Product Data Management and Product Life-cycle Management provide a foundation for well-managed projects. Engineers know that the right tools can make the difference between successful projects or budget over-runs.
PTC hopes its major PLM release Windchill 11 becomes a tool for a broader range of stakeholders in a project. The company describes it as the first smart, connected PLM.
How do you ensure that your PDM (Product Data Management) system fits the needs of your team? You need to examine issues like functionality, installation and configuration, user adoption, training, support, PDM vendors, as well as the special needs of your company. A good buyers guide is an invaluable tool.
What is the best path to a modern PLM solution for automakers? This question demands more than a simple answer. The best path is a matter of optimizing what you've got in combination with the new solutions you need. The same path may not be best for all car companies.
In early 2006, PTC tested the SaaS waters with Windchill ProjectLink and Windchill PDMLink as on-demand solutions, hosted on IBM hardware. The conclusion was that market demand was lukewarm at best. So the company left the on-demand segment primarily in the care of partners like NetIDEAS. Last year, however, PTC must have looked around and saw the SaaS market sizzling. It went out and bought NetIDEAS, laying the groundwork for this week’s announcement.
From the UK, Siemens is providing cutting edge product lifecycle management (PLM) software products and, through our solution partner Majenta PLM, professional services. The PLM environment will enable the world class engineering team to create, manage and share the innovative designs relating to the boat design and build. The partnership will last for a minimum of three years and will support the 50,000 hours of research and development of the 22 strong design team.
Siemens PLM Software is leading this new frontier of merging virtual and real product development and production automation.
PLM should take over ownership of the manufacturing BOM too", says Siemens PLM’s CEO, Chuck Grindstaff
"So, how is the Industry 4.0 vision coming?", I asked Siemens PLM Software CEO, Chuck Grindstaff, during the recent PLM Europe event in Berlin. "Fine”, he joked, "we're at 3.8".
There is a lot of truth in his riposte. Every detail isn't in place, but they are close to closing the loop between top and shop floor IT, which is a big part of the Industry 4.0 vision.