Preconfigured HPC for Simulation by Kenneth Wong
Siemens’ just-announced agreement to acquire EDA software leader Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion cash transaction positions the German industrial giant to make itself the unchallenged powerhouse provider of an integrated, end-to-end digital platform for mechatronics product engineering. Continue reading
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.
Expanding our digital leadership with the acquisition of Mentor Graphics: Presentation by Siemens CFO Ralf P. Thomas and Siemens PLM Software Executive Chairman Chuck Grindstaff. Conference call recording here.
In its recently launched NX 11 product engineering software, Siemens PLM introduced a new modeling paradigm it calls Convergent Modeling. This new technology “greatly simplifies the ability to work with geometry consisting of a combination of facets, surfaces and solids, without the need for time-consuming data conversion,” the company says. Billed by Siemens as first-of-its-kind technology, Convergent Modeling is designed to deliver three key benefits: “to help engineers optimize part design for 3D printing, speed up the overall design process, and make reverse engineering a far more common and efficient practice in product design.”
NX 11 also includes multiple enhancements throughout the integrated CAD/CAM/CAE solution suite, such as “next-generation 3D CAE, powered by the recently announced Simcenter 3D software, and improved CAM productivity with tools like robotics machining and hybrid additive manufacturing to help improve productivity.” Continue reading
Siemens PLM named Robert R. Ryan CEO of its CD-adapco subsidiary, whose president, CEO and cofounder, Steve MacDonald, passed away a few months before its acquisition by Siemens early this year. Ryan’s appointment puts a seasoned, world-class CAE executive at the helm of Siemens PLM’s CFD business. Ryan’s previous positions include chairman and CEO of ADAMS developer Mechanical Dynamics, Inc., acquired by MSC Software in 2002. Ryan’s appointment also strengthens confidence that the HEEDS multidisciplinary design exploration software from Red Cedar Technology—a CD-adapco subsidiary of which Ryan was CEO, and which Siemens PLM acquired in its CD-adapco purchase—will continue to receive proper resources, attention and management support. See Should you buy design space exploration technology from a PLM vendor?
One of Siemens PLM’s hallmarks is its track record of outstanding management of its acquisitions over many years. It consistently presents a compelling strategic rationale for the move, makes sensible, comprehensible commitments as to how it will operate and integrate the acquired business and its technologies—then follows through, robustly and on schedule.
When Siemens announced its agreement to acquire LMS International in 2012, it said the acquisition would make it “the first product lifecycle management (PLM) software company to provide a closed-loop systems-driven product development solution.” Now, with its just-announced Simcenter portfolio, the company has taken possibly its single greatest step both to continue delivering on this vision and to further extend it. Continue reading