Digital Thread: Unlocking Data’s Potential for the Enterprise

Learn how digital thread is building connections and delivering value across products, processes, people, and places


A digital thread creates a closed loop between digital and physical worlds to optimize products, people, processes, and places. With the technologies available today, a holistic digital thread spans the entire product lifecycle that takes place within a company and extends outward to suppliers, customers, as well as products and people in the field.

Digital threads enable a seamless, interconnected, secure, and synchronized flow of relevant digital data and information (from one or multiple sources, from within and outside the enterprise), that define a product, process central to the product, or data generated by the product throughout its lifecycle.

With digital thread—and the improved access to—employees unlock new value through improved collaboration, increased efficiency, decreased risk and waste, and accelerated innovation.

What are the benefits of digital thread?

Engineering excellence

Improve quality, reduce rework, and expedite new product development and time-to-market.

Manufacturing efficiency

Drive process effectiveness with greater insight into assets, throughput, and worker productivity.

Product and service innovation

Enable (and uncover) new business models and opportunities that impact top-line revenue.

Service optimization

Improve technician effectiveness and reduce asset downtime.

Sales and marketing experience

Enrich the customer experience with new ways to engage and drive customer loyalty.

The State of Digital Thread: How Companies Are Closing the Loop Between Digital and Physical

Our exclusive research report, which includes a survey of industry leaders, explores the trends and market influences propelling enterprises toward digital thread adoption.

More than that, this whitepaper discusses the technologies available to implement, specific applications and value drivers, as well as real-world companies achieving quantifiable results.

Experience digital thread across the enterprise

A digital thread strategy weaves its way across a company creating an array of opportunities for business impact. With improved access to data, employees find efficiencies, innovate faster, and improve customer service.

Explore our interactive visualization to see how digital technologies are transforming the physical parts of industrial companies by following the development of an electric car from design to manufacturing to after-market service.

See How

Digital thread in action

See how real-world enterprises are leveraging digital technologies and driving business value.

How Volvo CE moved from PDM to PLM

A unified product lifecycle management system provided a product-centric information backbone for the extended enterprise.

A unified product lifecycle management system provided a product-centric information backbone for the extended enterprise.

Creating a product-driven digital thread

Learn how VCST created digital continuity from engineering to manufacturing by linking PLM & IoT solutions.

Learn how VCST created digital continuity from engineering to manufacturing by linking PLM & IoT solutions.

Groupe Beneteau realizing value across the enterprise with digital thread

Learn how this recreational boat leader is using this cutting-edge framework to drive innovation and enable mass customization of their products.

Learn how this recreational boat leader is using this cutting-edge framework to drive innovation and enable mass customization of their products.

Volvo Group optimizes quality assurance process with digital thread

See how this global manufacturer is leveraging a suite of PTC technologies to improve product quality and worker productivity.

See how this global manufacturer is leveraging a suite of PTC technologies to improve product quality and worker productivity.

PLM for IT

Connect your enterprise systems and teams to provide a continuous flow of accurate information.

PLM for engineering

Provide a continuous flow of accurate information to enable consistency, collaboration, and alignment across the enterprise.

PLM for manufacturing

Work concurrently with design while accessing a continuous flow of up-to-date product data.

PLM for quality

Speed up the resolution of issues across the lifecycle and improve product quality benchmarks with automated processes and end-to-end traceability.

PLM for service

Improve technician efficiency and service performance with end-to-end management and delivery of configuration-specific parts and service information.

PLM for IT Connect your enterprise systems and teams to provide a continuous flow of accurate information. PLM for engineering Provide a continuous flow of accurate information to enable consistency, collaboration, and alignment across the enterprise. PLM for manufacturing Work concurrently with design while accessing a continuous flow of up-to-date product data. PLM for quality Speed up the resolution of issues across the lifecycle and improve product quality benchmarks with automated processes and end-to-end traceability. PLM for service Improve technician efficiency and service performance with end-to-end management and delivery of configuration-specific parts and service information.

What is the digital thread?

A digital thread creates a closed loop between digital and physical worlds to optimize products, people, processes, and places. With the technologies available today, a holistic digital thread spans the entire product lifecycle that takes place within a company and extends outward to suppliers, customers, as well as products and people in the field.

Digital threads enable a seamless, interconnected, secure, and synchronized flow of relevant digital data and information (from one or multiple sources, from within and outside the enterprise), that define a product, process central to the product, or data generated by the product throughout its lifecycle.

With digital thread—and the improved access to—employees unlock new value through improved collaboration, increased efficiency, decreased risk and waste, and accelerated innovation.

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