William Payne on April 18, 2019

Siemens has launched Mendix for MindSphere, an integration of the Mendix enterprise low-code application development platform, that has been extended to provide software development for Industrial Internet of Things applications.

In a separate announcement, Siemens reported that Japanese electric vehicle (EV) systems provider PUES Corporation has selected Siemens subsidiary Mentor to provide electrical design software. The software will help speed and simplify the development of new automotive electrical/electronic (E/E) systems. PUES has been an EV and automotive electronics provider to the Japanese car industry for over 30 years.

Siemens MindSphere is a cloud-based IoT operating system that provides developers with open APIs, services and support for rapid building and delivery of IIoT applications.

Mendix was acquired by Siemens in 2018. Siemens describes this integration as the first step in leveraging the investment in the low-code software developer to help bring new industrial software solutions to market. 

Siemens describes the Mendix for MindSphere integrated solution as “a key innovation driver for IoT, which will help accelerate the time-to-value for industry investments in connected sensor technology”. 

According to Siemens, the Mendix application platform’s AI-assisted, visual development model will expand the pool of talent available to develop IoT applications. Business developers, domain engineers, and plant operations staff — in addition to professional developers — can now build advanced IoT solutions without the need for coding.

“Innovative MindSphere applications are being created everyday by Siemens, our partners and our customers,'” said Tony Hemmelgarn, President and CEO at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “With technology from Mendix, we can empower customers, regardless of technology background, to use low-code development to transform the way they approach and solve business problems. Adding the ability to create native MindSphere applications using the Mendix no-code/low-code approach can provide capabilities that are unmatched by any other industrial IoT provider.”

In a commissioned study of IoT decision makers conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Siemens in February 2019, 46% of respondents reported that partners developing vertical industry applications would be the most helpful to their organisations. At 43%, OEMs who incorporate edge technologies into their devices was the second top response.

Siemens has also announced that Japanese electric vehicle (EV) systems provider PUES Corporation has selected Capital electrical design software from Siemens business Mentor.

PUES turned to Siemens’ Capital software after years of using discrete point solutions across multiple engineering domains. These legacy tools were ultimately overwhelmed by increasingly complex E/E challenges resulting from automated driving requirements, stringent global emissions regulations and market pressure to reduce costs and speed time-to-market. 

The Capital suite will provide PUES with a unified platform delivering design automation and design change management across multiple E/E domains. PUES uses Capital for a wide array of tasks including E/E system architecture definition, electrical system and wire harness design, configuration and change management, as well as functional verification and manufacturing process generation.

“At PUES, we’ve being working closely with our customers to rapidly develop EV/HEV system prototypes and to fulfill other related development requests. Capital is a true electrical collaboration platform that provides the digital continuity we need across a broad range of critical tasks to get EV electrical systems to customers faster,” said Kishi Shingo, executive officer for PUES. “Because many of the world’s leading automotive OEMs and suppliers also use Capital, as well as adjacent Siemens products such as embedded software for AUTOSAR-based systems, we expect to realise even more efficiency moving forward, due to streamlined collaboration with our global customer base.”

Because the Capital software automates the production of documentation linking assets such as wiring schematics, component locations, harness views and diagnostic procedures, PUES can add value and boost customer satisfaction, even as autonomous drive functionality and other fast-evolving requirements dramatically increase the complexity of EV systems.

“PUES is a longtime leader in EV systems, and its relevance continues to grow as electrified powertrains become increasingly central to automotive innovation,” said Doug Burcicki, automotive market director for Siemens’ Capital Software portfolio.  “Using Capital software can help PUES achieve new levels of efficiency as it continues to deliver world-class EV system technologies for its large and growing base of customers.”

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