Siemens PLM Software is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services.
Siemens PLM Software has introduced a new integrated machine design solution aimed at creating value for companies that develop as well as market machine tools and production machines.
Mechatronics Concept Designer offers this industrial segment a new systems engineering approach to machine design that captures ‘voice of the customer’ input, manages early requirements as well as facilitates the simultaneous definition and simulation of the complex mechanical, electrical and automation software found in today’s increasingly complex machine tools.
The machine design application was launched at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago.
Featuring a user-friendly interactive simulation capability based on groundbreaking gaming technology, Mechatronics Concept Designer can help significantly reduce development time and improve product quality for the global machine design industry.
Mechatronics Concept Designer is based on Siemens PLM Software’s flagship computer-aided design (CAD) application NX software and works in conjunction with its Teamcenter software.
Siemens is also highlighting several other solutions at the IMTS applicable to the machinery industry, including the Virtual Machine, a machine simulation toolkit that is part of the company’s Tecnomatix software suite of digital manufacturing applications.
The Virtual Machine allows OEMs to create a virtual version of a machine tool that can be used to maximise productive machine time on their customers’ real machines.
According to Dr.-Ing. Siegfried Schmalzried, Managing Director MAG Switzerland, MAG Industrial Automation Systems, Siemens PLM Software’s Mechatronics Concept Designer solution enables their entire development team to collaborate more effectively from the beginning to the end of the machine design process.
This allows them to catch and easily correct issues early, before they become costly manufacturing or customer related problems. In addition, its ability to capture and support requirements, coupled with its outstanding physics simulation, gives the development team at MAG the confidence of producing a very high quality design that will meet or exceed their customers’ expectations.
Integrated end-to-end systems engineering approach
The development process in the machine tool industry requires experts from several different disciplines, including mechanical, electrical and software design to develop a complex machine to the specific requirements of each individual customer.
Siemens PLM Software’s Mechatronics Concept Designer enables mechanical, electrical and software/ automation disciplines to work in parallel. It includes all the powerful mechanical design features of NX while enabling the user to develop a list of sensors and actuators, which can be easily selected and positioned, laying the foundation for the electrical engineers to create the layout plan.
More efficient software development is supported through the ability to make the machine’s sequence of operations available in a standard format common in the machinery industry.
Working in conjunction with Teamcenter, the world’s most widely used PLM system Mechatronics Concept Designer delivers an end-to-end machine design solution with an integrated systems engineering approach.
At the beginning of the development cycle, designers can use the Teamcenter requirements management and systems engineering capabilities to build a functional model that ensures customer requirements are incorporated into the design.
Video game technology enables groundbreaking simulation
Mechatronics Concept Designer also includes a state-of-the-art modelling and simulation capability based on NVIDIA PhysX technology. This physics engine, developed with the PhysX SDK from NVIDIA is similar to the software technology used in many of today’s modern video games.
Key advantages include:
- Easy to quickly create and interactively validate alternative design concepts
- User can interact with the digital machine model while the simulation is running providing the ability to test the effects of different inputs in real time
- Ability to model real-world physical behaviour in the virtual world based on simplified mathematical models enables early concept verification that helps detect and correct errors during development
Siemens PLM Software at IMTS
Mechatronics Concept Designer is being demonstrated in booth number E-4040 at IMTS. Attendees at IMTS also have the opportunity to observe several other technology solutions from Siemens designed to maximise manufacturing productivity including the Tecnomatix Virtual Machine solution.