Cirrus Design Corp., a Duluth, MN-based manufacturer of single-engine, piston-powered aircraft, has standardized on the PTC Product Development System (PDS) to optimize its product development process. The PTC PDS supports Cirrus’ rapid growth and focus on improving operational efficiencies across multiple facilities.
“An aircraft is a complex product with an equally complex development process,” said James Heppelmann, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer, PTC. “PTC is committed to providing the PDS capabilities to help companies like Cirrus Design optimize its product development process to help achieve its high standards for quality, safety, and innovation.”
Cirrus’ SR20 and SR22 personal aviation airplanes, as well as “The Jet,” Cirrus’ forthcoming owner-flown jet, have all been designed using PTC’s Pro/ENGINEER. In addition to Pro/ENGINEER and its Mechanica and Piping and Cabling tools, Cirrus uses Windchill for content and process management, Arbortext for technical illustrations, and Mathcad for engineering calculations. The company plans to extend its Windchill deployment for collaboration and is evaluating broader use of Arbortext to create and manage technical publications.
Cirrus depends on the PDS’ surfacing technology to manage large assembly models, and its integral data management system supports electronic design access by its integrated development teams and other manufacturing operations personnel. The Jet, with 18,000 components in its bill of materials, illustrates the complexity of Cirrus aircraft and highlights the need for an integral product development system to manage and control the flow of information, ensure visibility into product changes, and support quality and compliance with U.S. FAA regulations.
“The PTC Product Development System provides a single, integral platform that delivers the capabilities needed to successfully meet the challenges of an increasingly complex product development environment and achieve our business objectives,” said Patrick Waddick, Senior Vice President, Cirrus Design. “We look forward to further leveraging the system capability, especially for external design collaboration, as we continue our rapid growth.”