UGS PLM Software, a division of Siemens Automation and Drives
(A&D) today in collaboration with HP, announced its new UGS
Synergy™ program for the automotive industry that will
revolutionize the vehicle design and manufacturing collaboration
The new program provides for asynchronous design information sharing in a computer-aided-design (CAD)-independent environment. For the first time, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and suppliers at all levels of the supply chain will have a single optimized process for exchanging vehicle design and manufacturing information. UGS Synergy enables suppliers to set up their own PLM environment and leverage its power to optimize the entire enterprise.
“Suppliers will now have the capability to easily and securely share information across multiple OEM program teams, develop product development best practices across the entire company and optimize expertise and business savvy on an enterprise-wide basis,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president, Global Marketing, UGS PLM Software.
The UGS Synergy program leverages its JT™ data format, which has emerged as a standard for 3D visual collaboration in the automotive industry. Both OEMs and suppliers alike use JT for a wide range of downstream applications from purchasing to manufacturing, as it is smaller in file size and protects intellectual property.
According to a November 2006 report, Cyon Research Corporation estimates that if a single platform such as JT were implemented as a standard data-transfer mechanism, automotive industry suppliers would benefit from savings in the range of $500 million to $800 million annually.
More specifically, the report states that: “The data indicates that the typical North American supplier would save between $500 and $1,700 per million dollars of revenue- or, in other terms, a supplier with $1 billion in annual revenue could save perhaps $1.7 million annually if the automotive industry were to adopt a single platform as its sole data-transfer standard.”
Customers will have the ability to purchase UGS Synergy program components as a single appliance, which includes an HP ProLiant server with UGS PLM Software products, packaged and optimized for quick and easy implementation. UGS Synergy also includes the Exchange Manager, powered by PROSTEP™, which allows suppliers to pull the specific design context from their customers’ managed environment and map it into the suppliers’ local UGS Teamcenter™ product data management solution where it can be made available to the entire team. Returning the suppliers’ deliverable is equally as simple.
Developed and tested on HP ProLiant servers, the UGS Synergy program enables an optimized design environment through a single, enterprise-wide data management environment that unites all suppliers product information, enforces proper part nomenclature and encourages best practice work processes together with a single, best-in-class, latest generation design system
Date: June 18, 2007