PTC Unveils PTC Windchill 11 For Smart Connected PLM

Duncan MacRae is former editor and now a contributor to TechWeekEurope. He previously edited Computer Business Review's print/digital magazines and CBR Online, as well as Arabian Computer News in the UAE.

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) company, PTC, has released PTC Windchill 11 PLM software that is said to achieve new levels of connectivity and process improvement across the entire, closed-loop product lifecycle.

PTC Windchill is used by more than 1.5 million users around the world to manage and optimise their product development and lifecycle processes. With this major new release, PTC now offers a PLM system that bridges the digital world and the physical world. Customers benefit through an improved systems-engineering process that is informed by real world usage and quality data from smart connected products.


This benefit is extended through broad and easy access to the definitive source of truth of product information enabling richer collaboration and faster decision making.

The data stream from smart, connected products opens up new worlds of possibility: driving new business models, creating new service opportunities and improving design decisions. But to fully capitalize on this potential, companies need a product lifecycle management strategy that is equipped for this revolution: a PLM approach enabled by a modern IoT platform. PTC Windchill 11 is enabled by PTC ThingWorx technology to integrate data from physical products, web-based resources, and enterprise software systems to deliver unparalleled access, insight, and value in a modern and easily consumable user experience.

IoT washing machineBrian Shepherd, executive vice president, PLM, PTC, said: “Smart, connected products are the future, but are intrinsically more complex to design, build and service. Products that once operated in isolation are now part of a connected ecosystem with extended interdependencies. PTC Windchill 11 is the solution for companies that are looking for improved and closed-loop product lifecycle management to thrive in this new era.”

PTC said Windchill 11 addresses the key requirements for today’s PLM initiatives – smart, connected, complete, and flexible.

It also offers stakeholders across all levels of the company easy and secure access to all relevant product information keeping them connected with the fast-moving and dynamic process of product development, according to PTC.

Specific enhancements include:
•Role Based Apps: PTC Windchill 11 offers instant access to relevant product information based on who you are and what you need to accomplish.
•New PTC Windchill Search: PTC Windchill 11 delivers new, multifaceted search capabilities to quickly filter and find specific product information.
•OSLC Standards: PTC Windchill 11 is a smart, open PLM system. PTC has incorporated OSLC standards for greater collaboration and connection to other systems.