Pratt & Whitney's Very Visible, Highly Successful Engineering Data Transformation
Pratt & Whitney (P&W) has built more than half of the 34,000 commercial aircraft engines in service today and more than 40,000 military engines. To meet ambitious cost and cycle time reductions targeted by top management, Pratt & Whitney's engineering organization needed to revitalize its handling of product data. Rather than develop the new CM system in house, P&W decided to evaluate commercial product lifecycle management (PLM) software. By that time, the company had standardized on Unigraphics (now called NX) as its product development system and replaced multiple proprietary Configuration Management (CM) methods with single system built on Teamcenter software; establish NX software models as sole product description.