PTC has unveiled its first role-based app which it claims will further enhance its product lifecycle management (PLM) software by providing vendors with quick access to product data, improving collaboration with suppliers.

The company says its Tech Pack Access App will benefit its FlexPLM 11 software, the latest version of its product lifecycle management (PLM) solution for retail, fashion, footwear, apparel, and consumer products.

According to PTC, role-based apps improve the user experience by getting the right product data and on-point features to more stakeholders in a way that is faster, easier, and in context with the work they do every day.

The first of several planned app releases, Tech Pack Access provides vendors with access to product specification data, such as bill of materials, measurements, construction details, and imagery.

Finished goods manufacturers can quickly view critical product data without delay, enabling better accuracy, collaboration, and efficiency during product sampling and production, says PTC.

"With Tech Pack Access, we're seeing the continued evolution and maturation of FlexPLM 11 to allow retailers to rethink the way they develop products and work with suppliers," says Quach Hai, senior director, retail product management, PTC.

"For example, this app makes it possible for a vendor to easily retrieve the latest construction details for a garment without even having to leave the shop floor. FlexPLM 11 provides product development and sourcing departments access to the same, updated information, allowing them to work in parallel and reduce the overall time to-market."

Tech Pack Access is the first app enabled by PTC ThingWorx technology. Leveraging the power of the Internet of Things (IoT), Tech Pack information can also be linked to other sources of information. For example, material data in the specs can be connected to availability and pricing of mill vendors.

Yesterday just-style reported that PTC plans to integrate its FlexPLM with MESH01, which provides metric-driven insights for consumer-centric brands, in a move that will provide a single platform to streamline product development and information.

MESH01 plans platform integration with PTC FlexPLM