Adding Data Management to PTC Creo?
Written By: Cat McClintock

If you already work with PTC Creo, you’re in good company.  Designers and engineers use our CAD solution in high-profile organizations everywhere—from aerospace giants, to major appliance manufacturers, even popular toy makers.

But CAD software isn’t the only thing these best-in-class businesses have in common. They also use PTC Windchill to centralize, secure, and safely share their valuable design data.

PTC Windchill is for companies that want to:

  • Ensure design work is captured and protected.
  • Automate processes, like engineering change orders.
  • Make sure team members can quickly find and reuse designs and other intellectual property.

What SMBs Should Know about Data Management

While the aerospace, appliance, and toy companies above are large enterprises, keeping track of massive databases of parts, assemblies, associated documentation, etc., it doesn’t mean smaller companies can’t benefit from all those same advantages. That’s why we recommend that small- or medium-sized businesses consider PTC Windchill PDM Essentials. Here’s what you should know before you choose any PDM solution:

PTC Windchill PDM Essentials is right-sized PDM for smaller companies. Traditionally, software like PTC Windchill has only been within reach of large companies with healthy capital budgets. Sophisticated enterprise software used to be expensive and take a long time to roll out. But that’s simply not true anymore. With the introduction of PTC Windchill PDM Essentials, you can deploy the same “secret weapon” that companies like Philips and Volvo use. But now it’s scaled (and priced) for teams of just one user up to hundreds. And here’s the best part, it can be installed and configured in just a day.

PTC Windchill PDM Essentials is fully integrated with PTC Creo. That means that you can perform all the data management tasks—like checking out or “locking”  files to prevent unwanted overwriting–from within the PTC Creo user environment. So, engineers spend more time on innovative product design and less time managing data.

But you don’t have to be a CAD expert to access the data. PTC Windchill PDM Essentials comes with PTC Creo View Lite, PTC’s high-performance, easy-to-use visualization tool. With its compact, yet accurate 3D viewable format, anyone on your team (think manufacturing, purchasing, documentation) can quickly access and interrogate a product model. They can even add comments or markups and take measurements – without disturbing the original design file. They can also use PTC Creo View Lite to retrieve drawings, images and documents in the PDM system.

PTC Windchill Essentials is supported by a number of good resources. Start with the PTC Windchill PDM Essentials web site for the e-book, data sheet, and more. Or spend 8 minutes with the quick tour video below to see a demo.

You may be eligible for discounts: Ask your PTC sales rep or authorized reseller about special deals like package upgrades—you may be eligible to receive discounts on PTC Windchill PDM Essentials and other PTC Creo add ons

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About the Author Cat McClintock

Cat McClintock edits the Creo and Mathcad blogs for PTC.  She has been a writer and editor for 15+ years,  working for CAD, PDM, ERP, and CRM software companies. Prior to that, she edited science journals for an academic publisher and aligned optical assemblies for a medical device manufacturer. She holds degrees in Technical Journalism, Classics, and Electro-Optics. She loves talking to PTC customers and learning about the interesting work they're doing and the innovative ways they use the software.