German vehicle maker Daimler AG is to standardise computer aided design (CAD) for its worldwide vehicle development on Siemens NX software.
Added to Siemens Teamcentre product life cycle management (PLM) software, the move will create a single digital pathway for product information from idea inception, through design and simulation, to production management, machine tool programming and control, to delivery.
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Starting in 18 months, Daimler will integrate work from more than 20 development centres and their most important suppliers on a single product development platform.
Both companies have agreed not to disclose the contract value.
The decision consolidates digital product information in a single data pool accessible worldwide, the company said. It will allow the company to introduce parallel processes in development, design, production planning and production that will optimise the entire value chain, it said.
"The combination of NX CAD software with our product data management system Smaragd, which is based on Teamcenter, will integrate our entire product creation process from design through production planning down to managing production machines," said Prof Bharat Balasubramanian, who is responsible at Daimler for R&D product innovation and process technology.
This is Siemens' second auto maker win this year. In July the Ray Kurland blog reported that former Daimler subsidiary Chrysler would gradually replace its Dassault Systèmes (DS) Catia CAD system with NX.
He also noted that most large automakers run mixed sites, a point agreed by sources close to DS.