Digital Transformation Needs Education

By Christina DePinto

Adapted from content from the Siemens German Academic Team

Based on many years of activities at universities, Siemens Digital Industries Software (DI SW) knows that it is extremely important to support the next generation in the digital transformation. This is where the DI SW Academic Partner Program team comes in.

More than 100,000 licenses of Siemens DI SW are currently being used at 73% of STEM (MINT) universities in Germany. Over 100 different academic bundles are available for a wide range of engineering activities, such as computer-aided design & manufacturing (CAD/CAM), simulation, virtual commissioning, additive manufacturing and many more. Visit the Student Software Program page for the complete overview.

Digital transformation needs skilled experts to drive digitalization in the industry. Therefore, DI SW has developed the Win³ model, where Siemens collaborates closely with universities and customers. To drive this model, DI SW supports around 40 strategic partner universities in Germany.

As an example, TH Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL) is setting standards with its new course of study in digitalization engineering. The course was developed from an initiative of the university of applied sciences in cooperation with local companies. Furthermore, TH OWL is using Siemens DI SW products to streamline software training and product creation for smart production (read more).

Another benchmark is set by the HS Darmstadt (HDA), running a completely automated assembly plant authentically reproducing the automation processes in a real factory with Siemens technology (read more). To get an impression what else is possible, watch HDA´s YouTube Channel.  

Digital transformation can be complex, though. Enabling students to understand all aspects of Product Data Management, Siemens DI SW and Steinbeis Transferzentrum developed a training curricular “PLM Tactile” based on Teamcenter, which illustrates based on a bicycle factory new use cases such as virtual commissioning, production planning, and requirements management.

Also, classical areas like the CAD/CAM/CNC chain have to be rethought on the basis of the CNC machine´s digital twin. Therefore, the Umweltcampus Birkenfeld together with Siemens developed a new didactic concept. This methodology has already been tested in Germany and abroad and is also available to educational institutions.

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