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PTC joins Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre as Technical Partner


ThingWorx Industrial IoT Platform Basis for Digital Factory Workings

FARNBOROUGH, UK. – May 08, 2017 –– PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today announced it has joined the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing as a Tier One Partner including the new Factory 2050, the first UK factory dedicated to researching reconfigurable manufacturing technologies. PTC’s industrial IoT platform, ThingWorx® will be used to connect machinery and devices and provide data analysis throughout the factory.

The AMRC, a collaboration between academia and industry, is designed to conduct collaborative research into complex manufacturing capabilities. Factory 2050 is the first building to be completed on the University of Sheffield’s new Advanced Manufacturing Campus. The 6,730 square metre circular glass building and rectangular extension has quickly become an impressive landmark. The Duke of York officially opened the facility on Monday 10 April, demonstrating the level of importance the government believes the state-of-the-art facility will bring to academia and the industry.

“The ThingWorx platform is industry-renowned and will enable our customers and partners to rapidly connect machines, devices and sensors to convert conventional production systems into a smart factory,” said Professor Rab Scott, Head of Digital at the AMRC. “Initial projects have included the exploration of future digital factory techniques for building commercial airplanes and investigating digitally-assisted assembly technologies, which could help to fill a looming skills gap in the aerospace sector.”

The AMRC is a further addition to PTC’s European network of Digital Transformation Centres, which are being developed to showcase the full suite of PTC solutions. These facilities will enable PTC to differentiate their position with Academic Institutions and Industry Partners involved in the projects having access to ‘state of the art’ software from PTC and skilled resources to illustrate best practice. The E4TC at Aachen was the first of these Transformation Centres, with Paris, France and others in Italy and the Nordics soon to follow. To prevent a duplication of effort in each Transformation Centre, PTC plan to deliver the demonstrators using our internal cloud capabilities. . This infrastructure will also assist in delivering a ‘distributed’ product development and manufacturing environment where different sites are responsible to different areas of the process.

“The partnership with the AMRC, and our presence on site, will open up exciting new opportunities for both parties and our customers,” said Paul Haimes, vice president European technical sales at PTC. “Our association with the AMRC goes back over 10 years and with the development of the new Factory 2050, our ThingWorx IoT platform will be used on leading edge manufacturing and digital assembly research projects. Furthermore, we will collaborate with other AMRC partners to develop showcase demonstration environments which will become more important for industry in an increasingly networked world.”

About the AMRC with Boeing

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing is a world-class centre for research into advanced manufacturing technologies used in the aerospace, automotive, medical and other high-value manufacturing sectors.

The AMRC has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and is a model for collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry worldwide.

Combining state of the art technologies with the AMRC’s expertise in robotics and automation, design and prototyping, machining, casting, welding, additive manufacturing, composites and structural testing, has created a manufacturing resource far beyond anything previously available in the UK.


The AMRC is a member of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a consortium of leading manufacturing and process research centres, backed by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.


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