ESI ITI GmbH, one of the global leaders in CAE and system simulation, is a full member of the ProSTEP iViP Association as of January 1, 2013. Prior to this event, ITI signed the Codex of PLM Openness (CPO) committing to comply with general development standards and requirements of the CPO ensuring SimulationX supports the openness of IT systems in product lifecycle management (PLM). The software developer is determined to meet the request from car makers, CPO initiators and ITI customers, such as BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen, for CAE data, once created, to be usable throughout the entire product lifecycle. The membership with the ProSTEP iViP Association underscores ITI’s efforts to play an active role in the fields of Computer-aided technologies (CAx)/PLM, Engineering Data Management (EDM)/Product Data Management (PDM), Data Management System (DMS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in order to push for a universal standardization of CAE data management across industries.
The CPO is an initiative by various PLM software companies, users and solution providers and was created in 2011 under the supervision of the ProSTEP iViP Association. The codex describes the basic concept and measurable criteria for the openness of IT solutions employed in product lifecycle management. The main aspects of the CPO cover efficient communication (interoperability), integration (infrastructure) and functional expandability, as well as interfaces, standards for data formats and the architecture’s transparency. The aim of the initiative is to ensure that data, once created, can be used throughout the entire product lifecycle.
Openness and the support of open technology standards like Modelica and FMI has always been at the core of ESI ITI’s philosophy and the development of SimulationX, because to our customers the software is more than just a tool for modeling, simulating and analyzing complex mechatronic systems. As a commercial and interdisciplinary platform for system development, SimulationX represents the very idea of the CPO in every detail, to the letter. By pursuing this platform based philosophy, we have been able ever since to ensure open access to information about the functionality of mechatronic systems that are developed with SimulationX early on. Being a member of the ProSTEP iViP Association, who promote and propagate an interdisciplinary way of ‘systemic thinking’, is a logical step for us and emphasizes once again ESI ITI’s commitment for open technology standards.