PTC as Driver of Industrie 4.0


PTC is increasingly presenting itself as a provider of Industrie 4.0. With new partnerships, research projects and applications, strategies for Industrie 4.0 are to be pushed forward. At the Hannover Messe, PTC is not an exhibitor, but it is represented at six stands in six halls with presentations.

In the past few years, PTC has been heard most likely like with the words on its website: Smart, Connected Products and the Internet of Things. Industrie 4.0 came rather at the sidelines. This was mainly the case for German industrial production. Sometimes it was to be read between the lines that it was probably an invention of Siemens, which had their focus here. Now Industrie 4.0 is placed in the center. And it is spelled even German.

Kathleen MitfordWith McKinsey & Company, PTC is building a global network of Digital Capability Centers (DCC) for Industrie 4.0. The DCCs are based on the PTC solution technology and are designed to support enterprises in every phase of digital change. There are planned real production environments, digital practice examples for the demonstration of Industrie 4.0 technology and practical workshops. The first DCC opened its doors for interested parties on 30th March in Aachen, others are planned in Singapore, Beijing, Chicago and Venice. At the opening of the DCC in Aachen, Kathleen Mitford (photo PTC), PTC's Executive Vice President, said, "Our technologies enable companies to bridge the gap between the physical and digital world, and the DCC provides businesses with the perfect setting to begin their own digital transformation."

DCC Aachen with ABB robot and VR hapticDCC in Aachen with ABB robot and VR haptic (photo McKinsey)

In addition to McKinsey & Company, leading manufacturing companies such as GE, Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE), National Instruments and OSIsoft are among the strategic partners of PTC.

PTC is now also a member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering acatech, within the framework of which the initiative Industrie 4.0 was developed. The "acatech Industrie 4.0 Maturity Index" is designed to enable companies to assess their own requirements for Industrie 4.0. With the "IoT Transformation Advisory Practice" PTC has contributed. Comprehensive research results from this project can be downloaded from from May. On Tuesday, the 25th of April, they will be presented at 1 pm at a press conference of the acatech in the Convention Center, Saal Frankfurt, at the Hannover Fair.

While PTC as an exhibitor with its own stand is missing like at the Digital Factory 2016, the provider this year uses numerous opportunities to show with partners and customers the use of their own technology:

  • In hall 7, the central hall of the digital factory, at the booth B20 of acatech and the research institute for rationalization (FIR), with the acatech Industrie 4.0 Maturity Index
  • In Hall 8, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise at booth A07, with an augmented reality demo using real-time data from the customer Flowserve Pump
  • In Hall 12, at GE Digital, booth D50, with a demo of Additive Manufacturing
  • In Hall 9 at booth A11 of the OPC Foundation with Kepware
  • In Hall 7 at booth D12 at Intel, with Predictive Maintenance for Flowserve Pump
  • In Hall 6 at booth J51, with the VAR partners Inneo, NET and Software Factory

For the coming months, PTC announces new networked applications for Industrie 4.0, which are based on the ThingWorx platform.

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