It’s a foregone conclusion that mobile computing is changing the way people work. If CAD and PLM vendors want to be relevant in the future, they need to address the mobile market.
PTC has been working on mobile apps for some time now, and is set to deliver its first generation with the 10.1 release of Windchill, in March.
In a phone call today, David Blair, VP of Product Management for PTC, provided some background on PTC’s mobile plans.
The company is delivering first on the iOS platform (iPAD and iPhone), with Android to follow.
Initial use cases will include:
- Search for products, part numbers, and documents
- Viewing of metadata, including attributes and lifecycle state
- 3D viewing of parts and assemblies
- Viewing of workflow tasks
Here are a couple of screen shots, as a preview:
There is more to come. These are some of the apps in development at PTC, and headed for the market this spring:
Mobile PLM for the engineer: Being able to log a problem report on a mobile device from the factory floor or in the field. Having access to your access PLM information on iPhone and iPad, such as accessing and approving tasks assigned to you, searching your development database, viewing product info such as meta data, and visualizing objects through a 3D viewer.
Mobile PLM for the administrator: Being able to check the server, and quickly see how everything is running without having to go into the office to fix any issues. In addition, the administrator can provide support for advanced modules, such as project data, advanced reports, or manufacturing process plans – again, without having to be in the office.
Mobile PLM for the service technician: Being able to access, update and implement relevant technical service information from the field to keep crews working.
Mobile Social Product Development: Being able to access all of your social product development communities from your mobile phone. Watch the team feed, see what people are talking about, how they are solving issues while you are in the waiting room at your doctor’s office.
CAD creation mobile sketching tools: Upgrade from back of the napkin drawings. Draw directly on your iPad and have the data automatically be stored in the PDS – or shared your social community.