Tag Archives: PLM

Toyota Conquers Product Development Challenges with PTC Creo

Toyota Motor Corporation has been a loyal and successful user of PTC solutions for the last twelve years, according to Koichi Shimizu, the General Manager of Digital Simulations in the automobile company’s Engineering Management division. The company plans to upgrade to PTC Creo 3.0 this summer, including PTC Creo Parametric, PTC Creo Layout, PTC Mathcad […]

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PDM Capabilities: The Right Fit for Small Organizations

Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights

Technology can be a powerful thing. But is it always a good fit for every organization? The proposed advantages and benefits may sound appealing, but sometimes new tech can actually introduce more bureaucracy and disruption than it solves. In today’s post, I’ll look at what aspects of PLM and PDM systems make sense for smaller […]

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ConnectPress: PTC Creo, PTC Windchill, & PTC Arbortext Called Out in Top 10 PLM Software Report

The product lifecycle management (PLM) software market is evolving and growing rapidly, for several important reasons. PLM lies at the heart of a company’s efforts to move a product to market and beyond. At its essence, PLM describes the engineering aspect of a product, from managing descriptions and properties of a product through its development […]

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What Engineering Graduates Should Know: PTC’s Alister Fraser

In the past few weeks, we’ve talked about what companies are looking for in their new engineering hires. Specifically, we’ve shared tips from Santa Cruz Bicycles, Stryker Medical, and Whirlpool. This week, we share what PTC has learned from the 27,000 companies we interact with worldwide. It’s a lot to digest, but Senior Education Program […]

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Value Engineering: Finding a Balance Between Reducing Costs, Maintaining Quality


Product designers are under increasing pressure today to design products faster, while also reigning in design costs. Often these objectives are at odds with each other. Enter Value Engineering (VE) initiatives, efforts that enable engineers to find the optimal tradeoff among cost, specification and quality. While VE is often associated with architectural design, it holds […]

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Meritor: Nothing Without an Axle

“A big wheel is nothing without an axle”—Colonel Willard Rockwell In 1909, a new company, Timken Detroit Axle, opened its doors on Clark Street in Detroit, Michigan. The Model T was still in its infancy, and the high-wheel motor buggy was still popular on US roads. With a little good timing and a lot of […]

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New Product Design: How to Incorporate the Voice of the Customer


Product developers today know that customers are dictating play when it comes to new product design. Consumers know what functionality they want, what they want it to look like and how much they are willing to pay.  And, with an ever-increasing number of options offered to them, they can afford to be picky. So how […]

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Four Ways Manufacturers Can Reduce Design Costs


Manufacturers have a lot of demands placed upon them today. They must design, build and ship products faster than ever to stay above the rising tide of global competition. They must be innovative, sustainable and design increasingly customized products. They must manage extended supply chains and efficiently collaborate with design partners from whom they are […]

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Desktop Engineering: Vendors Try to ‘Rightsize’ PLM for Smaller Businesses

For more than a decade, larger manufacturers have come to rely on product lifecycle management (PLM) to help deal with increasing design and manufacturing complexity, but the software tools have traditionally been expensive and difficult to deploy, keeping smaller companies at bay. PLM vendors have struggled to break into the SMB market, but their approaches–mostly […]

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Tech4PD: The Modular Platforms Episode

Mass customization rocks. It’s the reason my computer is just like yours, but with a different graphics card. It’s why our cars look the same on the outside, but yours has a manual transmission. And it’s why I can finally eat candy that has the Green Bay Packers logo. Vive la variant! Of course, if […]

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