PTC Windchill

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3.7 out of 5 stars

PLM software supports the product development process, to integrate people, processes and systems. It provides a product information "warehouse" for organizations.

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PTC Windchill review by <span>Salvador S.</span>
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The Product Lifecycle management tool for connected products.

What do you like best?

I would like the easy to use web interface and how fast you can change the data model using web tools that let you extend your Business Items and Attributes with zero downtime. The Thingworx Navigate Integration let you search and find product information quickly from Windchill, SAP, Salesforce and connected products as well. Designers can quickly access data on customer behavior usage patterns.

What do you dislike?

Workflow Template Administration let you automate your business process but it is not a simple task due to how the java interface was developed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend, PTC Windchill because it is an affordable PLM solution especially when it is deploy it in the cloud.

If you are considering close the Product Lifecycle with real user data, I think, it is the only solution available out there that let you do that.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Windchill let you save your 3D/2D data in a safe vault to avoid losing your CAD data. Windchill publish your CAD data to a lightweight viewable automatically. The Creo-view format let no-CAD people to understand how the product has been designed. The software captures the evolution of a product from concept to retirement and prevents that people in the shop floor works with obsolete versions of the product.

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PTC Windchill review by <span>Sebastian K.</span>
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If you have Creo, you may no have any alternative. Well...

What do you like best?

Compared to the other PDM I know, there is nothing that i find done really well in Windchill, other than considering the basic idea of accessing a PDM-Database without a dedicated client. It is a good idea to just use the Web-Browser, but it comes at price...

What do you dislike?

1. Even with the almost empty database it always is slow, though the support said everything looks normal.

2. The search function needs work - filtering the search result not possible, makes the function basically useless.

3. Configuration via XML-Files and the available menues is counter-intuitive - in my opinion PTC is straight out lying, when they state their products to be intuitive to use.

4. The menue is not really context sensitive - RMK is not doing enough.

5. Selecting stuff i a clickfest.

6. Discription and comand naming is in my experience misleading (may be it's because i am familiar with commands in Vault...) (the concept of files, parts, WC-parts is an example of that... -> a WC-Part is an Item.)

7. There is no easy acces to the interface of windchill. Customizing the views is a clickfest. Even the Windows Explorer knows drag and drop.

8. You don't even become the real admin on your own server - (at least) I am only a site operations admin (we are the only site), while the real server admin, who is the only one who can create Users, sits at the resellers office and cost's extra money...

For Windchill 11 PTC is working on "Internet of things", as far as i know, while i consider the basic functions of windchill not satisfactory. And when I take a look at prices in comparison to Vault, that i know in depth, - Windchill is lost.

But when u already have PTC, you don't have alternatives, that I know of. So if I had money to buy CAD & PDM for a small to medium business i would almost all the times go for anything else than PTC...

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company does science projects with radiation and fluids. I work in the department for machine developement, so we create vacuum chambers, and many related machines.

Windchill should help to cooperate within larger products.

I was the designated admin for a Windchill 10.2 PDM-Link-Server, until the project got frozen for financial reasons. I still have acces to the test-server, with some test data and the standard configuration - nothing special so far, since i lack the special admin training.

I have in depth experience with Vault Professional, so everything I say can be seen in comparison to that.

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PTC Windchill review by Administrator in Aviation & Aerospace
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It works well once configured . ...although configuration can sometimes be the hard part.

What do you like best?

It has some good features for a PLM system. The approval process can be configured to the internal process (although sometimes it is not straightforward. You have to become a master of configuring the process). Great repository for our CAD files/drawings.

What do you dislike?

Many of the configurations are done on the server using command lines and updating directly to files. Configurations should be done on the UI and it seems a bit outdated doing it this way. Support is a hit or miss. Some support techs are good while others drop the ball and a ticket can stay open for several months. Overall, support seems to be inconsistent. The back end / table structure is not very clear and PTC does not provide a data dictionary and the tables used on a screen are easily understood. (fields names are not descriptive of the field). Therefore, we had to create manually some custom reports because the internal reporting is not very customizable.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Really evaluate before buying.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a PLM system in place to approve/reject drawings/3d and store them as a repository accessible to any engineer. It gives a great visibility of approved objects and stored / organized in the system.

PTC Windchill review by User in Industrial Automation
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Good for projects colaboration

What do you like best?

Ability to use drawings of every employee in the company and sharing of drawings between every part in production cycle. It also helps to follow projects life cycle with possibility to see how many changes were made for project, check all files that are related to the project in mind all these things lets you control whole projects with quite a lot of ease.

What do you dislike?

Search is quite slow and quite fragile, every symbol/space/dash and so on can make your search useless which sometimes waste quite a lot of time. Software is quite difficult to use and requires quite intense training which could become costly for company.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You need to make a plan at the start of how you parameters will be handled and plan out how projects will be named from the start.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

No need to share drawings through emails you can see who and what updated in drawings.

PTC Windchill review by <span>Matthew C.</span>
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Windchill gets the job done

What do you like best?

Windchill has great search features right out of the box, and has easy-to-learn, easy-to-use customization options. I enjoy being able to access the CAD data and models I need to complete my job, and Windchill keeps everything conveniently located. The change management features are also fully customizable, and do a great job of laying out the process to anyone who may not be as familiar with the software.

What do you dislike?

Certain features I find unnecessary, such as the thumbnail pop-out of 3D modeled parts. Also, there needs to be a better way to integrate the discussion forums into tasks and processes. The discussion forums can be a great way to pass along information, but they are not cross-referenced enough throughout the tasks and processes to be utilized to full effectiveness.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend this product. It is easy to use and easy to customize to your needs. Windchill Support staff has been diligent in working with us with any requests or needs we have made.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Windchill, for my role, is a way of storing and managing documents and document changes. As change management software, it has performed very well. It also gives me access to the data and documents that I use on a daily basis. Because I am able to look up information I need to complete my job, it saves me time and energy that would otherwise be used finding the people who would have that information.

PTC Windchill review by <span>Dudeesh Durai Kanth R.</span>
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Windchill PLM

What do you like best?

Windchill is easy to configure.

- Well feasible of Migrating data from different PLM/ERP tools to Windchill

- Suitable for meeting most of the Business Requirements

- Highly Integrated platform helps to solve lot of business cases

- Best Product Support Team of PTC, help in solving issues during development and post deployment

What do you dislike?

- Java Applets which makes the Workflow design tough and unsupported Java versions on Windchill Upgrades.

- UI needs to be enhanced and to be made more User Friendly

- User clicks needs to be reduced (to do their daily task)

- Project Link needs to enhanced more along with PDM Link synchronization

- Integration with Different ERP systems needs to be enhanced

Recommendations to others considering the product

- Java Applets which makes the Workflow design tough and unsupported Java versions on Windchill Upgrades.

- UI needs to be enhanced and to be made more User Friendly

- User clicks needs to be reduced (to do their daily task)

- Project Link needs to enhanced more along with PDM Link synchronization

- Integration with Different ERP systems needs to be enhanced

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Migration / Configuration - Migrating data from different PLM/ERP systems.

Configuring Windchill to meet the Business Requirements.

Benefits: Windchill could be used to meet most of the Business Requirements.

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