Pro/INTRALINK PDM Solution Interface Announced by MasterControl
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA – January 30, 2008 – MasterControl Inc., a worldwide leader in GxP process management solutions for life sciences companies, today announced the availability of a connector with the Pro/INTRALINK® product data management solution from Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC). MasterControl’s new Pro/INTRALINK interface allows users to collaborate and redline on PDF versions of Pro/INTRALINK drawings while guaranteeing that PDF copies in the MasterControl document control system remain synced with native files in the Pro/INTRALINK solution.
“MasterControl’s Pro/INTRALINK connector makes it possible to control the handling of complex CAD files while helping companies to overcome the inherent difficulties of product data management. MasterControl automates routing and approval which enhances workflow functionality and promotes effective, seamless management of CAD files in conjunction with Pro/INTRALINK,” said Matthew M. Lowe, MasterControl product manager, medical device expert.
The ultimate purpose of MasterControl’s Pro/INTRALINK connector is to foster an effective communication environment by insuring the consistency of data between systems in order to achieve and maintain regulatory compliance. The user-friendly solution offered by MasterControl manages and tracks the creation, alteration and archiving of all information relating to the product being developed. The Pro/INTRALINK connector provides users with clear-cut means of applying document control to CAD data without obligating designers to use non-native applications for managing CAD files. All CAD files are maintained by the native Pro/INTRALINK solution while MasterControl creates PDF copies for routing, approval and production purposes. MasterControl’s Pro/INTRALINK interface also works seamlessly with MasterControl BOM™ to provide a unified organizational structure throughout the design and manufacturing processes.
Any MasterControl user—even one who lacks intimate knowledge of the CAD package in use—can redline and collaborate on a product’s CAD files using nothing more than Adobe Reader®. When collaborations introduce changes, collaboration leaders can make the required modifications using the native CAD application. Afterward, MasterControl automatically publishes a new PDF file that manifests all changes.
The MasterControl solution provides continuous and automatic monitoring for new and revised drawings in the Pro/INTRALINK solution. A PDF file is published by the MasterControl system for every new drawing using the metadata the Pro/INTRALINK solution provides. Likewise, revised drawings trigger automatic revisions within MasterControl which sends the metadata and drawing file from the Pro/INTRALINK solution to updated MasterControl “InfoCards.” These InfoCards are created by MasterControl for each new and revised drawing in the Pro/INTRALINK solution at a state defined by the user. This streamlined publishing process allows drawings to be automatically routed for collaboration and approval. Custom field data can also be sent from the Pro/INTRALINK solution directly to MasterControl.
Any time the connection between MasterControl and the Pro/INTRALINK solution is initialized, the MasterControl system automatically synchronizes file packets until there are no more files requiring synchronization. MasterControl also allows users to manually synchronize files and automatically identifies and corrects any existing data gaps. The MasterControl system will automatically notify assignable users if metadata missing from the PDM solution causes the transfer process to fail. Some of the other applicable features of the comprehensive MasterControl solution include: electronic signature capabilities; time-stamped audit trails; dual passwords for document approval; and password certification, expiration and encryption.
Pro/INTRALINK is a scalable, easy-to-use data management solution that seamlessly manages all Pro/ENGINEER data relationships from conceptual sketches to 3D modeling to manufacturing. The Pro/INTRALINK solution is a subset of Windchill PDMLink with equivalent capabilities for Pro/ENGINEER workgroup data management. Pro/INTRALINK’s Web-based architecture speeds product development and performs all data management activities directly within Pro/ENGINEER, improving overall engineering productivity. For specific operating system levels and compilers of PTC’s Pro/INTRALINK solution, visit the PTC support center.
About Parametric Technology Corporation
A leading provider of product development solutions, Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) has created industry-leading products to bring customers the best in product development software since 1985. More than 50,000 companies worldwide depend on PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC) to provide leading product lifecycle management (PLM), content management, and dynamic publishing solutions. PTC customers include the world’s most innovative companies in life sciences, manufacturing, publishing, government, and services industries.
About MasterControl Inc.
MasterControl is a provider of document management and GxP process solutions for hundreds of life sciences companies around the world. MasterControl automates and effectively manages document control, change control, audits, corrective/preventive actions (CAPA), regulatory training, nonconformance disposition, customer complaints, and other GxP processes. The MasterControl solution is easy to deploy, validate, maintain and use. MasterControl employs industry best practices for automating and connecting every stage of the product development cycle, while facilitating regulatory compliance with requirements such as ISO standards and FDA regulations. By combining an integrated platform with a continuum of risk-based software validation products and services, MasterControl reduces the total cost of ownership and enables customers to extend their investment enterprise-wide. For more information, visit the MasterControl website, or call 800-825-9117 toll free.