Hello everyone, longtime PTC users here.
We're looking for any PTC CAD user who is using Agile PLM, and are wondering how you are managing your CAD files with that integration. Agile suggests a product called Engineering Collaboration (EC), and another solution from a company called Zero Wait State.
What have you learned, what are advantages or disadvantages?
We have customers using Windchill to manage CAD data and then we have an integrated them with the other systems. Agile will not do a very good job managing the complex relationships that exist in ProE/Creo. Agile (and other 3rd party players)has to use Pro/TOOLKIT to try and manage the data, but Pro/TOOLKIT does not offer all the data management calls so it is trying to manage the data with at least "one arm tied behind it's back". Run away if you can...we have been migrating customers off Teamcenter, Agile, PDMWorks, etc into Windchill because of the shortcomings of these PDM/PLM systems.
Agile EC is an interesting software, but how can they market this to PTC users if really nobody is even using this?
i would like to add to this. We currently use Creo 2.0, with agile3.4 i believe. We have also installed this Agile EC to be the connector for creo and agile. I will tell you this, its not very good at all. Either the install, and system is messed up, or the software is buggy. We cant get redlines to work, cant use the EC software to create ECO's, (although that might be due to our way of doing things). However, the simplest things like deleting an item in Creo, then checking it in, should redline the BOM, but it in fact doesnt. This EC software didnt even make it to production with our company. We wrote SR;s with oracle, to get it fixed, and its been around 8 months now, and still doesnt work. We are just doing it the old fashion way, using Windchill as our database, and manually doing our ECO's and part numbers and such.
Sofar this software is a 1 out of 5 score from me.