The latest release of Siemens’ Syncrofit software introduces new fastener layout and part sizing functionality which helps airframe engineers reduce the time to generate fastener patterns, perform initial part sizing, validate designs, and adapt to subsequent design changes by as much as 40%. The new version (Syncrofit 13) eliminates the need for manufacturing engineers to manually verify that the hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of fasteners in an airframe structure are properly consumed according to plan and that the assembly meets design requirements. Syncrofit 13 also expands integration with Siemens’ Teamcenter portfolio. Syncrofit, which is used for designing and manufacturing complex assemblies and large aerostructures, is an offering of Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business unit.
Traditional methods for consuming airframe fasteners into manufacturing plans were extremely tedious and often the source of costly errors and rework on the shop floor. Syncrofit 13 strengthens Siemens’ product portfolio for airframe development by integrating its production-proven Airframe Manufacturing Environment (AME) module into NX software, Siemens’ integrated computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) solution. AME, which is also integrated with the CATIA software V5 CAD system, enables engineers to digitally define the changing state of parts as they progress through the various stages of airframe assembly. This addresses critical needs of airframe manufacturers as they strive to reduce development costs, improve product quality, and meet aggressive schedule targets.
Syncrofit 13 also includes expanded integration capabilities with Teamcenter, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management software. This allows users to automatically associate and manage data for automated manufacturing assembly processes, eliminating time-consuming and error prone manual processes. It also reduces the chance of using outdated manufacturing data, which can result in excessive scrap and rework.