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The Digital Thread

It's estimated that by 2025 there will be 175 zettabytes of data generated annually.
When utilised properly that can lead to significant business results.

Industrial enterprises are struggling to manage large amounts of data and can be overwhelmed by the prospect. But there's a solution.
A digital thread is a single source of truth data, it unites upstream, and downstream data flows, in real-time. When the digital thread is implemented in small and focused use cases, it can become the foundation for greater visibility and collaboration across the enterprise.


Delivering Connectivity Through the Enterprise

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A  Customer Service

Service creates data/information that is derived from engineering and manufacturing information. This information becomes part of the digital thread. Product configurations will drive changes in service diagnostics, parts and procedures.

B  Corporate/CXO

Product-as-a-service and other business models enabled via Smart, Connected Products. Configurations can be used to drive training.

C  Engineering

The digital thread begins in engineering. Digital definition of systems, requirements, models, mechanical, electrical, software and configurations of products are created and managed in engineering.

D  Customer Operations

Customer operations can leverage engineering, manufacturing and service to help in selling, monitoring and operating products in the field. They also create derivative information that becomes a part of the digital thread.

E  Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Manufacturing creates data/information that is derived from engineering information. This information becomes part of the digital thread. Product configurations will drive changes in manufacturing configurations.

F  Sales and Marketing

Sales and marketing creates product marketing materials derived from engineering configurations that can be leveraged in different sales models (ATS, CTO, ET).

Manufacturers of all sizes are modernising through digital transformation

The key drivers behind this are increasing product complexity, distributed processes and system and the continued need to reduce time to market.

PLM has quickly become central to any digital transformation initiatives. Once considered just for the engineering department, PLM enables collaboration between teams and departments. Windchill, PTC’s enterprise PLM, fosters collaboration through all stages - from concept design to manufacturing, device connectivity and field service.

Windchill transforms the BOM into a complete view of all product data

This innovation creates a continuous digital thread – a seamless flow of data extending upstream and downstream from engineering. Using Windchill, manufacturers realise many benefits, including:

• Lower product development costs
• Higher product quality
• Higher customer satisfaction
• Greater product innovation
• Improved productivity

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