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Shop Floor Connect for Teamcenter Release 2020.3 - October 2020


The new Shop Floor Connect for Teamcenter version 2020.3 is released and now available. Please look below for the enhancements and changes of the different modules.

The release is available for all customers with maintenance agreement and access to our Customer Information Center (CIC) for download (please create a release activity).

Customers who do not have access to our CIC platform and want to download the software over CIC have to require access over the following link. Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want the release on a data medium. Direct Siemens PLM Software customers can get the release from the GTAC download area.

This Shop Floor Connect Release 2020.3 supports all Teamcenter UA versions from 9.1 up to the actual version Teamcenter 12.x.

Urgent Service notes

  • DNC Connect only supports the actual NX versions who are under maintenance from Siemens.
  • For customers who want to update on the Teamcenter 11.3 version or higher: From TC 11.3 and on, a new license verification will be done upon the creation of manufacturing objects like MEProcess, MEOP, MEWorkArea and their sub-types (including custom types). This check will be done on server side per Teamcenter policy and to ensure license verification. It will use two new feature keys: 1) mfg_planning_lite for verifying MEProcess, MEOP and their sub-types 2) mfg_plant_author for verifying MEWorkArea and its sub-types.
    This new license check will be done in addition to other license verification that exists today. If you don't find them in your Teamcenter 11.3 or higher license key please get in contact with Siemens PLM.
  • The new UI Shop Floor Connect Active DNC drop support of Internet Explorer 11 and older! Please use Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or the new Microsoft Edge Browser!
  • The SFC Release 2020.4 is skipped. The next release will be in January 2021 version number 2021.1.

Shop Floor Connect /DNC Connect / 3rd Party Integration / API

Enhancements

  • SFC administration page (/tcw/admin) now support login via TCSS (Teamcenter Security Service).
  • Login to the MI administration (/tcw/admin) can now be restricted to a specific Teamcenter group and/or role.
  • Login to the MI administration (/tcw/admin) can now be restricted to a specific Teamcenter group and/or role.
  • Access to the SFC API (via URL '/tcdnc/*') is now limited to requests from localhost by default. The allowed IP range is configurable.
  • New cache version V2 for failover. This version now supports the new JSON data elements. This new version is supported by ActiveDNC, but not by the previous WebClient. The two cache versions are not compatible. A migration is not possible. The two versions cannot be operated simultaneously.
  • ActiveDNC: Support of the new SFCCacheV2 for failover mode.
  • SFCWorkpackage_conf.xml: The bl_item_object_type and bl_is_occ_suppressed attributes have been added to the BOMLine element.
  • The following functions now support data retrieval from SFCCacheV2:
    * SFC_ExecuteQuery_20182
    * SFC_ExportFileOfDataset_20141
    * SFC_RequestSFCWorkpackage_20174
    * SOAPGetFileOfDataset
  • Upgrade internal Tomcat to version 9.0.37.
  • In the SFCWorkpackage_conf.xml the attribute "current_id" was inserted in the "SFCWorkpackage".
  • Upgrade of the internal Java to version 11.0.8 (only Windows).
    Change (minimal) required Java version on Linux platform from 8 to 11.
  • The following operating systems are no longer supported:
    * HP-UX 11i
  • The following Windows operating systems are no longer supported:
    * Windows 2003 Server
    * Windows 7
    * Windows 8 (.1)
    * Windows 2008 (R2) Server

Bugfixes/Changes

  • MI-Administration: Transaction support when saving an MI configuration to restore the previous configuration in case of an error.
  • Fixed a problem when synchronizing the configuration which caused the process to be aborted and the remaining machine interface configurations were not loaded.
  • MI-Administration: Transaction support when saving a workplace configuration to restore the previous configuration in case of an error.
  • A problem in SFC_RM_RequestResourcePackage_20171 was fixed which caused a NullPointerException if Teamcenter could not determine a suitable revision for a BOMLine using the configured revision rule.
  • ActiveDNC: The input field in the upload and import dialog for the activity name can now be set to a fixed value and the HTML input field can be set to hidden. So the fixed value is always used and the input field is no longer displayed.
  • Additional refresh calls were added to "Reload configuration" due to the fact that a changed workstation-specific configuration was only loaded after a service restart.

MMR Service

Enhancements

  • Support of BOM of Tool Master Data (Tool Assembly).
  • Support of Tool components.

Bugfixes/Changes

  • Support for custom attributes for components and master data.
  • MRL_MMR: Moved location of default configuration files into directory \conf\MRL_MMR\defaults
  • Replace MRL2MMR.mapping.properties with MRL2MMR.mapping.assembly.classes.properties and MRL2MMR.mapping.assembly.files.properties.

MI-Server

Enhancements

  • Upgrade internal Tomcat to version 9.0.37.
  • Update of the used CIFS library. It contains bug fixes to improve support for the SMB2 protocol.

Subject to change without notice.