PTC today announced Hunter Fan Company is expanding its PTC product portfolio to include PTC FlexPLM® retail software, in addition to its existing use of PTC's Creo® CAD software and PTC's Windchill® PLM [software][solution]. Implementing PTC FlexPLM will enable Hunter Fan to consolidate systems and manual activity that persist beyond the engineering bill of materials (BOM). PTC FlexPLM will also enable improved efficiency of systems and resources to increase design accuracy and speed to market, and tie information together.

Hunter Fan is the world's original ceiling fan manufacturer. With a heritage of over 100 years, Hunter Fan continues to provide performance, comfort, and everyday style for any room, giving consumers confidence, peace-of-mind, and ultimately more control over their home environment. Today's Hunter fans offer more lighting choices, blade finishes, mounting options, and beautifully crafted housings than ever before.

Lisa Keepers, director of product management, Hunter Fan, added, "We're extending real-time data across the full product development cycle. FlexPLM enables visibility to our entire portfolio. This comprehensive view allows our teams to make better decisions sooner - ultimately delivering new products to market faster."

Hunter Fan expanded its use of PTC software to include FlexPLM for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Enabling visibility across the entire product lifecycle covering design briefs, initial seasonal developments, and planning offerings by customers and markets
  • A single product package inclusive of CAD data, product information, artwork, guides, and documentation
  • Ease of use with an integrated system, making the configuration and addition of new product attributes, variants, and sourcing information quicker and more accurate
  • PTC's large community of consumer products customers with which to share ideas, best practices, and strategy.

"Retail and consumer products companies today are realizing that technology is changing the way we create, manufacture, and merchandise products. Brands like Hunter Fan, with a deep history in product innovation, are a testament to the power and potential that technology can infuse into retail and consumer products," said Eric Symon, general manager, retail, PTC. "Hunter Fan is embracing the true definition of complete product lifecycle management with its expansion into merchandising with the PTC FlexPLM solution."