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Heavy equipment design digital thread

Accelerate heavy equipment design

Accelerating heavy equipment design is mandatory to deliver the complex, customized products your customers demand today. Our comprehensive end-to-end integrated solution helps break down silos by connecting teams and tools. Reduce time to market while improving quality and meeting regulations.

Accelerate your heavy equipment design & delivery time

Digital innovations and electrification lead to more and stronger interactions between design disciplines. While this increases design complexity, growing demand for customization and globalization present additional challenges. Use an integrated approach that helps you master multidisciplinary complexity by breaking down silos and gain efficiency by focusing on commonality and reuse between programs.

Deliver what your customers demand faster

When you start from the early stages of design with an integrated multidisciplinary design approach, you can more effectively meet all requirements and deliver what your customers demand faster at a lower cost. Take control of your heavy equipment design process with fully integrated solutions.


Product variations configured

Improved efficiency by focusing on reuse while managing 200,000 product variations. (JCB)


Shorter development time

Cut the time from concept to production from a year to three or four months thanks to improved simulation capabilities. (AMAZONE)


Reduction in design errors

Reduced the probability of design errors by 25 percent by integrating harness design with wiring. (Carraro Group)

Heavy equipment design solutions

Accelerate time-to-market

Continuous equipment innovation is driving the demand for improved design efficiency in the heavy equipment industry. Respond swiftly to ensure timely delivery and profitability. Explore the three key paths necessary to digitalize your design process and discover integrated solutions for each:

Manage the mechanical, electrical and software features of the product in a single collaborative environment using simulation and verification management.

With multidisciplinary design you can:

Accelerate your heavy equipment design with Siemens

Deal with increasing business pressure

As demand for new machinery, equipment, and automation systems ramps up, machinery makers …must continue making their legacy offerings more efficient to remain competitive throughout the transition. (Boston Consulting Group)

Master surging regulatory complexity

Information about new legislation and regulations is everywhere; however, it is so widely scattered that it can be difficult for organizations to pinpoint what concerns them, what you need to do, and in what time frame. (Price, Waterhouse & Co)

Design what today’s customers demand

Shifting geographic demand is not the only big change for construction equipment. The industry is also transforming in response to shifts in customer preferences, product technology, business models, and regulatory developments. (McKinsey & Company)

Case study


A JCB forklift lifting a bale of hay in a field.
Case Study

Heavyweight manufacturer drives digitalization


Industry:Heavy equipment

Location:Rocester, United Kingdom

Siemens Software:Geolus, NX, PLM Open, Teamcenter

By using this approach, we can eliminate errors, accelerate time-to-market with new products and be confident that customers will not waste time or productivity fixing machinery.
Paolo Righetti, Electrical Competence Center Director, Carraro Agritalia
Accelerate heavy equipment design

Explore our solutions

Master the power of accelerated design to manage complex heavy equipment designs, lower time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage with our integrated solutions.

Heavy equipment machines on a hill.

Optimize heavy equipment with design solutions

Electrical design software

Heavy equipment electrification

Next generation design for heavy equipment

Product lifecycle management software

Multi-domain bill of materials (BOM) management

Integrated mechanical and electrical design

Frequently asked questions

How do I improve my heavy equipment design and manufacturing process?

Successfully delivering a product means that you are living up to the expectations of your customers, which are increasingly demanding and personalized. To improve your design and manufacturing process, you must address all the challenges that slow you down or generate costs, thereby considering the complexities that are typical for today’s innovative and customized products. You need to avoid endless iterations back and forth by driving design for all disciplines simultaneously in a common environment using shared models from the beginning of the design cycle. You need dedicated solutions to effectively design numerous configurations, thereby focusing on maximizing reuse across programs and on process automation. You need an environment where a complex set of requirements can be captured, shared, and understood by everyone, and where they can be linked to verification activities. Finally, you need to foster collaboration between all stakeholders including teams within product design, as well as design and manufacturing teams. This will allow you to achieve costs savings by spotting manufacturability issues and opportunities earlier in the lifecycle and successfully tackle next generation design for heavy equipment.

What are the greatest benefits of model based systems engineering for heavy equipment companies?

Several tools that we offer through Siemens Xcelerator, our comprehensive and integrated portfolio of software and services, specifically address the challenges that come with designing today’s innovative, customized heavy equipment products. By using the combination of Siemens Capital and Siemens NX, you can drive multidisciplinary design. Siemens NX is our powerful, integrated suite of computer-aided design (CAD) solutions. Siemens Capital is a set of solutions for electrical and electronics (E/E) systems development, including capabilities for E/E system and software architectures, network communications and embedded software development. You can connect these applications through Siemens Teamcenter, our product lifecycle management solution - the backbone where all product-related data is stored and kept up-to-date in a central, shared repository and where all decisions are being tracked. By doing so, you are enabling a comprehensive Digital Twin, one where changes in the context of any design activity are immediately propagated across all disciplines. Additionally, Siemens Teamcenter will help you meet your design objectives through applications that specifically address design process complexities like requirements management, configuration management, verification management, change management, and many more.

How does heavy equipment design software improve collaboration between teams?

Seamless collaboration between all design stakeholders is becoming increasingly important as interactions between disciplines intensify due to the application of digital technologies and electrification, and as design activities are increasingly shared in a global organization with more partners and suppliers. Heavy equipment design software aligns everyone on the common goals, by cascading down top-level requirements to targets for individual stakeholders, while keeping both levels linked. Everyone can better understand what their role is in the wider picture. Design software also provides everyone with secure, role-based access to a single source of truth: a shared repository with up-to-date information, where all individual decisions are tracked. All design activities happen in full transparency, while their effect is immediately and automatically propagated to everyone who is impacted. This helps you eliminate mistakes due to misalignment and dramatically reduces the number of iterations it takes to get to the final product.

What are the 3 challenges OEMs can overcome with heavy equipment design software?

With heavy equipment design software, OEMs can avoid getting stuck in endless iterations while developing products that are inherently multidisciplinary. With today’s generation of products, this is no longer an option but instead a requirement. Heavy equipment design software can also determine if you can successfully accomplish the design at all. That is the case when you add the complexity of increasing demand for customization and personalization. OEMs who want to live up to the specific preferences and requirements of customers around the world while still remaining profitable need heavy equipment design software to explore where they can achieve efficiency gains across programs, focusing on commonality and reuse of components and on design process automation. Finally, as OEMs are confronted with increasing regulatory complexity, sustainability mandates and liability shifts, they need heavy equipment design software to provide them with a systematic approach, where the common goals can be clearly set and understood by everyone, design activities can be properly orchestrated and all decisions are tracked and documented.

Learn more


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