Topic: Product Creation
Bills of Materials
A Product Data Backbone works with shared documents that are used across department lines. This raises the question which data is to be exchanged between the CAD applications (e.g. AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Creo, Solid Edge, or Solidworks), the PDM/PLM system and the ERP system and how to design the interfaces. Synchronizing [...]
CAD and PDM
CAD data management used to be understood as nothing more than the ability to store and retrieve CAD data – which is one of a company’s most critical assets. CAD data not only includes CAD models, drawings, and Bills of Materials, it also extends to CAD-related information such as specifications, calculations, [...]
CAD Data Management
Product lifecycle management today runs across department and company lines. It all began with simple CAD data management, and it used to be understood as nothing more than the ability to store and retrieve CAD data – which is among a company's most critical assets.
Today, many design departments rely on more than one CAD system and have their designers work with products from multiple vendors. A trend that is often driven by customer demand. This means that a PDM system must be able to integrate with multiple CAD systems both on the MCAD and the ECAD level. PRO.FILE stands out with its [...]
In the evolutionary chain of information management in technical environments, Product Data Management (PDM) represents the second step after simple CAD data management. While the latter is limited to the mere storage and retrieval of CAD data, Product Data Management connects drawings, documents and Bills of Materials...
Product Data Backbone
Many companies still lack the ability to seamlessly support the continued digital use of their information. Their Bills of Materials need to be copied by hand and entered manually into their ERP systems. This changes when a Product Data Backbone comes into play and consolidates data and documents from across all departments and systems (CAD, [...]
CAD data not only includes CAD models, drawings, and Bills of Materials, it also extends to CAD-related information such as specifications, calculations, production notes (NC programs), routings, assembly information and much more. CAD Data Management concerns itself with structured storage, not just using a file system, but in [...]
The development of ever more sophisticated mechatronics systems relies on the close Collaboration of experts from all disciplines involved. When companies begin to design a new product or make fundamental changes to existing ones, they often can’t and don’t yet know exactly what functionality will be implemented with [...]
PRO.FILE is a PDM/PLM software for “Collaborative Product Lifecycle Management” that allows for the creation of such a Product Data Backbone. In it, CAD (e.g. AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Creo, Solid Edge, or Solidworks) and Product Data Management (PDM system) combine with a technical document management system [...]