First off, Teamcenter 10.0 was not released to the general customer-base. So, like with Teamcenter 9.1, Teamcenter 10.1 is the starting point for Teamcenter “10”.
NEW APPLICATIONS, SOLUTIONS AND INTEGRATIONS
There are many new areas of Teamcenter to explore, including:
- 4G Designer allows configuration developers to create the collaborative design that holds the CAD data and then divide it into functional, physical, and logical partitions.
- Product Configurator allows you to define global variant option libraries and variants rules for your company. You can then associate them with product items and product models.
- Materials Management stores the material and substance information imported from a third-party data base like Granta or International Material Data System (IMDS) into the Teamcenter database, where other Siemens PLM Software applications can be modified to use the Teamcenter material library as a source for material information, rather than each application owing individual databases.
- Substance Compliance allows product manufacturers OEMs to conform to environmental laws, regulations, standards, and other requirements for their own parts and for the parts manufactured or supplied from an external source.
- Manufacturing Execution System Integration allows companies to work with the Siemens SIMATIC IT software, as well as others, to more effectively and efficiently execute manufacturing operations through each step of the manufacturing process by enabling collaborative manufacturing strategies and provide mission-critical information about production activities to managers across an organization and its supply chain.
- Briefcase Browser allows suppliers that do not have Teamcenter installed, known as an unmanaged site, to work with briefcase files from sites that manage their data in Teamcenter. This allows you to export data to and import data from unmanaged supplier sites that have only Briefcase Browser and NX. The unmanaged supplier’s users can: read and display briefcase files, open and display JT files in JT2Go, open NX CAD files (parts, assemblies or drawings) for modification in NX, and create new briefcase files containing NX CAD files (parts, assemblies or drawings).
CLIENT FOR MS OFFICE
The capabilities for Office 2007 are unchanged. However, support for Office 2010 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) was added, which includes these additional features:
- Support for Office 2010 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
- Open any core Office file type
- Expanded list of workflow tasks that can be performed from the Office application
- Synchronize Teamcenter Tasks in Outlook
- Edit properties of Teamcenter objects directly
WEB THIN CLIENT
The thin client is enhanced in several areas to more closely align with the Rich Client. It also includes a new Save As wizard and expanded Help coverage.
The rich client user interface includes the following enhancements:
- Reorder sections in the left-hand navigation pane
- Toolbars and dropdown menus stay in same row when the rich client is resized smaller
- Upload and Download buttons are added to the Named References dialog box
- Many summary style sheets are updated to include additional relevant information
Workflow received enhancements in many areas, including:
- The workflow Condition task now can branch based on the results of the task’s sub-processes
- Issues appear in a new Issue List Details view in both the rich client and thin client, and supports standard issue reports, visual issues and penetration requests
- Privileged users can make bulk updates of multiple assemblies with a single action (including replace, remove, add, and manual update) using a new Mass Updatewizard and menu commands in the rich client and thin client user interfaces
- The Process History view in My Teamcenter displays the progress of the selected business object any active workflow or schedule task
- You can configure Workflow to run all tasks in the background (asynchronously), in the foreground (synchronously), or according to each task’s background processing setting
- Workflow process and task templates specific to Change Viewer are removed with the obsoleting of that application, including: Checklist task, Impact Analysis task, Prepare ECO task, and the CMII process templates
- Individual users can claim a task assigned to a resource pool or another user, which moves the task to their personal worklist
- You can configure the Perform Signoff user interface
Change Manager received enhancements in many areas, including:
- An interface where you can selectively propagate the problem, impacted, solution, and reference items related to a change object to related schedule tasks
- Add change items to the schedule task change folders using the new Change Detailsview in the Schedule Manager application
- View the authorized change and the state of the workflow for a schedule task from within the Change Manager or My Worklist applications using the new Change Details view
- Revise multiple impacted items at once, instead of only one at a time
- New Change Manager conditions provide administrators with a way to control who can propagate change items to schedules
- Change Manager no longer checks whether a user has dba privileges when creating a change notice, change request, or deviation request
- Digitally sign PDF files (some configuration required)
- Launch applications for datasets from Teamcenter Client for Microsoft Office
- New summary style sheets display Document objects in the rich client and the thin client
- Enhanced thin client check-out and check-in
- Tasks and schedules can now be aborted, with notifications sent to assigned users
- Schedule Manager events are auditable
- Restrict the creation, updating, rescheduling and deletion of tasks and schedules using new preferences
- Tasks can be assigned to resource pools, as well as groups and roles
- Link planned schedule dates and actual schedule dates
- Part – CAD Alignment in Teamcenter provides part — CAD independence, allowing you to associate parts and designs in two ways, globally and by occurrence level. The global capability is enhanced to provide a generic method of automating the creation of a target object (for example, a part) as a post-process of item creation (for example, a design). Automation also links parts and designs through a specified relation. This automation is particularly useful when users create designs in CAD and subsequently save them to Teamcenter.
- Search found in the Multi-Structure Manager and Manufacturing Process Planner applications allows you to save and reload search criteria as well as search results, clear criteria individually, and see search results while in progress.
- New preferences allow configuring Teamcenter to enforce rules imposed by the organization on what types of content are allowed in the structure. The user cannot add content that is prohibited by the defined business rules.
- Users may: Save column configurations and share them between users, display substitute parts as separate BOM lines (and edit, remove, or compare them), freeze the BOM tree column during horizontal scrolling of the properties columns, drag and drop multiple BOM lines.
Clearly, Teamcenter 10.1 is changed in many ways. However, in my mind the biggest news happened in the Teamcenter structure itself. Starting with Teamcenter 10 you no longer need to wait for major releases of Teamcenter to get new features. By separating the Teamcenter 10 platform layer from the application layer, Siemens is able to release new features quicker using Service Packs. In an upcoming article we’ll look at the new features made available in those service packs. So stay tuned…