June 13, 2005
PTC Focuses Manufacturing Strategy With Acquisition
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At the 2005 PTC/USER World conference in Orlando, PTC unveiled its strategy to enable simultaneous product and process development through enhanced manufacturing process solutions. The strategy extends PTC's current solution offerings, including Pro/ENGINEER(R) and Windchill(R), with capabilities that deliver strong business benefits such as reduced time-to-market, streamlined change management, and reduced manufacturing costs. PTC will add many of these new capabilities through the acquisition and integration of Polyplan Technologies Inc., a technology leader in manufacturing planning.
The extended manufacturing strategy builds on PTC's mission to deliver simple, powerful, and connected tools for product development. PTC will focus its extended manufacturing strategy on providing an easy-to-use and affordable solution for use by mainstream manufacturing engineers who have traditionally shunned the complex, disconnected, specialist manufacturing process management (MPM) tools available today.
"Manufacturing companies face intense pressures to speed the process of developing and building products. But so often, the process is slowed down by weak communication between design and manufacturing engineers, lack of centralized access to current data, and the use of disconnected processes and tools at various points in the product lifecycle," said Jim Heppelmann, executive vice president and chief product officer of PTC. "Our expanded manufacturing solutions will enable customers to dramatically reduce time-to-market by breaking down the existing barriers between design and manufacturing, and by providing, for the first time, an integral system for product and process development."
manufacturing process planning tools makes them a perfect fit for PTC's product line and customer base."
PTC's strategy for manufacturing includes:
Polyplan has been part of the PTC software partner program for several years. Polyplan's clean technology architecture, based on the same modern J2EE and Web standards as Windchill, enables the rapid incorporation of manufacturing capabilities into PTC's product development system.
"Polyplan has taken a strategic and innovative approach to process planning," said Gilles B. Paul, asset optimization director of Bombardier Transportation, North America. "We have been working closely with Polyplan to ensure that their product meets our needs and it is now in use to address our manufacturing planning for new products. Using the Polyplan solution has enabled us to improve the collaborative work environment between product design and manufacturing engineers. This has led to early validation of product manufacturability and accelerates the design of the best solution. We look forward to working with PTC in the future as they advance the current offering."
Polyplan is a private company based in Montreal, Canada. The company was spun out of Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, an international leader in training and research in the field of engineering. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
and the future direction of the company.
manufacturing cost and time estimation, and producing visual shop floor work instructions. The goal of all this being to foster concurrent and collaborative product development.
The Polyplan announcement comes on the heels of new versions of Windchill and Pro/INTRALINK (8.0). With a new version of Pro/ENGINEER in the wings and these other announcements, PTC seems like it might once again have a focus and direction that it seemed to have lost, but has once again found.
The Week's Top 5
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PTC announced the availability of Windchill 8.0, a major release of PTC's data management and collaboration software. PTC says that Windchill 8.0 delivers significant enhancements that simplify product development, even as manufacturing companies find their processes becoming more complex. Major enhancements include network performance, improved heterogeneous data management, and engineering process improvements. PTC also introduced new Windchill modules that add capabilities to standard Windchill.
Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC), announced Modelpress Desktop is in open beta release. ModelPress Desktop is a low cost, simple to use application that views a variety of 3D file formats in a common user interface. Formats supported include AutoCAD 3D DWF/DWG/DXF, Inventor, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, IGES, STL, VRML, OpenHSF, XGL, SAT, 3DS and IGC's content-secure 3DF format. The expected release date for the software is end of the Q3 2005. Pricing for ModelPress Desktop is scheduled at $99.00 US.
Dassault Systemes announced the launch of Cosmic Blobs software version 1.1 for Apple Macintosh and Windows PC systems. Available for the first time on the Mac computer, Cosmic Blobs is the world's most powerful 3D graphics creativity software ever invented for kids, and now includes a movie file capture feature, improved content graphics, and an expanded user interface. Cosmic Blobs acts like modeling clay on the computer, enabling users to design and animate creations in the style of today's computer-generated cartoons and movies.
UGS Corp. announced the availability of Parasolid version 17.0 (V17.0) software, the latest release of its geometric modeling component software. Parasolid V17.0 includes new capabilities for product design and design-for-manufacture, enhanced modeling automation, and end-user productivity.
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