Bentley Systems and Siemens recently announced a strategic collaboration to advance the integration of digital product design and manufacturing processes design with information modeling for facilities lifecycle design. The collaboration will enable the two companies to deliver intelligent and sustainable digital factory infrastructure.

Initially, the companies will focus on the digital factory for automotive and discrete manufacturing, and work together on common file formats and content, integrated workflows for factory layout, and the convergence of process and layout. This work is an extension of earlier collaborations between the two organizations that resulted in each deploying technology offerings developed by the other.

In the long term, the companies will explore opportunities for jointly developed technology to expand industry-centric solutions and further collaboration interoperability between Siemens’ Teamcenter and Bentley’s ProjectWise software.

"Together, we will drive the paradigm shift that will establish unified and fully collaborative product and production lifecycles for our customers," said Siemens Industry Automation Division chief executive officer Anton S. Huber. "This will facilitate workflow efficiencies, moving our users to the next level of productivity. Today, it is more important than ever to make full use of all optimization opportunities over the entire lifecycle of a machine or plant. This starts with planning and engineering, and continues into operation and maintenance right through to expansion and modernization."

"Working smarter, together, Bentley and Siemens will empower our shared users to speed the delivery and outfitting of manufacturing facilities; accelerate the start of production; reduce design, construction and operating expenses; and improve the operational and energy performance of their factories," said Bentley Systems chief executive officer Greg Bentley.  

For more information, visit www.bentley.com or www.siemens.com/automation.