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PTC steps up Industry 4.0 strategy

PTC works with hundreds of global manufacturers worldwide to support and advance their Industry 4.0 strategies

PTC wants to “unlock value from the physical-digital convergence” for Industry 4.0
PTC wants to “unlock value from the physical-digital convergence” for Industry 4.0

PTC has partnered with management consulting firm McKinsey & Company to set up a global network of what it describes as Industry 4.0 digital capability centres (DCCs).


The move forms part of several new initiatives to accelerate its Industry 4.0 strategy which aims to help global manufacturers “unlock value from the physical-digital convergence” and transform their operational systems, PTC said.


Known collectively as Industry 4.0, the concept is worldwide in scope. It is also the blueprint for ‘Made in China 2025’ and heavily influences smart manufacturing initiatives in the US. While it is most often associated with manufacturing, adjacent market segments, including utilities, smart cities, oil and gas, and healthcare, have begun to embrace Industry 4.0 principles and technologies.


The first DCC opened to visitors in Aachen, Germany, last week, and further centre openings in Singapore, Beijing, Chicago, and Venice will follow.


The DCCs will include a realistic production environment, digital showcases with demonstrations of Industry 4.0 technology, as well as experiential capability-building workshops to promote skills training and awareness of Industry 4.0.


PTC is also collaborating with acatech, the German national academy of science and engineering.


“PTC continues to focus on initiatives that can enable manufacturers to realize the potential of Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing,” said Kathleen Mitford, executive vice president, segments, PTC.


“Our upcoming release of connected operations applications combined with the acatech Industry 4.0 Maturity Index and our strategic collaborations with industry leaders such as McKinsey & Company will enable our customers to realise value from their Industry 4.0 initiatives.”


PTC also announced that it will deliver new connected operations applications that support Industry 4.0. The new applications, built on the ThingWorx platform, are designed to unify and contextualize digital data from enterprise IT systems with operational and physical data from machines and sensors to enable manufacturers to realise Industry 4.0 potential more quickly.


In addition to McKinsey & Company, other PTC partners in Industry 4.0 initiatives include manufacturing leaders GE, National Instruments, and OSIsoft. In addition, PTC and Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) are collaborating to develop new IoT solutions for industrial use cases.


The PTC IoT Transformation Advisory Practice also offers workshops and value acceleration services to further support companies with their Industry 4.0 strategy.



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