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Siemens’ JT Data Format Gets a Nod from ISO
The year 2012 ended with a major win for (and perhaps a sigh of relief from) Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division

sap iso step  (e.g., Dassault Systèmes , SAP , and Oracle ) will embrace (or even accept) the JT format just because it is now ISO anointed? Some of these other vendors promote 3DXML as the data format. In theory, this standardization will allow CAD-agnostic PLM providers such as Aras to replace a CAD-based PLM vendor, or for someone to switch to another CAD-based PLM system. A certain number of companies will switch each year, but I don’t think this will result in mass conversion, as the cost of a migration is

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