Siemens PLM Software
Solid Edge ® software is powerful 3D CAD software delivering
competitive advantage through cost reduction and increased
revenues. Insight technology directly embeds design management,
providing insight into design intent to the entire organization and
enhancing collaboration. Insight, along with superior modeling and
process workflows, greatly eases the design of increasingly complex
products required to meet changing market demands.
As a machine designer today you
are constantly facing one very
clear but difficult issue: the ever
increasing complexity of your
product designs. Driven by market
demand for new and innovative
products with an increasing array
of options, product complexity has
multiplied exponentially in the last
decade. Add the need to apply
new technologies before your
competitors do, customer demand
for faster delivery – and the need
to fit more and more capability
into smaller and smaller spaces
while delivering increasingly
functional shapes with optimized
material costs – and product
complexity becomes almost
impossible to manage.
Enter Solid Edge and its Design with
Insight approach to machine design.
Straightforward yet robust, simple
but elegant, Solid Edge eases the
design of complex machines.
Easing the design of complex machinery
Your products are becoming more complex,
but that doesn’t mean your processes or your
tools have to follow. Solid Edge can help you to
Design with Insight, simplifying design complexity
by providing insight into design intent throughout
the machine design process.
Solid Edge helps you capture and re-use pertinent
information starting at layout and moving through
to complete digital mockup, while providing
you with industry-best practices for machineryspecific
processes such as weldments, sheet metal,
wiring, tubing, shape creation and assembly.
By extending this valuable insight to all of the
users of design information through Solid Edge’s
unique built-in collaborative environment, you
will soon be managing product complexity
without adding to the complexity of your
machine design processes.
Results that count
Solid Edge is one of the few investments you
can make that will impact the top line of your
business. By maximizing design re-use and innovation,
Solid Edge will help you evaluate more
variations in less time, clearly differentiate your
product and quickly adapt to change – ultimately
leading to improved customer proposals and
higher win rates.
And, at the same time, Solid Edge helps to keep
your product development costs under control
through effortless re-use of components and
systems from previously completed projects,
streamlined design reviews, faster supplier
turnaround and fewer prototyping cycles.This all
leads to reduced rework and clearly identifiable
increases in engineering productivity that make
you more competitive in the marketplace.
Significant cost savings from lower material
costs and inventory optimization do not mean a
reduction in quality. Solid Edge lets you quickly
and easily explore new materials and shapes for
optimized functionality, while improving documentation
for your manufacturing team, customers
It’s no accident that Solid Edge is the design
tool of choice for thousands of machinery
organizations around the world.These companies
rely on Solid Edge to make complex machine
design easier. Using Solid Edge, they build
functionally accurate machinery models and
eliminate costly errors and rework.They quickly
develop new and improved designs that exceed
customer expectations and help to keep their
order book full.
A proven workflow for the machine design process
From the moment you implement Solid Edge, you are on the way to
differentiating your business from your competitors. First, enhance your
sales and marketing efforts using Solid Edge for web publishing, product
renderings and animations that demonstrate your capabilities.Then, take
advantage of Solid Edge’s unique ability to offer increased insight into
your machinery design process, from initial layouts for proposals through
complete digital mockup and final documentation. From concept to final
design, Solid Edge will help you explore and validate more variations,
confirm that the product performs as intended and facilitate the re-use
of proven components and systems to optimize costs and assure the
highest quality, on-time delivery.
Faster customer proposals
Existing machine designs often form the basis for new proposals
and Solid Edge helps you quickly generate a new project. Powerful
interrogation tools help your design team investigate the impact of any
necessary modifications and better evaluate the costs of these early
design decisions. By quickly finding all documents that will be affected
and giving you a more accurate understanding of the modifications
involved, Solid Edge helps you generate detailed customer proposals
faster and improves your chances for receiving the purchase order.
Conceptual design to full digital mockup and documentation
With Solid Edge, you design machinery the same way you think about it.
For speed and simplicity, 2D layouts provide a framework from which
more detailed part and subassemblies are developed.Then, unique
hybrid 2D/3D capabilities let you easily assure accurate fit of all parts.
As the design progresses, you can take advantage of Solid Edge’s proven
strengths in massive assembly design to develop a full digital mockup.
Solid Edge customers are creating digital mockups containing more
than 100,000 parts.These functionally realistic machinery models allow
you to emulate the real-world situations for which your products are
2D drawings continue to be the most common deliverable for documenting
a completed machinery design and Solid Edge leads the market
in drawing creation productivity. Solid Edge dramatically accelerates the
production of assembly drawings by automatically creating exploded
views, balloons, parts lists and BOMs.You will quickly create fully
dimensioned drawings and maintenance documentation that is always
up to date with reference to the machinery models.
Maximizing re-use of existing design information
New machinery designs often evolve from existing products and, with
Solid Edge as your design knowledge resource, new product lines and
modifications to existing modules can be produced in less time and at
less cost. Following completion of each Solid Edge project, the entire
product data set and the intellectual property it contains are captured,
securely archived and remain easily accessible for future projects so you
can quickly understand the impact of proposed design modifications and
present accurate knowledge-rich proposals that shorten the time to
final purchase orders.
Quickly find and re-use data
Solid Edge Insight helps you better evaluate the impact of design
decisions by quickly finding all documents that will be affected by a
change, including all related 2D drawings.You can quickly locate design
data using any defined criteria and SQL indexing means searches take
seconds. Fast “where used” reporting also helps your design team
determine all the product and subassembly models that contain a
specific component, giving them a more accurate understanding of
the impact of replacing or modifying components of the machine.
Leveraging existing designs
Machinery designers commonly use 2D layouts to provide a framework
for more detailed part and subassembly design. Solid Edge lets you use
existing 2D machinery layouts or create new ones with familiar 2D
concepts and then add 3D as you progress.With these unique hybrid
2D/3D capabilities, you can mix and match 2D and 3D representations of
parts, only adding 3D detail when required. By modifying or updating an
existing 2D machinery design without having to first remodel all of the
individual components in 3D, you can quickly re-purpose existing designs
to meet the needs of new customers. And you will still be capturing
enough intelligence to ensure the finished machine comes together
smoothly and accurately.
Machinery modules as functional systems
Solid Edge lets you simulate the interaction of machinery components in
a real-world environment through Systems Design, a unique Solid Edge
approach that enables you to create and store functionally realistic
machinery sub-systems that emulate the real-world situations for which
they are being designed. Once you have simulated and validated the
behavior of assemblies and mechanisms used in your machinery designs,
you can save them as re-usable systems that you know will maintain
this built-in knowledge and function correctly when re-used in future
machinery designs. Solid Edge’s Systems Design capabilities are powerful
enablers for “what-if” scenarios, allowing you to incorporate modular
design changes and quickly adapt existing machine designs to meet
changing customer requirements.
Quickly create a full digital mockup of the new
product, optimizing use of materials and
inventory for lower costs. Solid Edge resolves
fit and interference issues long before any parts
are manufactured. Unique systems design
capabilities develop functional models that
simulate real-world environments, enabling
better design decisions that ultimately lead to
clearly differentiated products at a lower cost.
Use Solid Edge’s built-in managed collaboration
capabilities to improve communication throughout
the entire design process. Engineers, designers,
external suppliers, customers and others can track
progress, view and mark up drawings and initiate
change orders that are seamlessly recorded,
managed and communicated, leading to fewer
downstream changes and lower costs through
earlier component definition.
Use Solid Edge’s flexible 2D/3D capabilities to
arrange the machine layout, using a mix of
existing 2D drawings and 3D models and further
speeding time-to-completion by distributing
design tasks throughout the team. Assure
accurate fit of parts without having to model
every individual component. Leverage Solid
Edge’s proven strengths in massive assembly
design to develop machinery models containing
tens or even hundreds of thousands of parts.
Quickly understand the impact of proposed
design modifications and present accurate
knowledge-rich proposals that shorten the
time to final purchase orders. Take advantage
of systems design capabilities to easily study
the impact of design variations and offer a
clearly differentiated solution at a price
that keeps your customers happy and your
Use digital mockups created in Solid Edge for
previous projects to raise awareness and build
immediate customer confidence in your engineering
capabilities. Photo realistic renderings
remove the need for expensive photography,
while 3D animations bring your products to life
and can be published directly to your company
Effortlessly create 2D drawings from machinery
assemblies containing thousands of parts.
Add standard, section, detail, broken and
isometric views with the click of a button.
Accelerate the production of assembly drawings
by automatically creating exploded views,
balloons, parts lists and BOMs.
Leverage the integration of world-class
partners in Solid Edge’s Voyager program for
seamless communications with CAM and other
downstream applications. Improve collaboration
between engineering, shop floor and external
suppliers using practical view and markup tools
and managed workflows for release control.
Assembly and verification
Use clearly understandable assembly drawings
and 3D animations to speed assembly time.
Enjoy the results of Solid Edge’s full digital
mockup and systems design capabilities that
ensure the finished product fits and functions
“right the first time.”
Installation and customer training
Create higher quality user and maintenance
guides, including 3D exploded views and
animations that can be easily customized to
suit the need of individual customers.
Solid Edge captures and securely archives the
entire product data set and the intellectual
property it contains, so that it remains easily
accessible for future projects. By easing design
complexity, new products can be produced in
less time and at less cost.
Integrated data vaulting
Solid Edge Insight manages your valuable machinery design data
in secure vaults. Document check-in and check-out processes
are seamlessly embedded inside standard Solid Edge file commands
and Solid Edge provides continual and instant feedback on the
status of files, their availability and who is working on them.
These secure, SQL server-based vaulting features prevent
unauthorized or conflicting changes and allow individual team
members to confidently work on the same machine, knowing
that the components they are referencing from other members
are always up to date.
Full ECR/ECO workflow management
Insight simplifies the release process for machinery designs, using
automated workflows to ensure that everyone is receiving the
information they need, when they need it. From pre-released, to
released and throughout any step in the complete product lifecycle,
industry leading collaboration and data management tools ensure
that changes can be enacted, checked and approved as swiftly and
accurately as possible. Insight supports both serial and parallel
approval processes and you can either use the out-of-the-box
workflow templates delivered with Solid Edge or customize your
own to suit your specific requirements.
Comprehensive revision management
Solid Edge Insight helps your design team keep abreast of design
changes as they develop.Throughout the lifecycle of each machine,
team members can subscribe to product data – individual files,
folders and even discussion groups – to receive automatic email
notification whenever changes are made. As designers complete
their work, Solid Edge automatically checks in the files, assigns new
version numbers and updates related files to reflect the changes.
Solid Edge saves and tracks multiple revisions of a design and Insight
provides powerful recursive searching so you can review the full
design history, determine the source of revisions and replace
designs with previous revisions.
Machinery-specific design applications
Solid Edge delivers tools and workflows that offer specific solutions
to the challenges of machinery design.Tailored environments,
specific to processes at hand, reduce development costs by
eliminating errors to assure designs are right the first time.With
optimized drawing production and manufacturing considerations
built directly into each process, you engineer and build complex
machines in less time.
Solid Edge’s sheet metal environment uses standard sheet metal
and fabrication terminology, with streamlined modeling commands
for tabs, flanges, louvers, dimples, cutouts, mitered corners, corner
breaks and other sheet metal-specific part features.With automated
placement of bend relief, bend allowance calculations and
punch- and laser-ready flat pattern development, Solid Edge
delivers the most advanced sheet metal CAD package available.
The weldment environment assists in defining the constituent
parts of weldments, as well as weld beads, pre-weld surface
treatments and machining operations after the welds are applied.
Solid Edge drafting documents the entire weldment manufacturing
process, with component drawings as well as pre-weld and
post-machining views.Weldment designs can be placed and manipulated
as single components in machinery models.
Wiring and tubing
Solid Edge XpresRoute is an integrated add-on package that
rapidly routes and models wires, cables and rigid or flexible
tubing for hydraulic or pneumatic systems.Tubing and wiring
components are dynamically associative to the components they
connect, so that they automatically adjust when changes are
made to a machine’s related parts.
Solid Edge Standard Parts is a powerful parts management
system that allows your designers to define, store, select and
position commonly used parts – like fasteners, bearings and
structural steel members – quickly and efficiently, enabling rapid
and precise completion of machinery designs.With Solid Edge
Standard Parts, you can establish and share company standards,
so your designers can concentrate on designing machinery and
not on redundant modeling tasks. In addition to the baseline of
components delivered with Solid Edge, an extensive machinery
parts library is available as an optional add-on package.
Better engineering for higher quality machinery
Solid Edge boosts design productivity with specialized tools that
encapsulate best practices for machinery design, helping you to
make better decisions and capture valuable knowledge as you refine
a design. Captured intelligence means your original design intent is
automatically preserved whenever you make changes, so you can
continue to innovate beyond your competitors while maintaining
the quality and serviceability of your products.
Design rule sensors
Analogous to physical sensing devices, sensors are unique Solid Edge
design aids that provide continuing feedback on engineering rules
and variables as the design develops. Sensors automatically monitor
distances between components, surface areas, physical properties
and other design variables and let you know when design rules and
other criteria are not being met.
Motion and interference analysis
Solid Edge provides a range of tools that allow you to simulate moving
parts within your machinery design and detect any interference
that may result. By simply moving a component, you can detect
collisions and observe the realistic effects of contacts and forces
that will influence the part’s movement. As parts collide, they will
either stop or push each other around, depending on how they
have been defined in the assembly. In addition, a built-in motion
analysis package can accurately simulate complex movement
involving multiple parts at once, detect interferences and create
AVI animations of the full range of assembly motion.
Online engineering reference
The Engineering Handbook is an integrated add-on package for
Solid Edge that provides online reference and automatic mechanical
part modeling. A calculation driven parts generator automatically
builds part models from the engineering calculations, based on
desired load and service criteria. Also included is a complete online
reference that documents algorithms, formulas and theories.
Solid Edge – Design with Insight for machinery
Solid Edge allows your machine designers to Design with Insight
by providing insight into design intent throughout your organization.
Complement this with Solid Edge’s superior core modeling and
process workflows and you can see how companies in the business
of machine design have been able to reduce their engineering
change orders and related rework by 50 percent or more.
The engineering aids in Solid Edge help you evaluate more design
alternatives in less time.You can rapidly create and evaluate large
numbers of design alternatives for your machinery – optimizing form,
fit and function, while maintaining design intent and manufacturability
of complete systems throughout the design process.
By optimizing machinery performance and reliability, increasing
engineering capacity, improving quality and reducing lead times
and costs, Solid Edge is helping machinery makers achieve strategic
business objectives of greater market share, revenue and profitability.
Contact your local reseller to see the productivity advantages of
Solid Edge and learn how Solid Edge delivers more insight into your
designs and processes.Your business can benefit from the CAD
industry’s most functional innovations for machinery design. Be first
to complete your new machinery designs, first to market with
an error-free product, the first to Design with Insight.
About Solid Edge
Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology is the most complete feature-based 2D/3D CAD
system available to the market today that combines the speed and flexibility of direct modeling with
precise control of dimension-driven design, to provide the fastest, most flexible design experience
possible. With superior part and assembly modeling, drafting, transparent data management, and
built-in finite element analysis, Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology is a core component
of theVelocity Series portfolio that eases the growing complexity of product design.
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 4.6 million
licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano,Texas, Siemens PLM
Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate
through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services.
For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.
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