How a Pioneering Russian Institute Improved Designs with PTC Solutions




JSC A. L. Mints Radiotechnical Institute (RTI) in Moscow is a pioneering force in radio wave technology. With a foundation in research and development, RTI’s focus has long been in radio and electromagnetic wave research.

Cybernetic proton accelerator developed in the USSR by A. L. Mints in the 1960s.

In recent years, however, the organization has been actively developing projects in a new field of expertise: advanced telecommunications. For example, RTI’s “Breeze,” a multi-functional telecommunications device–imagine an advanced radio that uses  phased array antennas (also known as “smart” antennas) and various other technologies all packed in a small, lightweight design.

RTI’s Breeze broadband radio

What do you do with something like the Breeze? Transmit video and radar information, in real time, from helicopters to ships. You’ll find the device in the Russian Navy “Alligator” helicopter (see the video below), unmanned aerial vehicles, and helicopters for law enforcement agencies.

Already a Creo user, RTI knows that forward-thinking projects demand an up-to-date development environment. So when the organization recently wanted to shorten design time, implement change management, and improve collaboration across departments for its projects, it turned to PTC and its data management solutions. The organization now has implemented the following:

  • Windchill PDMLink is RTI’s choice for a web-based, industry-proven Product Data Management (PDM) system that supports geographically dispersed teams while managing critical processes such as content, change and configuration management. Windchill PDMLink allows you to create and manage product structure views such as “As-Designed” and “As-Planned,” thereby optimizing configuration management. Now anyone, anywhere within the enterprise or extended supply chain can communicate and collaborate by accessing the tools in Windchill PDMLink.
  • Windchill ProjectLink is a web-based collaboration space. Distributed teams use it to more easily manage projects and quickly access the right product and project management information at the right time. Pre-built, workflow-driven project and document templates help ensure that cross-functional processes follow prescribed standards.
  • To find and reuse preferred parts based on functional and physical characteristics, RTI implemented Windchill PartsLink Classificaiton and Reuse. Instead of creating redundant components, RTI can perform high-speed parametric classification searches and reuse components across the organization. In fact, RTI has shortened component search times by 20%.

Both Windchill ProjectLink and Windchill PartsLink Classification and Reuse interoperate with Windchill PDMLink, giving RTI web-based access and seamless connections to multiple mechanical/electrical CAD applications, embedded software tools, and desktop applications.

The overall outcomes for RTI are significant. The institute is experiencing a 15% reduction in design cycle time, with improved overall design quality. 

If you’re ready to rethink your development environment like RTI, find out more about PTC solutions by visiting the Windchill page.