Daimler’s switch from Catia to Siemens NX moves into higher gear

Daimler's change is driven by compatibility issues between its CAD and PDM software

Daimler’s preparations for its planned switch from Catia to Siemens NX are progressing and the carmaker has, in the words of one insider, entered the “hot phase” of the transition. Two-thirds of CAD software users still need to run through their prepatory training before the changeover takes effect April 2015. Daimler announced in 2011 that […]

Siemens acquires production planning specialist Preactor

Sri Lankan tire producer DSI uses Preactor software to schedule production across several sites (Photo: Preactor)

Siemens has acquired production software specialist Preactor, as the German group continues to expand its offering of industry software. Preactor is a UK based maker of production planning and scheduling software. Its advanced planning software (APS) is used by more than 4,500 companies in 75 countries. Siemens said APS will add significant new software offerings to […]

Fast-charging Volvo EVs to start customer trials

Volvo hopes its electric C30 will get a boost from faster charging (Photo: Volvo)

Selected customers will start driving Volvo Cars’ new fast-charging electric vehicles this summer, as the Swedish carmaker tests a new technology designed to address one of the major issues facing the EV industry. Today’s lithium-ion batteries used to power EVs provide a driving range of between 100 and 150km. That means EVs without so-called range […]

Siemens, Bentley Systems cooperate

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Siemens and Bentley Systems have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly market software for the digital planning of car factories and other manufacturing facilities. The cooperation is designed to deliver “intelligent and sustainable digital factory infrastructure,” the companies said in a press release. Siemens and Bentley Systems, which is not related to the Bentley […]

LMS acquisition expands Siemens’ PLM offering

LMS virtual simulation software will enhance Siemens' PLM offering (Photo: LMS)

Siemens has acquired Belgian simulation software maker LMS International for 680 million euros in a move to expand its offering of product lifecycle management (PLM) products. The German industrial group said the acquisition will add model-based simulation, design, test and measurement capabilities to the product offering of its Siemens PLM Software division. The integrated software […]

Siemens PLM unveils latest version of NX software

Siemens promises faster solutions with the latest version of its NX software (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens PLM has released the latest version of its NX CAD/CAM software package, claiming the product will provide more flexibility and reduce time to market for the products it will help design and engineer. The Germany-based engineering group said NX 8.5 has a range of new features that, to a major extent reflect feedback received […]

Siemens proposes overhead power lines for trucks

Siemens' eHighway concept lets trucks draw power from overhead lines (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens believes electric or hybrid-electric trucks can be easily powered via overhead electrified wires, similar to how trolley buses and streetcars are operated today. The German power engineering group unveiled its “eHighway” concept at the annual Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles this week. It said that using overhead wires to bring electricity to trucks […]

JCI Automotive picks Siemens PLM Teamcenter software

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Johnson Controls’ automotive division has chosen Siemens PLM’s Teamcenter as its corporate standard for collaboration and process integration. Siemens PLM Software, a division of Germany’s Siemens Group, said Johnson Controls Automotive Experience will use Team Center across its entire global product development operation. Siemens said it had won the contract in competition with at least […]

PLM suppliers in Germany see strong growth continuing

The PLM industry is benefiting from strong demand through the IT sector (Photo: wikipedia)

PLM software suppliers in Germany see strong growth continuing despite expectations of an economic slowdown this year. At a meeting in February of the sendler\circle, an association of PLM service providers in Germany, company representatives said growth in the industry is only held back by a shortage of qualified engineers. PLM suppliers expect double-digit growth […]

CeBIT Global Conferences – Hanover

The conference center at the Hannover Messe will be the venue for the CeBIT Global Conferences program (Photo: CeBIT)

Senior IT managers from Amazon, eBay, IBM, Microsoft and Siemens will be among the speakers at a series of events hosted at the CeBIT high-tech fair in Hanover next month. CeBIT Global Conferences, which will stage its conference program at the Hanover Fairgrounds March 6 -9,  will focus on key IT issues such as intelligent […]