The latest release of Syncrofit software from Siemens PLM Software introduces new fastener layout and part sizing functionality that helps airframe engineers reduce airframe design processing time by 40%.
Syncrofit, an offering of Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business unit is used for designing and manufacturing complex assemblies and large aerostructures.
The new version (Syncrofit 13) eliminates the need for manufacturing engineers to manually verify that the hundreds of thousands of fasteners in an airframe structure are properly consumed according to plan and that the assembly meets design requirements. Syncrofit 13 also expands integration with Siemens’ Teamcenter portfolio.
Traditional methods for consuming airframe fasteners into manufacturing plans are extremely tedious and error-prone, leading to costly rework on the shop floor. Syncrofit 13 strengthens Siemens’ product portfolio for airframe development by integrating its production-proven Airframe Manufacturing Environment (AME) module into NX software, Siemens’ integrated CAD/CAM/CAE solution.
AME, which is also integrated with the CATIA software V5 CAD system, enables engineers to digitally define the changing state of parts as they progress through the various stages of airframe assembly, helping address the critical needs of airframe manufacturers as they strive to reduce development costs, improve product quality, and meet aggressive schedule targets.
Syncrofit 13 also includes expanded integration capabilities with Teamcenter, a widely used digital lifecycle management software, enabling users to automatically associate and manage data for automated manufacturing assembly processes, eliminating time-consuming and error-prone manual processes. It also reduces the chance of using outdated manufacturing data, which can result in excessive scrap and rework.
Steve Luby, Senior Vice President, Specialized Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software explains that enhancements in Syncrofit 13 help improve productivity by further integrating with CAD and PLM software, eliminating manual methods for consuming engineering data for hole and fastener requirements. He adds that Syncrofit 13 now provides full traceability from design to manufacture to help engineers deliver better products faster and more efficiently.