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Siemens PLM acquires LMS: A look back

Four years ago last week, Siemens PLM Software announced its agreement to acquire LMS International. This past June, it unveiled Simcenter, its portfolio of simulation software and test solutions designed to “enable Digital Twins to drive innovation through all stages of product development.”

Below is an analysis and forecast we published the day Siemens PLM and LMS announced their deal. You can read our take on Simcenter here. Siemens PLM’s steady, confident hand in delivering what it promises—and more—is visible yet again.

Siemens PLM to buy LMS: Closed-loop, systems-driven

Siemens PLM Software announced it will acquire LMS International NV, the Leuven, Belgium-based provider of test and mechatronic simulation software to automotive, aerospace and other highly engineered discrete manufacturing industries. Summing up its business and technological rationale, Siemens said the acquisition will make it “the first product lifecycle management (PLM) software company to provide a closed-loop systems-driven product development solution extending all the way to integrated test management.”

We agree. In sum, the move brings Siemens:

  • Deep competency in integrated physical test and simulation/test correlation.
  • World-class model-based systems engineering technology of AMEsim.
  • A substantial engineering services business—offering added insight to software product R&D as well as for developing engineering processes in tandem with new tool requirements.

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Model-based design exploration and optimization

Discussions of how to simulate early in product development fixate too often on FEA, overlooking the power of systems modeling and 0D/1D simulation for studying, exploring and optimizing designs at the beginning of projects, when product geometry is seldom available for 3D CAE but engineering decision-making can have its greatest impact and leverage on project success. Continue reading