Software Efficiently Transfers R&D to Manufacturing

14.03.2006

Siemens A&D expands its MES (Manufacturing Execution System) offering by the Simatic IT (R&D Suite), with which companies will be able to capitalize on their R&D potential and develop new products faster. Furthermore, the R&D Suite facilitates the regulatory compliance of new products,...

... the data management for Intellectual Property Rights processes (IPR), and an efficient transfer from R&D to manufacturing.

Simatic IT R&D Suite allows companies to manage the complete R&D process starting with the initialization of a new R&D project covering all approved product information up to the end result of the final set of product specifications just before starting of real manufacturing. Included are typical R&D activities such as project management, formula and packaging development, trial and experiment management, and production process design. All steps of entire R&D process are taken into account from procurement of electronic notebooks and laboratory management over specification management and batch and inventory management up to pilot plant manufacturing. Initial focus of the new Siemens offering is on the process industries.

Simatic IT R&D Suite enables collaborative product development within and across different R&D sites, by taking care of the complex, day to day technical information transactions and flows between R&D teams. The new software allows sharing data, making them available for cross-disciplinary collaborative analysis and getting it aligned with the supply chain and manufacturing by enforcing common standards and data integrity rules. All data is stored in a single repository with fine-grained data access mechanisms and appropriate security measures. This repository is the R&D reference for the enterprise, and is linked with all involved processes, i.e. will be used to feed and support the IP (Intellectual Property) process.

Simatic IT R&D Suite is based on the Simatic IT Framework and other Simatic IT standard components: Simatic IT Modeler for the configuration and coordination of cross-component activities and interactions with Design, Quality, MES, ERP and other Business Systems. Simatic IT Components like Interspec, Unilab, Material Manager, Report Manager and Product Definition Manager. Simatic IT Client Application Builder (CAB) to build specific user interfaces in a flexible way. Simatic IT Data Integration Service for the integration of third party applications by means of standard technologies.

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