Automaker Daimler AG announced this week that it will deploy Siemens PLM’s NX CAD software for its worldwide vehicle development, a decision that some observers said signals a shift in product lifecycle management (PLM) and CAD buying trends in the automotive industry.
Since 1995, Daimler has used Siemens’ Teamcenter PLM software for product data management in a customized implementation known internally as Smaragd, the German word for emerald.
The addition of the NX CAD software gives the manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz a tightly integrated product development platform that creates a closed loop from digital design to proof of concept, Siemens PLM said. NX and Teamcenter PLM provide parallel processes in development, design, production planning, and production, according to the PLM vendor.
Daimler is the second major automotive company to standardize on the Siemens PLM technology stack. In July, Chrysler Group LLC, which had been using Teamcenter software as its corporate product data management (PDM) system since 2008, announced it would add the NX CAD software.