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Siemens PLM Software, a global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, has announced Version 5.0 of its Teamcenter Express software.

Teamcenter Express is a configuration of Teamcenter, the world’s most widely used PLM portfolio, and is the collaborative product data management (cPDM) component of the Velocity Series portfolio, Siemens PLM Software’s comprehensive range of modular solutions that address the PLM mid-market.

This latest release provides key enhancements that improve the productivity of small and medium-size businesses (SMBs), thus reducing the time needed for completing design-through-manufacturing projects.

Peter A Bilello, vice president of CIMdata, said: ‘The enhancements in Version 5, such as the comprehensive integration with Microsoft Office and the new cost-analysis tools for both products and projects, should further enable small- and mid-size manufacturing organisations to deliver their design projects to manufacturing on time and on budget while improving their own cost management.’ Teamcenter Express Version 5 delivers an updated user interface with new Lifecycle Viewer and Structure Manager modules that consolidate and simplify visualisation and product structure management tasks.

New cost-analysis tools are also available for both products and projects, enabling costs to be calculated from the initial concept design through release to manufacturing, resulting in improved cost control and profitability.

Version 5 also delivers an improved user interface and expanded capabilities for integration with Microsoft Office 2007.

While working in Word, Excel, Powerpoint or Outlook, users can easily browse and search the Teamcenter Express database, add new documents to this single source of data, and review and approve cPDM workflow tasks that have been assigned to them.

More users working from a single source of product data results in fewer errors and more consistent completion of everyday tasks.

Several enhancements to the optional project-scheduling module are also delivered with Version 5.

This includes the ability to view multiple project schedules in a single window, enabling improved resource allocation and early identification of potential bottlenecks along with the ability to link projects together in hierarchical and sequential structures.

Bill McClure, vice-president of Velocity Series development, Siemens PLM Software, said: ‘Manufacturing SMBs in 38 countries are using Teamcenter Express to improve the efficiency and consistency of their design-through-manufacturing processes and improve their customer responsiveness.

‘With Version 5, companies can provide wider access to a single source of product data and improve their control of product and project costs.

‘The result is higher productivity and profitability in delivering products that exceed their customers’ expectations.’ Teamcenter Express Version 5.0 is built on Teamcenter 8 and delivers complete scalability to the unified architecture of this latest release of Teamcenter.

Version 5.0 is also now available on Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

Version 5.0 will be available to customers in September.

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