Design collaboration: Siemens PLM updates free visualization tool


Siemens PLM Software announces the latest release of its no-charge 3D visualization solution, JT2Go. It contains functionality that should make it easier for users to work with digital models created in the JT format, the product life-cycle management (PLM) ndustry’s most widely used lightweight 3D data format for product visualization, collaboration, and CAD interoperability.
In a press announcement, Siemens PLM said the new software release—combined with the increasingly widespread usage of JT—will result in enhanced collaboration and cost savings for manufacturers and suppliers worldwide.
“The expanded JT2Go version will extend our usage of JT for an efficient collaboration with our suppliers worldwide and optimize the digital engineering visualization solutions in the automotive industry,” says Alfred Katzenbach, head of IT for R&D efforts at Daimler . “It is a further step to establish and support the JT format as an international standard in the field of digital engineering visualization.”
According to Siemens, the new release of JT2Go contains several features that were previously only available through a purchased license of the visualization component of Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter digital lifecycle management software, including:
• The ability to view product manufacturing information directly off the digital model, such as dimensions, tolerances, and other manufacturing data. This improves communication to the shop floor and enhances quality assurance.
• Sophisticated measurement tools make accurate dimensional information readily available to the end user.
• The ability to cross section JT models provides users with a better understanding of design details.
“The JT data format is the common 3D language of PLM, with broad adoption across the industry that is fueled by the JT Open Program, whose members continue to expand the value of JT throughout their extended enterprises,” says Bruce Feldt, VP Open Tools, Siemens PLM Software. “The significantly increased functionality added to our no-cost JT2Go viewer facilitates continued growth and value expansion of JT while reinforcing Siemens PLM Software’s open business model.”
JT2Go was introduced in November 2004 to enable anyone associated with a product’s life cycle—e.g., manufacturers, suppliers, business partners and customers– to easily view 3D product models in real time and from any location, at no cost. JT2Go can be downloaded here .

No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
A cool solution: Collaboration, chemistry leads to foundry coat product development; See the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists
Raising the standard: What's new with NFPA 70E; A global view of manufacturing; Maintenance data; Fit bearings properly
Sister act: Building on their father's legacy, a new generation moves Bales Metal Surface Solutions forward; Meet the 2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security
Upgrading secondary control systems; Keeping enclosures conditioned; Diagnostics increase equipment uptime; Mechatronics simplifies machine design
Designing positive-energy buildings; Ensuring power quality; Complying with NFPA 110; Minimizing arc flash hazards
Building high availability into industrial computers; Of key metrics and myth busting; The truth about five common VFD myths

Annual Salary Survey

After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.

The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.

Read more: 2014 Salary Survey: Confidence rises amid the challenges

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.