With SAP Engineering Control Center interface to Inventor, assemblies, parts and drawings, and their dependent documents are seamlessly managed as structures in SAP PLM. All authorized users have access to the originals stored in a central, secure area to monitor the development process or to make changes, which eliminates redundant process steps.
There is no need for a separate Product Data Management | PDM solution as the functionality of the SAP system fills this gap. Inventor users work in their familiar environment and directly save the originals using the integrated ribbon menu. Bidirectional metadata exchange between Inventor and SAP eliminates unnecessary manual data entry.
The assignment of SAP material masters to Inventor assembly structures, as well as the automatic creation of multi-level SAP bills of material are possible at the simple push of a button. This guarantees consistent data structures, and engineers gain more time for the actual design process.
Functions of the interface
- Creating, searching, opening, editing, saving, and storing SAP documents
- Calling the Inventor file structure for status display in SAP (local files versus SAP documents)
- Management of Inventor Model States
- Import of complete Inventor assemblies and part structures, as well as of dependent documents into SAP
- Versioning, cloning, and copying as new documents
- Check-in / check-out of all originals and additional files with edit lock of checked-out documents
- Functions for SAP Material and SAP BOM management: e.g. Create, Assign, Change, and Display
- Integrated SAP Engineering Change Management and Collaboration
CIDEON add-ons: automation, optimization, integration
In addition to engineering standard solutions, CIDEON develops numerous enhancements for implementing special customer requirements in SAP ERP / SAP PLM.
CIDEON add-ons are easy-to-use tools with extensive functions that enable optimized processes for common work steps in SAP Document, Material, BOM, and Change Management. The add-ons can be easily integrated into SAP Engineering Control Center. Find out more on the CIDEON website.