PTC is stepping up in big ways to support the fight against COVID-19. Below are just a few examples of those efforts:
PTC is greatly involved in the VentilatorChallengeUK where its augmented reality software is being used to expedite the manufacturing of ventilator systems.
“The consortium will be using PTC’s Vuforia Expert Capture AR technology and Microsoft’s HoloLens to capture the crucial assembly steps and processes involved in building Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator Systems (RMVS). This will be transferred and edited in PTC’s Vuforia Editor technology, which runs on Microsoft Azure, and relayed, through wearable equipment, to the factories of consortium partners that traditionally do not make ventilators. By doing so, the Consortium will reduce lead times and avoid potential transmission of COVID-19 by placing ‘virtual’ Smiths and Penlon experts on to the shopfloor.”
PTC has made its remote assistance augmented reality software, Vuforia Chalk, free with no obligations to help organizations with remote collaboration during this time.
“PTC’s remote assistance product, Vuforia Chalk, leverages augmented reality to enable offsite and on-site employees to collaborate in the operation, maintenance, and repair of all kinds of products. It’s like Facetime, with augmented reality superpowers for industrial settings, and it’s as easy to set up and use. To help during this crisis, we’re making Chalk available for free. No obligations.”
PTC’s long-standing customer, Roche Diagnostics, is “developing the first commercially available test kit for the novel Coronavirus and enabling labs to expand and expedite testing to meet urgent medical needs.”
“Understanding the importance of Roche’s work, PTC has quickly mobilized with a cross-functional rapid response team across cloud services, R&D, product management, IoT Center of Excellence, software update management, tech support, and success management assisting Roche in remote monitoring, troubleshooting challenges, and swiftly resolving any issues that may arise.”
PTC also announced in a press release that it is making Onshape freely available to students, educators, and schools in response to the current need for at-home, remote learning resources.