Parametric releases new windchill

Parametric releases new windchill

In synch with the season, Parametric Technology recently released Windchill 2.0, the integrated suite of software for product and process life cycle management.

The new release is completely Web-based, allowing companies to use the Internet to manage all phases in a product’s life cycle, from concept and definition to production, service, maintenance, and retirement. Release 2.0 graphically depicts and validates a company’s workflow processes. It provides a variety of options for distributing information to workgroup members, for structuring activities, and for monitoring progress on tasks. The workflow functionality is integrated with other core services for document and life cycle management, and supports the change management function in the Windchill Lifecycle Application Suite product data management package. In the new release, users of this PDM package will be able to view multilevel bills of materials as HTML pages, to view “snapshots” of product structures by using a baselining feature, to compare different versions of a product more easily, and to better determine which revision of a part or document should be produced.

Since the first release of Windchill in June 1998, the software has been licensed by Airbus Consortium, BMW Rolls-Royce Aero Engines, Compaq, Deere & Co., ITT Fluid Technology, Lockheed Martin Electronic Systems, and Silicon Graphics. Systems integration and hardware partners for Windchill include Computer Sciences Corp., HewlettPackard, and Sun Microsystems.

Release 2.0 of Windchill Foundation, the information architecture, sells for $1,000 per named user. The PDM package has the same price and conditions. Windchill Information Modeler, the application development environment, sells for $10,000. The Information Modeler runs on Windows NT 4.0. Windchill Release 2.0 server and client software run on Windows NT, Solaris, and HP-UX, and the client software is also supported on Windows 95 and Irix.

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