Potential Benefits of Product Lifecycle Management
Improved Design Productivity
Improved Design and Manufacturing Accuracy
Data Integrity Safeguarded
Better Project Planning
Better Management of Engineering Change
Perspectives on adaptation of PLM
- companies that are part of global supply chain or design chain
need collaboration tools
- companies with short mean-time-between-upgrades,
e.g. computer manufacturers
- Example 1: eCommerce collaboration between potential client and designer
- Example 2: Software/hardware security (e.g. Microsoft windows updates)
Perspectives on adaptation of PLM..
- firmware upgrades on digital cameras, mp3 players;
where the company captures market by an early release,and later
- Mass customization and modular product design companies need
- efficient product architectures to allow part/process reuse over generations
- companies responsible for recycling of their sold products
e.g. printer toner cartridges, aluminum cans, plastic or glass bottles, paper
- companies with long-life products, that need continued repair, service etc.
Perspectives on adaptation of PLM…
1. spare parts for older models must be available
2. service manuals
3. testing equipment, e.g. testing onboard computers and
microprocessors, must be maintained
4. Management of product recalls
Ford Explorer, Firestone [2000-2001]: Replaced 13 million tires.
Nissan motor : 2.55 million cars recalled to fix engine defects;
Cost: JPY15 billion.
As a manufacturer, customer pressures are not
only continual – they’re mounting. the
industry is changing. The customers’
requirements are evolving. And the supply
chain is constantly adjusting to compete in
today’s environment. In the middle of all
this, more is being demanded of you and
the entire organization.
Windchill can help.
As an integral component of PTC ’s Product Development
System, Windchill manages all product content and business
processes throughout the product and service lifecycle.
And it has a robust, high-performing architecture to help you
today – and to prepare you for tomorrow’s uncertainties.
Central repository for all product and process
Reduce rework and improve time-to-market by
effectively capturing, configuring and managing all
product information during every step of the product
Optimizing product performance across
Bringing better-performing, more profitable products
to market faster by analyzing performance in the
earliest phases of product development, where
decisions have the most impact and are least
Tracking and managing quality throughout the
product development lifecycle
Ensuring that product quality, reliability and safety
are aligned with the requirements set for them over
the course of a product’s development and use.
Streamline key product development and service
information processes to help you achieve the
company’s business initiatives.
Powerful and scalable
Coordinating groups around the world and easily
expanding to accommodate additional sites,
organizations, functions or processes.
• Windchill provides a rich systematic approach for creating, configuring, managing
and reusing product structures and associated content, such as CAD files,
documentation, requirements, manufacturing information, service information,
part/supplier data, calculations and illustrations.
• Windchill can also play an important role in increasing a company’s
competitiveness by allowing continuous improvements and automation of business
processes and procedures.
Capabilities and Value
Windchill uniquely has the capabilities you
need to effectively manage product related
teams across the extended enterprise.
Flexible and powerful capabilities enable
you to define new configurations, as well
as create variations of existing products.
Tasks can be easily defined and
automatically distributed to both internal
and external participants.
And managers can visually monitor and
manage all work in real time to make sure
any issues can be quickly addressed.
Enable global access to current, accurate
Seamlessly connect to multiple
mechanical/electrical CAD applications,
embedded software tools, desktopapplications
and Enterprise Resource Planning systems
Prevent costly design errors by controlling and
automating product development and service
Improve product quality by eliminating
mistakes associated with duplicate or
• To compete in today’s rapidly evolving global environment, manufacturers must contend
with an ever-increasing number of product performance requirements, such as cost,
weight, reliability and environmental impact, as well as new government regulations and
shrinking delivery timeframes.
• Keeping up with frequent changes in product designs, regulations, suppliers and costs,
while ensuring that targets are met, is an enormous data management challenge.
• Even the smallest change can affect the product in a major way. Not keeping up means
missed targets, rework, recalls and blocked sales, which can quickly impact the bottom
Capabilities and Value
Windchill Product Analytics – formerly
InSight – is a suite of component and bill-
of-material analysis solutions that empower
businesses to assess product compliance,
performance and risk, beginning early in
the innovation process and continuing
throughout the product lifecycle. These
solutions make product performance
analytics an integral part of the product
Acquire data to fully characterize
Reduce risk by specifying
disclosure/confidence levels and clear
visibility to missing data
Synchronize BOMs, parts and suppliers
from multiple business systems (including
ERP and PLM)
Analyze BOMs throughout their lifecycle –
focus on “early risk detection”
Make better decisions by understanding the
impact of product changes across multiple
Share analysis results with stakeholders
throughout the enterprise
Ensuring product quality is an enterprise-wide effort. Windchill Quality Solutions uniquely combine
quality planning, execution, improvement and governance in a single, fully integrated software suite
– ensuring that every level of the organization is equipped to manage and improve product quality
Capabilities and Value:
Quality planning: Ensuring requirements are validated during design, test,
manufacture, service and use
Quality execution: Analyzing product reliability and risk early during product
design, testing as-designed products to validate performance, and controlling critical
characteristics during manufacture and service
Quality improvement: Leveraging results from design, testing, manufacture and
fielded use to identify quality issues
Quality governance: Establishing enterprise-wide quality guidelines and policies to
monitor quality improvement efforts and meet government or industry standards
Optimize key product related
processesProcess improvement is pivotal to supporting product development and services, and
ultimately to helping drive business success.
PTC has a comprehensive point of view on the product lifecycle and it is represented here, in
our process landscape. We recognize that a set of highly cross-functional and distributed
processes span the life of any product, from planning through support.
Windchill can help optimize many of these processes, including:
Quality & Reliability Management
Change and Configuration Management
Requirements Capture and Management
Verification & Validation
Variant Design & Generation
Component & Supplier Management
Manufacturing Process Management
Technical Information Creation &
How to customize Windchill?
Windchill is a three-tier JAVA Runtime Architecture that can be customized in many
ways to meet the customization requirements in addition to the existing Out Of The
Box (OOTB) functionality. There are basically two ways to customize Windchill
based on the level of complexity of the customization.
Windchill Lightweight Customization
• Adding Windchill Soft Types.
• Adding Soft Attributes.
• Changing the look and feel of the existing user interface.
• Text tailoring by altering resource bundle files (i.e. list of selectable
• Modifying or automating business logic in workflows.
• As Out-Of-The-Box (OOTB) features in Windchill there are existing
tools that support Windchill lightweight customization.
Lightweight Customization Tools
Change rules that affect newly
Resource Bundle Files Custom text displayed in drop-
Attribute Definition Manager Instance-based attributes.
Type Manager Soft type extension
Workflow Editor Custom workflow creation or
existing workflow editing.
If these tools can not meet customization requirements, you may
need to use Windchill heavyweight customization.
Windchill Heavyweight Customization
Heavyweight customization applies when lightweight customization cannot
meet the requirements. Some examples
•To create a new user interface.
•To add object extensions to the existing data model
•To add new Windchill services.
•To create a new object in the data model.
•Complex workflow may involve advanced functionality that requires
heavyweight customization such as calling Info*Engine tasks from the
workflow to perform data manipulation logic on Windchill objects.
Windchill is the only PLM solution that was designed from the ground up
to work in an Internet-based, distributed design environment. Whether you
need core product data management capabilities, optimization of processes
to meet industryspecific requirements or support for global product
development, Windchill uniquely has the capabilities you need to
effectively manage global product teams.
Decrease product development time
through efficient collaboration
Reduce errors by automating processes and
driving conformity to corporate standards
Reduce scrap and rework by automatically
sharing product data with downstream
manufacturing systems and engineers
Improve product design decisions by
providing product performance analytics
early in the innovation process
Leverage results from design, testing,
manufacture and fielded use to identify
quality issues and to help ensure their
correction in next-generation products and
Increase efficiency by enabling engineers
to quickly find and manage multiple forms
of digital product content
Improve customer support and service
organization efficiency by providing them
with exactly the information they need to
fix it right - the first time
Eliminate mistakes associated with
duplicate data, incomplete data or manual
data transfers via a single, secure repository
for all product content
Lower the total cost-of-ownership (TCO)
and technology risk by reducing the
number of systems and databases
tomaintain and administer
Key component of PTC ’s
product development system