Designing Complex Products
The complexities intrinsic in developing sophisticated products affect both hardware and software engineers. Electrical, mechanical and software engineers all face challenges when designing complex products, collaborating with distributed teams, and managing product-related information, including source code. In order to address these challenges, organizations must evolve their product development processes.
Engineering Successful Products
Today’s manufacturers are designing products that range from very basic to extremely sophisticated, with an increasing use of electronics and software to differentiate their offerings. This complexity is not only driving a need for cross-discipline engineering coordination; these groups also need a collaborative and concurrent design process.
Mechanical and electrical engineers need to collaborate on hardware design, electrical and software engineers need to collaborate on the control systems and the software engineers are looking to work concurrently with the physical design, participating in design reviews early in the development process to ensure the timely and accurate delivery of the embedded software.
These groups also need to manage and share ever growing amounts of product information effectively, including requirements, system models, test and source code - which is exploding at a rate far outpacing the generation of physical design based product information. Organizations with outdated processes and systems are at a disadvantage in today’s market.
By removing the barriers to achieve effective collaboration and management of information, and simply having access to better tools, organizations are free to create innovative products, improve product quality, reduce development costs and bring products to market faster. Read more to learn how PTC can help your organization.
- Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)
- Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
- Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
PTC solutions for engineering uniquely cover the entire product development process, inclusive of software (ALM) and hardware (CAD) development. With processes designed to support the entire product development process, you can facilitate effective design and cross discipline collaboration. PTC’s industry-leading PLM technology also enables management of all core product information that manufacturing companies rely on to create and service successful products, including requirements, product specifications, source code, CAD and system models, and test that all flow into the bill-of-materials (BOMs).
ALM solutions from PTC manage all software and systems development processes, and connect all software engineering artifacts, including requirements, system models, source code, and test, ensuring comprehensive lifecycle traceability.
PTC has been helping companies for over 25 years to develop great products with its CAD technology and design process expertise. Our solutions can help your organization evolve your product development process to:
- Create, analyze and validate the complete product definition across disciplines
- Design and optimize products with distributed engineering teams in multi-CAD environments
- Eliminate errors and rework when product development data is re-used downstream
- Eliminate redundant systems and consolidate tools
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PLM helps engineering in numerous ways, but principally by ensuring product’s eBOM is fully defined (MCAD, ECAD, software, calculations, documentation), managed (e.g., via change and configuration management processes, variant design and generation, and the association of customer requirements to the product structure) and improved (e.g., through secure collaboration, digital mockups, and design reviews).