PTC’s Arbortext Integration Increases Windchill


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Article ImagePTC has launched its enhanced Windchill 8.0 content management system, which features integration with Arbortext XML authoring software. PTC, a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions provider, acquired Arbortext in July of last year, and PTC developers have worked to leverage the synergies between the two companies to provide an integrated PLM content management and publishing system.

Tom Shoemaker, director of product marketing at PTC, says, "Customers will now be able to provide richer, more tailored and up-to-date publications through the integration of the two products. This results in documented savings, especially for technical-publication applications like maintenance manuals, standard operating procedures, and other publications that include rich engineering data."

The integration of PTC's content management software with Arbortext is designed to allow users to implement a seamless XML-authoring and content management solution that handles CAD (computer-aided design) and other large graphics files, and provides more appealing, detailed publications. It is designed to streamline content creation and publishing, particularly for manufacturers, as it can incorporate mechanical and electrical CAD data.

With this latest version, publications can be output to the Web, CD, DVD, or other common formats. The result is faster editing and publishing time, improved quality and control of content, and a reduction in time used searching for content. The integrated system ensures that publications are current and the benefits of the integrated system are quantifiable. "The new system adds value to information," says Stanley Davis, electronic publications project leader at U.S. Airways, citing "instant online viewing for editing and feedback and dramatically improved process times."

Shoemaker adds, "this integration introduces workflow-driven process automation to speed document review and approval, optimize change management, and trigger the delivery of audience-specific publications in the appropriate format."

The Windchill 8.0 integration with Arbortext's XML authoring and dynamic publishing software combines collaborative product development with information and process control for a complete PLM solution. Each of the products has approximately 1,700 installations worldwide. Some common customers of the two include Toyota, Deere & Co., and the Swedish Flyght division of ITT, which manufactures pump and fluid control equipment.

PTC customers will more easily be able to implement change-control and configuration-management applications with the new integrated content management and XML authoring solution. But if an existing content management system (such as Documentum or Oracle) is installed and operating satisfactorily, a customer may choose only the Arbortext XML authoring piece, which has custom APIs allowing integration with foreign systems.

PTC customers will more easily be able to implement change-control and configuration-management applications with the new integrated content management and XML authoring solution. But if an existing content management system (such as Documentum or Oracle) is installed and operating satisfactorily, a customer may choose only the Arbortext XML authoring piece, which has custom APIs allowing integration with foreign systems.

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