The integrated offering is reported to provide customers with real-time visibility into global component availability, demand, cost, and compliance data.

Siemens is integrating the Supplyframe™ Design-to-Source Intelligence platform with its Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of software and services, aiming to bring robust real-time supply chain intelligence to comprehensive digital twin technology. (Image: PRNewswire)

PLANO, Texas—Siemens Digital Industries Software is integrating the Supplyframe™ Design-to-Source Intelligence platform with its Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of software and services. Its aim is to “bring robust real-time supply chain intelligence to the world’s most comprehensive digital twin technology,” the company said in a release.

The offering begins by incorporating the Supplyframe Design-to-Source Intelligence platform with Siemens’ Xpedition™ software for electronic systems design. It is said to facilitate supply chain resilience by providing real-time visibility into global component availability, demand, cost, compliance, and associated parametric data at the point of design.

According to Siemens, the offering combines Siemens’ expertise in printed circuit board (PCB) design and analysis technologies with Supplyframe’s deep market intelligence. It can reportedly help customers reduce costs, increase agility, and make better, more highly informed component decisions at the point of design. By synchronizing data from the product lifecycle management (PLM) and electronics computer aided design (ECAD) domains, it enables engineering organizations to streamline the selection, creation, and management of components during electronic systems design, the company said.

“This new solution is a game changer for our OEM customers, who have faced extraordinary challenges in recent years due to a complicated set of dynamic market forces,” said A.J. Incorvaia, senior vice president of Electronic Board Systems at Siemens Digital Industries Software, in a statement. “Global supply chains have become increasingly unpredictable due to unprecedented geopolitical developments, globally distributed organizations and suppliers, and ever-growing pressure to develop highly complex new products and bring them to market quickly. By leveraging the industry-leading capabilities of Supplyframe’s Design-to-Source Intelligence platform together with Siemens’ industry-leading Xpedition software for electronic systems design, we are equipping our customers with the tools and technologies to compete and thrive in the face of these challenges.”

Supplyframe, acquired by Siemens in 2021, is a Design-to-Source platform for the global electronics value chain. It aims to help leading electronics manufacturers and distributors accelerate new product introductions, reduce supply chain risk, and take advantage of market opportunities through intelligent software and industry-specific solutions.

The Supplyframe Design-to-Source Intelligence platform includes global real-time availability and lead times for more than  600 million component parts. It is also said to capture “billions of data signals about part supply, demand, risk and commercial intent.”

Siemens’ integrated offering is reported to offer a range of compelling functionalities and use cases for engineering organizations that are working to develop next-generation PCB designs. One is push-button access to detailed component intelligence on more than 600 million manufacturer part numbers, which can empower engineers to make more informed part decisions and tradeoffs when the cost of change is lowest. Another is the elimination of manual data entry and library maintenance tasks. the company said.

In addition, the offering provides detailed part comparison views, “what-if” part selection analysis, and digitally managed workflows. It also delivers “seamless, real-time part-level audits for streamlined risk assessments during design capture,” according to the release.

“To remain competitive in today’s dynamic global business landscape, organizations must be able to quickly adapt their design and sourcing strategies to keep pace with the rapid evolution of the industry,” said Steve Flagg, founder and CEO of Supplyframe, a Siemens business, in the release. “The addition of this offering extends Siemens’ supply chain resilience leadership. The Siemens Xcelerator portfolio enables robust collaboration across engineering, NPI management, and sourcing teams, while providing built-in resilience and decision support for all stakeholders within the modern digital enterprise.”

Siemens’ Xpedition software, used to design and develop PCBs and electronic systems, provides tools for engineering, design, analysis, manufacturing, and data management. According to Siemens, Xpedition delivers a PCB design flow that spans from system design definition, electronics design, electro-mechanical co-design, analysis and verification, all the way to PCB manufacturing. Its unique, patented technologies can help reduce design cycles by 50 percent or more while significantly improving overall quality and resource management, the company said.

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