Siemens Unveils Sustainability Impact Analysis Capabilities

New NX Sustainability solution allows designers to evaluate concepts against dozens of environmental impact considerations.

New NX Sustainability solution allows designers to evaluate concepts against dozens of environmental impact considerations.

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Siemens Digital Industries Software has announced a new NX sustainability impact analysis solution that will help designers incorporate sustainability concepts and considerations into their work at the earliest stages.

According to the company, NX sustainability impact analysis enables smart decisions based on accurate up-to-date sustainability data. The new module allows organizations to calculate, view and evaluate the impact of their design decisions based on a comprehensive set of more than 30 environmental impacts. Additionally, the solution also introduces CAD-native machine learning-driven material recommendation capabilities based on real-world data and design requirements. The solutions helps designers leverage information from the design processes through manufacturing, logistics, use-phase, and eventual end-of-life with connected enterprise systems and reuse information learned in subsequent design iterations.

“Designers and engineers are under unprecedented pressure to ensure that their products meet sustainability requirements. What has traditionally been unavailable is a fully integrated and efficient method of assessing the environmental impact of a product at the very formative stages of development, where decisions based on carbon emissions can sit alongside the other diverse factors involved in product development,” said Paul Brown, senior marketing director, Siemens Digital Industries Software.

The Siemens NX sustainability impact analysis module helps designers evaluate the affect potential designs may have on the environment across the entire product lifecycle. Image courtesy of Siemens Digital Industries Software.


According to the company, using this module allws designers and engineers to perform environmental impact calculations and rollups at all phases of the product lifecycle, carry out what-if analyses, and benefit from material selection optimizations driven by machine learning that take advantage of best-in-class life cycle assessment models and data sets. This data will be available for export in traditional report form and will persist inside NX, viewable using the graphically rich 3D-based HD PLM reporting capabilities.

NX sustainability impact analysis targets the complete product lifecycle from design, through manufacturing and even logistics, allowing assessment and reporting on not only material extraction and piece part material impacts, but provides insight into the impact of assembly and production, transportation, and end-of-life, the company says.

Once established during design, sustainability data is then available for comparison with data measured from the final manufactured physical parts and processes. The system also leverages Siemens Digital Logistics for assessing the impact to transportation-related carbon emissions. When connected to the wider enterprise, environmental targets and requirements for design can be driven from requirements captured in Siemens’ Teamcenter software for product lifecycle management and used for validation against requirements and environmental credits.

Finally, the capture of this data in an intelligent product model within a managed data environment means that reassessment against new and evolving legislation and industry regulations can be done more quickly for existing designs, during design refreshes, and when developing next-generation products.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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