Siemens PLM Software

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This article is about the consolidated history of the 2007 established Siemens PLM including UGS Corp., Innotec GmbH, Vistagy Inc. etc. For the historical details of its prominent predecessor company - UGS, founded as United Computing in 1963, see UGS Corp.
Siemens PLM Software
Strategic business unit
Industry CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM Software
Predecessor UGS Corp.

1963, Torrance, California
(as United Computing)

2007, Plano, Texas
(as Siemens PLM Software)
Headquarters Plano, Texas, U.S.
Key people
Chuck Grindstaff, Tony Hemmelgarn, David Shirk
Products PLM software and services — Teamcenter, NX, Tecnomatix, Velocity Series, COMOS
Number of employees
7600 (2011)
Parent McDonnell Douglas
(1976 - 1991)
Electronic Data Systems
(1991 - 2004)
UGS Corp.
(2004 - 2007)
(2007 - present)

Siemens PLM Software (formerly UGS) is a computer software company specializing in 3D & 2D Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software. The company is a business unit of Siemens, and is headquartered in Plano, Texas.


Siemens PLM Software Headquarters in Plano, Texas

Evolution of Siemens PLM from UGS: 1963 to 2007[edit]

The first commercial product developed by what is now known as Siemens PLM Software was called UNIAPT,[1] released in 1969 by a software company then called United Computing. UNIAPT was one of the world's first end-user CAM products. United Computing was founded in 1963 above a hair salon in Torrance, California,[2] and went on to purchase the Automated Drafting and Machining (ADAM) software code from MGS in 1973. The code became a foundation for a product called UNI-GRAPHICS, later sold commercially in 1975 as Unigraphics.

The following year, United Computing was acquired by the aerospace company McDonnell Douglas (now part of Boeing), who created new CAD/CAM divisions, naming one the Unigraphics Group. Finally, in 1980, Unigraphics was released, marking the group's first true 3D modeling hardware and software offering.[3][4] Already home to McDonnell Douglas, the Unigraphics Group grew in St. Louis, Missouri, which became the new headquarters.

In 1991, the McDonnell Douglas Systems Integration groups, including Unigraphics, were acquired by EDS (then a part of General Motors Corp., now part of HP Enterprise Services). EDS branded the acquired business as EDS Unigraphics.[5] Eventually, in 1997 EDS set up its Unigraphics division as a wholly owned subsidiary called Unigraphics Solutions. EDS took Unigraphics Solutions public while continuing to own majority controlling shares in Unigraphics. During this time, Unigraphics acquired a few companies itself including Engineering Animation, Inc., the former Ames, Iowa-based visualization company.

In 1999 the company acquired Applicon, a long-term player in the EDA[clarification needed] field.

Unigraphics changed its name to UGS Corporation in 2001. Also that year, EDS repurchased all outstanding UGS stock, and acquired a UGS competitor, SDRC.[6] In 2003 UGS also received a perpetual, royalty-free license to the MSC Nastran source code. UGS, SDRC, and Nastran were merged into a single Line of Business (LOB) named EDS PLM Solutions.

In 2004, EDS sold its EDS PLM Solutions business to the private equity group of Bain Capital, Silver Lake Partners, and Warburg Pincus.[7] The company resumed operating under the UGS name following the private equity sale.

In 2005, UGS purchased Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.[8]

On January 24, 2007 the German electronics giant Siemens AG announced that they would acquire UGS for $3.5 billion.[9][10] Helmuth Ludwig was appointed President and worked with the management team on creating a long-term strategic direction.

Siemens PLM: 2007 - present[edit]

The 2007 acquisition of UGS laid the foundation for the Strategic business unit of Siemens Industry Automation division - Siemens PLM Software. The entire operations of UGS were amalgamated into Siemens Automation & Drives group as Siemens PLM Software.

In October 2008, to expand its portfolio, Siemens acquired Schwelm based 'Innotec GmbH' - an international vendor of digital engineering software and services for the process industry, and known for its COMOS platform .[11]

On November 9, 2011, Siemens announced the acquisition of 'Vistagy, Inc.' - a Massachusetts based supplier of specialized engineering software and services with emphasis on designing and manufacturing structures made of advanced composite materials.[12]

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has acquired the software companies UGS (USA, 2007), Innotec (Germany, 2008), Elan Software Systems (France, 2009), Active Tecnologia em Sistemas de Automação (Brazil, 2011), Vistagy (USA, 2011), IBS AG (Germany, 2012), Perfect Costing Solutions GmbH (Germany, 2012), VRcontext International S.A. (Belgium, 2012), and LMS International (Belgium, 2012).

In December 2013, in order to enhance its portfolio in the field of PLM-ERP integration and provide platform for integration with enterprise resource planning systems (such as SAP, Oracle and other enterprise applications such as MES, CRM and SCM), Siemens Industry Software Gmbh & Co. KG acquired Munich based TESIS PLMware Gmbh, in the field of PLM integration software and services. [13]

In October 2016, Tony Hemmelgarn became President and CEO (his previous position was executive vice president for global sales, marketing and service delivery). Previous president and CEO, Chuck Grindstaff, became Executive Chairman (earlier Grindstaff was appointed CEO of Siemens PLM in 2010, when he succeeded the former leader, Tony Affuso).[14]

In November 2016, Siemens announced plans to acquire EDA company Mentor Graphics for $4.5 billion to incorporate electronics integrated circuit and systems design, simulation, and manufacturing solutions into their portfolio.[15]


Siemens PLM Software's products[16] include NX, a CAD/CAM/CAE commercial software suite, Teamcenter, an integrated set of PLM and collaboration (cPD) tools, Tecnomatix, a manufacturing and factory planning suite and Velocity Series, an application bundle focused at the mid-market that includes Solid Edge.

The company's portfolio also contained NX I-deas, NX Nastran, Solid Edge, Imageware, Tecnomatix, Femap, D-Cubed, JT, PLM Vis, PLM XML, and Parasolid.

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