PTC, Apriso Partner to Connect PLM and MES

posted on 1/5/2011 7:42:21 PM

The integration effort will synchronize engineering design and manufacturing planning processes with production execution on the shop floor.

Apriso Corp. , a purveyor of manufacturing operations management software, will be integrating its application with PTC’s engineering and product lifecycle management suite. The move will help manufacturers close the loop between product design and production execution on the shop floor.

As a gold tier member of PTC’s PartnerAdvantage program, Apriso will gain access to tools for integrating its MES application with PTC’s Creo Elements design technologies and its Windchill PLM product. Specifically, Apriso’s flagship FlexNet application, integrated with the Windchill manufacturing process management (MPM) link, will ensure that process plans, manufacturing bill of materials (mBOMs), and work instructions accurately reflect the engineering design, the companies said.

According to the companies, synchronizing design and production workflow reduces errors, accelerates new product introductions, and manages engineering change orders more efficiently.

“When manufacturers design the process for quality, manufacturability, and compliance within PTC’s Windchill MPMLink, FlexNet can ensure that they reach the designed quality levels and compliance so products are built right the first time,” said Eric Green, Apriso’s vice president of solution strategy, in a statement. “FlexNet maintains traceability and genealogy of products and parts, including process parameters [and] equipment and tooling used for a full ‘as-built’ record of modifications and sign-offs, complementing the ‘as-designed’ and ‘as-planned’ records in Windchill.”

PTC conducted an extensive review of FlexNet prior to accepting Apriso into the PartnerAdvantage program, which, according to Apriso, the company became interested in upon seeing that many of its aerospace customers were using PTC applications. The integration agreement will also benefit the companies’ mutual customers in the automotive, high-tech, life sciences, and CPG industries.