Several new PLM developments, Taber said, are coming

from PTC, including: a cloud/PLM SaaS (Software-as-a- Service) offering; the PTC Navigate application for PLM; medical device value-ready deployment, with a set of pre- configured best practices for medical device makers; IoT closed-loop quality, including automated failure recording, risk planning, analytics, and corrective action leverag- ing data from connected devices; and distributed AR/VR product review, enabling distributed stakeholders to virtu- ally interact with products in the field.

thread—from the manufacturing plan to the people who will be using it,” Frankel said. Other simulation developments include Siemens new NX

Version 11, which includes tools for working with hybrid ad- ditive/subtractive machine tools from DMG/Mori. Developed in a partnership with DMG/Mori, NX 11 makes

it possible to go beyond CNC, Frankel said, with support for newer hybrid additive/subtractive machines. Hoedtke in Germany is using the laser-sintering additive technology to speedily make marine engine propellers, Frankel said. “To do it the traditional way, manufacturing

“We’re marrying MOM [manufacturing operations management] with PLM, so we have better insight into how our processes perform.”

“The IIoT is having a huge impact,” Taber added. “The IoT enables PLM users to design products, systems, and systems of systems to provide the secure, custom data streams you need. It provides real-world data from multi- ple products and sources and replaces assumptions to im- prove business through better-informed design decisions. “By continuously monitoring performance of individual

assets or fleets of products, users can automatically de- tect failures and deliver fixes to the field to reduce prod- uct downtime—and increase customer satisfaction,” he said. “With the IoT, users can apply predictive data ana- lytics when creating new iterations of an existing product to better meet and exceed customer expectations, as well as enable new market opportunities with more competi- tive products.”

Simulation’s impact With the new simulation tools available today, prod- uct designers and builders are more capable than ever to design, visualize and build innovative new products. An example is Siemens PLM customer Callaway Golf, which uses the Shop Floor Connect for Siemens’ Teamcen- ter PLM to connect the digital thread from product design all the way to the shop floor. With Siemens’ software, the golf equipment maker’s Carlsbad, CA, prototyping center was able to speed new club development from years to months, making golf clubs that are lighter to swing, faster on arrival at the ball, and easier to hit the sweet spot. “We’re working on uniting the virtual and physical

worlds. It’s also about being able to connect the manufac- turing instructions that you create—connecting the digital


such a prop takes six to eight weeks, and based on this machine, they were able to do it in 36 hours,” he said. “Additive is going to let us design parts in

a different way,” Frankel added, “with more complex cooling channels, or designs that

you could make shape optimized, or as we refer to it, to- pology optimized.” Many of the advances in PLM and CAD are making a

difference for CAE/simulation, PTC’s Taber added. “Smart, connected products are enabling greater and

more effective use of real-world data in the design pro- cess,” he said. “IoT platforms, like ThingWorx, are allowing users to collect and analyze massive data sets provid- ing clear insight into actual product usage. This, in turn, enables designers to replace assumptions in their require- ments and analysis with real-world data, creating greater levels of confidence in their results.” In addition, Taber said that PTC’s Creo product design

software will be introducing new technology that enables designers to build and manage sensors within the as- sembly and create bi-directional connections between the physical and the digital world. “Designing for smart, connected products will enable organizations to better optimize their current and future products. “In the area of additive manufacturing/3D printing, PTC

will be introducing technology that allows users to design, validate, optimize and print-check their models all within Creo, instead of exporting CAD data and run through one or more additional programs before printing,” Taber added. “This eliminates the disconnect between CAD data and final part design allowing Windchill [PLM software] to more effectively manage design throughout the entire process. Additionally, since the design, validation and optimization are performed using CAD, including the design and optimization of lattice structures, it remains as parametric data, enabling users to run any analysis and simulation they need.”

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