July 29, 2013

Competition gives Pinoy engineers chance to try new Siemens design system

By KIM LUCES, GMA News July 29, 2013 1:18am

Filipino engineers had a chance to use Siemens' newest Solid Edge ST6 computer-aided design system, the Synchronous Technology 6 or ST6, last July 26, 2013 at Makati's New World Hotel through a design competition conducted by Siemens and CIM Technologies Inc.

Siemens Solid Edge ST6 allows users to edit imported data six times faster. In many cases you are able to edit foreign data better and faster than the CAD system that it came from itself. ST6 would ease the designing process of product manufacturers and engineers, thereby allowing more artistic freedom as well as reducing cost and time. Also Synchronous Technology allows engineers to think of the 'what' before the 'how'.

One of ST6's features is its ability to simplify large assemblies with up to one million parts or more. This allows users to keep the more sensitive details of their design, while showing how these parts interact with other components. This system may be able to open 100,000 parts. It cannot guarantee that the person receiving the files will be able to open that amount of data.

Solid Edge also has a specific toolset for sheet metal designing, whether straight-brake or roll-form. These are useful in complex packaging, sheet metal stamping, plastics manufacturing and heavy machinery design. ST6 is also said to optimize material mass up to six times faster without compromising quality.

First placer Ricky Gutoman, of Pilipinas Hino, Inc. appreciated the auto dimension feature of ST6 which aligns dimensions of a model automatically. “Sa ST4, manually namin ina-align,” said Gutoman, a process that takes about 15 minutes to half an hour.

Both Gutoman and Third placer, Jason De Guzman also of Pilipinas Hino, Inc. seemed impressed with ST6. “Kung ito yung gagamitin namin, siguro yung one hour na gamit namin sa ST4, baka magawa lang namin in just 30 minutes. Dito kasi [ST6], with just one click, naka-align na lahat.” said de Guzman. “Mas madali siyang gamitin tska masmaa-arrange namin yung files pag gumagamit kami nung [ST6].”

Victoriano T. Yap, President of CIM Technologies Inc., the Authorized Silver Channel Partner of Siemens Industry Software Pte. Ltd explained that if an engineer wanted to design a sturdy kind of casing, the ST6 tools would reduce material cost, but also make sure that specifications on how much load can be accepted are still met. “Without that, it's a trial-and-error by calculation; or, if you don't want to mess up your product, you go for the safest [option] which is to make it thick, which does not really [minimize] your cost,” Yap added.

Among the companies that attended the Siemens ST6 Launch were the Philippine Air Force; the Department of Science and Technology - Advanced Science and Technology Institute; Green Cross, Inc.; AMKOR Technology Philippines; and San Miguel Yamamura. — DVM/TJD, GMA News