PDM and the Truth About Multi-CAD Support

Jun 8, 2016 3:26:38 PM / by Synergis Software posted in CAD, multi-CAD, SOLIDWORKS, MicroStation, CAD software, PDM, Product data management, Autodesk, Technologies, Products

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It's no secret that engineers live in a multi-CAD world. As part of their daily routines, engineers routinely collaborate with customers, suppliers, and partners, each working with different CAD tools, yet all needing to be on the same page.

Most companies use, on average, 2.7 different CAD systems internally, according to CAD maker PTC, and that doesn't account for other tools put into play by external partners. Each tool has a distinct file format and different flair for handling 3D CAD data and models. The variances can quickly turn into a nightmare for engineers who are simply trying to collaborate and share designs to get their jobs done.

CAD vendors have tried to address the multi-CAD issue for years, but it remains a struggle for many companies--some trapped by manual processes that don't effectively do the job, others saddled with CAD management solutions that don't live up to their promise of dealing with disparate models and CAD file types.

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Greene, Tweed’s Winning Recipe for Synergis Adept/SAP Integration

Jan 21, 2016 11:39:41 AM / by Synergis Software posted in CAD, enterprise integration, ERP, customer story, EDM, engineering data management, case study, implementation, SOLIDWORKS, integrations, data management, SAP, PDM, Product data management

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Greene, Tweed & Co. may be a major player on the global stage, but for most of its history, its engineering data had a decidedly local footprint, tucked away in different file shares around the world and typically painstakingly difficult to find and share.

That is until the manufacturer of high-performance elastomeric and thermoplastic materials embarked on a journey to deploy Synergis’ Adept Product Data Management (PDM) system to centralize its critical engineering assets, including SOLIDWORKS CAD files, and to automate approval workflows on a global scale. But Greene, Tweed wasn’t content to stop there. Its vision was to integrate the Adept PDM platform with its core ERP system to make engineering data accessible to a much broader audience.

Greene, Tweed, like many companies, sees value in syncing its core enterprise systems rather than fostering silos that prevent groups like engineering and manufacturing from readily exchanging data and working off the same page. That’s according to Steven Danasko, SAP Solution Specialist in Greene, Tweed’s IT Center of Excellence, Product Lifecycle Management, who was the key orchestrator of the project. Danasko says that beyond a desire for more centralized data repositories and integrated workflows, the Adept/SAP integration made sense from a financial standpoint because it opened up access to critical engineering data to existing ERP users without requiring investment in additional software licenses.

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