PTC Fuels Leadership Momentum in Industrial IoT with New Manufacturing Workforce Productivity Solution

Latest Release of ThingWorx Introduces Operator Advisor; Enhances
Data Sourcing, Analysis, Visualization, and Security

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#ARlt;/agt;–PTC
(NASDAQ: PTC) today announced the availability of a new version of its
award-winning ThingWorx® Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
solution platform. ThingWorx 8.4 introduces new capabilities, including
Operator Advisor, designed to increase productivity of factory workers
by simplifying the way critical operational data is collected,
synthesized, and delivered. The new version builds on PTC’s unparalled
IIoT strategy, further strengthening its robust portfolio of solutions
that address real business challenges.

There continues to be significant opportunity for industrial
manufacturers to differentiate their product and service offerings and
improve worker efficiency across their factory operations by leveraging
IIoT technologies. According to a recent
from Deloitte and the Manufacturing
, advanced technology and digital skills must blend with
uniquely human skills to yield the highest level of productivity.

Putting IIoT to Work with New Solution for Manufacturing
8.4 introduces Operator Advisor, complementing PTC’s existing set of solutions
designed for manufacturers
. Operator Advisor helps manufacturers
improve workforce productivity by simplifying the delivery of digital
work instructions in context, eliminating static paper and PDF-based
instructions. The solution can also gather data as workers complete
tasks for product genealogy and increase visibility into factory
operations. Operator Advisor brings IT and OT systems together and
connects to smart tools and machines to create a unified operator screen.

“ThingWorx Operator Advisor has transformed the way we deliver
information to our employees on the shop floor,” said Mark Jaxion, lead,
IoT & Industry 4.0, Vestas. “We’ve gone from providing text-based
instructions via paper manuals to delivering work instructions with the
3D CAD files from PLM. The information is now delivered in context,
letting employees focus on the task at hand, rather than digging around
the various IT and OT systems for the right information.”

PTC’s momentum in the IIoT market, particularly within manufacturing,
has led to the acceptance and adoption of ThingWorx by customers,
systems integrators, and strategic partners around the world. Colfax,
, Vestas,
and Woodward
represent a sampling of industry-leading organizations that have already
found success with ThingWorx and IIoT.

“ThingWorx has brought all our various systems together and makes the
data from those actionable for our workers,” said Jay Drager, director,
Global Business Systems, Woodward. “Not only have we been able to
improve the quality of our products, but we’ve also increased efficiency
and productivity across our facilities as well.”

New Features and Functions in ThingWorx Platform
To empower
organizations to quickly capture value from their IIoT implementations,
additional key enhancements in ThingWorx 8.4 include:

  • Easier-to-Use Dashboard – An updated user interface for the
    ThingWorx Mashup Builder tool makes it even easier to rapidly build
    and maintain IIoT solutions
  • Integration With Enterprise Systems and Data ThingWorx
    Flow advances sourcing, synthesizing, and feeding data workflow into
    relevant business systems, while triggering important actions and
    providing alerts to end users
  • Enterprise Readiness – Organizations can scale ThingWorx for
    broader enterprise deployments. As part of this advancement, ThingWorx
    now seamlessly integrates with InfluxDB and Microsoft Azure SQL for
    persistence and time series data management
  • FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC,
    Integrations –
    The collaborative
    with Rockwell Automation is enhanced with features and
    tighter integration, enabling industrial companies to further optimize
    operations and enhance productivity with data and insights from IT and
    OT applications and systems

AR Supercharges IIoT and Empowers Workers
A key
differentiator for PTC is the integration of its ThingWorx IIoT and Vuforia®
augmented reality (AR) technologies. Work instructions from the new
Operator Advisor solution, for example, can be delivered via an AR
experience to provide the most immersive, productivity-enhancing
experience for any front-line worker. Vuforia takes the transformative
power of ThingWorx IIoT to the next level, and further empowers the next
generation of connected workers.

Continued Industry Validation and Market Traction
Due in
part to powerful strategic alliances with Rockwell
and Microsoft,
PTC continues to lead the IIoT market and expand its business. As a
result, industry analysts and consultants have repeatedly recognized PTC
and ThingWorx as best-in-class.

Gartner named PTC as a “Visionary” in its inaugural Magic
Quadrant report for IIoT platforms
, and Forrester positioned PTC as
a leader
in the IIoT platforms market
in the “The Forrester Wave: Industrial
IoT Software Platforms, Q3, 2018” in its evaluation. ThingWorx was also
ranked as the top
smart manufacturing platform
by ABI Research, and PTC was recognized
as a leader in separate reports by Berg
, IoT
, PAC,
and Quadrant
Knowledge Solutions

Additional Resources

PTC unleashes industrial innovation
with award-winning, market-proven solutions that enable companies to
differentiate their products and services, improve operational
excellence, and increase workforce productivity. With PTC, and its
partner ecosystem, manufacturers can capitalize on the promise of
today’s new technology to drive digital transformation.

PTC, ThingWorx, Vuforia, and the PTC logo are trademarks or registered
trademarks of PTC Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and
other countries.


Corporate Communications
Jack McAvoy

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