Live From LiveWorx: PLM Highlights From the Week

Last week, PTC hosted LiveWorx 2016 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, MA, USA. With over 4,500 attendees, the event offered the opportunity to interact with PTC products first-hand as well as hundreds of sessions to deep-dive into particular subjects. 

In the Design District section of the showroom floor, PTC’s PLM segment showcased some of its newest and most innovative technology including PTC Navigate – a new set of role-based apps that let stakeholders throughout a company access and impact product data – and the award-winning Windchill 11 – the first Smart, Connected PLM solution on the market. In addition, PTC allowed attendees to try out the Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Design Review motorcycle demo that was featured at PTC’s virtual ThingEvent at the end of 2015.


(Left: The AR/VR Design Review demo on the showroom floor. Right: What attendees saw through the AR/VR glasses. Photos courtesy of Francois Lamy)

Attendees were also able to embark on a completely immersive VR experience of dismantling, measuring, and climbing into a truck. (Weren’t able to attend LiveWorx this year? Experience the Immersive VR Concept for yourself with this video walk-thru by Francois Lamy) 

The speakers on-stage were no less awe-inspiring with talks led by PTC customers such as Daktronics, General Dynamics, GE, Ingersoll Rand, MAN Truck, and Raytheon – among many others. 

The benefits of engaging a digital engineering approach enabled by the Internet of Things was demonstrated during Craig Hayman’s keynote on Tuesday by Jill Newburg, Sr. Director of Corporate Marketing. Newberg demonstrated how this approach allows companies to make key decisions using the latest, most up-to-date product data, as well as gain new insight into the physical product. All this information makes it possible to generate new options for the product’s design and – using this digital engineering approach – allow stakeholders to visualize this data in context with the real-world model. 

On the eve of LiveWorx 2016, PTC announced the release of its Medical Device Industry Value-Ready Deployment (VRD) of Windchill. The VRD is already receiving industry buzz with Desktop Engineering saying:

“With Windchill 11, PTC is making compliance easier by providing out-of-box configurations for certain regulations – CFR Part 820 for quality system regulation, for example, as well as several of the ISO standards.” 

The steady drumbeat of the Medical Device Industry VRD announcement and its implications in the medical device industry only continued to grow louder as the week wore on. Stryker Corporation outlined to a packed room how it is using Windchill in its global PLM platform, Project Sapphire. 

Afterwards, PTC co-hosted a standing room-only reception with partner, USDM Life Sciences, for over 100 people, including medical device customers, analysts, PTC sales, and executives at Boston’s Ocean Prime restaurant. Jay Crowley, former Senior Advisor at the FDA and current VP at USDM, delivered remarks at the event.

Overall, the week was a great success. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Design District, tried out the demos, and attended PLM sessions at this year’s event. We hope you found the week to be as informative and fun as we did! 

Be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s LiveWorx: May 22-25, 2017. We hope to see you again!