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Siemens PLM Review: "Teamcenter is a powerful, but highly buggy tool. It would be great if it were to get significant attention from Siemens to fix the problems and make it work right."
- Teamcenter tracks & creates revisions pretty well, but that is after much customization we've done to it.
- Quite a bit of search power, although very complicated and challenging to use the search features.
- A database that can be integrated with ERP systems, but that does require much code writing and an SOA system.
- Document security -- not sure if these features are out-of-the-box or customizations, but this capability is highly valuable to protect IP.
- Teamcenter is highly buggy, and most bugs are very time consuming to live with. Many bugs have existed for a long time and Siemens has yet to fix them. Examples are extremely slow response for the Windows Explorer plug-in used for adding datasets for document items, views in the viewer getting "stuck" and won't clear even after a full window refresh - solution currently is to close the viewer and reopen it, or sometimes close & reopen Teamcenter; functions that fail one way but work another, such as Teamcenter will freeze up when selecting "save and check in" after an item data edit, but will work fine if the user saves and then does a "right click - check in." Many more examples exist too numerous to list here.
- Teamcenter is too complex and non-intuitive. This causes a need for a lot of training, and refresh training. Occasional users really struggle because of this, and require a lot of hand-holding by support or admin folks.
- Also highly unstable, particularly the Java portion, at the Client level. We get a lot of Java errors or Java related errors (some users almost daily - no exaggeration). Java never closes on its own after a user closes Teamcenter, which is normally not a problem unless Teamcenter inadvertently creates a second instance of Java, or otherwise crashes. Also, sometimes apparently related, the various cache folders on the Client machine get corrupt and require the user to clean them out after closing Teamcenter (unless it had already crashed) and restart Teamcenter - this every week or two per user, depending on usage. This all seems to be worse with Windows 10, so perhaps there's a Teamcenter - Java - Windows 10 compatibility issue.
- Because of the issues mentioned above, Teamcenter requires an inordinate amount of support personnel. We have an entire corporate department dedicated to supporting Teamcenter, and local users who serve as local admins and support.
- Teamcenter is a very expensive to use, because of the issues expressed here. Many, many man-hours per year are spent supporting this tool, and many, many more man-hours are spent just on dealing with delays due to bugs and inefficiencies.
While I would shudder to think of the impact of significant changes on our own business (relearning/retraining) simplifying the tool greatly to improve usability and intuitiveness would help make Teamcenter far more useful to many types of businesses needing PLM/EDC software.
- 3D CAD review works really well in VisMockup. It allows for a virtual representation of the product.
- Sectioning in 2D works well for tolerance checks.
- The ability to move and rotate components allows engineers to see how the components interact and how they perform in different positions.
- Measurements are not always accurate and sometimes difficult to take.
- The user interface needs to be updated and a better arrangement of the icons are needed.
- Importing and exporting data is cumbersome.
- Easy to navigate
- Version control of shared documents
- Electronic workflows and notifications for processing ECNs.
- Web client for occasional users
- Easier data migration from other systems
- Single sign-on integration with Windows Active Directory
- Tracks design data very thoroughly.
- Making 3D models of our designs was a daunting change, but worthwhile.
- The PLM tracking of old data was excellent.
- The tracking of existing designs in template format was excellent.
- NX CAD is a highly customizable software that any designer/drafter can learn in a short period of time. I would consider NX to be one fo the best CAD packages available on the market. The base platform allows for easy integration into other software offered by Siemens, which improves data tranfsers and file integrtiy moving from concept (Studio), CAD (NX), and CAE (NX FEM).
- NX CAE is a state of the art computer aided engineering software that helped us improve our design decisions and drive our first run capability from concept to production.
- Siemens PLM is a fully integrated product lifecycle managment software that helps manage design/data, create standard workflows/roles, and drives effciency throughout the organization. It is an off that shelf product that can be implemented into any organziaiton without spending large amounts of money customizing and developing an internal version that will become obsolete in 5-10 years.
- As with any technical software package the support and buy in from upper managment is critical to drive the implementaiton and culture within the organziation. If support is lacking then the full capabilities and return on investment will not be realized.
- Some standard functionality/capabilities are embeded into alternate software or require additional licenses to use.
2. Is this driven by growth, improvements, or competitiveness and what is the justification of each?
3. What software package offered by Siemens is best suited to deliver what is needed?
4. Does our organization have the required structure, support, and resources to successfully implement this software?
- Inherent strengths (check-in/check-out, revision control, access control)
- Integration with NX
- Customization capabilities
- Global Product Data Management
- Unreliable programming can cause unexpected crashes
- Almost forces you to rely on Siemens consultants for customizations
- User Interface is much better, and easy to understand
- Structure Manager shows and manages Bill of Materials (BOM) in a effective manner. Freedom to choose what you want to view -- dynamic perspective
- Manufacturing Process Planner module is well represented, integration with digital manufacturing tools.
- Ease of set up and template distribution through BMIDE
- Ability to handle real life data flow using workflow module
- Need some more improvements in product documentation. eEasy to get lost in documentation.
- PLMXML module needs help clues in creating rules, Just like query builder.
- Viewers ( JT) needs improvements.
- How many users of the software?
- How users are distributed across the globe?
- What are other CAD software/s that will be integrated with Siemens PLM.
- Who are end users of data?
- How management can see progress?
- Seamless interaction across multiple departments.
- The software allows you to create a very high level of control and organization within your engineering staff. This reduces the companies mistakes and maximizes productivity.
- The software makes it very easy to track your product through every phase of the production cycle.
- Speaking from experience with NX, each revision seems to be focused more on the layout of icons as compared to the functionality of the features.
- Features within NX that have been used for years are no longer being used as a result of new revisions. Doesn't make a lot of sense to the end user. It would be nice to know what the reason is on a much larger scale (ie large customer recommendation?)
How many departments will be using the product?
How does each department or area within any given company work with or rely on each other? You have to know or be able to create a streamlined approach to doing work for the PLM software to really work. The software adds a lot of necessary structure.
- NX offers powerful modeling capabilities, and is able to handle very complex geometry.
- The Drafting package within NX is world-class. The quality and ease of use of producing blueprints are better than most any other software I have worked with.
- Teamcenter is integrated with the NX system, to ensure control over file revisions and workflows.
- The help that I have received when contacting Siemens' technical support (GTAC) is generally prompt, courteous, and usually effective.
- Within the NX CAD package, there are often various little bugs and glitches that we come across in daily use. We generally submit incident reports to Siemens on these.
- In general, the Teamcenter software package lacks ease of use, general users within the department require frequent intervention and help from higher users for seemingly simple tasks.
- The interface of the application is nice!
- It is too much of a system for the basic needs of the application it is used for. Siemens spec'd and recommended the solution.
- The system is not very flexible or customizable. It has several limitations that cannot be modified.
- It is overly complex and difficult for users to understand. It lacks common sense UI functions that do not need a manual to figure out.
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