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3 ways to get better insight on product performance

It was good to meet so many PTC/USER 2010 attendees this week at our PTC InSight booth and in our special topic and product update sessions held yesterday afternoon. For those of you who missed the sessions, I’d like to give you a snapshot of some of the important ideas behind our InSight strategy and what we mean by “product analytics.” Here are three ways that PTC InSight provides insight and helps manufacturers develop better products.

1.) Central management of data from disparate sources
An earlier post summarized the exponential growth in product-targeted environmental regulations in recent years. These regulations are broadening in scope. Now “green” encompasses restricted substances, embodied greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, and much more. With each new constraint, the amount of data required to track the environmental performance of your product increases. Data may come from your suppliers in the form of declarations, test reports from third party labs, or models from reference libraries. InSight helps you reconcile all this data and analyze it in the context of the product’s bill of material (BOM). It’s a scalable approach that helps you quickly measure performance and target areas for improvement. Ford used PTC InSight to help pinpoint ways to reduce their product’s carbon footprint.

2.) Dashboards that enable data-driven decision making
InSight can crunch a lot of data, but one of the biggest benefits of the software is its ability to distill all that data it and present it in intuitive dashboards.

With dashboards, engineers and managers can quickly identify any red flag components or “hot spots” that need to be addressed. They can spend their time acting on the data, not sifting through spreadsheets and performing manual analysis. They can analyze a product at the earliest stages of development (the as-designed BOM) and at any point over the product’s lifetime (the as-manufactured BOM).

3.) Integration with standard tools
People across the enterprise need access to this dashboard-type data too, at their fingertips, in the tools they use every day. InSight connects to PLM, ERP and other systems and provides important data to the users of these systems – in the right context. Take a look at this 3D image in ProductView:

In 3D it’s easy to visualize which components meet your targets and which do not, with status levels provided by InSight. Context is everything. Some restricted substances are only restricted if they come into contact with the user. Others are restricted everywhere, and will have redesign and rework implications depending on where they appear in the physical product. In both cases 3D helps identify issues and uncover paths to resolve them.

You can get more information on InSight, including whitepapers, case studies and data sheets at the InSight web page.

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