b'Automotive & Transportation | Engineer Innovationcleaner and more energy efficientthe entire Zbee design and development without losing the attributes thatprocess. Coming from automotive and worked, liked simplicity, versatility andproduct lifecycle backgrounds, Folkesson affordability. This was around 2010,and Niklas Ankarkrona, the chairman of years before electric vehicles wereClean Motion, realized early on the trendy. But the team moved forwardadvantages of centralizing the entire with various design iterations anddevelopment process on Teamcenter prototypes and by 2013, they had theirsoftware and NX CAD software, part of first European Union (EU) approvedthe Siemens Digital Industries Software vehicle type and validated digital twin.portfolio.By late 2013, the Zbee, which comes with either a rear seat or a cargo space,Some of the other engineers like Jesper was on the market. Martaeng, chief technology officer (CTO)/technical director and Jrgen Zbee arrives on the world stage Johansson, global manufacturing There are about 400 Zbees on themanager, who had experience using streets, including a successful taxi poolSiemens tools at a major automotive in Stockholm, Sweden and a growingoriginal equipment manufacturer (OEM), fleet business in New Delhi, India. Todayknew they could take this much further you can spot the Zbee practicallythan just creating a good NX CAD digital everywhere, from Johannesburg, Southtwin.Africa to Trom, Norway. And many of these global daily users have alreadyWe wanted to focus on creating an trimmed 4.5 tons of carbon dioxideefficient product development process (CO2) pollution off their carbonand digitalizing the manufacturing footprint. process, so we looked at existing solutions and saw Siemens and thought, From birth, we have been digital, saysWell, this is very interesting.Folkesson. This has been a core advantage. We could have neverLightweight and compositesachieved this working in traditionalOne of the areas where Siemens ways.digitalization tools made a difference was the weight of the Zbee. This critical The fact that many of the engineers ondesign and analysis work was completedFigure 1: Simcenter 3D composite simulation the team were digital natives impactedby a composites expert, Michaeltool71'