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  Applicable Release:  Windchill release 10.0+   Description: In this video, we will be enabling server side DEBUG Logs using Windchill Monitoring Tools.
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Applicable Release:  WWGM 11.0 and above   Description: In this video, we will learn how to setup and collect DEBUG logs for Windchill Workgroup Manager interactions using WWGM Logger Utility.
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Are you looking for better alignment between engineering tools, processes, and teams? Accomplishing this would lay a solid foundation for your ‘digital house’. The key building block to achieving this is PLM, with a digital thread at its core.   In our PLM Virtual Conference on June 8-9, we will outline the steps it takes to ‘get your digital house in order’. Both our customers and PTC experts will show how to deliver greater engineering excellence with improved efficiency, reduced lead times, and reduced operational costs.  The event will highlight speakers from Volvo CE, J&J, Steelcase, Toro, and Solar Turbines, in addition to Live Q&A, an Ask the Experts forum and a Networking Lounge. Take a peek at our agenda below:    Day One: Keynote: PLM Strategy & Vision (20 min) Keynote: PLM Fundamentals at Volvo CE (25 min) Closing the Loop on Quality: Establishing Digital Product Traceability, Change Management and Regulatory Submission Compliance (20 min) Building Your Modular Product: Reaping the Benefits of Dynamic Platform Visualization (20 min)         Avoiding the Parts Duplication, Search and Reuse Woes in Engineering and Beyond (20 min) Live Speaker Q&A Day Two: Panel Discussion: Creating a BOM-Centric Foundation for the Digital Thread (25 min) Unifying the Development Environment with One Shared System for Concurrent Engineering (20 min) PLM Adoption Across the Digital Thread: Simplifying the User Experience to Drive Expansion (20 min) Reaching New Heights with PLM SaaS (20 min)           PLM Product Roadmap (20 min) Live Speaker Q&A Click here to register or feel free to reach out with any questions – can’t wait to see you there!   Katie
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We  are excited to be working closely with our PTC Gold Partner, Anark, on Supplier Collaboration.  Anark, whose Core software allows   PTC customers to transform their engineering design, manufacturing, and maintenance information into advanced technical content and digital workflows, has posted a number of useful blogs on supply chain collaboration and cybersecurity.        In 'Supply Chain Collaboration: Top Five Strategies', Anark CEO Scott Williams challenges readers to stop doing the same things with supply chain collaboration and become more agile and responsive -  but how, with so many suppliers in the value chain?   To learn how, read 'Supply Chain Collaboration: Top Five Strategies'.
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The On-Demand System Scan for Windchill PLM and RV&S allows system administrators to manually scan their system files for similar recommended improvements on an ad hoc basis. Admins can upload system files to be scanned and receive recommended actions for any known issues or improvements that are detected. The utility will provide you with recommendations to apply on your Windchill installation in order to aid in expediting resolution of existing issues, as well as discovering issues before they become problems.       As of today, 260 checks are evaluated for Windchill PLM, and we are constantly adding new detections. We also have a specific support for WinDU – we will add new detections soon! For Windchill RV&S (formerly known as Integrity Lifecycle Manager), we currently have more than 150 detections.   Try it today! This service is free for all PTC customers.   For the future, we are working on several options: one is about providing with a tool that helps collecting all the files to submit for a scan. Another one is to  show all the errors/exceptions that the scan has detected – but that means that you will have to filter the impactful ones from the ones that can be ignored. We are also exploring some AI technologies to map the errors in your log files with the articles in our knowledge base. If you have some suggestions, feel free to comment this post!   And you can find out more about PTC’s Proactive Support Services by visiting the FAQ page.  
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About this event: The CAD-Driven BOM The part-centric methodology orchestrated by Windchill is an integral component to the digital thread, enabling enterprises to realize their digital transformation goals.  A model-based approach of driving the creation of the eBOM from native CAD data delivers an automated mechanism providing a highly visual BOM to the extended enterprise.  Although this may sound simple enough, CAD design decisions don’t always match the way engineering expects the BOM to be structured.  Managing these complex associations while keeping information and changes synchronized, whether made in CAD or to the BOM, can prove challenging. Join presenter Steve Shaw, PLM Solutions Director, on March 11 th  at 10 am EST, for this Tech Tips session where he will: Explore the recent improvements to the tools and capabilities available in Windchill’s CAD integration and BOM management; Demonstrate how these tools and capabilities can help streamline the process, identify differences, and manage the connection between CAD and the engineering BOM; Explain how to synchronize all of the information back to the BOM for downstream consumption and visibility. You won’t want to miss it so Register Today! 
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Couldn't make the webcast? No worries!  This Concurrent Manufacturing webcast replay is now available for viewing on PTC.com.    Here are a few more details: In this session, we will take a deeper dive on how Windchill Assisted BOM Reconciliation enables design engineering and manufacturing planning collaboration.    With easy access of upstream changes into the reconciliation tool, users can improve product data quality and speed up time to market with better configuration and change management.    
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Register for Our Upcoming Cloud Tech Tips Webcast  The Path to PLM in the PTC Cloud: Migration Made Easy on Feb. 18th As you begin your journey to PLM in the cloud, there are key tenants which must be leveraged in order to ensure a positive, long-term experience: people, processes, and technology. By moving to PLM cloud, you can quickly scale up, lower cost of ownership, enable external collaboration, and decrease in-house burden. Productivity will increase because your admin’s impact will be elevated, as they spend more time on high value activities and less time on tactics.     To get started in cloud computing and make the best decision for the company, there are strategic questions IT leaders consider: Which cloud do I need? Which features do I use? What about upgrades and updates? What kind of control do I need? How will I manage my PLM solution and what are the impacts? Join Lisa Hayes, PTC Cloud Portfolio Lead and Vipul Gohil, Principal Quality Engineer on Feb. 18 th  at 10 AM EST as they take the guesswork out by highlighting these important deployment criteria – security, availability, functionality, performance, and support.    Register HERE and identify the best path forward to a successful transition so you can get back to your IT business initiatives.
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Don't Miss Our Next Tech Tips Webcast Feb. 4th! Windchill Project Management: Take Supplier Collaboration to the Next Level  Registration  Now Live Supplier collaboration within Windchill takes supply chain management disciplines - such as planning and designing for manufacturing - to the next level.  Through collaboration, focus shifts to joint planning, joint designing, coordination, and project management, thus reducing inefficiencies and enabling faster time to market.    Using Windchill to collaborate on designs with external parties allows for flexible functionality and better control over tasks and associations.  Getting an early view, while engaging with the iterative design ensures change management and traceability.  As an attendee, you’ll learn how to streamline processes by creating projects with the external team members that you choose, while sharing the information you want.   Join us on February 4th to learn how supplier collaboration within Windchill will improve productivity and higher quality while reducing costs.   Register Here!
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We are happy to announce that PTC PLM has been named overall leader in a competitive vendor ranking.   PTC has found itself at the top of another competitive vendor ranking, this time in the Industrial Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software report by ABI Research (ABI). ABI Research developed this competitor ranking to offer an unbiased assessment and ranking of PLM vendors.  ABI ranked vendors based on the two key areas of innovation and implementation, with Windchill leading the rankings in innovation by helping manufacturers create and manage their Digital Threads.   For more info and to learn more, here are some links:    On Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ptc-windchill_ptcs-plm-is-named-1-overall-leader-in-competitive-activity-6753072919775068160-O3FL Our Blog on PTC.com: PTC Named Leader in Industrial PLM Software by Top Independent Research Firm (Again) | PTC For the Analyst Report:  ABI Research Names PTC Leader in Vendor Ranking | PTC Please feel free to pass this on.
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We are holding another Tech Tips Webcast this week on Thursday, December 3 rd at 10 am EST and we want to invite you to join!     Please join Robbie Morrison, Product Management Senior Manager for PLM, on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 10 am EST for our Windchill Tech Tips webcast: Enterprise Visualization for Model Based Design with Creo View 7.1.  In this session, we will explore the new improvements that have been built into Windchill Visualization Services 12.0.1.0. Engage with your design early and avoid downstream problems later with Creo View 7.1.  Accessing visual product data means faster decision making and ultimately faster time to market.  A product demonstration will be shown for the new MBD Analysis package, improvements for dynamic visualization of downstream structures, and updates for document collaboration in Windchill.   Please register for this event by using this link:  https://www.ptc.com/en/resources/plm/webcast/tech-tips-creo-view-7   Stay tuned for other upcoming Windchill topics, such as Upgrades and Migration, Concurrent Manufacturing, Windchill SaaS on PTC Cloud and many more! Looking forward to your participation!
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The Registration Link is live:  https://www.ptc.com/en/resources/plm/webcast/tech-tips-navigate-9   Learn more about this webcast on November 19th at 10 am EST:   What if manufacturing had all the right data at the right time? With increased visibility through ThingWorx Navigate, engineering and manufacturing can work concurrently and close the gap, helping customers get to market faster.   Increasing visibility to enterprise data helps save time, reduce costs, and improves quality.  In this session, you will hear about enterprise collaboration & how Navigate’s product strategy is value driven.    In our next Tech Tips webcast,   "Enterprise Collaboration with Thingworx Navigate,"  we will walk you through the power of reusable components - released in Navigate 9.0 - via a production planner persona demo.  We will also deep dive into the new capabilities included in the upcoming 9.1 release.      Explore the value Navigate can bring to your implementation to drive your Digital Transformation! Share this with your colleagues!    
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Tech Tips webcasts are back!    What if manufacturing had all the right data at the right time? With increased visibility through ThingWorx Navigate, engineering and manufacturing can work concurrently and close the gap, helping customers get to market faster.   Increasing visibility to enterprise data helps save time, reduce costs, and improves quality.  In this session, you will hear about enterprise collaboration & how Navigate’s product strategy is value driven.    In our next Tech Tips webcast, "Enterprise Collaboration with Thingworx Navigate,"  we will walk you through the power of reusable components - released in Navigate 9.0 - via a production planner persona demo.  We will also deep dive into the new capabilities included in the upcoming 9.1 release.      Explore the value Navigate can bring to your implementation to drive your Digital Transformation!   Register here : https://www.ptc.com/en/resources/plm/webcast/tech-tips-navigate-9  
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Windchill PLM Tech Tips Webcasts are back!  Started back in 2018 as a series of webcasts set to deliver product tips, they are scheduled to launch in November 2020.     These technical webcasts are intended to deep dive, give you more product info and additional details so you’ll gain the most value from your PLM software.     Two of our upcoming webcasts are:   Enterprise Collaboration with Thingworx Navigate: Thursday, November 19th @ 10am EST Creo View 7.0 (And Beyond): Thursday, December 3rd @ 10am EST Event registration details to follow!   Check out two of our Tech Tips Replays from March and July 2020: Configuration Driven Visualization and Intro to Windchill Rest Services
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Engineering the “New Normal” with PLM on Cloud  HCL Hosts PLM Manufacturing Tweetchat Panel Session     From the Desk of our PLM Product Marketing Director, Nikhil Rai     Last week, Keith Berling, VP of SaaS Solutions, was a Twitter panelist on CTOStraightTalk which was hosted by HCL.  During the session, Keith discussed how PLM on PTC Cloud is transforming manufacturing and enabling collaboration in this current pandemic world. To see the entire Tweetchat, click here.    ​​​​​​​ About CTO StraightTalk:   Straight Talk is a multi-media thought leadership platform for the peer-to-peer exchange of experience-based insights among senior technology leaders designed to help them find solutions to current challenges, drive business results, and advance their careers.   
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Our own GM,   Kevin O’Brien , will be one of the sponsored speakers for this upcoming virtual Product Innovation (PI) Digital Transformation (Dx) event, which spans such themes as Digital Product Design and Development, PLM, Digital Manufacturing, Data Integration, and more.     To learn more about PI DX and to review their agenda,  visit https://events.pi.tv/2020/dx/agenda
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We are happy to announce two new blogs on ptc.com – Check them out!     Our first blog,  Coordinate Change Management for Faster Time to Industrialization, focuses on ERP and PLM orchestration and how to enable automatic product data transfer.   In our blog, Concurrent Manufacturing: Break Down Data Silos to Deliver More Value, we highlight how to break down data siloes by building a complete digital thread and the value collaboration between engineering and manufacturing brings.   Feel free to share the links with your colleagues. 
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Windchill Extensions from SiliconExpert Ensure Design Viability By SiliconExpert and PTC   Garbage in.  Garbage out.  The familiar computer science concept refers to the fact that the resulting output is dependent on the quality of the input.    The same is true for industrial design.  Complex product designs are dependent on the components required to build them.  An otherwise beautiful design can turn to garbage when composed of parts that are non-compliant or become obsolete.       Windchill PLM software reduces the time to industrialization by digitizing and connecting your enterprise across the globe.  Product design is a complex process that requires information from a myriad of sources.     Windchill Extensions from  SiliconExpert  help ensure the long-term viability of your designs.     As a leading development and administrative support suite, SiliconExpert is unifying semiconductor and mechanical parts management from design to end of life.  SiliconExpert’s team of electronics engineers are available to answer system questions as well as maintain a current database of data points to ensure users are confident in the components which make up their designs.      SiliconExpert CONNECT     SiliconExpert CONNECT is embedded into Windchill, providing access to trusted design and component libraries.  It identifies potential risk from lifecycle classification and compliance information, while providing crosses, stock levels, and pricing data. This means your engineers get access to reliable data when they need it in order to drive their decisions and streamline design processes.     With SiliconExpert CONNECT, engineers can search and validate orderable part numbers using the SiliconExpert validation algorithm, resulting in a list of standard parts.  You can also analyze your bill of materials and identify parts that might put your design at risk.  With the click of a button, proprietary algorithms give you a thorough risk review by part and allow you to cross reference replacement parts.  All known form-fit-function cross-references and supplier replacements for a manufacturer part number can then be found.     SiliconExpert Synch     With SiliconExpert Synch, your engineer’s designs are synchronized with the parts in an information repository. Engineers can initiate synchronization from a part, a folder page or a search, and obtain new information regarding compliance, availability and price. This ensures their design has the most current data available.            SiliconExpert electronic engineers stand behind this information, since their relationships with suppliers enhance the accuracy of a part’s expected availability as well as its regulatory compliance.  When this information is updated, SiliconExpert Synch makes it possible for designs to update regularly as well.     State of the art technology and machine learning play a part in enhancing information. Through SiliconExpert, data points provide insights into material prices and availability in order to adjust parts’ forecasts.     Integration with Windchill provides visibility at every stage of the life cycle, ensuring the right parts for your design, saving time and money by preventing errors. This eliminates “garbage” from entering your designs and ensures pristine outcomes.    Try the  SiliconExpert CONNECT Starter  in the Windchill Extension Center and render live data in the Windchill interface, allowing your engineers to monitor a part or a BoM to check for compliance, obsolescence, end of life, and more.  The Starter extension is limited to 200 parts, but does not require a SiliconExpert license.  It’s a great first-look at the value SiliconExpert brings to Windchill.     To learn more about SiliconExpert extensions, visit the PTC Windchill Extension Center at   https://windchill-extensions.ptc.com/home
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I'm excited to share that we have a new event series that kicked off this week called 'Coffee with a PLM Expert'. The sessions in these series are all live and interactive, focused the most popular Windchill topics. Here's a bit more about each series:  Core PLM Series Wednesdays from June 10 – July 29 10-11AM EST PTC’s PLM platform, Windchill, offers native collaboration capabilities enabling your global virtual workforce to efficiently design and manufacture products. In these relaxed, interactive sessions, you’ll learn about new and existing PLM capabilities and how they can best support your product development process. Date Topic June 10 Visualization June 17 Project Collaboration June 24 Windchill Extensions Introduction July 1 Change Management July 8 Manufacturing Process Management July 15 Parts Classification July 22 Creo 7 + Windchill 12 July 29 ThingWorx Navigate   Windchill Extensions Series Tuesdays from June 16 – July 21 10-11AM EST The Windchill Extensions Engineering Bundles give your engineers fast access to additional PLM functionality. Join our subject matter experts for an interactive experience including live demos and Q&A to learn more about the extension capabilities. Date Topic June 16 Watermarking June 23 Change Workflows June 30 Promotion and Export July 7 Cluster Support July 14 Supplier Component Interfacing July 21 Quick Access to PDF and CAD Documents   Click this link to register: https://ptc.com/en/products/plm/coffee-with-an-expert We look forward to seeing you there!  
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We are bringing the Liveworx UX Lab to you this year! Contribute to the design and development of PTC’s PLM products from the comfort of your home.   Participate in online 1:1 session with PTC Researchers and Designers to take our prototypes & conceptual designs for a spin, share your expertise to directly impact the experience of our future products.   For all Liveworx 2020 UX Lab sessions, click here   PLM session links: WINDCHILL: Actions Menu WINDCHILL: Dynamic Positioning and Visualization using Virtual Product Architecture WINDCHILL: MPMLink BOM Reconciliation NAVIGATE: Create Problem Report WINDCHILL: Change Redline WINDCHILL: RV&S 12.4 (formally Integrity Lifecycle Manager) WINDCHILL: Modeler 9.3 (formerly Integrity Modeler) CREO & WINDCHILL: Windchill Replace Assembly Action in Creo
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Join this webinar to get expert advice on how to plan and deploy PLM in support of your innovation efforts. Based on the eBook, “The PLM Deployment Handbook: Planning and Driving Digital Transformation”, Kevin O’Brien, Divisional GM of PLM, will ask author Chad Jackson, Chief Analyst at Lifecycle Insights, to provide: Examples of digital transformation initiatives Best practices for successfully implementing PLM Tips on how to integrate your functional systems Ways to improve product quality that drives customer satisfaction Register here: https://www.ptc.com/en/resources/plm/webcast/deployment-lifecycle-insights  
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