Siemens Acquisition of Mentor Graphics is Now Complete!

Siemens finalizes Mentor Graphics Acquisition!

The addition of Mentor’s industry leading solutions for electronics systems design to Siemens’ dominance in the PLM space pushes the company to the top 10 list of largest software companies in the world. The combined capabilities further Siemens’ Vision 2020 and its capabilities to shape the Digital Enterprise through the multi-physics Digital Twin.

While the integration of these two entities is only in the beginning phase, we are excited to be a part of this evolution, especially as it relates to the benefits to be gained by our core product offerings of UniCam FX, Test Expert, and eMES. We recognize that Mentor has valuable capabilities in products such as Valor DFM and we look forward to strengthening the product portfolio as we help you, our customers, use them to the benefit of your business. This is all in addition to the strengthening integration with the products from our other vendors, namely Cogiscan and our new relationship with Accelonix, the developers of products such as CoverageXpert for multi test strategy and analysis (more on that next time!).

Joint Statement from Tony Hemmelgarn (CEO – Siemens PLM) and Wally Rhines (CEO – Mentor Graphics)

We are excited to announce the acquisition of Mentor Graphics by Siemens is now complete. Mentor is now a part of the Siemens PLM Software business unit, within the Siemens Digital Factory division.

With the addition of Mentor, Siemens is further building upon its Vision 2020 by expanding its unique portfolio for industrial software to shape the Digital Enterprise. Siemens continues to invest in software solutions to link conceptual to the real, connecting virtual product development and production planning with the real production environment and lifecycle support.

Only Siemens provides integrated software and automation solutions across the entire value chain of our customers from initial conceptual design through manufacturing planning and execution through service and support of both the products and the plants that produce them.

With the addition of Mentor Graphics, Siemens now delivers the most comprehensive digital design portfolio—from integrated circuit design, to system design and the complete Digital Enterprise. Mentor’s system design product portfolio significantly adds to Siemens’ Digital Enterprise vision, strengthening the system of systems and model-driven design methodologies with Mentor’s electronic system design expertise. This directly addresses the rapid growing electronic content in today’s complex systems. The combined companies’ simulation capabilities provide the most comprehensive solution for a multi-physics and electronic Digital Twin.

Mentor significantly expands Siemens’ digital product design portfolio with the entry into the adjacent Integrated Circuit (IC) design tool segment. This segment offers exciting growth opportunities for Siemens and will expand even further with the rise of Internet of Things, high-speed communications and the cloud.

Embedded software is another exciting adjacent segment driven by the rapid adoption of machine intelligence such as autonomous driving and smart factories.

Siemens is fully committed to further investing in Mentor’s integrated circuit design and embedded software solutions to ensure continued technology and market leadership.

While the transaction has officially closed, Siemens PLM Software and Mentor are still early in the process of combining the organizations and exploring the many ways our two organizations can work together. Siemens has an excellent track record of developing and growing the businesses it acquires and, importantly, retaining the culture that made those companies successful. It will be no different for Mentor. Siemens is committed to retaining the innovative culture that has led to Mentor’s success.

Our top priority is to continue to focus on serving our customers, achieving product development plans, and realizing the market opportunities to accelerate our success together. Customers can be assured that we will continue to deliver the same products and solutions and best-in-class service that you have come to expect.

We are very grateful for your continued support, and we are excited to show you what Siemens and Mentor can deliver as a combined company.

Kind Regards,

Wally Rhines, CEO, Mentor Graphics
Tony Hemmelgarn, CEO, Siemens PLM Software

Please give us a call with any questions or if you’d like to discuss at 855-642-2848 Ext 701, or email at [email protected].


Nick Huffer

Cogiscan Partners with Siemens PLM Software to Provide a Complete Industry 4.0 Solution for Electronics Manufacturing

We are excited to formally announce the partnership between Siemens PLM Software & Cogiscan Inc, the Leading Track, Trace and control solution provider for the electronics manufacturing industry. We believe this partnership will give our customers robust visibility and control over the manufacturing process including material consumption tracking, and management.

As a partner of both Siemens & Cogiscan, Acuity Electronics is in the unique position to offer deep expertise of both platforms, as well as the ability to deliver total integration.

Below is the formal press release from the Cogiscan website.

BROMONT, CANADA, October 2016

Cogiscan Inc., the leading Track, Trace and Control (TTC) solutions provider for the electronics manufacturing industry, is partnering with Siemens PLM Software to provide a complete manufacturing software solution to enable Industry 4.0 for Electronic Manufacturers.

The Cogiscan suite of TTC solutions includes world-class material control, traceability and TTC analytics to achieve significant improvements in visibility, quality and productivity. Siemens PLM Software is a world-leading provider of product lifecycle management and manufacturing operations management software for all industries, including the out of the box SIMATIC IT Unicam eMES solution for Electronic Manufacturing.

Together, Cogiscan and Siemens will help companies realize innovation by optimizing their processes, from planning and development through manufacturing, production and support.

Cogiscan is the industry leader in Track Trace and Control technology, with the largest library of machine interfaces due to their unique partnerships with all major equipment vendors. SIMATIC IT Unicam (the Siemens Manufacturing Execution System for electronics) makes use of this proven technology to provide all of the specific material control functions while collecting complete and accurate data from every machine and process.

“We are very proud to partner with a leading manufacturing solutions provider such as Siemens,” stated Vincent Dubois, Cogiscan Co-founder. “This announcement is aligned with our mission to enable seamless factory automation through collaboration with leading equipment and software providers.”

“Siemens PLM Software is committed to creating partnerships to help enhance the end-user experience of our customers,” said Andrew Swiecki, Head of Partner Processes and Software & Technology Partners, Siemens PLM Software. “We are pleased to work with Cogiscan to provide open, integrated solutions that help to improve the productivity of our mutual customers.”

About Cogiscan Inc.
Cogiscan is the leading track, trace and control (TTC) solutions provider for the electronics manufacturing industry. The scalable Cogiscan platform perfectly integrates with all major equipment types, and is highly configurable to enable a personalized solution to each customer’s specific production needs. Since 1999 Cogiscan has attained several international patents for TTC hardware and software, and has won multiple awards throughout the years.

UniCam FX 11 Service Pack 1 Released

We are pleased to announce that Service Pack 1 for UniCam FX 11 has been released and is available for immediate download. SP1 for UniCam 11 is an accumulation of fixes built on top of the Windows platform and is to be installed on the client machine.

Download Instructions

Quick tip: be sure to “run as administrator” when installing the update on your machine. Also, please note that you will need a valid webkey to access the service pack.

If you have any questions or need support with downloading or installation, please don’t hesitate to use our support request form, or call 855-642-2848 Option 2.

Gerber Expert 9.6 Now Available for Download

We are proud to announce the availability of Gerber Expert 9.6. This release contains many new features and user-requested enhancements to get the most out of your Gerber Expert software investment.

Gerber Expert 9.6- Key Release Highlights

Polylines & Polygons

  • Add straight, arc, or tangential polylines
  • Add polygon voids to existing polygon by using Circle, Rectangle, Flash, or Draws
  • Add, copy, move, delete, fillet and chamfer polyline vertices. Also, Add Slot and Delete Segment.

New Part Viewing Controls

  • Added “Part Settings” page to the Configuration dialog, the settings control the drawing of part pins and part annotation including:

Design File Locking

  • This new feature creates a lock file when you open a .gedb file. Anyone else that tries to load this file while it is locked will get a Read Only version to prevent overwriting of a file that is in use.

DRC Rule Files

  • New DRC dialog option: save rule files in a dynamic form where abstracted layer types are output instead of absolute layer numbers.

PLUS 21 New Macro Enhancements & a Host of Other Fixes and Enhancements

For More Information

View the Full “What’s New” Document here.

Ready to Download Gerber Expert 9.6?

Follow this link to the extraction package. You will need your Siemens webkey to log in. For information on creating your webkey login, follow Step One in this post here.

If you have any questions or need support with downloading or installation, please don’t hesitate to use our support request form, or call 855-642-2848 Option 2.

Come See Us at DAC 2015!

The Design Automation Conference is coming up soon! Held June 8th-10th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, the DAC is the oldest and largest conference in electronics manufacturing.

The Acuity Electronics team will be on hand at the Siemens PLM Software booth, Booth 915, to discuss our solutions for test engineering, PCB assembly, manufacturing management and Gerber reverse engineering.

Please stop by and visit us to learn more about our integrated solutions for electronics manufacturing. We look forward to seeing you there!

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