PTC today announced the Windchill PartsLink, a fully integrated Interactive Product Catalog software solution that allows mechanical and electronic suppliers to publish and distribute product data, including 3D geometry, via a Net-native interface.
PTC estimates that design engineers today typically spend about 20% of their design time searching for parts and creating associated models using CAD systems.
Even with this time and effort investment, engineers are still at risk that they designed a part based on inaccurate technical data, or worse, a part that is obsolete. Suppliers that address this quandary stand to gain a competitive advantage over competitors, and PTC is hoping that Windchill PartsLink will provide the tool to achieve that advantage.
Bourns, for example, a supplier of nearly 25,000 unique electronic parts, is already seeing the value of the Windchill PartsLink technology today. The company wanted to differentiate its offerings and add value by enabling its customers in telecommunications, computer, automotive, and other industries to locate product information using technical parameters, download specs, layouts, and PDF drawing directly through the bourns.com Web site.
In addition, Bourns wanted to implement a system that included the RosettaNet Partner Interface Process for business-to-business data exchange.
PTC’s Windchill PartsLink met these needs, and as a result, Bourns expects to achieve higher sales and increased customer satisfaction.