Yamaha Motor Co. of Japan, which makes a number of motorized products in Japan, will use product lifecycle management (PLM) software from Siemens PLM to support its recent digitalization initiative.
Siemens PLM executives announced the partnership at the Siemens Industry Analyst Conference held Tuesday, Sept. 6 to Friday, Sept. 8 in Boston. Siemens executives at the conference have reported on their company’s end-to-end solutions—many brought about via recent technology company acquisitions—that can help manufacturers digitize their products, their manufacturing environments, and track the production lifecycle even after the product is at work in the field.
Yamaha will deploy Siemens’ Teamcenter portfolio, which is digital lifecycle management software, across all development divisions of their key business, motorcycle products.
The Japanese company is also adopting Siemens’ NX software, the engineering software maker’s flagship solution for integrated computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering. Yamaha will use this as their design development system.
By adopting NX and the Teamcenter platform, Yamaha will further enhance the digital design process, facilitating efficient and direct collaboration between product development designers and engineers, said Makoto Shimamoto, Senior Executive Officer and Chief General Manager of the PF Model Unit at Yamaha Motor.
“Improving the development process for our motorcycles, which constitute our main product, holds great meaning for our company,” Shimamoto said. “Siemens software can help us achieve quality improvements, shorter development times, and workload reduction, as well as enable the designers to spend more time on creating innovation.
Teamcenter will help the company achieve the business goals of higher business efficiency and product competitiveness, he added.
Yamaha Motor plans to deploy NX and Teamcenter across all motorcycle development processes globally, which will create a fully integrated 3D product development process and an efficient integrated management environment for 3D master data.
NX, used for digital design and engineering analysis, will enable designers to work more efficiently and collaboratively, enabling shorter time to market and faster innovation cycles, Shimamoto said.
Using Teamcenter as the digital thread across the product development process will allow global teams to work with a single source of the latest product data.
Yamaha was also able to leverage Advantedge, a set of PLM implementation best practices driven by Siemens. With this, Yamaha Motor was able to start the large-scale deployment in an extremely short period of time.
In the future, Yamaha Motor will be able to build on this foundation to establish digital processes which link design with manufacturing technology, to realize the digital enterprise throughout the entire process, from design to production, said Kunihiko Horita, the country manager of Siemens PLM Software Japan.
“With the environment surrounding the manufacturing industry significantly changing in recent years, we believe that digitalization enables continuous business transformation and innovation,” Horita added.
Siemens PLM Software provides provide solutions throughout the entire value chain “to support our customers’ transformation to a digital enterprise,” he said.
Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, provides software solutions for the digital transformation of industry. The company has headquarters in Plano, Texas, and over 140,000 customers worldwide.
That company is tied to Siemens AG, headquartered in Berlin and Munich, which focuses on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization and is also a supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions, infrastructure solutions, and automation, drive, and software solutions for industry.