GE Intelligent Platforms and PTC have expanded their collaboration to help bring to market a solution that helps manufacturers close the loop between product design and production execution on the shop floor.
GE will resell the PTC Manufacturing Process Management software in combination with GE’s manufacturing execution system (MES) software.
Currently, manufacturing information can be passed directly from the PTC Windchill solution to the GE Proficy for Manufacturing Discrete product. PTC and GE expect to deliver an expanded, closed-loop, integrated solution in 2014.
The companies shared vision of an ‘Industrial Internet’ has seen them unify for a series of sales, marketing, services, support and product development initiatives, aimed at meeting the fast-growing market demand collaboratively.
The latest joint solution, capitalising on the company’s product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings and MES business processes, will manage a closed loop of product information among engineering, manufacturing production and service.
Product structures and 3D product representations, defined by engineering, are the basis for manufacturing routings and bills of materials (mBOMS). These are then used to manage shop floor activity and coordinate with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Shop floor information can also be shared with PLM and ERP systems to complete the closed loop with engineering. This information can then be shared and used to optimise service delivery and performance.
“Manufacturers place a premium on their ability to introduce products faster, keep production costs low, and keep product quality high,” said Jim Walsh, general manager, Software and Services, GE Intelligent Platforms. “Essential to meeting these goals is ensuring that products are built precisely as they were designed. PTC’s PLM solution is the best complement to our GE Proficy solution and our organisation is energised by the opportunity to offer a truly differentiated solution to solve one of our customers’ most significant challenges.”
Closing the loop between early-stage engineering design activities, production processes on the plant floor and the service organisation means manufacturers can reduce errors, increase flexibility when managing late-stage engineering changes, reduce work-in-process, and accelerate new product introductions.
“The seamless flow of information across a discrete manufacturing organisation, from design to manufacturing to service, is the dream of all executives,” said Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC. “That dream becomes a reality with the GE-PTC solution and we are excited to be deepening our relationship with GE to address a real market need.”
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