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PTC Acquires Aerospace Logistics Support Technology Vendor LBS to Shore Up Arbortext

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Randall S. Newton, November 9, 2007

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PTC has acquired Logistics Business Systems (LBS) of Preston, UK, a vendor of integrated logistics support (ILS) solutions to the aerospace & defense (A&D) and civil aviation industries. LBS products are already integrated with PTC Arbortext products. PTC says the acquisition allows PTC to offer the only turn-key solution for S1000D-compliant technical publications, provisioning, training and e-learning, and logistics support analysis. The acquisition also gives PTC a new way to sell Arbortext, sales of which are below expectations since PTC acquired it in 2005.

S1000D is an international specification for the procurement and production of technical publications. It is an SGML/XML standard for preparing, managing, and using equipment maintenance and operations information. It was initially developed by the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) for use with military aircraft. The standard has since been modified for use with land, sea, and commercial equipment. The S1000D standard is maintained by an association that includes board members from ASD, the United States’ Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), and the Air Transport Association (ATA), as well as various national industry and defense organizations. The logo at the S1000D organizational home page says “Recycle Tech Info: It’s the Responsible Thing to Do.”

PTC says the combination of PTC and LBS will facilitate the reuse of product design and configuration data such as CAD, BOM, change management information and logistics information. Using the products, A&D and civil aviation organizations will be able to deliver standards-compliant product support information in a variety of formats, including technical publications, illustrated parts catalogs, and training materials.

PTC says it plans to offer the LBS solutions both as standalone products and integrated with other PTC solutions, and that it plans to maintain interoperability and integration with various CAD and PLM solutions. PTC would not commit to release dates for any new products or integrations as a result of the acquisition.

The price or terms of the deal were not announced. Generally this means the price will be consider “immaterial” to the company’s profits.


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