Keywords: Digital Factory, Product/Process Design, Factory Layout Design, Production Systems, Factory Infrastructure.
This collaboration between Siemens PLM Software and Bentley Systems represents a significant milestone in the integration of digital product design and manufacturing process information with the AEC and infrastructure design/build information solutions platform. Essentially, the collaboration integrates the Siemens PLM product/production definition with the Bentley factory infrastructure design/build definition. This will provide OEMs, such as automotive manufacturers, with the ability to define, model, and simulate both production systems and the factory infrastructure that houses these production systems in a common integrated digital environment.
Siemens PLM Software solutions consist of NX 3D CAD for product and tooling design, Tecnomatix for manufacturing process planning and production simulation, and Teamcenter, which provides a single platform for integrating all product design/build information. The Bentley Systems solutions portfolio includes the MicroStation information modeling environment and a comprehensive portfolio of applications such as AECOsim Building Designer for 3D building and infrastructure design; the ProjectWise system of servers and services for project management and collaboration of all architecture, engineering, construction, and operations (AECO) information and activities; the AssetWise system of servers and services for asset performance management; and Navigator for factory digital mockup and dynamic reviews.
Integrating the Workflow Between Production Systems and Factory Infrastructure
To promote information availability and data quality through information mobility, users will be able to leverage the service-based architectures of both Siemens Teamcenter and Bentley ProjectWise to enable automated and high-quality information model exchange between the solutions. This will help make information available at the right time, in the right place, for the right people, and with a level of detail that meets process requirements.
Throughout the integrated digital factory design process the basic intent is to implement an interoperable data interchange based on Bentley's
i-models and Siemens' JT files. Bentley i-models are containers for open infrastructure information exchange that enable bidirectional feedback in dynamic workflows for 2D/3D geometry and business data. Siemens' ISO JT Open is an interoperable format for the exchange of 3D data for visualization, collaboration and data sharing. Together i-models and JT (supplemented with PLMXML attribute data), enable this collaborative and interoperable product, process, and factory design environment.
Integrated Manufacturing Process Planning and Factory Layout Design
An integrated workflow scenario for a factory layout design and manufacturing plan begins with a factory facility design using Bentley design tools. Depending on whether it's a brownfield (existing infrastructure) or greenfield (new infrastructure) project, Bentley tools leverage and integrate point clouds captured from any source to model the infrastructure. The production process can then be designed using Siemens' tools like NX, Tecnomatix, and managed using Teamcenter Manufacturing infrastructure capabilities. All design models and process files can be accessed and exchanged through interoperable collaboration between Bentley's ProjectWise and Siemens' Teamcenter through JT Open and i-models.
Clearly, this integrated workflow between Siemens PLM and Bentley Systems' technologies provides a solution for integrating product, process, and production design with the factory infrastructure design. This will benefit manufacturing OEMs significantly through the shared knowledge of product and factory/plant lifecycles. EPCs and line builders will have access to higher quality information provided by the OEMs. In turn, OEMs and Tier suppliers can expect a reduction in launch time and costs, improved validation of the digital factory, and predictable asset design and installation.
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