Collaborative Product Development

Manage and execute part-centric global product development

What is collaborative product development?

Collaborative product development is a powerful PLM capability that enables project and design collaboration for globally distributed teams. In today’s world, discrete manufactures are dealing with globally dispersed teams that are working in siloed systems. Stakeholders involved in the product development process don’t have access to the most up-to-date product data. These barriers to collaboration are not only creating delays in product development, but also lead to costly rework, issues in production that impact quality, slow response times from design and manufacturing partners, and multiple service visits to the customer. The problems of working in siloes are made worse when the company grows by acquisition, which causes double, triple, or quadruple the work to align teams and their inherited tools.

Collaborative product development delivers value from secure collaboration by enabling manufacturers to access, contribute, see, and protect product data across the enterprise through real time connectivity. PTC’s PLM keeps globally dispersed teams working 24x7 anytime anywhere.

Benefits of collaborative product development

Collaborative product development delivers increased productivity, self-service, governance, accuracy, and visibility while minimizing time-to-market, manufacturing disruptions, poor product quality, and production cost. For everyone in the value chain who relies on real-time product data, there are several benefits.




See up-to-date product data coming from a single source of truth, enriched with ERP data and manufacturing.



Validate production processes and build accurate prototypes with access to the latest drawings and documents. Also, submit problem reports before going into full scale production.



Replace printouts and paper plots with large, shared screens and get updated data online for a paperless factory.



Focus on test and validation procedures. If you find an issue, submit problem reports to engineering on the spot.



Enhance manufacturer-supplier interaction and supply the required parts at the best price/quality. This process also benefits engineers in the design process.



Access up-to-date drawings and service manuals when needed from anywhere.

Real-Time Data Access: Taking the Digital Thread from Concept to Reality

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Your journey towards seamless digital transformation is made easier by our E-Book, "Real-Time Data Access: Taking the Digital Thread from Concept to Reality." Dive deeper into harnessing the power of real-time data, the bedrock of a successful digital transformation.

In a rapidly evolving digital world, data silos can act as a bottleneck to your growth. A seamless transition from engineering to downstream processes is not only essential but also achievable with the right tools and techniques.

Collaborative product development case-studies

Learn how your peers are leveraging PTC’s PLM software for collaborative product development.

Enterprise Collaboration is a Priority at ZF

Learn how ZF’s electronics divisions provides real-time data to the “extended” enterprise inclusive of both end users and other ZF divisions.

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Volvo CE

Volvo CE replaced disconnected systems with a PLM-enabled digital thread to manage complexity and enable both concurrent design and manufacturing.

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HP Tames Product Complexity

Learn how parts classification and governance have helped HP reduce development costs and improve speed to market.

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Electrolux Professional

Discover how this professional appliance manufacturing company facilitates collaboration and standardizes information with Windchill PLM.


Secure Collaboration at the US Navy

Learn how Windchill’s 100% web-based architecture easily integrated with existing IT, internet, and security infrastructures, allowing remote work and multi-site collaboration at the U.S. Navy.

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Collaboration across the digital thread

Visit our PLM On-Demand Hub to hear from global leaders like Bosch, Cellcentric, Vestas, and ZF about how they are utilizing the digital thread to connect their network of engineers and non-engineers across the organization.

PTC’s collaboration solutions

Learn more about Windchill

PTC’s Windchill helps to simplify product development. Windchill's groundbreaking capabilities bring dispersed teams together, ensuring a single source of truth for product and process data. By enabling collaborative product development, Windchill provides all stakeholders the information they need to make the best decisions

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Learn more about ThingWorx Navigate

Through ThingWorx Navigate’s role and task-based applications, you can provide downstream stakeholders direct access to up-to-date product data. Non-expert users can easily access the rich data stored within the organization’s enterprise system—no training required.

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Give stakeholders throughout your organization quick and easy access to product data. Windchill, PTC’s product lifecycle management solution, helps break down organizational silos leading to:

  • Improved time-to-market
  • Decreased costs
  • Improved product quality
  • More time for innovating

Windchill offers organizations the performance and scale they need to manage large data sets and with subscription pricing, you only pay for what you need. Plus, with easy integration to the ThingWorx IoT platform, data from smart, connected products in the field can be leveraged for a digital twin.

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