Over the past three years, Georgia Tech has partnered on more than 20 projects from manufacturing to healthcare to energy, including joint government-funded collaborations. Among the first in the expanded partnership is a project to address gaps in existing additive manufacturing design-to-print workflow. The project - performed in collaboration with Siemens Corporate Technology (CT), Siemens PLM Software, and Siemens Power and Gas - falls under the America Makes initiative, a federally-funded program from the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). The $1 million government grant is bolstered by an additional $400,000 in-kind grant of PLM software licenses.A second banner project Georgia Tech and Siemens will embark upon revolves around enhancing Siemens PLM Software's Jack™ software in the Tecnomatix® portfolio. Jack, a human simulation software, provides realistic digital human avatars to simulate manual workplace processes for evaluation of efficiency, ergonomics and safety. The project aims to significantly increase productivity for Jack users by enhancing the ability to predict interactions of virtual humans with simulated digital factory environments. The project will use algorithmic shape processing and action optimization to further simplify simulation creation, and enable human centered workplace design on a broader scale than previously possible. These two projects are the latest in nearly two decades of research partnerships between Siemens and Georgia Tech, and are part of a larger Siemens footprint:
- Since 1996, through its GO PLM academic partner program, Siemens has provided the university access to PLM software for its engineering curriculum with an in-kind, commercial present value of over $200 million.
- Over the past three years, Georgia Tech has partnered with Siemens on more than 20 projects exploring innovation and research topics from energy to software to healthcare.
- Through Siemens' Digital Factory and Process and Drives divisions - both headquartered in the Atlanta metro region - Siemens Cooperates with Education (SCE) partners with George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering to provide automation technology that supports its core Mechatronics, Manufacturing and Automation curriculum. In addition, a unique curriculum was developed by professors and graduate students using Siemens' Totally-Integrated-Automation (TIA) Portal software and conveyor systems to offer students hands-on experience on industrial automation technologies.
- Through the SCE partnership, Georgia Tech has also implemented Siemens programmable logic computers (PLC) with Siemens SIMOTION components into a research laboratory to simulate real life challenges for many factories and warehouses. For example, the Georgia Tech "Cherry Picker" crane - a well-known and emulated project - uses SIMOTION technology to address the common industry issue of anti-sway control in boom cranes.
- Siemens recruits approximately 30 students from Georgia Tech per year, primarily via 15 different technical training programs that lead to direct hire upon completion.