Siemens has expanded its industrial software portfolio with the acquisition of Vistagy, Inc., Waltham, Mass., a supplier of specialized engineering software and services with emphasis on designing and manufacturing structures made of advanced composite materials.
With this acquisition Siemens will become the only company worldwide to support the whole value creation for carbon fiber components with its software tools from product definition and development to manufacturing and service, the company said.
Composite structures are already used extensively in the aerospace industry and for rotor blades of wind power turbines. Composite materials will continue to experience more widespread use -- primarily in the automotive and marine industries -- as the complexity and time required for developing and producing composite structures is reduced.
"Advanced software solutions tailored to specific industry requirements are vital for companies to achieve the next level of performance in their products. This type of industry focus will be the differentiating factor for success in the industry software market." said Anton S. Huber, CEO of the Siemens Industry Automation Division.
Vistagy, Inc., software products are used a variety of applications ranging from composites engineering and design and manufacture of complex assemblies and large aerostructures to design and manufacture of transportation seat systems and interior components.