Siemens PLM Software partners with Cortona3D to deliver complete PLM-based 3D technical publishing solution

2 May 2011, Plano, Texas

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced a partnership with Cortona3D, a world leader in 3D visual communication and publishing software, that enables the company to deliver a comprehensive PLM-based 3D technical publishing solution fully integrated with its Teamcenter software, the world’s most widely used PLM system. Siemens PLM Software can now sell the Cortona3D RapidAuthor software solutions and Teamcenter Integration software directly to its customers, providing a world-class methodology – managed within an integrated product development process – for more efficiently producing higher quality technical documentation at a lower cost.

The Cortona3D RapidAuthor suite is the perfect complement to the content and document management capabilities of Teamcenter. We now can offer our customers a fully integrated and comprehensive set of tools to author, publish and manage all their product support documents concurrently with the rest of the product development process. And since Teamcenter is the digital backbone for all product and process data, including 3D CAD and lightweight visualization files, our customers can produce technical documentation faster, more accurately and with richer 3D content than ever before.

Steve BashadaVice President of Teamcenter Applications, Siemens PLM Software
Concurrent document development enhances speed, accuracy, content

The production of product-related documentation and training material often takes place as a separate function outside of product design and development. However, much of the information necessary to create this documentation comes from product development and is subject to rapid change. As a result, documentation is often produced very late in the product development process and is subject to errors and incomplete content due to disconnected systems and processes.

The integration of Teamcenter with Cortona3D RapidAuthor places documentation authoring, illustration, and publishing within the same PLM environment as product development to align publication activities with production processes and information. The capture of Teamcenter product data within Cortona3D RapidAuthor provides automated links between 2D and 3D illustrations and structured text, providing interactive documentation. By connecting the product and document development processes, companies can perform both functions simultaneously with richer interactive content, higher quality, and increased productivity. As the product changes its documentation is also updated, dramatically enhancing the speed, accuracy, and content of product-related documents. This integrated solution enables engineers and technical writers to create structured technical documents such as product catalogs, manuals, and training material for publication online or in print and aligned with product launch activities.

“At Cortona3D we recognize that quality product documentation is vital to an organization’s success and critical for its customers, suppliers, distributors, and employees,” said Connell Gallagher, President of Cortona3D. “Our seamless integration with the 3D product and process content managed by Teamcenter is the key ingredient in producing effective documentation for today’s sophisticated and complex product development environment.”

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 6.7 million licensed seats and more than 69,500 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit

About the Siemens Industry Automation Division

Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, industrial controls, and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value-added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales, and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 33,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of €6.2 billion in the fiscal year 2010.

About Cortona3D

Founded in 2000, Cortona3D ( provides 3D visual knowledge software to manufacturers worldwide. Cortona3D open standards authoring tools give subject matter experts the power to create and update high-quality 3D animated & traditional 2D technical documentation such as maintenance manuals, parts catalogs, and interactive training from existing product design data. Proven benefits include three times faster production of documentation, cost savings, and improved quality. Customers include Boeing, Pilatus Aircraft, and Volkswagen, among others. Cortona3D has an unmatched track record of sector leadership and continuous product improvement & development. Cortona3D is a technological partner of Siemens Digital Industries Software.

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. Teamcenter is a trademark or registered trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.


Siemens PLM Software
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