Managing the Complete Product Definition with Windchill 11

Last week, PTC held the third webcast in a series on the capabilities of Windchill 11. This installment, “PLM For All: Design Data with Windchill 11", focused on how Windchill 11 allows our customers to create a complete digital product definition. 

Digital data created by the various teams involved in a product’s lifecycle from beginning to end is as diverse as the teams themselves: from engineering and manufacturing, to marketing, IT, and sales. Not only is this information rich and varied, it also evolves over time – and quickly, at that. To ensure that the product meets all its requirements and is of the highest quality, it is imperative that each stakeholder have access to the most up-to-date product information available.

One of the ways that Windchill 11 helps to improve collaboration across teams – and thus realize a complete product definition – is through advancements in the way it manages the product’s Bill of Materials (BoM). The BoM is used and adapted by many different stakeholders throughout the product’s lifecycle – so much so that, by the time a product is released to market, there could be a unique engineering BoM, manufacturing BoM, and service BoM -- among others. Furthermore, these multiple variations or views of the same BoM information are frequently managed in different systems, meaning not only is it inefficient to share the BoMs across teams, but errors can occur if not all information is properly distributed. 

To remedy this, Windchill 11 advances its capacity to manage all of the information from the various contributors to a product’s BoM within a single source of truth. It enables a smoother, more visual, and more intuitive transition between each BoM, so that users from diverse groups of stakeholders are able to compare BoMs side-by-side and automatically select and cascade changes across BoMs. 

Leveraging these capabilities, companies with Windchill 11 can more fully embrace the transformation from a drawing-centric to a part-centric approach to documenting and maintaining design information. Digital 3D data is the center of the designer’s world. The ability to organize all of its related information – from engineering, manufacturing, service, quality, and beyond – in a highly associative way centered on the digital model enables capabilities like robust change-control across collaborators supported by a rich visual experience accompanying the data throughout the product’s lifecycle. This move takes design information from a 2D drawing to a robust, 3D-centric database where it is more easily – and more widely – accessible to drive better, faster, higher-quality innovation across the company. 

See how Windchill 11 is helping to create a complete product definition in the webcast replay – available now on

Be sure to also join us for the next webinar in the series, “Flexible Deployment Options for PLM”, on May 3rd at 11am ET.