The importance of test management, especially in highly-regulated industries, cannot be overstated. Efficient management of testing requirements leads to safer products, effective production, and satisfied customers. The PTC Windchill Requirements Validation & Source (RV&S) application, previously known as PTC Integrity, provides an elegant solution for managing test requirements and maintaining proper compliance. These solutions apply across multiple industries, including the medical device and automotive verticals.

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Technology based companies rely on a growing suite of applications that digitally design, test, prototype and release new products. One such application is SolidWorks 3D CAD, and SolidWorks cloud PDM. These are extremely critical tools for the product lifecycle, and need to be always available and flexible for the engineers. With Cloud based PDM and CAD, engineering can access their data and tools anywhere, easily. Can an on-site SolidWorks PDM and CAD implementation accomplish this?

Repeatability is an intuitive aspect of daily life. If you throw a ball up, it comes down. If you throw it up twenty times, the same thing will happen, up and then down twenty times. When repeatability doesn’t occur and it’s supposed to, we get anxious.  Repeatability is a key important factor in build and release. Repeatability is equally an essential quality in software engineering and when it doesn’t happen, engineers get anxious. Repeatability is critical during the build process. For a build to be considered successful the correct source code needs to be used, and the corresponding binaries need to be compiled and linked. And this absolutely needs to be repeatable. The same code needs to be fetched from the source code control system, and the same compilers and libraries need to be used to build the software.  If any of these variables change, the resulting software is different and the process isn’t repeatable.

An important part of creating any product intended for use in any regulated industry vertical is that the manufacturer should have identified all of the risks involved in using the device. Then, they must have done their best to mitigate those risks before their product ever goes out to the marketplace. With this in mind, PTC bundled a Risk Management module as part of some of their off-the-shelf solutions to be used with Windchill Requirements, Validation & Source. For this article I am going to dive deeper into Risk Management.