MechChem Africa

MechChem Africa talks to productONE PLM solutions’ architect, Johan Strydom, and sales manager, Francois Du Toit, about the adoption by Paramount Combat Systems of PTC’s Windchill 11 PLM solution.

Windchill 11 Navigate appIn 2013, defence and aerospace company, the Paramount Group, acquired a proudly South African design service provider specialising in the design of military vehicles and systems. “Bringing design specialists into our group means that we now have an in-house design capability that will strengthen our competitive edge and deliver cutting-edge solutions," said Paramount’s head, Ivor Ichikowitz at that time.

Paramount Group has always been a local engineering house and manufacturer, with a host of successes: a family of armour-protected vehicles including the Maverick, Mbombe, Matador and Marauder and, first introduced in 2011, of the Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC), to name but a few.

“The expanded design, engineering and manufacturing entities have now been merged to form Paramount Combat Systems (PCS),” Strydom tells MechChem Africa.

PTC software a common thread

PCS’ designers started using PTC’s Creo design software ¬–¬ then known as Pro|Engineer – from its inception in 2000. Then, in 2004, it became the first customer in South Africa to adopt PTC’s WindchilI product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. Paramount has also been a user of both Creo and Windchill, which makes for easy integration of historical engineering and design data.

In 2015, just after the Paramount acquisitions, the company added MPMLink and ProjectLink to its Windchill PLM suite, followed in late 2016 by Arbortext, ISODraw and PTC’s SLM offering.

Now, in 2017, Paramount Combat Systems became the first company in Africa to adopt Windchill 11, which incorporates PTC Navigate for better-than-ever connectedness, collaboration and integration capability.

“Windchill 11 is a step change in PLM development. As well as offering significantly enhanced integration, this PLM solution strives to be smarter, better connected, complete and flexible,” says Du Toit. “It embeds PTC’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform called ThingWorx, which incorporates integration functionality via the PTC Navigate application,” he adds.

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