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Rocket Scientists Unite Simulation Data to Go Beyond

Teamcenter Simulation Process Management from Siemens PLM Software gives United Launch Alliance truly integrated simulation data.


United Launch Alliance (ULA) is the leader in designing and building vehicles to launch critical spacecraft for the U.S. Government, including the Department of Defense, NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office, and other commercial customers. As the science of rocket building becomes more sophisticated, the need for more complex, comprehensive simulation models evolves. With this evolution comes a need to unify and integrate data from a wide range of sources and align it to mission objectives.

It IS rocket science

To achieve its goal of 100 percent mission success, ULA has come to rely on a vast array of simulation solutions – both off-the-shelf and custom – and a chain of analysis in which one step feeds the next. This demands labor intensive repetitive manual data management. The result? An overwhelming mountain of data. ULA needed a better way to harness simulation data to speed launch timeframes and ensure quality.

Teamcenter – a powerful solution to a complex problem

Teamcenter Simulation Process Management was developed for exactly these types of challenges that need to integrate and leverage complex simulation data from a multitude of sources across the enterprise. Teamcenter Simulation Process Management provides data, workflow, and process management across departments and functions to streamline collaboration. ULA, a longtime user of Siemens PLM Software’s NX CAE and Teamcenter products, saw the potential of extending its use of Teamcenter to address the simulation data management challenge.

A rational implementation path

Engineers are an inherently conservative group, especially in an industry where mistakes are highly visible. ULA management knew it needed to demonstrate early advantages on a controlled scale to fuel adoption. Teamcenter Simulation Process Management enables exactly the incremental roll-out they wanted. ULA could select a process to optimize, configure Teamcenter to address the challenge, and then move on to the next group. Although ULA is only beginning to implement this new approach, the early results are already paying dividends.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with seven million licensed seats and more than 71,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions to help them make smarter decisions that result in better products.

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