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What is PTC Windchill?

PLM software supports the product development process, to integrate people, processes and systems. It provides a product information "warehouse" for organizations.

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Product Description

PLM software supports the product development process, to integrate people, processes and systems. It provides a product information "warehouse" for organizations.


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Seller
PTC
Ownership
NASDAQ: PTC
Company Website
Year Founded
1985
HQ Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$1,140
Twitter
@PTC
38,808 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
7,148 employees on LinkedIn®
Description

PTC enables manufacturers to achieve product and service advantage in the age of the Internet of Things. The company's technology solutions transform the way smart, connected products are created, operated and serviced.

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Team Lead
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The most useful thing is the regular updates which are very useful to work with. Moreover Windchill has an easy way to configure things at administrator end which makes it easy to deploy and use Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't see much of the downside while using Windchill. The only place which I dislike is there is no much update on Windchill Risk and Reliability. There are not much improvements in the Project Management. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

My recommendation is that PTC Windchill has an open architecture and is opening up for multiple integrations which will help in managing enterprise solution better Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product Data management including change and configuration management. This has a direct impact on the productivity of the design engineers. The coordination with multi-disciplinary team using Windchill Project Management has a great value on time-to-market and project timeline Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Its interface is very good , easy to work with Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Save a part is little tedious, if one part want to rename, its parent assembly should open Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creo data management Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Easy to manage PPL process and Data with user friendly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Proper user document not available or not understanding Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Na Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's manage whole products data as well Process Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Its an integrated system that combines so many aspects of the business together like design, production, manufacturing and quality. Its a very powerful tool as well as fairly effective Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

it can be very complex to learn. The user interface is not very easy to use either. There are a lot of tabs and the user's knowledge to understand the nuances is must Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Windchill lets an organization to operate from different locations at the same time including remote locations. It definitely allows you to streamline in the processes ranging from R&D to manufacturing and quality especially in a manufacturing industry Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I mostly use it to update quality reports or make design chances in the SolidWork drawings. I have put through several Change Notices on it. I appreciate how it allows you to add different personnel in the reviewer's list, integrating several different departments across the organization Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CM
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

The innovative thinking of new releases Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It can take long time to get proper support for complex issues Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Have good support from PTC when you implement Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mainly connect our clients processes into one PDM system Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IA
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Its a cloud solution that allows you to save version control documents with different employees in the company. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It looks very old. Too many options, hard to navigate and understand the complex procedure of management processes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Don't use this system! Its a can of worms Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows version control of document and history.

Allows approval system.

Provides a cloud of data storage that everyone in the company can access and monitor.

Only 1 person can edit the document, so u cant have more than 1 person working on it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the way it manages data in brilliant way and from design to manufacturing it integrates everything and makes the gap communicable, besides it gives chance to enhance and customise accordingly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not that much. But yeah the scope for customization is not that much great. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am getting business requirements and fulfill the requirements accordingly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy to use. Search function is fantastic and the versions of old and new documentation can be easily segregated Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some users struggle with interface. Uploading from an older system to wind-chill can take a long time Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Universally combining all of our documentation into one system across the entire company is great Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IE
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Wind-chill helps the plan industry in a simplified way such that the basic understanding of java is enough to process the data Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Everything is good as far as I am concerned. They might improve the framework even more. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Wind-chill is a great tool to begin with. It might be useful as a good stepping stone Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data and quality assurance concepts for any product manufactured is studied with wind-chill and we got pretty positive results so far Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It has version control and acts like a cloud service of sorts. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There's a learning curve and lots of functionality that can be overwhelming for a first time user. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it to back up all files related to projects. It's sole purpose is to act like a library of documentation (a database). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It provides ease of access to all my CAD drawings Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The search function can be a little wonky. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it to house our sensitive CAD drawing for all of our parts. It compliments our program suite to give us a complete picture of our equipment Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AE
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Windchill integrates well with CAD tools like creo and solidworks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The customization part is not so user friendly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In addition to PLM capabilities, it is very helpful for us in managing the documents Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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PLM Consultant
Information Technology and Services
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I would like the easy to use web interface and how fast you can change the data model using web tools that let you extend your Business Items and Attributes with zero downtime. The Thingworx Navigate Integration let you search and find product information quickly from Windchill, SAP, Salesforce and connected products as well. Designers can quickly access data on customer behavior usage patterns. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Workflow Template Administration let you automate your business process but it is not a simple task due to how the java interface was developed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend, PTC Windchill because it is an affordable PLM solution especially when it is deploy it in the cloud.

If you are considering close the Product Lifecycle with real user data, I think, it is the only solution available out there that let you do that. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Windchill let you save your 3D/2D data in a safe vault to avoid losing your CAD data. Windchill publish your CAD data to a lightweight viewable automatically. The Creo-view format let no-CAD people to understand how the product has been designed. The software captures the evolution of a product from concept to retirement and prevents that people in the shop floor works with obsolete versions of the product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

large document database in a secure network Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

requires a lot of training to gain appropriate access levels Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

it may depend on your company, but make sure you complete your necessary training to gain appropriate access prior to starting job duties Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i use windchill to access wprk instructions, SOPs, etc necessary for ,y job Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AA
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It has some good features for a PLM system. The approval process can be configured to the internal process (although sometimes it is not straightforward. You have to become a master of configuring the process). Great repository for our CAD files/drawings. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Many of the configurations are done on the server using command lines and updating directly to files. Configurations should be done on the UI and it seems a bit outdated doing it this way. Support is a hit or miss. Some support techs are good while others drop the ball and a ticket can stay open for several months. Overall, support seems to be inconsistent. The back end / table structure is not very clear and PTC does not provide a data dictionary and the tables used on a screen are easily understood. (fields names are not descriptive of the field). Therefore, we had to create manually some custom reports because the internal reporting is not very customizable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Really evaluate before buying. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a PLM system in place to approve/reject drawings/3d and store them as a repository accessible to any engineer. It gives a great visibility of approved objects and stored / organized in the system. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Ability to use drawings of every employee in the company and sharing of drawings between every part in production cycle. It also helps to follow projects life cycle with possibility to see how many changes were made for project, check all files that are related to the project in mind all these things lets you control whole projects with quite a lot of ease. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Search is quite slow and quite fragile, every symbol/space/dash and so on can make your search useless which sometimes waste quite a lot of time. Software is quite difficult to use and requires quite intense training which could become costly for company. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You need to make a plan at the start of how you parameters will be handled and plan out how projects will be named from the start. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

No need to share drawings through emails you can see who and what updated in drawings. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that windchill 11.0 is very up to date and modern compared to their 9.3 version. Smoother interface. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

A lot of the functions are very different so training is required. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a good piece of software if trained well on how to use it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was developing training material so that engineers would know how to use the software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UR
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The user interface was my favorite. it was very intuitive Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

i disliked the default reports it generated - they were not as useful as customized ones Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

business problem we are trying to solve is siloed data across the organization. this product helped give access to data across the organization Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Application Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is a great tool to help more than an individual to load their files Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

That it does not force the employees to use the same format saving their folders. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

to give access to more than one employee to the same folder Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Makes assigning tasks easy! The company is always very responsive to changes. The interface is easy to teach. We use it every day! I don’t imagine that we would change anytime soon.Very user-friendly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I would change is that I wish there was a copy button for the different routes reschedule. It’s annoying to have to the same routing multiple times and we could just copy and existing route. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

More accountability for task holders. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Entwicklungsingenieur
Research
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Compared to the other PDM I know, there is nothing that i find done really well in Windchill, other than considering the basic idea of accessing a PDM-Database without a dedicated client. It is a good idea to just use the Web-Browser, but it comes at price... Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

1. Even with the almost empty database it always is slow, though the support said everything looks normal.

2. The search function needs work - filtering the search result not possible, makes the function basically useless.

3. Configuration via XML-Files and the available menues is counter-intuitive - in my opinion PTC is straight out lying, when they state their products to be intuitive to use.

4. The menue is not really context sensitive - RMK is not doing enough.

5. Selecting stuff i a clickfest.

6. Discription and comand naming is in my experience misleading (may be it's because i am familiar with commands in Vault...) (the concept of files, parts, WC-parts is an example of that... -> a WC-Part is an Item.)

7. There is no easy acces to the interface of windchill. Customizing the views is a clickfest. Even the Windows Explorer knows drag and drop.

8. You don't even become the real admin on your own server - (at least) I am only a site operations admin (we are the only site), while the real server admin, who is the only one who can create Users, sits at the resellers office and cost's extra money...

For Windchill 11 PTC is working on "Internet of things", as far as i know, while i consider the basic functions of windchill not satisfactory. And when I take a look at prices in comparison to Vault, that i know in depth, - Windchill is lost.

But when u already have PTC, you don't have alternatives, that I know of. So if I had money to buy CAD & PDM for a small to medium business i would almost all the times go for anything else than PTC... Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company does science projects with radiation and fluids. I work in the department for machine developement, so we create vacuum chambers, and many related machines.

Windchill should help to cooperate within larger products.

I was the designated admin for a Windchill 10.2 PDM-Link-Server, until the project got frozen for financial reasons. I still have acces to the test-server, with some test data and the standard configuration - nothing special so far, since i lack the special admin training.

I have in depth experience with Vault Professional, so everything I say can be seen in comparison to that. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UF
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy search functions help me find the documents I need quickly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Wish it was easier to navigate results of searches. Wish there was an “effective date” column instead of a “last modified” column. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Wish there was a better visual representation of document relation that you didn’t need a specific viewing software for. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Keeps things organized, somewhat intuitive Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Steep learning curve, things seem to be hidden in nooks and crannies, takes a long time to load on IE Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

More training Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Documentation service for parts, standards, work instructions, etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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NPD Engineering Manager
Medical Devices
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Windchill provides a stable platform for managing product data, workflows, and projects Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Getting technical support can be an issue. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing product data, work flows, project management, CAPA/NC management. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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ES
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Can generate BOM directly from 3D models. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is kind of expensive. The annual maintenance fee was also high. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Build a complete BOM for a complicated machine, which contains more than 4000 parts. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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