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PTC’s Product Development System for DEK Printing Machines

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PTC  has announced that DEK Printing Machines (DEK) has expanded its deployment of the PTC Product Development System (PDS) to include Windchill for content and process management.

With the existing use of PTC Pro/ENGINEER, PTC’s 3D parametric CAD/CAM/CAE software for product design, Windchill now enables DEK to improve internal project collaboration within their six global sites and external project collaboration with their suppliers and partners.

“Using Pro/ENGINEER, we have been able to produce a broad set of products based on a product platform strategy and modular sub-assemblies. The further adoption of the PTC PDS has allowed much quicker and more cost effective product development and in turn has given us the benefit of accelerated manufacturing processes,” said Dick Johnson, Development Manager DEK Printing.

“The introduction of Windchill enables us to make our product development data accessible beyond individual design teams to the entire global enterprise, providing the right people access to the right data at the right time.”

DEK designs and manufactures specialist electronics imaging systems used by major electronics manufacturers and subcontractors for surface mount silicon chip technology and PCB assemblies for products ranging from cell phones, robots and missiles to toys and medical equipment.

The company operates manufacturing plants in the UK and China, the design teams are located in the UK, Germany, India and US. Service centers are run in 18 locations worldwide.

“Our suppliers were using different systems,” said Dick Johnson.

“Paper drawings were being created from the CAD models, leading to delays and problems in interpretation. The introduction of Windchill enabled our suppliers to collaborate more efficiently by building components directly from DEK’s 3D models which has led to improvements in our overall productivity.”

“DEK prides itself on being a developer of leading-edge high-technology products and services, requiring them to constantly evaluate their technology strategy for maximum global competitiveness,” said Chad Hawkinson, vice president electronics and high tech product strategy, PTC.

“PTC’s product development system provides an integral and flexible architecture that makes it easy for customers to adopt new capabilities to further enhance their product development processes. We are proud to support DEK’s product development needs as it continues executing its industry leadership.”

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