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Reshaping Product Lifecycle Innovation: An Inside Look at PTC LiveWorx 2023

LiveWorx 2023Since 2015, PTC has hosted LiveWorx, a global forum that brings together manufacturing executives, engineers, product designers, quality leaders, supply chain partners, and other like-minded individuals who are focused on harnessing disruptive technologies to manage uncertainty and transform their business.

On May 15 – 18, 2023, professionals across the industrial enterprise will have the opportunity to attend PTC LiveWorx in person at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. With its first-ever live participation at the event, Arena, a PTC Business is excited to connect with customers, partners, and colleagues!

Here, we provide a glimpse of what you can expect at LiveWorx and highlight some of the sessions surrounding Arena’s cloud-native product lifecycle management (PLM) and quality management system (QMS) solutions.


Whether it’s an electronics device that requires agile design approaches and fast innovation cycles or a more complex product that has a longer lifecycle—manufacturers must contend with strict regulations, supply chain disruptions, sustainability pressures, and other variables as they work to achieve commercialization success. To stay on course, many companies are moving away from legacy systems and embracing a digital transformation.

If you want to create more value through a digital transformation, PTC LiveWorx is a venue you should not miss. This four-day event is packed with interactive workshops, technical trainings, and a keynote from PTC’s president and CEO, Jim Heppelmann, that deliver practical solutions to address your most critical business challenges. You’ll discover how you can leverage advanced technologies like Software as a Service (SaaS), PLM, and computer-aided design (CAD) to drive greater efficiencies and achieve your new product development and introduction (NPDI) goals. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with industry experts and peers to develop effective strategies that help future-proof your business.

“Attending LiveWorx is a great way to see how other companies are using digital solutions to streamline their product work. It is also a unique opportunity to interact with software developers and help guide future enhancements to the various platforms.”
-Tim Rivers, Senior Developer, PLM Systems, Leonardo DRS


As part of the LiveWorx program, Arena, a PTC Business will offer a series of product training and best practice sessions on how to utilize its cloud-native PLM and QMS solutions to help customers maximize their Arena experience and improve product development processes. Trainings will cover project management, supply chain management, compliance, access policies, and more. Customers and partners will also share insights on how to get the most value from Arena.

LiveWorx Attendees at Session

Some of the featured Arena sessions include:

Agile Product Development Practices Using Onshape and Arena

The Onshape-Arena Connection supports continuous, cross-functional product development that can significantly reduce costs and schedule impacts on the manufacturing process. With this seamless connection between cloud-native CAD and PLM systems, all stakeholders in the product development process including engineering, quality, procurement, and supply chain partners are always working on the same version of a design. This allows for early design for manufacturability (DFM) reviews and product improvements before investments are made in expensive manufacturing lines and tooling.

You will learn:

  • An agile design workflow with the Onshape-Arena Connection
  • How the Onshape-Arena Connection resolves common PDM-PLM integration challenges
  • The latest Onshape-Arena Connection features

Breeze Through FDA and ISO Audits With Confidence

Medical device manufacturers must comply with regulations such as FDA, ISO, and EU MDR to market and sell their products. Government entities like the FDA have the power to close a business temporarily or permanently based on audit or inspection results. The goal is to maximize patient safety. Because the stakes are so high, audits and inspections can be very stressful for an organization.

Managing product and quality information in a single system provides a source of confidence for effective quality management. Michelle Potvin, Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs at Swan Valley Medical, will discuss how Arena QMS helps medical device companies comply with FDA Title 21 CFR Part 820 and the ISO 9000 series.

You will learn:

  • Elements of a QMS that help simplify audits and inspections
  • Compliance considerations for U.S. and global medical device companies
  • How a product-centric QMS benefits companies beyond compliance

How Harry’s Supply Chain Team Uses Arena to Support Growth

Since 2012, Harry’s USA, Inc. has been designing and producing quality men’s grooming and shave supplies at a fair price. Harry’s supply chain team plans, sources, and manages the logistics of producing these products by using Arena PLM integrated with their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Matt Gornstein, Senior Director of Global Supply Chain and Lisa Smith, Senior Associate of Global Sourcing Systems at Harry’s USA, will share their manufacturing model and reveal how Arena helps them meet their production and quality goals.

You will learn:

  • How Arena supports Harry’s supply chain team
  • Best practices to manage product information for supply chain partner communication
  • How you can use Arena to manage kits and packaging

Enhance Communication and Decision-making Using Data Warehouses

A data warehouse is an enterprise system used to analyze and report on structured and semi-structured data from multiple sources. For a product company, those sources include PLM for product and change information, ERP for inventory and financials, and CRM for customer feedback.

Leonardo DRS, a leading provider of defense technologies, products, and systems, leverages a data warehouse to improve communications and optimize decision-making. That includes engineering changes and manufacturing decisions that speed time to market, reduce costs, and improve quality.

Tim Rivers, Senior Developer of PLM Systems at Leonardo DRS, and Marshall Wood, Senior Customer Success Coach at Arena, a PTC Business, will review the different data warehouse tools that are used, and lessons learned along the way.

You will learn:

  • How your company can benefit from using a data warehouse
  • Real-world examples of product companies that leverage a data warehouse
  • Key takeaways from the Leonardo DRS data warehouse implementation

Looking Into the Crystal Ball: What’s on the Arena Product Roadmap

Kraig Clark, Senior Director of Product Management at Arena, a PTC Business, will review what’s on the horizon for Arena PLM/QMS enhancements and reveal how you can help drive the product to fit your needs.

A complete listing of the scheduled Arena sessions and trainings can be accessed here.


If you’re an existing Arena customer looking to expand your PLM/QMS knowledge or an innovator looking to streamline product development with next-generation cloud technologies—be sure to join the LiveWorx experience!

PTC LiveWorx 2023
May 15 – 18, 2023
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Click here to register for LiveWorx.