PTC to Help Drive Digital Transformation to New Levels with ThingWorx 8.5

By Chantal Polsonetti

Company and Product News

PTC today announced the upcoming release of its ThingWorx Industrial IoT (IIoT) platform.  ThingWorx 8.5 combines new capabilities with domain-specific solutions to better serve the digital transformation needs of industrial enterprises worldwide.

Among the new and enhanced capabilities are tools that simplify the composition and deployment of solutions.  Customers will be able to configure applications faster and deploy them across multiple sites and geographies.  For those who want more ready-made solutions, ThingWorx also offers pre-built, pre-configured capabilities for engineering, manufacturing, and service.  This latest version of ThingWorx brings enhanced integration with Microsoft Azure IoT and includes additional tools for rolling out solutions at an enterprise scale.

Functional Solutions Taken to New Levels


The new ThingWorx Navigate Digital Change Management Application, the first in what will be a series, enables internal and external users to actively participate in the critical function of change management.  The new series of ThingWorx Navigate Contribute Apps will expand on PTC’s NavigateView suite, which helps make valuable information available and facilitates collaboration across the enterprise.  Powered by the digital thread, engineers will now have real-time access to connected product data in ThingWorx to drive the design of next-generation products.


With domain contribution from Rockwell Automation, PTC offers a broad range of solutions to address manufacturers’ top challenges.  During LiveWorx, PTC and Rockwell Automation are showcasing how their solutions – consisting of advanced technologies, such as IIoT, augmented reality, analytics, and MES – can improve enterprise operational intelligence, digital workforce productivity, intelligent asset optimization, and scalable production management.  ThingWorx 8.5 is now compatible with Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk Analytics.  Additionally, PTC will be releasing ThingWorx Kepware Edge to provide flexible deployment of reliable and secure connectivity for dispersed equipment.


PTC’s service solution suite enables service organizations to transform from cost centers to profit centers and drive product and service innovation through new IIoT-enabled business models.  The service optimization solution allows companies to improve margins by minimizing truck rolls and increasing first-time-fix rates, all while resulting in greater customer satisfaction.  With ThingWorx 8.5, digital service delivery is enhanced through a deepened integration with Microsoft Azure, enabling manufacturers to now use the ThingWorx Software Content Management App with the Azure IoT Hub and Azure IoT Edge.

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