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Siemens PLM Software Adds Support for the European Reach Regulation to its Teamcenter Suite

Published on 2008-05-20. Author : SpecialChem

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, announced that it has added support for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, the new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use, to the integrated compliance management capability of its Teamcenter® software portfolio. Teamcenter enables organizations to streamline the tracking of chemical substances required for REACH compliance by making these requirements an integral part of the product development process.

"We are committed to partnering with our customers to stay one step ahead of evolving regulations like REACH," said Steve Bashada, vice president of Teamcenter Applications, Siemens PLM Software. "With Teamcenter's new REACH regulation support, companies can easily collect, compile, aggregate and analyze information describing the chemical constituents of its organization's products, thus ensuring compliance and avoiding REACH-related supply chain disruptions."

Holistic approach to compliance management

The REACH regulation was introduced in June 2007. It is considered the strictest law to date regulating chemical substances and will impact product manufacturers in aerospace, automotive, high-tech and electronics, apparel, and other industries throughout the world. The REACH regulation requires all chemicals that are imported into the European Union in quantities greater than one metric ton per year to be tested for health and safety and registered with the European Chemicals Agency located in Helsinki, Finland. For product manufacturers, this means that some parts and materials they buy may become more costly or restricted based on how they are used in their products. The REACH regulation also restricts the use of so-called substances of very high concern (SVHC) in products. The SVHC list is expected to ultimately include 1,500 to 3,000 substances. The REACH regulation requires companies to be prepared to disclose information about the SVHC in their products within 45 days of the request.

Integrating REACH regulation support into a company's complete lifecycle process is consistent with Teamcenter's holistic approach to compliance management. With Teamcenter, REACH regulation requirements can be gathered and tracked up front in the product development process. As the product evolves, Teamcenter tracks substance information from the bill-of-materials (BOM) and generates reports of the quantities of each substance contained in the BOM. Organizations are then able to actively track all substance information as part of the product development process and maintain full traceability of the impact of any changes to the root source as they move forward.

By helping ensure REACH regulation compliance, Teamcenter eliminates the supply chain disruptions, delays and costs associated with compliance management. In addition to its new REACH regulation support, Teamcenter facilitates compliance with a wide range of environmental regulations governing businesses throughout the world including ELV, RoHS and WEEE directives.

REACH support is part of the Teamcenter environmental compliance solution which was developed through a partnership with Synapsis Technology, Inc. The solution is powered by EMARS® software, Synapsis' industry proven system for environmental compliance management. Synapsis provides supply chain and high- tech electronics industry-specific knowledge and software add-ons that complement the capabilities of Teamcenter.

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 4.6 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software's open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services.

About the Siemens Industry Automation Division:

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems 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.

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.

Source: Siemens PLM Software


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