PTCToday, PTC kicks off their annual user conference, PTC Live Global. A major theme at the event is the Internet of Things (IoT), and in addition to the announcements below, PTC and the recently acquired ThingWorx are announcing that they have joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). This will enable them to collaborate with other IoT leaders such as IBM, Cisco, GE, AT&T, to improve the integration between the physical and digital worlds in order to accelerate adoption of the Internet of Things.

PTC Creo 3.0:

Will deliver unparalleled, multi‐CAD data handling capabilities, enabling organizations to consolidate onto a single CAD system, reducing the costs and efforts associated with maintaining multiple systems and integrations, and enabling better data reuse and resource sharing.

Within the platform, PTC has added Unite technology to enable customers to work with and consolidate data from any CAD source, provide new tools to foster innovation in concept development, and make everyday design tasks easier. With the improvement of powerful, seamlessly integrated concept design tools, users are empowered to innovate and create efficiency across applications.

PTC Creo Elements/Direct 19.0:

The latest version of the company’s direct modeling software, provides productivity enhancements in the core areas of modeling, drafting and data management and greater interoperability with PTC Creo 3.0 and other non‐PTC CAD systems. The platform will support a  focus on high value product development activities by making everyday design tasks easier and enabling more efficient collaboration.

ThingWorx 5.0 platform:

Will enhance developer productivity and add a unique federated server deployment option that allows for cloud, on-premise, hybrid, and on-device deployments.

ThingWorx 5.0 will enable:

  • Flexible deployment options
  • Deliver efficient and secure communications protocol
  • Enables simple, secure visibility and access control to devices and information that directly maps to today’s complex business ecosystems

PTC Service Lifecycle Management (SLM) System for product-smart service:

An integrated set of innovative solutions that enables service providers to execute and optimize service across their entire network. Built for product smart service, the platform provides a single service view that addresses the complexities and dynamics of a global service ecosystem to optimize each service event. Customers can maintain and analyze service and product history from a single unit, fleet or entire installed-base perspective for continuous product and service improvement.

Additionally, PTC is also announcing that they’re acquiring UK-based Atego, a developer of model-based systems and software engineering applications, enhancing PTC’s portfolio of product lifecycle management (PLM) and application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions, and strengthening PTC’s commitment to supporting its customers’ systems engineering initiatives with powerful modeling capabilities.

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