Siemens Brings Teamcenter Mobility to the iPad

— April 18, 2011

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, announced its new Teamcenter Mobility mobile device application (app) for instantly accessing—from Wi-Fi or mobile broadband-available locations—the rich and comprehensive product knowledge managed by its Teamcenter software, a digital lifecycle management solution.

Through the use of this new app, which is being initially deployed on the Apple iPad, companies can enhance their ability to interact with product data and workflows at the right time, in the right place and in the right context to further enhance the speed and accuracy of decisions made throughout a product’s lifecycle. 

“Due to their accelerated worldwide adoption and their role as a company’s single source of all product and process knowledge, PLM systems have become a competitive necessity for the global manufacturing community,” says Joe Barkai, practice director, product lifecycle strategies, IDC Manufacturing Insights. “However, in order to effectively leverage this vast pool of information for fast and intelligent decision making, it needs to be made instantly available to all stakeholders in the product lifecycle process at the point of activity that decisions are made. Teamcenter Mobility helps make valuable product knowledge much more accessible to a significantly broader audience of users throughout the extended enterprise.”
 
Accurate data anyplace, anytime means smarter decisions, better products
As companies throughout the world continually increase their reliance on Teamcenter as the digital backbone of their product lifecycle process, the need to instantly and securely deliver Teamcenter managed data to more—and sometimes unconventional—locations has also increased. Teamcenter is the most widely used PLM system in the automotive and aerospace industries, and is used extensively in other industries such as consumer products, shipbuilding, and high-tech electronics.

Companies in all of these industries need to rely not only on the valuable input of typical office-based personnel, but also on critical feedback from individuals who may be working in less conventional locations.
 
This mobile workforce can include executives who spend a significant amount of time in airports, on airplanes, or attending meetings at remote locations. It could also include field personnel working inside a partially assembled airplane fuselage or walking the shop floor of an automotive assembly line. Teamcenter Mobility enables these individuals to quickly search, view, and interact with product and process workflow information on the spot using a convenient mobile device.

This enables decision-makers to make critical decisions without delay using the most up-to-date information, while allowing contributors to provide their unique perspectives in real-time. As a result, companies can react quickly and intelligently to the rapidly changing environments associated with all product lifecycle disciplines such as design, simulation, manufacturing, and maintenance.
 
“Teamcenter Mobility is an exciting and significant evolutionary step in delivering the HD-PLM vision we announced last summer,” says Chuck Grindstaff, president, Siemens PLM Software. “By making up-to-the-minute Teamcenter data available at the necessary point of activity, our customers can act immediately on accurate information and further reduce their design and production cycle times. This is entirely consistent with the vision of HD-PLM to help our customers make smarter decisions that result in better products, thus enabling them to establish the competitive advantage of being the first to deliver innovative solutions the market will embrace.”
 
Availability and Support
Teamcenter Mobility is available immediately and currently enables the user to search, display and interact with detailed product information, including 3D product models, providing a powerful tool with a visually compelling presentation that enhances understanding and supports decision making. The initial implementation is being deployed via iPad with additional platform and functionality support to be announced at a later date.

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