Siemens and Bentley Systems Announce Strategic Collaboration For Digital Product Design and Manufacturing


Siemens and Bentley Systems have announced a strategic collaboration to advance the integration of digital product design and manufacturing processes design with information modeling for facilities lifecycle design.


The collaboration is said enable the two companies to deliver intelligent and sustainable digital factory infrastructure. According to both parties, initially the collaboration will focus on the digital factory for automotive and discrete manufacturing.

In a statement from Siemens, the Siemens Division Industry Automation and Bentley Systems will initially collaborate on common file formats and content, integrated workflows for factory layout, and the convergence of process and layout. This work is said to be an extension of earlier collaborations between the two organizations that resulted in each deploying technology offerings developed by the other. In the long term, the companies will explore opportunities for jointly developed technology to expand industry-centric solutions and further collaboration interoperability between Siemens’ Teamcenter and Bentley’s ProjectWise software.

The Teamcenter product lifecycle management software assists companies deliver increasingly complex products while increasing productivity and streamlining global operations.  Bentley’s ProjectWise system of collaboration servers and services ’empowers work sharing, facilitating the use of virtual talent, dynamic review for improved project quality, and content reuse for extended value’, a statement revealed.

PLM research Director and Senior Analyst, Dick Slansky said, “ARC Advisory Group has long advocated for a common, interoperable environment for sharing and exchanging equipment design information and facility design information. We believe this announcement of a strategic collaboration between Siemens and Bentley Systems should go a long way toward enabling the integration of digital equipment design and manufacturing process information with the AEC and infrastructure design/build information solution. Specifically, this collaboration will enable Siemens’ design/build solutions such as Teamcenter, NX, and Tecnomatix to openly interoperate with Bentley solutions such as ProjectWise, MicroStation, and AssetWise. ARC will be following this collaboration closely to gain a better understanding of the overall, and potentially significant, benefits to all of the industrial sectors affected.”

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “We at Bentley have redefined asset performance management to span OPEX and CAPEX and are bringing our information mobility technologies to bear on the unification of the project and asset lifecycles. With Siemens converging product and manufacturing process lifecycles, the digital factory seems the ideal inaugural target application for a combined and expanded unification effort. Working smarter, together, Bentley and Siemens will empower our shared users to speed the delivery and outfitting of manufacturing facilities, accelerate the start of production, reduce design, construction, and operating expenses, and improve the operational and energy performance of their factories.


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