Purdue Polytechnic Institute partners with Anark to deliver model-based enterprise and digital thread curriculum

Anark Corp., provider of technical content publishing and visual collaboration software, announced this week that it has been selected by the Department of Computer Graphics Technology in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, one of Purdue University’s 10 academic colleges, to provide automated Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) publishing and collaboration software and training material that will provide university students and professional education program participants with access to tools, technology and courseware materials.

The Department of Computer Graphics Technology offers an academic major in virtual product integration (VPI), the only one of its kind in the U.S., using enhanced tools and methods, including programs about effective techniques and processes that support modern MBE and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) environments, the Digital Thread concept, and Internet of Things (IoT) implementation for OEMs and their suppliers. Purdue Polytechnic also houses the PLM Center of Excellence, a high-TRL research center that is focused on the study of digital product and process data, as well as PLM methods and tools.

“We are excited to partner with Anark to further extend Purdue’s advanced educational and professional training course offerings that prepare students with access to the tools, technology and expertise they need to successfully deploy high-impact MBE-enabled Digital Thread initiatives within their organizations,” said Nathan Hartman, Dauch Family Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, director of the PLM Center of Excellence, and head of the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University. “Anark Core and MBEWeb are proven solutions that successfully enable the MBE and Digital Thread applications for many industry-leading manufacturing OEMs and suppliers on a global scale, which are exactly the types of companies for whom our students innovate during their careers.”

Anark Core and MBEWeb enable OEMs and their suppliers to transform and publish critical engineering, manufacturing and operational data into role-specific 3D PDF documents and HTML5 web content to empower connected, information-rich data exchange and collaboration on virtually any device along the Digital Thread.

Anark’s solutions also provide the most advanced and complete support for powerful, MIL-STD-31000A compliant MBE processes, which enable manufacturers to come to market faster, with higher quality products, at substantially reduced costs.

“Anark is very proud to partner with Purdue Polytechnic Institute to support its advanced educational and professional training programs,” said Stephen Collins, president and CEO of Anark. “Purdue is a leading educational institute in the field of Model-Based Enterprise, Digital Thread and IoT, and we look forward to working closely with the faculty to ensure that their students and continuing education professionals work with the state-of-the-art tools and technologies that successfully empower the digital transformation of many industry-leading global OEMs and their suppliers. These same students will provide Anark with invaluable feedback as we continue to evolve and extend the capabilities of our solutions.”

Purdue Polytechnic will deploy Anark Core and MBEWeb as incorporated elements to its engineering and continuing education programs, and the software will also be installed and accessible as part of the new Digital Manufacturing Enterprise Testbed facility at the Indiana Manufacturing Institute.

Purdue and Anark will work together to develop new courseware offerings that will prepare students and professionals with specific knowledge and experience required to implement effective MBE and Digital Thread processes and solutions.


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