"PLM is essential to product development and the JT Open program will leverage the investment that GM has made over the past 5 years," said Terry Kline, General Motors global information officer for Product Development. "GM currently has more than three million JT files and has standardized globally on this format. JT Open is a valuable model for us because it extends the community of users and accelerates the implementation of a common visualization format across the automotive industry. Since the JT format is already so well established internally to GM, this program creates immediate bottom line value."
Ford Motor Co. uses JT technology to enable visualization of the vehicle throughout the product lifecycle. The JT pipeline has become the collaboration hub for Ford's extended global network including their vast supply chain. Ford said its membership in the JT Open program was driven by the need to enhance and expand the pipeline through the JT Open program thereby helping to usher in a new era of openness within the automotive community.
"In today's economy, all manufacturers are faced with the challenge of reducing costs while maintaining productivity," said Dr. Michael Grieves, University of Michigan PLM Development Consortium. "JT Open provides members with the opportunity to work together to develop common business practices around the JT format, and by doing so, reduce expenses in the process. An open forum of this kind, where members cooperate in developing and promoting solutions that enhance prosperity for everyone is the model for the future of collaboration in the PLM industry."