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  • 9 February 2010 14:31

PLM Technology “Critical To The Future Of The Aerospace Industry”

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today shared news in preparation for the Singapore Air Show taking place next week. Siemens PLM Software highlights the increasing importance of PLM software to the aerospace and defense industry and market trends specifically driving Asia’s aerospace market growth.

According to Ed Miller, president of CIMdata, Inc., a leading PLM industry consulting and research firm, PLM technology and solutions are “critical to the future of the aerospace industry.”

New aerospace and defense industry development programs in Asia are confirming the growing importance of the aerospace markets in China, Japan, Korea, India and Australia. As recognised by numerous aerospace industry awards/designations, Siemens PLM Software’s technology helps aerospace and defense industry companies manage innovation and transformation, helping to enhance or maintain their leadership position. For instance, one defense department in Asia was able to improve its configuration management, compliance and safety requirements for all services, e.g., Army, Navy and Air Force, by standardising on Siemens PLM Software.

Separately, Siemens PLM Software also today announced that Diehl Aircabin, one of the leading developers and manufacturers of cabin interiors and system elements for the international aircraft industry, selected Teamcenter® software, the world’s most widely used PLM system, to help optimise processes, enhance collaboration and boost innovation.

Eurocopter, one of the leading European aerospace companies, uses Siemens PLM Software’s solutions to ensure product reliability under extreme conditions to develop and employ new and innovative materials and technologies and continue to address the increasingly complex industry safety requirements.

“By utilising Siemens PLM Software’s technology, Eurocopter was able to produce the most powerful helicopter on the market today. We were also able to reduce the number of prototypes produced and improve documentation for testing institutions that led to faster approvals,” said Jyrki Majamäki, engineer for NH90 Compliance, Eurocopter.

Honeywell Aerospace, a leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems and service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military, space and airport operations, has deployed Teamcenter to enhance the company’s design anywhere, build anywhere capabilities and help the company more effectively manage workloads within and between programs.

“Teamcenter allows our organisation to work virtually across a very distributed site construct enabling cross-site workflow, and it allows us to work much more integrated with our supply chain, co-development partners and other parts of the organisation," said Bob Smith, chief technology officer, Honeywell Aerospace.

Over the last year, the following customer milestones/breakthroughs confirmed the power of PLM technology and the digital revolution to drive unprecedented innovation and transformation at a time when global collaboration and value-chain synchronisation have never been more important:

New Booster for ISS Orion Crew Vehicle:

• The new booster rocket was successfully tested in 2009 for the future NASA International Space Station Orion Crew Transport Vehicle. In building the new booster rocket, ATK, NASA’s prime contractor on the project, used technology from Siemens PLM Software to develop an industry leading innovative vehicle and was subsequently awarded the 2009 Invention of the Year by TIME Magazine.

AVIC Liming Aerospace:

• The AVIC Liming Aeroengine company in Shenyang, China, was able to reduce its design change-cycle by 48 percent and its manufacturing process-planning by 50 percent through the implementation of Siemens PLM Software’s technology to build a single digital model integrated design and manufacturing operation.

Secure Global Lifecycle Collaboration:

• The Lockheed Martin-led global coalition implemented the first integrated digital environment (IDE) that will seamlessly and continuously support the largest military aircraft program in history. The current environment supports 140 sites worldwide, 1,200 workflows, 6,000+ users and is expected to grow substantially to support a global fleet of aircraft. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics was awarded the Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine Program Excellence Grand Prize for their management of the JSF F-35 Lightning II Program.

Sukhoi Superjet 100:

• Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company has designed a new regional jet by integrating design, manufacturing and final assembly sites that span all of Russia with key partners across Europe and the United States. With the program launch in 2001, the first flight was in May 2008, and full certification of the Superjet 100 Regional is slated for 2010.

“To succeed in today’s global business environment, aerospace and defense companies are realising more and more that PLM technology is crucial for being able to manage new and existing complex programs in the most efficient way possible – thus improving supply-chain performance, product time-to-market, and secure collaboration,” said Helmuth Ludwig, president, Siemens PLM Software. “Our focus on the aerospace and defense industry throughout Asia will only increase moving forward as we expand our solutions’ capabilities to address new industry challenges.”

About Siemens PLM Software Leadership in Aerospace & Defense

Today, 18 of the top 20 aircraft and engine original equipment manufacturers in the aerospace and defense industry rely on Siemens PLM Software to build the right product and build the product right, the first time, every time. Siemens PLM Software facilitates enterprise transformation for the A&D industry and is used as the enterprise collaboration platform for many of the largest aerospace integrated digital environments.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 6.7 million licensed seats and 63,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit

About the Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, industrial controls and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimises the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 39,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of €7.0 billion in fiscal year 2009. # # #

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. Teamcenter is a trademark or registered trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

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