Siemens Adds Industrial VR/AR to Frontier Partner Program

    Earlier this month VRFocus reported on Siemens UK introducing VR systems and software into its operations, allowing factories to configuring motors or checking over products for mistakes. Now its US subsidiary Siemens Corporation has announced it will add a new focus in industrial augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to its startup Frontier Partner programme.

    Currently the programme supports 20 Frontier startups in the areas of 3D printing and robotics, granting manufacturing-focused startups access to Siemens’ PLM software, its technology partner program and other developmental resources.

    With the addition of AR and VR it shows the company’s approach to expanding innovative technologies and turning them into profitable businesses.

    “Digitalization is transforming industries across the globe, shortening innovation cycles even as products become more complex,” said Chuck Grindstaff, CEO and President, Siemens PLM Software. “We are helping our customers, in industries from autos to aerospace to consumer electronics, transform their operations. From ideation to realization and utilization, and from the top floor to the shop floor, our customers are creating digital enterprises with the most complete solution portfolio for digitalization in the industry. We’re proud to offer these same tools to Frontier Partner startups as they work to bring their own manufacturing-focused innovations to market.”

    Siemens invests $1 billion USD annually in the US for research and development, aimed at getting innovations to market quicker by building on existing, industry-proven tools. “Over the past year, Siemens has made many structural and organizational changes to access more innovation, both inside and outside the company,” said Chenyang Xu, General Manager, Siemens Technology to Business, Berkeley. “The Frontier program is a great example of how Siemens is successfully working with many startups to bring their visionary technology to industrial scale and applicability which, in the end, benefits all of us.”

    As the company releases further details on VR and AR implementation in its Frontier Partner programme, VRFocus will bring you the latest updates.