WEBINAR: What’s New in Creo 8?

Creo 8 is now available!

PTC have announced the release of Creo 8 which is full of user-focused productivity enhancements and new capabilities for companies committed to innovation.

Do not worry! As with every Creo release, you can expect dozens of improvements to core design capabilities that make it easier for you to get things done.

• Usability and productivity improvements to core functions you will use every day
• Improvements to detailing and MBD (Model-Based Definition) to enhance quality and communication of design intent
• And improvements to simulation, generative design, and CAM to help take your design process to the next level

Best of all, you can see it all in just a few minutes. In fact, there’s no faster way to catch up with what’s new in Creo software. Watch our webinar to see the new enhancements in action.

If you want to read more see our dedicated page here.

For those who missed out on this webinar a video has been made, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

26th May 2021
Muhsin Ali

With 2020 changing how the world operates, the need for Digital transformation has not been more apparent. This is most certainly the case with our latest recruit, Edale. They have signed up for a long-term contract with PLM Central to fully utilise the huge range of capabilities our PTC solutions offers. PTC offer Digital Transformation solutions to a wide variety of industries, and PLM Central are  a PTC Partner and Reseller. 

Edale are engineers of world-class tailor-made flexographic printing and converting solutions for the packaging industry, based in Whiteley in the UK. Whilst they have been working with PTC technology for almost 15 years, they have never really utilised the full extent of the products. With diminishing ROI, lower value for money and inefficiencies, they were close to moving away from PTC. However, after discovering PLM Central, speaking to our expert teams, and applying the Engineering and Manufacturing solutions to their problems, Edale’s faith and excitement for PTC products were renewed.

Glen Whittington,  Edale Design Office Manager, said

“Speaking to PLM Central was a breath of fresh air. They quickly and efficiently identified cost-effective gains and brought back efficiency to my whole team. We have signed a long-term deal with them, so they can guide us through our new ‘Digital Transformations Vision 2025’ initiative over a three-staged period.”

Niketh Shetty, PLM  Central’s Director also had a few great words to say,

“After speaking to Glen, listening to all his fears and doubts regarding PTC products, I delved deep into both the needs of the company and the capabilities/functionalities of our amazing PTC products. Glen Passion for Creating innovative products inspired us to showcase the amazing solution these PTC products offer.”

10th May 2021
Zahra Nurmohamed

Harness the power of AI and deliver your best designs in less time.

Introduced by:- Kolawole Agoro, an Applications Engineer at PLM Central
Speaker:- Muhsin Ali, a Senior Applications Engineer also at PLM Central.

Are you looking to create optimal CAD model designs from a set of requirements you specify, produce high-quality designs at a lower cost and ready-to-manufacture products? Then look no further.

Generative Design allows you to:
• Rapidly explore innovative designs
• Cut costs
• Improve quality
• Reduce time-to-market
• Faster exploration
• More in-depth examination of different combinations of materials and manufacturing processes

For those who missed out on this webinar a video has been made, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

22nd April 2021
Muhsin Ali

Another month in lockdown has past, but we are filled with positivity as the vaccination rollout is suppressing the virus infection in the UK. This will be great for businesses as well as our mental well-being as we look forward to things opening up in Easter and beyond.

This month, we have reached the end of the financial year and end of the quarter. I’m really proud to announce that this has been an excellent quarter for PLM Central as we’ve obtained more than 160% of our quarterly sales target for PTC.

We have to thank all our customers who have trusted in our products, support & services.

Just to highlight a few of them, we confirmed a large Digital Transformation order from a UK based “Flexographic printing machine maker”, who will be taking advantage of our support services, as well as our products (more information to be announced soon!). They will be fully utilising our Engineering & Manufacturing solutions, which you can learn more about in the like provided. And a first for PLMc – A major design house recently purchased our Creo Ansys Driven Simulation (CSL) software.

In terms of activities our premier Engineering Calculation software PTC MathCad has had an upgrade to PTC MathCad Prime 7.0 . To celebrate, we hosted an excellent webinar exploring all the new features, which received fantastic feedback and engagement. Watch the full webinar here.

We’re looking forward to April with hope and anticipation for business to resume back to normality.

We would like to wish all our customers a lovely and Happy Easter!

30th March 2021
Niketh Shetty

PTC have announced Mathcad Prime 7.0 to replace all versions of Mathcad which precede. So no more Mathcad 15 or Prime 6.0!

PTC has also announced the end-of-sale and support for PTC Mathcad 15.0 and PTC Mathcad Prime 1.0 – PTC Mathcad Prime 6.0 effective December 31, 2021.

This webinar will cover everything you need to know to move from Mathcad to Prime. Included are the new features and benefits which come with this all new version.

For those who missed out on this webinar a video has been made, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

24th March 2021
Muhsin Ali

After a tough year of lockdown, which was no doubt challenging for all businesses, there is finally a roadmap out of the Pandemic and back to a sense of normal. As with most businesses, PLM Central will be returning to the office in phase’s, aligned to the new government guideline. It is our priority to ensure all our clients are well looked after and we are ready and geared up to serve your every interest. Working remotely or in the office, we are always here to support you!

2021 has started of positively for PLM Central, after signing up a few really exciting clients.  We’re extremely happy to have acquired a long term commitment from Edale Ltd. They were looking for better service and more tailored relationships, and PLMc’ customer success strategy was a key driver for Edale aligning with us. We are very proud of what we offer to our customer and with our personal support, Edale’s investment in technology will be justified.

In other news, MathCad primes 7.0 is planned to be out on the 9th of March with exciting new features. PTC have announced plans to retire MathCad 15 and any other prior versions, making MathCad 7.0 the a must have. We have a specially dedicated our March Webinar toward this important crossover. Sign up here to find out what’s new.

We are also developing some amazing AR capabilities we will have some update for our customer in the coming weeks and months. PLM Central are on a roll and have some exciting things coming up!

4th March 2021
Niketh Shetty

I’ve never considered myself a huge science buff. Whilst I do work in Digital Marketing, an ever-evolving technology industry, I never questioned how the platform were built or how the technology spoke to each other. Then, six months ago I was invited to an interview at PLM Central, a Digital Transformation company, who upskill organisations with transformative software that changes how the day to day operation of businesses work. 

As a creative person, diving into a variety of different projects and industries has always been exciting for me. Initially, I was completely overwhelmed by the technological advancements offered by PLM Central, but I was equally fascinated. 

I may not be a ‘Women in tech’ in the traditional sense of the term, but over the last 6 months, I’ve loved learning about how Computer-Aided Design or Augmented Reality can drastically change how industries function.  Appling my marketing skills to boosting the awareness of these complex, yet life-altering, software’s, has been an absolute joy, and women everywhere need to jump in.

Being the only women in the team is strangely something I expected but desperately want to see evolve.  This world of tech is fascinating and ever-growing.  Whilst massive progress has been made in removing the gender gap and stigma, I want to encourage more change, in all areas of science and tech. I’m not a scientist, but have found my place, and this international women’s day, I encourage women everywhere to do the same. 

4th March 2021
Zahra Nurmohamed

PLM Central have recently been selected the ADS’s Aerospace 4.0’s Steering Group, with representatives from member companies serving all sized organisation including academia and members from the Catapult organisations. 

The steering group see their mission as educating, facilitating and fostering the adoption of these digital technologies in the UK Aerospace Sector. It isn’t only about the technology, it’s about the successful adoption and deployment of digital technologies to create value for all the stakeholders in our particular industry…from the end consumer of the service/product all the way through the value chain to raw material producers. To be effective in tackling this issue, we will need to collaborate, share knowledge across the industry and encourage the development of business cases to support the industrial-strength deployment of Industry4.0 technologies that will create a competitive advantage for UK aerospace.

This will be done through regular events at a local, regional and national level which will be proactive and encourage adoption and deployment, whilst also influencing UK Government policy and strategy. We have big ambitions…but it’s an important time for all of us in UK manufacturing, particularly in the aerospace sector.

Check out the original article and find our much more

21st January 2021
Niketh Shetty

To kick-start 2021 we are discussing what the updated Sales Configurator brings to your business using the Options Modeler extension. As technology that continues to progress, consumers continue to look for better and more easily configured products, this and much more is achievable with Sales Configurator, as it enables customers to configure their product selection, get instant quotes, accurate delivery dates, and even place their orders with little or no input from sales. It also boasts the added benefit of having the CAD structure ready made for you. Some benefits achievable through the Sales configurator are:

  • Improved communications between sales and engineering
  • Real-time visualisation of products
  • Eliminates the need for reworks
  • Creating CAD structures of variants
  • Increased productivity and efficiency
  • Lowered costs   

For those who missed out on this webinar a video has been made, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

20th January 2021
Stefan Dornescu

We teamed up with our partner company PTC and The Hertfordshire Chamber of commerce to bring you the latest on remote support technology, a trend which has become ever important in the face of Covid19. Some of the benefits of remote support technology include… 

  • The fact it allows companies to comply efficiently with social distance regulations 
  • It reduces the impact on the environment
  • Helps to cut company costs 
  • Benefits the general health of staff 
  • Increases productivity by reducing travel time   

For those who missed out on this webinar a video has been made, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

1st December 2020
Muhsin Ali

In this video demo, we show how the Project Plan Activity track works in Windchill using MPM Link . Get in touch to ask questions from our experts.


18th November 2020
Stefan Dornescu

In this video demo, we show how to save a Step file in Windchill. Get in touch to ask questions from our experts.

18th November 2020
Stefan Dornescu

 Interactive demos on how Easy and Simple it is to creating Options & Variants using our best-selling CAD and PLM program, Creo Parametric and Windchill. These videos provide detailed information on our products. Get in touch to ask questions from our experts.

Options and Variants in Creo/Windchill using the Options Modeller

Options and Variants in Creo/Windchill using Overloaded Structures

18th November 2020
Stefan Dornescu

Revolutionise product design by removing the barriers between Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE). Powered by ANSYS, PTC have integrated best in class design and simulation capabilities into one product: Creo 7.0!

Watch our informational webinar which will highlight the capabilities, demonstrating the ease of use, speed and interactive nature of Creo Simulation Live and how it can benefit businesses.

If you have any queries regard Creo or Simulation Live then contact one of our team members:

Moll Holmes, Digital Transformation Consultant
molly.h@plmcentral.co.uk

Muhsin Ali, Applications Engineer
muhsin.a@plmcentral.co.uk

21st October 2020
Muhsin Ali

Our team showcase the inspirational Digital Transformation journey of a large manufacturing company, starting with the Sales Enquiry all the way through to the Manufacturing & Warranty. We used technologies like CAD/PLM/IIOT/AR to achieve this transformation.

17th September 2020
Muhsin Ali

What is our webinar about?

Our team will showcase the inspirational Digital Transformation journey of a large manufacturing company, starting with the Sales Enquiry all the way through to the Manufacturing & Warranty. Do not miss out on how we have uniquely implemented:

  • Automatic Part Number Generation
  • Enterprise Change Process with embedded Warranty
  • Options & Variants
  • Automatic Certificate Creation using Document Templates
  • And more…

What has this achieved for our customer?

  • Bridged the big gulf between Sales & Design
  • Auto generated sales specification
  • Reduced design time by 60% after implementing Options & Variants
  • Quick generation of Sheetmetal components
  • Auto generated VOSA documents and Certifications
  • State of the Art change processes including Warranty
  • Close interaction with Third Party Suppliers
  • World Class products removing duplication and increased efficiency
  • No longer a cliché: “One Version of Truth Implemented and Delivered

Sign up now by clicking here.

4th September 2020
Muhsin Ali

A webinar hosted by PLM Central Ltd which details the new enhancements that can be found in Windchill 12 and how these can benefit your enterprise.

Watch the video to gain more insight and feel free to contact us for any further inquiries.

24th August 2020
Muhsin Ali

The coronavirus crisis of 2020 is changing the way we work, perhaps forever. Travel bans, lockdowns, and social distancing policies disrupted business around the world, forcing companies to find new ways to work. The trend toward a more distributed, mobile, and agile workforce was already unmistakable, but the crisis has dramatically accelerated this shift for workers who can thrive in the virtual world. But perhaps the bigger news coming out of the crisis is that the larger front-line workforce operating in the physical world participated for the first time in digital transformation in a meaningful way.

This webinar will explain how AR can greatly benefit and support the practice of social distancing in industry.

For those who missed out on this webinar a video has been made, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

20th July 2020
Muhsin Ali

As communicated by Oracle regarding the imminent end of support for Oracle 12.2.0.1 release (widely known as 12cR2) being November 2020 (without any option of Extended Support), PTC plans to support next Oracle release i.e. 19c* with our upcoming Windchill RV&S Release 12.3.1. This change in supported Oracle database release version means that customers will have to use the upgrade process to get to Windchill RV&S 12.3.1 release, instead of an update.

Because Windchill RV&S 12.3.1 is going to be an upgrade release, customers using Microsoft SQL as database server for Windchill RV&S will also have to upgrade their Windchill RV&S environments instead of an update.

We’ll update all the supporting artefacts, such as Windchill RV&S Product Platforms, to reflect these details.

  • The Premier Support period for Oracle 19c release (March 2023) extends well beyond 2 years standard support for Windchill RV&S 12.3.1 Release.

13th July 2020
Muhsin Ali

For those who missed out on the interactive webinar, hosted by PLM Central Ltd, which demonstrated Creo’s capabilities to produce variants of a product efficiently.

Watch the video to gain more insight and feel free to contact us for any further inquiries.

1st July 2020
Muhsin Ali

The coronavirus crisis of 2020 is changing the way we work, perhaps forever. Travel bans, lockdowns, and social distancing policies disrupted business around the world, forcing companies to find new ways to work. The trend toward a more distributed, mobile, and agile workforce was already unmistakable, but the crisis has dramatically accelerated this shift for workers who can thrive in the virtual world. But perhaps the bigger news coming out of the crisis is that the larger front-line workforce operating in the physical world participated for the first time in digital transformation in a meaningful way.

Introducing the second part of our webinar series which will showcase the softwares PTC have produced which can be of benefit to those in industry, especially those working on the front lines.

Who must attend? – Team Leaders, Technologists, Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders and Companies that want to take their business to the next level, giving the ability to cover 3D models into physical spaces allowing them to deliver stronger sales and marketing material

What to expect – Interactive session on how AR (augmented reality) can greatly benefit and support practice of social distancing through manufacturing, service and sales, this webinar will provide useful and detailed information and you will have the option to ask any questions with our experts.

Join us on the 16th of July at 11:00 AM UK time, sign up by clicking here.

30th June 2020
Muhsin Ali

Providing State of the Art Sofware to Help Your True Digital Transformation

PLM Central Ltd are delighted to feature in the latest issues of:
• C&W in Business
• Business Matters WCNW
• Southwark Business Today
• Thinking Business
• Business Connexions
• Borough Business
• Inspire
• Masthead
• Well Connected
• Economic Focus

These magazines are issued to all members of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & more.

We are delighted to get the exposure in the regions and look forward to creating relationships with other businesses for a prosperous future.

9th June 2020
Muhsin Ali

The very first edition of our very own Webinar series begins on the 18th of June at 11:00AM UK time. Introducing an exciting new update to our best-selling CAD program Creo Parametric; “Options and Variants in Creo 7.0, a different way of Designing and Innovating”

Who Must Attend: – Companies who have to provide with plenty of variation of their products depending on customers and features

What to expect: – Interactive session on how Easy and Simple it is to creating Options & Variants using our best-selling CAD program, Creo Parametric. The webinar will provide detailed information on our products and you will have the options to ask questions with our expert on its operation and functionality or you can get in touch with the expert offline.

Sign up now by clicking here.

Toyota uses Vuforia Chalk to Enable Secure Communication and Increase Safety and Efficiency

Vuforia Chalk resolved Toyota’s need for better safety and communications in their plants.

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has an 80-year history as the automotive organization of Toyota Industries Corporation, a textile machinery manufacturer. Today, “TOYOTA” is renowned as one of the world’s leading car manufacturers and is headquartered in the city of Toyota, a company town. Toyota has numerous R&D, production and sales locations worldwide.

The Challenge

Toyota’s production engineering and production staff oversee the installation of new manufacturing lines and the maintenance of existing manufacturing lines and plant buildings around the world. Because this work is typically done by local Toyota personnel and subcontractors, the departments that oversee the operations at these worldwide plants must visit each site to ensure that work is done correctly and safely.

Toyota’s production engineering and production staff oversee the installation of new manufacturing lines and the maintenance of existing manufacturing lines and plant buildings around the world. Because this work is typically done by local Toyota personnel and subcontractors, the departments that oversee the operations at these worldwide plants must visit each site to ensure that work is done correctly and safely.

If an issue with plant machinery arises at a site, subcontractors cannot make decisions to resolve the problem on their own due to potentially hazardous conditions. Instead, a Toyota employee must travel to the remote location to review the issue. There are even instances when a higher level manager from Toyota’s headquarters must also visit the site to assess the issue and make the final decision on how to resolve the problem. At times, it is very difficult for an employee to travel to the factory site as construction is usually carried outduring the factory’s off-hours and on holidays.

Because Toyota maintains strict regulations for managing confidential information at all locations, including its headquarters, local sites and plants, it can be difficult for Toyota employees and subcontractors to communicate effectively from a remote distance. “Safety permissions based on on-site confirmation are a very important part of our process,” says Ms. Aya Miyazaki from the Powertrain Production Engineering Planning Department. The use of cameras, devices and software that could lead to an information security breach is strictly prohibited. While these measures are necessary to maintain information security, the inability to freely record information often leads to inefficient processes.

The Solution

Ms. Miyazaki and her colleagues found PTC’s Vuforia Chalk when researching a software solution that maintains secure communication and adheres to information restrictions at the same time. Vuforia Chalk is a simple remote assistance tool that connects subject matter experts with workers both inside and outside of their organization via mobile or tablet. Vuforia Chalk combines live video, audio and the ability for both participants to draw digital annotations on their live shared view for real-time visual collaboration and problem solving.

The Impact

Using Chalk, the subcontractors are able to tackle complex or unfamiliar challenges with the help of an expert where and when they need it. In addition to its ease of use, the company decided to adopt Chalk because of its security control function

“In addition to Vuforia’s secure connectivity, PTC customized the tool to ensure that no data is saved on iPads or iPhones. These capabilities helped us meet our internal information security standards,” says Ms. Miyazaki. iPads pre-installed with Vuforia Chalk were distributed to all the plants. The plants loan their devices to contractors for their use.

Mr. Yusuke Nohara, a senior expert in the development and experiment unit of the Manufacturing Development and PJT Promotion Department, heard of the adoption of Chalk through an internal Toyota announcement and became very interested in the product for his own use. He contacted Ms. Miyazaki to demo the tool and eventually Mr. Nohara started testing Chalk with his own organization.

Mr. Nohara says he was thrilled to be able to share the same view as a contractor joining the session remotely. He could teach and communicate with both people looking at the same object. “When there is an error on a machine, for example, I just ask them to put a circle on the affected area and can see one being drawn on the screen. If I want to give them a specific instruction, I can draw that on the screen. This is very convenient,” says Mr. Nohara.

This may seem simple, but the impact of permitting this type of technology and communication is significant. Information is now communicated more effectively than with phone calls. “In the past, section managers traveled four times a month to give safety permissions on-site, spending 4 hours on each trip. We can eliminate this, which is a big deal for us,” says Mr. Nohara.

“For example, when measurements of a tall machine needed to be taken, three people had to spend more than a day to complete the task since the only way we can measure such a tall machine is by a licensed technician climbing up and down the machine repeatedly. Any measurement error would lead to rework,” says Mr. Nohara. Now with Vuforia Chalk, the technician can use their mobile phone to share their view of the machine with someone at the headquarters, and he/she can give instructions to the technician on-site. Only one technician needs to travel to the site, and the time it takes for the team to take the measurements can be reduced significantly.

Vuforia Chalk is helping employees communicate not just between teams in different locations, but also between employees in the same building. Before the tool was deployed, it was often challenging for people to give instructions to someone verbally without an image or a video clip. “If I sent someone to pick up a part, but he/she brought back the wrong part, I had to send him/her back to get the right part. If the verbal description is not fully understood, he/she would bring back the wrong part again. I am happy that we can eliminate such an issue,” says Mr. Nohara.

Overall, Vuforia Chalk resolved Toyota’s need for better safety and communications in their manufacturing plants, while also discovering additional use-cases for the tool across other departments.

Safety permissions based on on-site confirmation are a very important part of our processes” – Ms. Aya Miyazaki – Toyota Powertrain Production Engineering Planning Department

23rd March 2020
Stefan Dornescu

What’s coming in Creo 7.0?

Product design is constantly evolving and so should your CAD software. Creo 7.0 will deliver the next generation of design innovation with revolutionary new capabilities in the areas of generative design, real-time simulation, additive manufacturing and multibody design. With Creo 7.0 you will build higher quality products faster than ever before.

Generative Design

Creo 7.0 will revolutionize Generative Design. Create the best possible designs based on engineering and manufacturing requirements.

Real-Time Simulation

New Computational Fluid Dynamics capabilities and product enhancements take Creo Simulation Live to the next level.

Multibody Design

Powerful new workflows will empower generative design, real-time simulation, additive manufacturing and core product design!

23rd March 2020
Muhsin Ali