In today's world of evolving product complexity, especially with smart, connected products, product development processes themselves need to evolve. Companies must now manage a complete product definition, including electronic, mechanical and software. This definition must be understood across all disciplines contributing to product development. It must be understood and viewed across the entire closed-loop lifecycle from WIP to latest, to released, to effective, to obsolete. It needs to be understood and viewed in different configurations and variants required for specific customers and markets. And a product’s definition must be understood across organizations; engineering, manufacturing and services.
With Windchill 11, PTC delivers greater Bill of Materials management with improved product structure capability, greater access to 3-D information and a new user interface to unleash PTC’s sophisticated manufacturing capabilities.
Let me show you some examples.
Let's start with improved visualization.
The daily user needs direct access to product information in order to understand what they're working with. However, they rarely need to see the entire product. Windchill 11 allows users to select from the product structure and view only the information they need to see. This makes it much more efficient, especially for customers with large complex assemblies.
In addition to visualization, users need to be able to understand the complete product definition. This includes the CAD information, the drawings, documents and other requirements that make up the complete product definition. Once we have this information, being able to interrogate and understand exactly what they're working with, including dimensions and mass properties makes it very easy and efficient to make important product decisions.
And finally with Windchill 11, we introduce a new user interface for the engineering and manufacturing world that shows exactly how the engineering Bill of Material and the manufacturing Bill of Material are related. This allows users to work in parallel, between engineering and manufacturing, reducing errors, speeding time-to-market and speeding time to production.
I talked to many customers who are moving to part centric processes that extend further and further throughout their organizations. This approach is important to meet strategies like model-based enterprise, reducing paper and improving 3-D printing.
With Windchill 11 we’re excited to deliver great capability that meets our customers’ goals with a single source of product information.