Any employee of a company in discrete manufacturing can use PTC Windchill to their benefit. Engineers can use it to collaborate and manage all types of product-related content. Executives, managers, and engineers can use it to oversee the complex challenges and data loads these projects carry. Windchill enables companies to manage and control important product processes like:

  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Analytics
  • Legacy IP

PTC Windchill 10.2 is a huge step forward in PLM capabilities. Its focus on regulatory compliance initiatives opens two important new use cases:

  • Medical device manufacturers: Windchill’s preconfigured productivity tools comply with the FDA’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) requirements for product numbering, version information, and configuration data. These UDI capabilities include out-of-the-box review and approval workflows that automate submission processes. Its pre-submission data validation algorithms are virtually identical to the FDA’s. It can also collect and manage UDI data from multiple data stores and accommodate product versions and variants.
  •  Conflict Mineral compliance: Windchill’s conflict minerals management system can now confirm the presence of conflict minerals in products, perform “reasonable country of origin” inquiries and due diligence, report on conflict mineral compliance status, and integrate with critical product development processes.

While features and use cases are important, user acceptance is the most essential element for a system’s success. PTC Windchill 10.2 encourages user acceptance with features like:

  • Out-of-the-box templates for new CAD documents in Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, and SolidWorks
  • Document management capabilities that have been expanded within the Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office environments
  • Allowing users to upload any CAD content in any condition to the server workspace.  Windchill is Document Neutral, meaning you can upload any CAD file or any document including SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, CATIA, AutoCAD, Unigraphics, and so on!

Users can also visually interrogate data relationships and visually construct process plans. New system administration capabilities include:

  • Simplified and automated support within a cluster environment
  • Reduced time and administrative overhead when creating new test and development instances

PTC Windchill offers complete know-how on all product content and business processes throughout the product and service lifecycle.