PTC broadens industrial IoT technology offering with debut of ThingWorx 8; manufacturing apps

PTC announced Tuesday new version of its ThingWorx Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform – ThingWorx 8. With this update, ThingWorx evolves into a more robust, comprehensive Industrial IoT technology offering for businesses looking to accelerate Industrial IoT value.

ThingWorx 8 features enhanced platform capabilities, role-specific applications for engineering and manufacturing, a substantial ecosystem of partners and customers, more expansive educational programs, and a new collection of service offerings designed for Industrial IoT customers and partners. ThingWorx 8 will be commercially available next month.

With ThingWorx 8, the ThingWorx Platform now offers such native platform functionality as industrial connectivity, anomaly detection, and deeper cloud support for leading cloud providers. New features found in ThingWorx 8 have been specifically designed to further the platform’s ability to make the development, deployment, and extension of Industrial IoT applications quick and easy.

In addition to these capabilities, ThingWorx Studio now supports native authoring and publishing of AR experiences for Microsoft HoloLens. ThingWorx Studio is a codeless authoring environment that enables content creators to quickly create, deploy, and consume AR experiences. With ThingWorx Studio in ThingWorx 8, content creators and developers can use the codeless AR development capabilities of ThingWorx Studio to create clear, compelling experiences for the Microsoft HoloLens.

ThingWorx has grown alongside the Industrial IoT market, becoming widely-used and trusted for companies to leverage the Industrial IoT to create smart, connected operations, products, and solutions.

“We have been committed to making ThingWorx the most complete, effective platform for companies to quickly and easily tap into the value of the Industrial IoT,” said Kathleen Mitford, executive vice president, Product and Market Strategy, PTC. “With ThingWorx 8, we are taking ThingWorx beyond its core platform capabilities with new role-based apps for manufacturing. The combination of our market-leading Industrial IoT platform and these new apps are specifically designed to quickly deliver value to companies investing in the Industrial IoT.”

The ThingWorx Platform delivers the functionality, flexibility, and agility that companies need to quickly develop and deploy Industrial IoT apps and AR experiences. This includes industrial connectivity, analytics, application enablement, orchestration and codeless AR experience authoring.

“The combination of the ThingWorx IoT ecosystem and our existing production systems offers us the connectivity and detailed analytics to rapidly visualize our operations, enabling further productivity and quality improvement,” said Justin Hester, senior researcher, HIROTEC Corporation. “ThingWorx complements HIROTEC’s expertise in world-class manufacturing, as opposed to forcing HIROTEC to adapt to ThingWorx.”

Building off of the success of the ThingWorx Navigate app, PTC is introducing a new lineup of apps for manufacturing that make it easier for companies to realize value and benefit from greater agility in their operations. The ThingWorx manufacturing apps are fast to deploy, offer role-based intelligence for proactive, faster decision making, allow for codeless app extensibility for continued innovation, and can be downloaded for free and deployed in production in under one hour.

The ThingWorx manufacturing apps consist of ThingWorx Controls Advisor to remotely monitor and troubleshoot machine connectivity; ThingWorx Asset Advisor to remotely monitor physical assets in real-time, automatically detect anomalies, and trigger alerts to improve efficiency and quality; and ThingWorx Production Advisor to provide real-time visibility and insight into production line performance and status.

The ThingWorx manufacturing apps are built on ThingWorx platform, a purpose-built Industrial IoT platform that includes technologies and tools that enable companies to develop, deploy and extend apps and augmented reality experiences. The ThingWorx manufacturing apps are part of a new generation of Industrial IoT web/mobile applications.

The manufacturing apps unify data from enterprise business systems and the sensored physical world, and deliver user information and real-time insight in context for individual roles. The new manufacturing apps help simplify digital transformation, are fast to deploy, and allow for codeless app extensibility for ongoing rapid innovation.


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