About Thomas Spilker

Thomas serves as a solution architect, product expert, and voice of the customer for Vertex Software. He has over 30 years of industry experience in 2D/3D visualization and leading teams in developing, deploying, and
training on PLM software solutions. Thomas served as a Siemens PLM Senior Solution Architect and Digital Manufacturing Product Manager for 14 years where he specialized in delivering 3D digital twin, authoring 3D “graphical” manufacturing process plans, and delivering 3D work instructions to the shop floor. His industry expertise includes aerospace and defense, heavy equipment, high-tech electronics, and automotive.

Articles by Thomas Spilker
Digital Transformation

3 Ways to Recruit New Talent in Manufacturing

Manufacturers are fighting a talent war. Digital transformation may be the key to attracting—and retaining—top talent. industry 4.0 manufacturing recruit talent attract retain gap 3D technology digital tool training
Digital Transformation

Pt 4: Digital Production in Smart Factories

Don’t confuse a smart factory with new technology. Digital manufacturing expert Thomas Spilker reveals what it means to be a connected and transparent manufacturing shop floor. smart factory digital manufacturing industry 4.0 automation AI IoT IIoT transformation
Digital Transformation

Going Digital Leads To An Agile Supply Chain

When manufacturers and suppliers work in silos, the enterprise loses months of development time and billions of dollars in supply chain disruption. Digital tools can break down enterprise-wide silos. digital transformation supply chain supplier agile manufacturing OEM suppliers collaboration
Digital Transformation

4 Innovations for Digital Product Design

Is your product design data trapped in engineering? It may be pushing out your deadlines, increasing your cost, and limiting your innovation. Digital capabilities are changing that. digital transformation manufacturing product design development process strategies workflow twin cloud VR ar additive
Digital Transformation, Supplier Collaboration

What is Digital Manufacturing?

Digital technology isn’t how organizations will transform into a digital enterprise. Companies must take an enterprise-wide approach to their digital manufacturing transformation. benefits features digitalization digitization transformation industrial collaboration supply chain
Design Collaboration

How to Choose the Best 3D Collaboration Tool

Ask yourself these 3 questions to determine if your 3D collaboration tool is really working for you—or if it’s limiting your collaboration experiences. 3D collaboration tool solution visualization model scale scaling plm engineering engineers design product CAD