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The Member Showcase Roundup is a collection of PlanetPTC Community members' expert use of PTC software and things I think are cool, fun or inspiring for week ending 7/6/12. In this issue, we highlight some great 3D renders and models by students.


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Water Bottleby Harry Barnes
Wooden Whistleby ptc-4603145
Teacher Showcase - Maltby Academy - Martin Boler SHU Academyby ptc-4576141
Teacher Showcase - John Bowen - Sheringham High Schoolby ptc-4517326
Teacher Showcase - Dave Harrison - York Highby ptc-2627794
Teacher Showcase - Alan Glaves - Prince William Schoolby tbrotherhood
Teacher Showcase - Gary Glover - St Bede's Schoolby tbrotherhood
Land Speed Record - 1000hp Sunbeamby DavidEyre
Teacher Showcase - JSby ptc-2940731
Performance Definedby KenL.Nunn


Feel free to comment, like, rate or reply to any of the above posts.


Have you had a chance to demonstrate your expertise of PTC software? Either with an image, video, worksheet, blog, document or file, let me know what you're up to and I'll feature your works in next weeks' roundup!


Got a great Mathcad story to share? Interested in showcasing your Mathcad chops? Consider this to be your official invitation to present your expertise to your peers.


We have select opportunities for presenters – we’re looking for Mathcad Champions – for a variety of slots. New Mathcad users and longtime experts have repeatedly told us that they find peer-to-peer presentations extremely valuable. Our presenters benefit too, from creating new networking opportunities to establishing themselves as thought-leaders in their organizations and industries.


Right now we have openings for brief monthly webinars as well as 45-minute speaking slots at PTC’s Mathcad Virtual Conference scheduled for autumn 2012.


If you’re a Mathcad Champion, or want to become one, email us at and tell us:

  1. Your idea or topic for your presentation
  2. What your audience would like about it
  3. Your discipline and industry
  4. Your Mathcad skill level (novice, intermediate, expert)


If your idea is selected by the Mathcad team, we’ll work with you to help develop your presentation.

We know there are tons of great Mathcad stories out there. Tell us yours!


Things are heating up here in the Central Valley, and not just the temperatures (108 today ).


FIRST Team 3970, the Duncan Dynamics, has recovered from an amazing rookie season and is meeting weekly.  Their getting new members up-to-speed, practicing for upcoming presentations and of course, training on PTC tools.  We'll be looking into Windchill for project planning and also using the 2012 season robot design for training new members on Creo 2.


FIRST Team 1671 is on fire as usual!  In addition to team meetings every Thursday that bring in up to 50 students, the design team is meeting every Wednesday at a student's home for training.  We're up and running on Creo 2 and just about have all the new members up and running on Windchill 10.1.  The summer's project will be designing a new "swerve drive" from the ground up.  This will give the team a chance to do a new product development project without the normal stress of the actual build season.  A couple of objectives include a true Project Management Plan, quality detailed drawings, mechanism design and hopefully some structural analysis.  This is all in addition to the primary objective of designing and testing a new drive train.


I look forward to hearing what everybody else is doing out there!


Stay cool ,




Ukázka některých funkcí Creo Parametric Flexible Modeling Extension.

Import, posuvy a jiná modifikace parametrické i importované geometrie.


Tag Templates in Arbortext

Posted by EmilMeindl Jul 11, 2012

I just discovered tag templates in Arbortext and strongly encourage any Arbortext user to start using them!


Where to find: Tools > Tag Templates


Use to create and insert frequently used sets of tags and content.  So far I have created tables where I only need to add cell information.


All my complaints concern large expressions and when worksheets are very expanded.

What bothered me in the course to develope my mechanical problem are

the following points:

The most important was the insufficient capability to mark large expressions at once.

Control +A works but was not ever wanted. Shift+click at the beginning and tracking  and shift and clicking and the end does not work

To mark expressions of 2-3 m in lenght can be marked only piecewise and copied piecewise.

A very boring work.

Mathcad dramatically slows down as soon as the worksheet enlarges and the expressions become bigger.

Deactivating great parts of the worksheet  will not accelerate Mathcad to work faster.

Derivating large expressions is very time consuming. Several times it did not work.

What has happened: Mathcad has not copied correcly.

For example. in an expression of 2 m in length I found  after several days instead of copying   sin(  )

I found  n( ) . The two charcters  si  of  sin( )  have been lost.  Derivating expressions of 2-3 m in length

could be done after  useing  the   "modifire"   simplify and lasted 20 minutes.

I assume internal storage areas are to small. One has to configurate these areas that multitasking is

possible, e.g. in the course of time Mathcad is controlling, and controlling and controlling I want to scroll

or copy or delete or scroll but it is not possible.

I work with Windows 7-64 and SSD 256 Giga, perhaps SSD  slows down after many writting cycles.

After deleting an expression scrolling is not possible for 2-3 minutes.

To copy large expressions is only piecewise possible.

Changing something in the middle of the worksheet lasts last 3-4 minutes. One has to wait, to wait,

to wait and so on.

I miss an error search algorithmus.  I have reached the limits of Mathcad :

At the end of my work I wanted to change some definitions at the beginning.  To enter about 40 characters

has lasted about 1 hour. Mathcad had nearly slowed down to zero.




The Member Showcase Roundup is a collection of PlanetPTC Community members' expert use of PTC software and things I think are cool, fun or inspiring for week ending 6/29/12. In this issue, we highlight some tutorials, great 3D renders and models, tips, Mathcad worksheets and Creo files (worksheets and files are provided for free download).


Three Cornered Duelby Valery Ochkov
Cabling Tutorialby Pascal Raynaud
REX Tutorialby Pascal Raynaud
Bump, Texture and Decal Filesby TomD.inPDX
Reference Feature - Intent Object, Example with Query for Edgesby Hugo Hermans
AS Product Designby ptc-540098
Group Shot of Product Designby ptc-540098
Working Detachable LED Tent Torchby ptc-540098
Simple Lampby ptc-540098
Another Lampby ptc-540098
Children's Lamp with Rain Shower Tilt On/Off Switchby ptc-540098
GCSE Product Design iPod Dockby ptc-540098
Ripley St Thomas CE Academy A2 Product Designsby ptc-540098
Clear Glass to Demonstrate the Internal Structureby ptc-540098
Wind Up MP3 Playerby ptc-540098
Pill Dispenserby ptc-540098
Head Torchby ptc-540098
Back of Head Torchby ptc-540098
Solar Lightingby ptc-540098
Solar Lighting Backby ptc-540098


Feel free to comment, like, rate or reply to any of the above posts. Don't forget, files are free for you to download and reuse.


Have you had a chance to demonstrate your expertise of PTC software? Either with an image, video, worksheet, blog, document or file, let me know what you're up to and I'll feature your works in next weeks' roundup!


This week I would like to draw your attention to Rob Leavitt the Director of Thought Leadership at PTC Global Services, the consulting arm of PTC. Rob is a long-time advisor to top technology and IT services firms and at PTC he works hand-in-hand with consultants, partners, and customers to advance understanding of key issues and challenges in product development, manufacturing, and after-market service.


Over the past couple of months Rob has been a regular on the PTC Product Lifecycle Stories Blog sharing the PLM insight he gathers through the course of the projects he works on and the people he works with.


Recently, I shared one of Rob´s pieces Slowing Down to Speed Up: 6 Steps to Effective PLM Planning but there are plenty of other pieces that are equally as valuable for companies looking to broaden their PLM knowledge in order to achieve greater business value for their organisation.


Follow Robs regular posts here: or follow Rob on Twitter at @PTC_Consulting.


Enjoy the read

As always, stay curious




Поздравляем наших подопечных, ребят физико-математического лицея № 30 из Санкт-Петербурга, которые приняли участие в международных соревнованиях Scalextric4Schools – разработка, изготовление трассовых автомоделей, прошедших 24 июня в Англии. Лицей №30 первый в России включился в международную академическую программу корпорации РТС год назад и начал преподавать основу инженерных знаний и 3D моделирование под руководством Дмитрия Павлова. Он же является руководителем всех команд лицея (их было несколько).

Команда ФМЛ №30 Ladoga во главе с Павлом Янушпольским взяла приз за лучшую инженерную разработку (автомобиля Ламборгини). На фото победители



А вот и и сама причина победы.



Всего номинаций было 4:
1. Лучшее инженерное исполнение (по результатам гонки машинки на трассе).

2. Лучшая инженерная разработка – наши ребята с Ламборджини (Впервые удачно была представлена переднеприводная машинка. А использование сложных поверхностей при проектировании в Creo всех поразило, так как ранее данный высокотехнологичный инженерный подход никогда не использовался школьниками, хотя соревнования проводятся уже пять лет, в проекте участвуют более 400 школ Великобритании. Очень удивилось жюри, что машинка была разработана всего за 1,5 месяца).

3. Лучший результат на скоростной трассе (специальные комплектации машин с дополнительными двигателями, пропеллерами и т.п.)

4. Лучшая команда по усредненному показателю.


Определялись только первые места, вторых-третьих не было.

Наши ребята также получили приз симпатий руководства Royal Air Forces Museum, на территории которого проходило мероприятие. За что получили особую награду, картину со стены музея с автографами самых известных посетителей (летчиков, первых лиц разных стран и пр.).


Групповое фото: ребята ФМЛ №30, Джон Стюарт, вице президент РТС по образовательным программам (с белозубой улыбкой справа), за ним Дмитрий Павлов, руководитель всех команд ФМЛ №30, и рядом Ольга Шартукова, представитель компании Ирисофт, системного интегратора, которые поддерживали лицей на протяжении всего пилотного проекта. А также директор ФМЛ №30 Алексей Андреевич Третьяков и завуч по ИТ Виталий Александрович Галинский (крайний слева), которые нашли возможность организовать в лицее впервые в России занятия по Creo и отправить школьников на соревнования в Великобританию.all-with-john.jpg


В рамках академической программы "Инженеры будущего" корпорация РТС предоставляет бесплатное программное обеспечение и методические материалы. Принять участие может любое среднее образовательное заведение. Пишите с вопросами на


We are currently in the process of uploading IPC1752A's to load the RoHS and REACH status of parts into WPA, and I find that the "Export to Excel" button gives me a spreadsheet that is not very useful.  From the View Upload tab it gives columns that are useful like: File name, Status Details and Date, but the Upload Option, and File Size don't have much application for us.  What would be helpful is Our Part Number and the Manufacturer's Part Number.  Right now I am using spreadsheet functions to take apart the file name and create the MPN so I can update our tracking spreadsheet using Vlookup.


I considered just doing an open ended dump of our part numbers, but we have too many and I get an "The record count exceeds the maximum rows (5000) configured to be exported to excel. The remaining records (2994) have not been exported." error, and again the columns do not have the data I really want.  I considered using WPA to handle the tracking function, but there are things I want to track that the software is not designed to handle.


Am I missing a tab or button that will allow me to customize the fields in one of these reports?


Attached is a spreadsheet containing all of the Windchill articles relating to Performance which have been published to the web along with their relative 'reuse' rate.  An article is considered reused when it is linked to a case.  It doesn't mean that article led to the case resolution but rather it part of the work done for that case.  One case can be linked to multiple articles.


Is having data in this format helpful, and would you have interest in seeing similar data for areas beyond Windchill Performance?  I'm interested in your perspective please leave a comment below or send me an email with your thoughts.


PLM systems were originally designed for use at a desktop or laptop computer which means that engineers disconnect from their primary link to product information and workflow processes whenever they leave their offices.


But often product development decisions can’t wait until you get back to your desk. You might receive a new task with an urgent deadline and waste crucial hours because you weren’t aware of the assignment. A designer may have an idea for a new feature but have to wait because she is unable to verify an important detail. A design project may get put on hold while waiting for a manager to approve a change.


Engineers often try to head off these types of problems by bringing printouts of product data with them while they are traveling. But paper is static while product models are frequently updated. Reliance on paper documents can lead to less than optimal decisions based on outdated information. Another limitation of printouts is that they communicate only in one direction. For example, a manager can review an engineering change based on the paper document but cannot communicate his approval or disapproval or comments until he returns to the office.


As an engineer you can partially overcome these problems by using email or phone to stay in touch with other members of the team while you’re on the road. But these methods provide only a partial solution. For example, a colleague might send you the latest copy of the model of a component she is working on while you are out. But you have no way of knowing if the component changes again soon after the email is sent. By disconnecting from the PLM system you lose both your primary source of information and also your ability to interact directly with the workflow of your organization.


Windchill Mobile addresses these problems by enabling you to participate in the product development process from your iPhone or iPad wherever you happen to be. PTC designed this new app by asking Windchill users what capabilities they need most when they are away from their desks. Of the eight top functions named by users, six have been incorporated into the first version of Windchill Mobile and the rest are planned for future releases.



Windchill Mobile enables you to connect to your company’s Windchill system through either WiFi or mobile broadband. You can search for a part by typing in the part number or the part name. You can browse through product structures to see product details and components and see related product data such as attributes, changes and documentation.


You can call up a 3D view of the part using the Creo View Plug-in and use multi-touch gestures—such as pinching your fingers together and apart—to zoom in and out. You can also pan across the model by moving your finger across the screen, or twirl the model around to a different view by moving your finger in a circle. Shaking the mobile device causes the assembly to break apart into its components and shaking it again re-creates the assembly.


Windchill Mobile allows you to review your assigned tasks and complete them from your handheld device. When the app opens, the home screen contains a list of assigned tasks. For example, one of these tasks might be to review an engineering change order. You can tap on the task to open up the engineering change order for review on the screen of your mobile device then go through the document and any associated models or drawings. Finally, you can take action such as approving or disapproving the change and making comments.


Windchill Mobile requires a server based license to work with your data set, but the app itself is free to download from the Apple App Store. It includes a sample data set so you can try out the app yourself for free.


The proliferation of smartphones and tablets has helped to enable a more mobile workforce that is capable of accomplishing tasks wherever they happen to be, at a customer’s office, in a manufacturing plant, traveling on a plane or train, or walking down the street. Windchill Mobile is the first in a planned series of applications from PTC that are designed to enable users to work from anywhere.


By enabling engineers and managers to access key Windchill functionality from a mobile device, Windchill Mobile helps improve the flow of information throughout the organization, streamlines the product development process and avoids errors by ensuring everyone has access to current information.


Try out the Windchill Mobile app now!


I paid a lot of money for MarhCad and now that I want help none is forthcoming.


I have Mathcad 15 on my old computer and basically it (the computer that is) needed upgrading. So I transfered all the programmes to the new computer. Mathcad does not work!

Contacted PTC who sent 4 new licenses changed them to .dat as advised told the license dialog box where they were. Nothing - does not work.


Why do I have 4 licenses? (None work in any case). No explanation - nothing from PTC.


Apparently now I need to pay for suppport to ask for help to make the programme I paid for a year ago to work? How is that right?


Please help me




Update Oct 2012, See this article also.

When we in Technical Support recommend an index to a customer,  that index is captured and an 'article' is written.  When we think the index would be generally beneficial and low risk we publish these indexes to web.  Unfortunately I don't think there is general awareness that this happens as it is relatively new in the last few months.


I just checked and if you search for 'create index' and filter using Document Type 'Article' and the Release 'R10.0' there are 31 articles containing one or more indexes which have been published so far.  Not all of these will be necessary for your system, but it's probably a good idea to make a plan to implement most or all of them to prevent future problems.


A link to the search is here.




You could also decide to identify the longer running SQL in your system and then search for that SQL in the knowledge base for the correcting index or apply specific indexes to address those statements if there isn't an article containing the SQL you've identified already published.  If you are having performance problems, opening a case with Technical Support to have a performance specialist analyze your system is also an option.



The Member Showcase Roundup is a collection of PlanetPTC Community members' expert use of PTC software and things I think are cool and inspiring for week ending 6/22/12. In this issue, we highlight some great 3D renders, models, tips, Mathcad worksheets and Creo files (worksheets and files are provided for free download).


Material Wood Teakby CamiloParraPalacio
A Deep Dive into the Murky Depths of Cablingby BrianMartin
Nonlinear Functionality in Creo 2by MatsLindqvist
Bic Biroby PhilWalker
Pen Renderby PhilWalker
Teacher Showcase: Katy Barnes, Acrington Academyby ptc-4630332
Cabling Quick Reference Guide or the Cheat Sheetby BrianMartin
Design of Column Base Platesby Albert_Math
Marble Lifting Toyby ptc-939892
Marble Lifterby ptc-939892
Miscellaneous Creo View 2.0 Enhancementsby TheRealAndyBurke



Feel free to comment, like, rate or reply to any of the above posts.


Have you had a chance to demonstrate your expertise of PTC software? Either with an image, video, worksheet, blog, document or file, let me know what you're up to and I'll feature your works in next weeks' roundup!


Week after week I search the webways and speak with our colleagues at PTC to learn more about the type of products our customers make.


It is very exciting to know what our customers make but it is far more impressive to learn about the span of products. These range from Lego bricks to tunnel boring machines, military tanks to wheelchairs, washmachines, scooters, toy busses, real busses - the list just goes on and on.


This week we saw the launch of the Microsoft Surface (another one to add to the list) - The innovative design and engineering is rather impressive. Have you had a chance to see it?


Take a look at Geoff Hedges latest blog post which includes the Microsoft Launch Video: Microsoft Surface - Innovation in Design, Engineering and Manufacture. Some quite exciting stuff in there....


What do you think of Surface? A good alternative to iPad? Let me know your thoughts.....


As always stay curious,




Cubic Bezier curve has been invented over fifty years, people are expecting its great functionality and productivity to be used in CAD/CAM for free form curve design or photo-realistic solid modeling. However its usage was serious limited as there is no effective way to solve the intersection points problem either in between curve-to-curve or within a curve itself.


Anyway, the problem is a history now. Enclosed are a picture of cubic Bezier curves’ intersection points and certain data related with the two curves that auto-generated by a program of my own. Anyone, who feels interested are all welcome to verify them for the truth.


I wonder if PTC is interested to licensse this solution?


Hunt Chang

PS. my soultion is precise, fast and by theory, it is not any approach of approximation like bi-section or bez-clipping or others.



Blue Curve control points: P0 (404.000000, 355.000000), P1 (169.000000, 264.000000), P2 (858.000000, 329.000000), P3 (438.000000, 239.000000);


Red Curve control points: P0 (556.000000, 334.000000), P1 (253.000000, 331.000000), P2 (765.000000, 48.000000), P3 (414.000000, 489.000000);
Self Intersection point at (521.381253777, 332.148294653);  t[1] = 0.844680894, t[2] = 0.042885836;


The Intersection point(s) of those two curves:
  x0(455.734152990, 299.109787062), x1(490.237592592, 250.732158097), x2(542.630905524, 264.568535791), x3(538.123536369, 292.686435169);
Blue Curve's t value(s):
  t[0] = 0.437206056, t[1] = 0.952837683, t[2] = 0.883884689, t[3] = 0.596112430;
Red Curve's t value(s):
  t[0] = 0.232537221, t[1] = 0.453969337, t[2] = 0.713303391, t[3] = 0.780607425;


At Planet PTC Live 2012, I promised everyone a "cheat sheet". The purpose was to help those unfamiliar with Creo Cabling to navigate the application. After many hours of laboring over this unassuming front/back of a page, I think it's ready for Prime Time. Here's a quick peek (which is a little fuzzy). But don't worry, the full-sized PDF attached to this Blog features much better resolution!




As you can see, one side of the sheet features a Cabling Icon Quick Reference for Creo Cabling. The other side features a Quick Routing Procedure I follow when creating harnesses using the "Ninja Cabling" techniques I presented in Orlando. This version of the cheat sheet was created especially for Wildfire 5. I plan to create additional sheets for Creo 1 & 2.


Over the coming weeks, I'll have additional content like this to post to the Blog so stay tuned! Eventually we'll move into deeper discussions of piping and cabling but for now, I want to post as much relevant, useful information as I can. Please share your feedback and ideas. The intent is to grow a strong online community devoted to cabling, piping, and routed systems topics.


I certainly can't grow a community all by myself... so please join in the discussion!!



PS... If you don't see the PDF file attached to the bottom of the blog, click on the blog title "Cabling Reference Guide or the Cheat Sheet" above. You'll be taken to a new window with the same blog post but you'll see the PDF at the bottom, too!




In Creo 1, PTC implemented important improvements of the nonlinear functionality. The most important of these improvments, is the ability to combine several nonlinear phenomenae in the analysis. In this case I have analyzed post-critical behaviour of an axially loaded column. The analysis includes the effect of large deformations, plastic yield in the steel, and nonlinear collapse of the structure. Since the load can't be increased beyond the critical level, the displacement was prescribed, and the reaction force was measured. The reaction force increases up to the critical level, and then declines, as expected. The nonlinear solver benefits from the new ability to create prismatic elements, such as brick and wedge elements. 

/Mats Lindqvist/Econocap AB/






If you attended my presentation at Planet PTC Live 2012, you saw me demonstrate a technique to use a file in PTC Neutral Wire Format as a logical reference to drive Creo Cabling. So what IS a file in PTC Neutral Wire Format and what does it entail?


Before I answer that question, you may be asking what happened to Pro/CABLING? Due to the numerous significant changes to the cabling software beginning in Wildfire 5 (also called Creo Elements Pro/5), I've tried to make a distinction between Pro/CABLING and Creo Cabling. For the purposes of our discussions on this Blog, I suggest calling the Pre-Wildfire 5 software Pro/CABLING while we call the software from Wildfire 5 or greater Creo Cabling.


Getting back to the PTC Neutral Wire Format, this is simply a text file with the suffix ".nwf" containing special keywords, parameters, and values that mean something to Creo Cabling. The file is easily read and modified with any text editor. If you know how to properly format and structure the file, you can bypass hours of tedious manual routing tasks and generate amazingly detailed and accurate 3D harnesses very quickly. Ah... but therein lies the problem! Information on the file format, keywords, and nomenclature for the PTC Neutral Wire Format is spotty, scattered, and incomplete.


After receiving feedback from several conference attendees, I set out to dig deeply into the file format and create one comprehensive guide to using it. To my knowledge, no one has ever tackled this topic before. Until I started getting into the thick of it, I expected the task might take a few days. Now, I'm not so sure! Judging from what I've written so far, this could end up being a 40 or 50 page book. The goal is to give designers enough information to create their own files by hand or generate one from Excel, Visio, AutoCAD or another data source. But to do this, those designers need to know precisely how to construct the file and how to control it.


When you get deep into the depths of nearly uncharted territory like this, it's tough to know if you're heading in the right direction. So, I'm posting the first 9 pages and requesting feedback from the community. Take a peek at the attached document. Please forgive the fact that we haven't gotten to the "good parts" yet. I'll get there... it's just taking longer than I'd hoped!


Any feedback is appreciated and as always, thanks for reading!


Just 12 days ago, we wrapped up the final sessions at PlanetPTC Live Orlando, the second edition of the PlanetPTC Live annual customer event series. We hope you all had safe travels home and are starting to share what you learned with your team and professional network.


We would like to express our deepest gratitude to PTC/USER Inc. and over 2,000 professionals in mechanical and software engineering, manufacturing, service, and IT support who helped us create a unparalleled opportunity for content-sharing and peer networking.


This year’s agenda featured:

  • More than 200 breakout sessions –  including over 85 customer-led sessions – dedicated to proven best practices and processes, technical skill enhancement, future product capabilities, and innovative applications of PTC solutions
  • Daily keynote sessions with an unprecedented number of insightful industry leaders and experts – representing Whirlpool, Jabil, AGCO, Santa Cruz Bicycles, NASA, MIT, Dean Kamen, and College Park Industries– in addition to exciting corporate and industry vision and technology roadmap keynotes from Jim Heppelmann, Rob Gremley, Brian Shepherd, Bill Berutti, and Mike Campbell.
  • Ten tracks with more than 200 hours of PTC University training, an eLearning Lab, plus daylong pre and post-conference courses, which were quickly filled by over 900 participants eager to enhance their technical skills
  • Powerful new tools, such as PlanetPTC Live mobile app and Connect Portal, to facilitate networking and community-building between attendees, as well as a dramatic increase in networking activities and opportunities
  • Participation by 57 PTC partners, led by our Premier Sponsor Microsoft

We’d like to take a moment to focus on and acknowledge our customer presenters. We recognize that the opportunity to exchange their tips, best practices and innovative applications of our tools is one of the most valuable aspects of the agenda for many of you. We know that each of these sessions provided valuable new resources to everyone in attendance.


Listed below are customers who received awards for the best presentations in Orlando:


Best Creo session: Creo Admin 101, David Haigh, Lawrence Livermore Labs

Best Windchill session: Making Windchill Perform for an Enterprise, Lewis Lawrence, Weatherford

Best Practical Take Aways: Caterpillar Technical Information Business Transformation, Leslie Paulson, Caterpillar

Best Overall: Mentoring a FIRST Robotics Team, Unseen Rewards, Josh Houser, Schneider-Electric




Helpful Reminders

As you are wrapping up loose ends from this year’s event – completing expense reports, catching up on emails and similar tasks, we’d like to ask you to take a few moments to complete a quick event survey to tell us how we can improve future year events. We will use your recommendations as part of the planning process for 2013, so make sure your voice is heard. You may even win some great prizes. As an attendee, you should have received a link to the survey via email. If you didn’t receive this link, please send us a note at Deadline for completing this survey is June 19.


Recorded presentations, including each day's general session and select breakout presentations are all available on the PlanetPTC Live Group. Go now to have a first look or relive your favorite moments from the event.


Be sure to download your copies of this year’s presentations so you can reference those materials on-demand throughout the year. You can download your choice of presentations through the PlanetPTC Live Connect Portal. Follow the "Presentation Options" link to add up to 10 files at a time to your download cart, and then download the .zip file with your presentations.


And finally, if you are interested in a recap of all of the Social activity at the event, be sure to check out the PlanetPTC Live Orlando Social Hub archive.


Start talking to your supervisor now about next year’s event in Anaheim, California, June 9-12, 2013. We look forward to seeing you there!


PTC Corporate Events


OK, here's the next issue of the Member Showcase Roundup: Providing whip-around coverage of PlanetPTC Community members' expert use of PTC software and things I think are cool and inspiring for week ending 6/15/12. In this issue, we continue with highlights, recaps and takeaways from our customer event down in Orlando, PlanetPTC Live 2012.


A Highly Textured Colorful Material

by TomD.inPDX
Session review: PTC's New Idea Submission Processby abelniak
Accreditation Tasksby PaulSpencer
1930's Styled Radioby PaulSpencer
Inspiration Boardby PaulSpencer
Exploded View of Radioby PaulSpencer
Creo Parametric Primerby PaulSpencer
Strutby PaulSpencer
Creo Primer Taskby PaulSpencer
Corner Cubeby PaulSpencer
Creo Advanced Rendering Extension Primerby PaulSpencer
Corner Connectorby PaulSpencer
Parkinsonby StevenParkinson
Engineering Drawing 1by StevenParkinson
Engineering Drawing 2by StevenParkinson
SHU Trainingby ptc-4495802
D1 Steelby SamuelBrantner
Creo View 2.0 Enhancement - Restore Selectedby TheRealAndyBurke
PTC Live 2012 - Reflectionsby ChrisMcKee
Welcome to the Zoneby BrianMartin
A Quick Design Studyby FrankS.Schiavone
Teacher Showcase: Silverdate School Sheffieldby ptc-4598505
Teapot Rendering 1by ptc-4598505
Teapot Rendering 2by ptc-4598505


Feel free to comment, like, rate or reply to any of the above posts.


Have you had a chance to demonstrate your expertise of PTC software? Either with an image, video, worksheet, blog, document or file, let me know what you're up to and I'll feature your works in next weeks' roundup!





Below are my responses to questions sent from a Windchill consultant who is with a PTC partner.


Q1: I understand that it is OK to increase number of DB connection above 15. What is a drawback? How should I tune database for more connections?


Setting the number of DBConnections above 15 is ok, particularly the more memory (2g+) that is allocated to the MethodServer.  In general though while there might be spikes in the mid twenty range occasionally, most method server will likely start to struggle with many more than 15 concurrent connections open to Oracle for lengthy amount of time.  A caveat to the 15 DBConnections guideline is for the background method server, particularly on systems with 'a lot' of active queues more than 15 DBConnections is usually required 30-50 is a typical configuration. Additionally in Windchill PDMLink R10 there were some new properties which were introduced to allow for a more dynamic expansion of connections.  See the<Windchill>/codebase/properties.html for the explanations of the wt.pom.dbConnectionsHardLimit property. 

Oracle needs to be configured so that the 'processes' parameter can handle the expected maximum number of Method and Background Method servers multiplied by maximum number of DBConnections.  Usually the number is 600-800 range.




Q2: I am wondering what can be considered normal Windchill performance and what is a limit that I can tune the system.

How fast is fast enough?  We setup the PSM to monitor for transactions which take more than 5 seconds, many/most operations in a Windchill system will complete in under this time however there are a number of operations often those which operate on a large volume of data or in a complex way which can take much longer and that’s ok, because the user understands that the operation will be lengthy because of what’s involved.  There is a lot that goes into performance expectations, and lot of what’s acceptable depends on the circumstances, but monitoring for operations that take 60-90+ seconds is what I would try and do.

Q3: Customers have large servers and even with a relatively empty Windchill (just couple of thousands of CAD models) the speed of page rendering is very far from instantaneous.  For example recently I had a case <case number> where Workspace scrolling refresh speed was around 3-4 seconds. And it was considered OK by support person. But if I am running Dynatrace it is showing all pages in red saying that speed above 0.2 sec is bad. And 3-4 seconds equals bad user experience.

Can you please suggest anything to speedup overall UI?


Servers should be sized in accordance with the hardware sizing guidelines.  The R10 Microsoft server sizing Guidelines can be found here.


Scrolling performance is a function of the client machine and will largely independent of the server performance. For Workspace scrolling I would look at the following:

  • Add registry keys per TPI 133412
  • Check that IE preference for smooth scrolling is enabled (tools > internet options > advanced > Use smooth scrolling)
  • Switch to a featured object list if in a workspace
  • Remove Productview thumbnail from table display
  • Minimize the number of columns in the table display
  • Upgrade to the latest IE browser as performance is better with later releases (IE6 < IE7 < IE8 < IE9 x64 < IE9 x86)
  • Use a browser other than IE as performance is better with different browsers (IE < FF < IE w/Chrome Frame or Chrome)  See the link for more information on using Google Frames with Internet explorer.



This video compares and contrasts the 3D Annotation capabilities in Creo Parametric 2.0 with equivalent capabilities in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.



This head-to-head comparison shows a range a typical tasks and activities, carried out using out-of-the-box versions, on the same hardware platform. The user has completed standard product training for both releases.


The 3D Annotation features in Creo Parametric 2.0 help users create and add 3D annotated views to their models helping minimize or even bypass the need for 2D technical drawings. In this comparison, the user dramatically increases design productivity, spending 58% less time performing the activity with Creo Parametric 2.0 compared to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.


Creo Parametric provides the broadest range of powerful yet flexible 3D CAD capabilities to help you address your most pressing design challenges including accommodating late stage changes, working with multi-CAD data and electromechanical design. Creo Parametric is part of PTC's Creo suite of design software.


Request a free copy of Creo Parametric and conduct your own comparison.


This video compares and contrasts the measuring capabilities in Creo Parametric 2.0 with equivalent capabilities in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.



This head-to-head comparison shows a range a typical tasks and activities, carried out using out-of-the-box versions, on the same hardware platform. The user has completed standard product training for both releases.


The measuring tools in Creo Parametric 2.0 help users work effectively and interactively while measuring. In this comparison, the user dramatically increases design productivity thanks to the unified approach to measuring, spending 10% less time performing the activity with Creo Parametric 2.0 compared to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.


Creo Parametric provides the broadest range of powerful yet flexible 3D CAD capabilities to help you address your most pressing design challenges including accommodating late stage changes, working with multi-CAD data and electromechanical design. Creo Parametric is part of PTC's Creo suite of design software.


Request a free copy of Creo Parametric and conduct your own comparison.


I sat in on Rob Leavitt’s presentation, titled Delivering on the Promise of PLM.  What I like about this was that Rob summarized the comprehensive and directly-applicable research he and his team recently conducted.  The findings are interesting, and I’ve summarized the presentation below.



The PLM Promise Keeps Growing

PLM is becoming a tool of business transformation

No longer a cookie-cutter set of issues.  No longer “just inside one country”.  No longer a patient approach to product development.


The Expanding Promise of PLM Makes Delivery Ever More Challenging

Speed, scope, sequence, long-term value vs. short-term value, resource limitations, …

“PLM applications rank among the most vital for accelerating delivery and supporting new innovative products, and they rank among the most complex to deploy.” – Gartner Research


Tech-Clarity, PTC Global Services, and ITSMA Research Explores PLM Goals, Strategy, and Results

PLM definition: “Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is the set of processes and software tools that help companies improve product innovation, development, production, service, and support to improve innovation, quality, customer satisfaction, competitive advantage, and profitability.”


Survey questions revolved around key areas:

  • Strategy and approach to PLM
  • Scope of implementation
  • Challenges
  • Implementation and adoption techniques
  • Results


The Research Focused on Business and IT Leaders With Direct PLM Experience

A sample size of 190 people on the PLM space, who are directly related to their PLM deployment

All interviews were conducted via phone




One audience member comment: “It appears from the slide that half the survey responses had PLM for less than 2 years.”  Rob replied that yes, indeed, that was the case, and that point plays a role later in the conversation.


Here’s the Headline: Great Expectations, Mixed Results


Companies Look to PLM to Help Advance a Broad Range of Business Objectives

Ranging from most-commonly answered (41%) to least-commonly answered (24%): improve time to market, improve product development efficiency, reduce product cost, improve product quality, improve sourcing or supply chain performance, improve service operations or profitability, increase product innovation, and develop more sustainable/green products


Operational Objectives Are Similarly Broad

Ranging from most-commonly answered (34%) to least-commonly answered (19%): automate/streamline manual processes, standardize business processes, integrate development + Execution (PLM + ERP), make it easier to find information, support distributed/global teams, provide a single source of information, consolidate IT systems, improve external communication and collaboration, improve internal communication and collaboration


Most Companies Have Achieved Their Goals for Operational Improvements



This is interesting, given Jim Heppelmann’s slide in the Monday keynote about “operations” vs. “strategy”


Overall, However, Companies Have Achieved Only Modest Improvements in Key Business Metrics (a sobering note)

Time to Market (3%), Product Development Efficiency (4%), Reduced Product Cost (2%)


However, A Group (22%) of “High Performers” Stands Apart from Other Companies

Selected a subset and examined them more deeply


They were high performers because they substantially

improved their time to market (8.9% vs. 1.5%)

improved their product development efficiency (13.3% vs. 1.3%)

reduced their product cost (5.8% vs. 1.1%)


They were intentionally sub-segmented to tease out the results, and compare their results back to the remainder of the study


Audience question: “Are these results for PTC only?”  Rob indicated “It’s not all PTC in the high-performing group, though there certainly is a PTC presence.”  Excellence is brand-agnostic in this study.




Digging in to the data a bit…


High Performers Have More Experience With PLM, And Tend to be Larger Companies

More likely to be at PLM longer (4+ years)

… yet 24% of the high performers have only been at this for 0-2 years

Size of company plays a role, too - of the responses, 46% were in the $500m-$999m annual revenue range

What might be the reason? 

     One audience member speculates: “better planning, better stage gate mechanisms”

     Another audience member speculates: “for the smaller companies: less red tape, easier to get things through”


High Performers Have a Broader Scope of Implementation Across Processes and Departments

Number of processes implemented: 5.3 v 4.3

Number of departments using PLM: 4.4 v 3.1


There are Significant Differences Related to HOW Companies Plan, Implement, and Adopt PLM

strategy planning

solution design

software implementation

learning and adoption


High Performers are More Likely to Align Strategy and Use Detailed Roadmaps and Scorecards

Aligned PLM strategy with business strategy (63% vs. 46%)

Developed executive agreement on value (49% vs. 41%)

Created detailed implementation roadmap (76% vs. 36%) – wow!

Managed implementation with value scorecard (51% vs. 34%)


High Performers Prioritize Business Process Improvements and Use Software to Enable Change

“Is the software you enabled for PLM actually affecting a change in your business?  Is it enabling the change?  Or hampering it?”


The results were calculated along a range/continuum of possible responses…

Processes + Software Improved Concurrently; Processes Improved Independently; Software-defined Processes Adopted; Existing Processes Drove Customization


High Performers Customize Their Software Less



High Performers Take a More Strategic Approach to Learning and Adoption

Categories include:

strategic plan for training and adoption

built awareness of need for change

custom training for different roles

training or ‘sandbox’ test environment

Key Take-away: PLM Takes Time, but HOW you Plan and Manage is Critical to High Performance

Key areas:

strategic planning and alignment

process-based solutions

off-the-shelf configuration

role-based adoption



Rob graciously offered his information, if anyone would like to contact him.  Rob Leavitt can be reached by addressing a message to the domain and putting RLeavitt with an ‘@’ sign in front of that.


Welcome to The Zone.... in The Zone

Posted by BrianMartin Jun 12, 2012

Well, after numerous starts and stops, I've finally decided exactly how and why to write this blog.


My recent presentation on Ninja Cabling at Planet PTC Live 2012 gives me the perfect platform from which to launch a new blog devoted to Cabling, Piping, and other Routed Systems concerns. In preparing my presentation for the PPL 2012 event, I discovered I had far too much information to discuss in only 45 minutes. Even if I had two hours, I wouldn't have been able to cover everything. So instead of trying to jam everything into my presentation, I hope to direct people here to the Planet PTC Community. I'll share my presentation here along wtih all reference documentation, templates, videos, and other files. I also want to start a new group devoted solely to routed systems (cabling/piping) to build an online community where users of all skill levels can collaborate and share information.


But first... the presentation from  Planet PTC Live 2012. Originally the plan was to record this presentation so others could replay it on YouTube or Planet PTC Community. Given that I was actually playing videos during the session, I didn't attempt to record myself. My laptop isn't powerful enough to handle the rigors of simultaneously playing video and recording it (with audio) at the same time. Now that I'm safely back at my NASA cubicle, I'm going to go back and re-record the session and edit it together into one final video.


For now, I wanted to get the final presentation posted here on the Community website. This is the NATIVE powerpoint file with all of my notes. Turn on the notes option to see the speaker comments for each slide. Most of my dialogue is contained in these speaker notes. Although I didn't read from these notes during the presentaton, I did go back and re-create everything as closely as possible to create an accurate record of what was said (including any bad jokes I attempted to tell).


Please take a look at the final Powerpoint Presentation. If the videos don't come through, I'll upload them and link to them here. I'll also work on uploading the templates and other files.


Thanks everyone! More to come...


UPDATE (5/9/13): The missing videos are HERE