Major trends in the Industrial Machinery industry — such as increasing customization, regulatory pressures, and the need for smarter machines — are all driving more complex machinery requirements.

  • Customization: Globalization will result in millions of new customers from regions requiring diverse features and pricing. (Source: Joint Research Council Foresight Study, European Commission)
  • Regulatory pressures: The average number of major regulations passed per year has doubled since 2000. (Source: NERA Economic Consulting)
  • Need for smarter machines: From 1970-2010, the amount of software content in machines increased 45%. (Source: VDMA)

IN THIS INFOGRAPHIC, we introduce you to these major trends, and provide a clear understanding of what you can do about them, and how we can help address these challenges.

With design management, you can use product data management (PDM) to centrally manage mechanical, electrical, and software specifications, and information for the entire development team, and streamline your design management.

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The fifth littoral combat ship produced by Applied CAx client, Austal USA, rolled out of their shipyard in mid-May. The future USS Manchester (LCS-14) is part of an ongoing 11-ship contract worth more than $3.5 billion for Austal.

Scheduled for delivery in 2017, the ship maxes out at 40 knots (an equivalent speed of over 50 mph). With three ships built and seven others under construction, Austal says its LCS program is well under way. Others in the program include the Montgomery (LCS 8), the Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), the Omaha (LCS 12), the Tulsa (LCS 16), the Charleston (LCS 18) and the Cincinnati (LCS 20).

With its shallow draft, the Austal-built LCS is an advanced and agile 419-foot combat ship with the volume and payload capacity needed to support emerging missions.

Our Teamcenter architect Randy Ellsworth presented at Siemens PLM Connection 2016 in Orlando, May 16-19. The four day event was filled with exciting programs, modern innovations and valuable networking. Thanks to all the presenters and attendees.

"Delivering Custom Status Icons in Teamcenter" was the focus of Randy's presentation, detailing a better method for creating a custom ICD that controls the delivery during an Over-the-Web (OTW) installation. If you're a Teamcenter manager looking to implement this method, download the PDF presentation on delivering Custom Status Icons. And click here for more Teamcenter resources.

Need Teamcenter solutions or services for your company, such as upgrades, migrations, deployments, configuration adjustments or more? See all of our Teamcenter services available from our affiliate company, Sherpa Design.

Exotic Metals Forming Company engineers, manufactures, and provides aftermarket support on vital systems and components for virtually every commercial airliner and military aircraft in active service today. With approximately 1200 total employees, yearly revenue of over $100 million, 60+ user licenses of Teamcenter integrated with NX, Exotic Metals has won numerous awards from their customers Boeing as a crucial key supplier.

Visiting their growing main campus in Kent, Washington (Seattle region) or branch campus in Airway Heights, Washington (Spokane region), is to witness forming, manufacturing, and assembly using complex sheet metals for applications within the aerospace and defense industries.

We partnered with Exotic Metals to streamline and maintain their Teamcenter PLM installation. In late 2015 we were happy to have vastly improved their PLM install and make it production-worthy, so we reached out to Brian Loeffler, CAD Project Engineer at Exotic, to give us some insights into how the process went, how it benefited them, and where they are today with their PLM environment.

What was the situation for Exotic Metals before you brought on Applied CAx to help with the PLM challenges you were facing?
Prior to partnering with Applied CAx for our PLM needs, there were many challenges our company was facing. For the infrastructure implemented with the outside consulting contracted, the experience of our company with Teamcenter was a system that crashed frequently, included slow response times (with a negative moniker being uttered by our users), and there was limited consulting expertise to identify the fundamental flaws in the infrastructure and the associated settings within Teamcenter. In conjunction with new personnel brought in to our IT department, Applied CAx leveraged their expertise and guided our company in establishing a robust platform that stabilized the Teamcenter installation and got our company on the right path for developing Teamcenter as more of a fundamental building block for our future business processes.

More than 25 mechanical engineers, designers, data architects, and CAD enthusiasts networked April 21st at the Lucky Lab in NW Portland. Presentations and demos were shown on NX CAD, NX CAM, and NX CAE. The meeting group was for anyone using NX engineering software, aka Siemens PLM software, Unigraphics or UGS. The meeting was the beginning step to renewal of the Pacific Northwest PNW Regional User Group of PLM World.

Matt Martin, mechanical design engineer for Applied CAx and Sherpa Design, presented on "What's New in NX 11."

Michael Grant, director of manufacturing technologies for Applied CAx and Sherpa Design, presented on "Feature Based Machining."

Tim Nuckolls, Mechanical Engineer at ESI, presented on "Assembly Analysis Setup & Configuration."

If anyone has presentation topics they would like to see, be it for CAD (NX or Solid Edge), CAM, CAE, Teamcenter, Data Management, Customization, Data Translation, Vendor Package Interchange, etc., then This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Don't forget to join the Portland NX User Group on LinkedIn.


Portland NX Users Group - April 2016


Applied CAx is pleased to announce our successful FEMAP Symposium series is returning to Seattle for 2016! Our 2015 event was filled with excellent demos and great people at a beautiful venue.

At this year's event, discover features from the upcoming FEMAP 11.3 release, gain more insider tips and tricks from FEA and FAA experts, and network with colleagues and friends.

The event will return to the beautiful Future of Flight Aviation Center near Boeing's Paine Field. Please RSVP and mark your calendar for Thursday, May 19th, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

A post-event reception will be held following the presentations. We look forward to seeing many of you again and meeting new people!

Click here to register and for more info on our FEMAP Symposium 2016.