PTC Updates CADDS 5i PLM Solution for Large Assembly Manufacturers

Adds capabilities to help companies reduce time to market, lower development costs

Adds capabilities to help companies reduce time to market, lower development costs

Needham, MA — December 22, 2005 — Product lifecycle management (PLM) solution provider PTC has debuted its CADDS 5i R14 offering for the shipbuilding industry and other large assembly manufacturers to support the companies' product development challenges.

This new product release adds capabilities intended to help companies reduce time to market and lower development cost with enhancements in performance and visualization, as well as new capabilities for routed systems and manufacturability checks, which additionally support the development of ships and submarines.

CADDS 5i R14 is supported with a new version of CADDS 5i workgroup management software, Optegra 8, which is intended to help engineering teams work together more effectively.

Capabilities that PTC is highlighting in the new release include improved visualization, providing greater flexibility in display states through advanced rendering techniques and zoning within the design environment. Working with shaded 3D models reduces the ambiguity of the information, clearly displays the effects of changes and possible interferences, and enables image capture for easy communication with multiple departments, PTC said. Additionally, the designer can clip specific areas to reduce the complexity of what is displayed, which allows a clearer visualization of the model.

Performance improvements in the new version were designed to help designers work faster, increasing productivity. The enhanced Assembly Tree improves model interaction with a more flexible structure, facilitating concurrent engineering, and this also makes it easier to understand the product's complex structure, the solution provider said.

Structural drawing improvements also were intended to help increase user performance. Users can focus on the parts they are interested in and remove hidden lines. Drawing enhancements include additional support of shipyard standards for section, panel and other structural drawing output and the possibility to view routed systems by sections to simplify drawings.

Advanced routing for shipbuilders improves design flexibility by allowing the creation of complex duct and cableways, PTC said. Designers can more easily edit and copy individual or multiple pipe or duct segments without having to regenerate the whole network, helping to save time. Elsewhere, CADDS 5i R14 allows users to create irregular branched systems, helping to improve the utilization of all available space and the quality of the design. Finally, there are checks in the software during the design of routed systems to provide feedback to the user on manufacturability of the design.

"Our new CADDS 5i release in combination with Optegra 8 has new features designed to help our customers improve their edge in a highly competitive industry," said Jim Heppelmann, executive vice president and chief product officer of PTC. "CADDS 5i has been a standard in the shipbuilding industry for years. Leading companies continue to rely on it because of its powerful assembly management capabilities that remain best-in-class among design software vendors."

Additional Articles of Interest

— For information on mid-market companies using product lifecycle management solutions to gain competitive advantage, see "Stuck in the Middle" in the April/May 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

— With U.S. manufacturers increasingly challenged by global rivals, American Axle & Manufacturing's Abdallah Shanti believes that the best way to compete is to collaborate. Read more in "Uniting for a Competitive Edge," in the December2003/January 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

— Looking to outsource your supply chain? For five success factors for your outsourcing project Read "Rising to the Challenge of the Outsourced Supply Chain," cover story in the October/November 2005 issue of Supply and Demand Chain Executive.