Enhancements in the latest release of Siemens PLM Software's Fibersim software can help industries that use composite materials in their products reduce design and analysis time by up to 80% and shorten some design for manufacturing processes by up to 50%, the company says.
Fibersim 13 is an offering of Siemens' product lifecycle management (PLM) software business unit. Version 13 adds new functionality for bi-directional exchange of computer-aided engineering (CAE) and CAD data that facilitates the elimination of data re-entry. The new capability directly integrates analysis data into the design environment, enabling automatic design updates based on analysis results. It also provides new design-for-manufacturing processes that support optimization for parts designed to match the manufacturing definition and then trimmed to the engineering definition.
Fibersim 13 also extends its integration with Siemens' Teamcenter software to associate manufacturing datasets (such as flat patterns, laser data and automated deposition data) to the proper model revision and subsequently communicate this information to the factory floor.
Siemens also introduced a new quality management solution for issue management and CAPA (Corrective and Preventive Action). The new Teamcenter solution provides greater visibility into quality management processes and faster time-to-closure of quality issues, the company says. It also offers a more consistent process for root-cause identification, correction, prevention and verification.
The new solution integrates quality and change management processes, enhances decision-making and supports Eight Disciplines Problem Solving (8D), a method used to approach and resolve problems, typically employed by quality engineers.
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