UD Trucks partners with PTC Japan to accelerate its digital transformation


UD Trucks has reached an agreement with PTC Japan to introduce a new data platform that will enhance its engineering and supply chain capabilities for the digital age.

Digital Transformation Journey

UD Trucks has a strong track record of digitizing processes and ways of working, in an effort to consistently add value to its products and services.

This digital transformation has led to the introduction of data management systems that result in better production planning and quality control.

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Digitizing engineering and supply chains

UD Trucks has been working closely with PTC to better utilize data in the fields of engineering and supply chains.

UD Trucks introduced PTC's Creo® 3DCAD software solution and Windchill® enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM) software to construct a digital model that detects problems early in the design stage. These products help achieve higher levels of quality and efficiency.

UD Trucks has also introduced PTC's Service Knowledge, Diagnostics (SKD), and other services to consolidate product information and communication between manufacturing and sales divisions. 

Digital transformation in the age of uncertainty 

With the ever increasing pace of change and uncertainty in today’s business environment, UD Trucks has intensified its digital transformation journey by partnering with PTC Japan.

UD Trucks has adopted PTC's ThingWorx®* factory IoT platform and Vuforia® Studio*, Vuforia® Instruct*, and Vuforia® Chalk*, AR solutions for design, manufacturing, sales, and after-sales service.

UD Trucks already uses VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) tools in its design processes. Together with PTC, UD Trucks will strengthen its data-sharing infrastructure, that can, for example, apply digital twin to prototype testing to more quickly identify problems and make modifications. 

Keiki Ka, Vice President, Head of Digital Solutions & IT, UD Trucks, said: 
Our digital transformation is not only about digitizing analog processes but transforming our core businesses and corporate culture to better serve society. In other words living up to Better Life purpose, to make life better for all stakeholders. By partnering with PTC, we are excited to embark on the next phase of our digital journey in the areas of engineering and supply chains.

Hiroaki Kuwahara, President of PTC Japan, said:
We are very pleased that UD Trucks has chosen PTC as its digital transformation strategy to pursue a competitive edge and more efficient design and development cycles.

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PTC seeks to deliver a meaningful contribution to UD Trucks by maximizing a seamless engineering data platform encompassing design to after-sales and our field support platform that utilizes IoT and AR. In addition, PTC looks forward to working closely with UD Trucks in the DX-related businesses over the long term.

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UD Trucks is a leading Japanese commercial vehicle solutions provider, active in more than 60 countries on all continents. Since its inception in 1935, the company has been an innovation leader with a clear vision to provide the trucks and services the world needs today.

The company is committed to go the extra mile for smart logistics with the most dependable solutions for demanding customers. To best support across applications and geographies, UD Trucks offers a full range of heavy-duty trucks - Quon and Quester, medium duty trucks - Condor and Croner, and light-duty trucks - Kazet and Kuzer, as well as associated operational and financial services.

UD Trucks is a proud member of Isuzu Group.