May 2, 2011

Siemens PLM Software Partners with Cortona3D to Deliver Complete PLM-Based 3D Technical Publishing Solution

Company to Sell Cortona3D RapidAuthor Products Integrated with Teamcenter to Improve Productivity, Quality and Cost Control Related to the Development and Publication of Product Support Documents.

Siemens PLM Software today announced a partnership with Cortona3D, a world leader in 3D visual communication and publishing software, that enables the company to deliver a comprehensive PLM-based 3D technical publishing solution fully integrated with its Teamcenter® software, the world’s most widely used PLM system. Siemens PLM Software now has the ability to sell the Cortona3D RapidAuthor software solutions and Teamcenter Integration software directly to its customers, providing a world-class methodology – managed within an integrated product development process – for more efficiently producing higher quality technical documentation at a lower cost.

“The Cortona3D RapidAuthor suite is the perfect complement to the content and document management capabilities of Teamcenter,” said Steve Bashada, vice president of Teamcenter Applications, Siemens PLM Software. “We now have the ability to offer our customers a fully integrated and comprehensive set of tools to author, publish and manage all their product support documents concurrently with the rest of the product development process. And since Teamcenter is the digital backbone for all product and process data, including 3D CAD and lightweight visualization files, our customers can produce technical documentation faster, more accurately and with richer 3D content than ever before.”

Concurrent document development enhances speed, accuracy, content

The production of product related documentation and training material often takes place as a separate function outside of product design and development. However, much of the information necessary to create this documentation comes from product development and is subject to rapid change. As a result, documentation is often produced very late in the product development process and is subject to errors and incomplete content due to disconnected systems and processes.

The integration of Teamcenter with Cortona3D RapidAuthor, places documentation authoring, illustration and publishing within the same PLM environment as product development to align publication activities with product processes and information. The capture of Teamcenter product data within Cortona3D RapidAuthor provides automated links between 2D and 3D illustrations and structured text, providing interactive documentation. By connecting the product and document development processes, companies can perform both functions simultaneously with richer interactive content, higher quality and increased productivity. As the product changes its documentation is also updated, dramatically enhancing the speed, accuracy and content of product related documents. This integrated solution enables engineers and technical writers to create structured technical documents such as product catalogs, manuals and training material for publication online or in print, and aligned with product launch activities.

“At Cortona3D we recognize that quality product documentation is vital to an organization’s success and critical for its customers, suppliers, distributors and employees,” said Connell Gallagher, President of Cortona3D. “Our seamless integration with the 3D product and process content managed by Teamcenter is the key ingredient in producing effective documentation for today’s sophisticated and complex product development environment.”