Environmental edge: PTC advances green product design with Synapsis Technology acquisition


By proactively addressing compliance during product design, companies can avoid after-the-fact redesigns, ultimately reducing costs and improving quality and time-to-market.

That’s why PTC has acquired the business assets of Synapsis Technology , a provider of environmental regulatory compliance solutions to leading customers including Motorola, Microsoft, Sony Ericsson, Visteon, Delphi, IBM, GE, Beckman Coulter, Teradyne and Cisco.

With this buy , PTC broadens its support for green product design to enable customers to achieve compliance with REACH and other environmental regulations.

The EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation is the latest in a rapidly growing list of environmental regulations across the globe. REACH targets hazardous substances in products, termed substances of very high concern (SVHC), and may ban up to 3,000 chemicals used in a wide variety of products. A failure to demonstrate compliance with REACH and other regulations can have severe consequences, threatening product viability and revenue.

Synapsis’ solution supports product compliance tracking at the substance, material, part, and product levels to improve data collection, analysis and reporting from the beginning of product design to final disposal and recycling. With these capabilities, Synapsis helps manufacturers manage compliance with REACH, as well as RoHS, WEEE, ELV, and China RoHS.

With the Synapsis solutions, PTC will expand the capabilities of its Product Development System (PDS) to help companies build environmental compliance into the product development process, managing compliance with existing and future environmental regulations.

“Environmental regulatory compliance is an escalating business challenge for customers across all industries. The constantly increasing number and scope of new regulations adds further complexity to the product development process and must be addressed in a holistic way,” says James Heppelmann, executive VP and chief product officer, PTC. “Synapsis best-of-breed solutions fully complement the PTC PDS. This acquisition benefits PTC customers by enabling them to fulfill global compliance requirements and achieve success with environmentally-aware design and other “green” product development initiatives.”

Synapsis solutions are available immediately from PTC. In the near future, PTC will announce further details regarding the timing and availability of an integration with Windchill, PTC’s content and process management solution.

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