Solid Edge is a cost effective, complete and open solution for 2D and 3D design and collaboration, helping companies meet key business requirements such as accelerating top-line growth, containing costs, reducing time-to-market, optimising resources, leveraging globalisation, and innovating more. 

Design collaboration challenge 

Many product development processes rely on frequent exchange of information between different stakeholders. Organisations pass information back and forth between internal engineering and manufacturing groups, as well as with supply chain partners. Unfortunately, data communication and information exchange are often hampered by differences in the product development systems used by the partners. 

Bringing together different organisations across a supply chain is good for business, but presents challenges from design and collaboration perspectives. Use of disparate CAD systems or having a generic means to share and collaborate on design projects can cause problems and lead to inefficiencies. Without efficient collaboration tools, companies can lose business, or find they are unable to compete, design or manufacture around out-of-date information.

To eliminate these issues, all parties throughout the supply chain need to be able to collaborate and share data directly from their design systems, utilising higher levels of collaboration and data exchange to reduce project cycles, speed up communication and eliminate errors. 

Siemens PLM Software understands these challenges and provides several ways for companies to share data and collaborate, depending on the level of information required. From JT lightweight data transfer to tight interoperability between Solid Edge and NX software, Siemens PLM Software's open business and data models enable: Communication between customers and suppliers using easy-to-visualise, accurate and up-to-date information that reduces misinterpretation as designs pass through the supply chain; collaboration tools for shortened and more decisive design reviews, helping cross-departmental and cross-functional teams make faster decisions to meet shrinking delivery cycles and customer expectations; and faster evaluation of design options early in the design phase, so changes can be incorporated while costs are low 

Making collaboration easier 

Siemens provides collaboration enablers (tools) that help companies efficiently share data and collaborate within their supply chain at a level appropriate for each scenario. JT files provide a CAD-neutral, lightweight method of exchanging data between disparate CAD systems, and allow companies to share an appropriate level of intelligence that protects intellectual property. 

Product manufacturing information (PMI) is used to relay manufacturing details with 3D design data. PMI can be included with native Solid Edge/NX data and included with JT files, reducing the need for drawings in design reviews. Solid Edge XpresReview delivers free design collaboration including view and markup. For companies working close together with a need to exchange native CAD data for collaborative design and manufacturing, Solid Edge and NX associatively exchange native data using PLM XML interoperability capabilities built into each product.

Edge PLM Software distributes Solid Edge in Australia.

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