Simple process management
Teamcenter Rapid Start provides you with basic workflow capabilities to streamline product development by managing the part release processes. This helps you more easily:
- Review, comment and approve or reject parts and documents
- Capture audit date and timestamp information
- Manage cross-functional review teams (notifications, quorums, etc.)
Leveraging the experience Siemens PLM Software has gleaned from thousands of software implementations, Teamcenter Rapid Start comes with a set of preconfigured workflows to help you release your products.
For those situations requiring specific process compliance, you can reconfigure and adapt the Teamcenter Rapid Start standard workflows, or create new ones quickly and easily, without any programming. Your PDM workflows can also be accessed from within Microsoft Office products, including Microsoft Outlook email.
You can synchronize Microsoft Office tasks and activities, and automate a variety of interdepartmental processes such as review and sign-off of specification documentation. Companies or teams that want to use an integrated and simplified change management process can use the preconfigured capabilities of the engineering order that includes the basic components of a typical engineering change process: change request, change notice and the required workflow process to release or discontinue parts and documents affected by changes.
The engineering order also provides quick access to all change-related information including forms to store attributes for the change request and a set of folders to store related documents and parts. Teamcenter Rapid Start also delivers a configuration management model supporting revision rules, revision status filtering and basic revision effectivity using dates or unit numbers.
Preconfigured roles and responsibilities
Another area of special functionality in Teamcenter Rapid Start is a focus on the tasks you do every day, both as individuals and as a team. Teamcenter Rapid Start offers preconfigured groups and roles that you can use to simplify common tasks. The user interface is tailored to each individual type of user, only showing menu options and applications required for their job.
This reduces the user learning curve and improves overall usability. The standard set of roles supports typical tasks such as issuing an engineering order, reviewing designs, releasing and approving documents and more. These tasks can be streamlined by using shortcut links in the “I want to” area of the user interface. The tasks are automated by wizards, making them smooth, natural and consistently repeatable for a reliable and efficient process.
There is also an out-of-the-box role targeted at shop floor use cases such as “find parts” and “documents released for manufacturing only.” The role helps you view, measure, and print. Typical user roles for the shop floor viewer include inspection, assembly team, machine set-up, and more. The security model and related information access is an important side of the preconfigured user organization in groups and roles.
This means that different roles (approvers, checkers, designers, suppliers) can have different information access, depending on the lifecycle state. This helps ensure that your intellectual property is protected and auditable throughout the complete product lifecycle.
Platform and deployment
The foundation of Teamcenter Rapid Start is Teamcenter, which enables you to take advantage of best-in-class visualization capabilities and deliver visualization, collaboration and design review using JT and a large number of other 2D and 3D file formats. Organizations that work in a multi-CAD environment can perform analysis on 3D assemblies without requiring access to a CAD system.
Teamcenter Rapid Start comes with preconfigured Teamcenter translation services to automate:
- 2D translation including NX drafting to CGM, HPGL and TIFF; Solid Edge drafting to PDF, DXF or TIFF
- 3D translation, including Solid Edge, NX, NX I-deas, Catia V5, SolidWorks, Inventor, Pro/Engineer to JT; and Solid Edge to IGES, STEP, Parasolid or STL
- Document translation, MS Office to PDF
All Siemens PLM Software translators can be deployed with Teamcenter Rapid Start, which is workflow-driven and creates the translation request based on available translators installed, types of files found as workflow targets, BOM attachments and user preferences.
Follow the path to PLM
With Teamcenter Rapid Start, you can start with what you need now and grow over time. Once you have Teamcenter Rapid Start up and running, you can add on Teamcenter capabilities as you need them. You can follow the proven Teamcenter path to PLM success, targeting key areas of your business to optimize performance.