Cloud-based Teamcenter X vs Teamcenter? Saildrone chooses the cloud.

Saildrone develops next generation ocean data products with Siemens Xcelerator as a Service. Saildrone, a California-based company that designs, manufactures, and operates a fleet of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs), has adopted Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio, including cloud-enabled Xcelerator as a Service solution, enabling it to innovate faster and more collaboratively across the entire organization without the burden of a traditional IT infrastructure.

“Our products have become more complex and managing that has necessitated having better 3D CAD and PLM. Our primary focus is engineering — building new products, making our drones and our mission services better — not having to manage and update an on-premise server.

We decided to adopt Siemens’ Xcelerator as a Service solutions because we’re a cloud first company. With a lightweight IT and DevOps team, Siemens’ expertise and its Teamcenter X infrastructure scales well with our company. It’s been great having the bulk of the Teamcenter X configuration just set up out of the box.”

- Andrew Schultz, Chief Technology Officer at Saildrone

Why Teamcenter X?

Watch this video to see why Saildrone’s small IT team chose Teamcenter X, which is Teamcenter on the cloud, operated by Siemens.

Saildrone uses Teamcenter capabilities to collaborate across mechanical and electronic design.

  • Bill of material (BOM) management, classification
  • Change process managemen
  • PLM integrations with NX and Altium

“We chose Teamcenter X because it’s very important to have a single source of truth for engineering, especially being a small startup, we really wanted to have an industry respected solution that large companies and small companies rely on. We have had great success getting adoption and use throughout the company.

Manufacturing uses it for purchasing and building of our components in our drones, then our finance and G&A teams also use it to track inventory. Having Teamcenter X integrate with our other back-end systems has been really important.”

- Andrew Schultz, Chief Technology Officer at Saildrone

Saildrone has adopted the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio for product design, engineering and manufacturing. Xcelerator portfolio includes NX software for 3D product engineering and Teamcenter X for PLM.

The interoperability offered by Siemens Xcelerator enables Saildrone to easily integrate mechanical and electronic design information. In addition to helping manage product engineering complexity, Saildrone has used Teamcenter X to improve data and collaboration between disciplines.

Teamcenter X is part of Siemens’ Xcelerator as a Service solutions that leverage the cloud to provide accessible, flexible and scalable access to the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio to help make digital transformation happen faster.

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