PTC has developed Windchill, a product lifecycle management (PLM) software application that helps companies manage all aspects of their product development and manufacturing processes. Windchill fosters a central repository for product-related information and facilitates collaboration and data sharing among various departments within an organization, such as engineering, manufacturing, quality control and security.


One aspect of Windchill that helps companies is real-time communication between various teams, as it has tools that enable document sharing and management at multiple ends. It also has extension features, through which suppliers can be roped in for data sharing and changes in the project.

Windchill aims to bring faster, linear functionality of turnaround time in complex processes with minimum to zero errors and seamless collaboration among a wider group of stakeholders. It has tremendous benefits and is used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, electronics, etc., which require a higher degree of precision settings and flawless implementation..

Windchill Benefits

  • Centralized Product Data: Windchill serves as a single source of truth for product-related data, ensuring all the stakeholders have access to accurate and up-to-date information.
  • Streamlined Collaboration: Windchill facilitates seamless collaboration between engineering teams, suppliers, and other departments, reducing chances of miscommunication and accelerating product development cycles.
  • Change Management: Windchill ensures smooth change in management processes, enabling controlled revisions, updates, and approvals to product designs and related documentation.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Windchill assists in adhering to industry regulations and standards by tracking and managing compliance-related data.
  • New Product Development: Use Windchill to manage the entire product development lifecycle, from initial concept through design iterations to final manufacturing and release.
  • Engineering Change Control: Implement Windchill's change management capabilities to efficiently handle engineering change requests (ECRs) and engineering change orders (ECOs).
  • Supplier Collaboration: Utilize Windchill to collaborate with suppliers, share design data, and ensure seamless integration of supplier components into product designs.

Features and Functionality

  • Product Data Management: Windchill serves as a centralized repository for all product-related data, including CAD models, documents, and configurations.
  • Change Management: Implement controlled change management processes, tracking and managing revisions, change orders, and associated approvals.
  • Bill of Materials (BOM) Management: Manage complex BOM structures, enabling the creation and maintenance of multi-level product structures.
  • Workflow Automation: Streamline product development processes with automated workflows, ensuring tasks and approvals are routed efficiently.
  • Collaboration Tools: Facilitate collaboration between cross-functional teams, suppliers, and partners through secure sharing and commenting on product data.
  • Requirements Management: Capture, track, and manage product requirements, ensuring alignment with customer needs and regulatory standards.
  • Visualization and Markup: View and annotate 3D CAD models directly within Windchill, supporting better design reviews and collaboration.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Windchill aids in maintaining compliance with industry regulations by tracking and managing product data related to certifications and standards.