The current design process in the machinery industry is challenging; with loose connections between the different design disciplines (mechanical, electrical, and software). These disciplines do not integrate well with each other until the end of the design process when design changes are more costly, both in money and time. There is no “common” language between the mechanical, electrical and software design disciplines
A systems design approach, especially at the beginning of the design process (at the concept stage) could address these issues. In addition, due to the complexity of machine designs, it is difficult to simulate machines, evaluate design concepts, and find design problems early in the process. This means that machine designers cannot easily get the information they need to support their decision-making.
Mechatronics Concept Designer enables mechanical, electrical, and software automation disciplines to work in parallel. It includes all the powerful mechanical design features of NX while enabling the user to develop a list of electronic sensors and actuators which can be easily selected and positioned so that electrical engineers can create the layout plan. And more efficient software development is supported through the ability to make the machine’s sequence of operations available in a standard format common in the machinery industry.
This is an excellent example of how we at Siemens PLM Software are constantly looking for ways to create value for our customers by focusing on their specific needs and developing unique solutions to meet those needs.