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Vistagy Joins the Siemens PLM Family of Products

Written By: Gabriel Gheorghiu
Published On: December 20 2011

Siemens recently closed the acquisition of Vistagy, incorporating it into Siemens PLM Software. Vistagy is a provider of specialized engineering solutions including applications for design and manufacture of advanced composite materials.

Composite materials are made of two or more constituent materials that when mixed retain distinct properties. The composite is generally designed to achieve a specific set of attributes, such as lightness, strength, flexibility, durability, etc. Despite their high cost, composites are increasingly being used to manufacture disk brakes for sports and luxury cars and orthopedic dentures, as well as being used in airplanes, wind turbines, and even space ships.

Who’s Vistagy?

Founded in 1991, Vistagy focuses on industry-specific software and services, providing engineering solutions for companies facing very particular challenges (composite manufacturing being one of them). Vistagy does not offer computer-aided design (CAD) or product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, but provides extensions for these tools, which are suited to the specific needs of industries such as automotive, aerospace and defense, wind energy, and marine ship building. Vistagy’s flagship product is FiberSIM, for composite engineering management. Its other products were developed in-house in direct response to its customers’ challenges.

A suite for aerospace companies consists of FiberSIM, SyncroFIT (solutions to design airframe assemblies), Quality Planning Environment, and Customer Consulting Services. For automotive, Vistagy offers Seat Design Environment, which like all Vistagy products, is fully integrated with CAD systems (e.g., CATIA from Dassault Systèmes, and Creo from PTC). Vistagy also partners with companies that provide solutions for nesting, cutting, drilling, and automated deposition, such as Gerber Technology, GFM, and MAG.

Vistagy product timeline
History of Vistagy Products

Vistagy’s extended knowledge in the composites field is not only used to address its customers’ needs and challenges, but also serves as a basis for research. Vistagy produces reports such as “How Does Your Composite Design Process Compare to Industry Best Practices?” and collaborates with academic institutions such as the Dresden University of Technology, University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials, University of Massachusetts Wind Energy Center and Wind Technology Testing Center, National Institute for Aviation Research, and University of Texas at Arlington.

Who Benefits

Everyone: Siemens increases its presence in the fast-growing composite engineering market and can now provide complete solutions for this market, Vistagy benefits from the Siemens expertise and open strategy, which will allow Vistagy to continue strategic partnerships with other CAD and PLM vendors. Vistagy’s existing customers benefit from the combined product portfolio and domain expertise of the two vendors.

To better understand the importance of composite materials (which now make up 50 percent of the primary structure of the Boeing 787, as opposed to 3 percent of the 757) and see how NX, FiberSIM, and Teamcenter are combined to address composite engineering challenges, visit the official Siemens Solutions for Composite Management page. See also P.J. Jakovljevic’s speculations on new frontiers for large CAD/PLM providers.
 
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