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CIDEON Direct SAP Inventor Integrations to SAP PLM

Integrate your Inventor Product Data into a single version of the truth

The availability of highly efficient integrations of CAD is a critical feature of PLM systems. With the integration between Inventor and SAP, assemblies, parts, drawings, and dependent documents are seamlessly managed as structures in SAP PLM. All authorized users have access to the originals stored in a central, secure area (single version of the truth) to monitor the development process or make changes. This eliminates redundant process steps.


SAP® Engineering Control Center interface to Inventor®

SAP Engineering Control Center is SAP's new strategy for authoring tool integration such as leading computer-aided design (CAD) systems.  It was created by engineers for engi­neers and developed to help companies deliver innovative products and services in a shorter time to market. The control center aims to support a new way of developing products, by easily accessing the integrated solution approach.

SAP Engineering Control Center interface to Inventor increases the efficiency in your engineering and offers intelligent process support due to easy and controlled single access to product data that accumulate during the engineering process with Inventor, CAM, simulation and other authoring tools.


Benefits of the solution:

  • Making Life Easier for CAD Engineers
    Easy-to-use navigation with Windows Explorer®-like handling in flexible folder structures enables a comprehensive overview of required SAP information. Operations can be executed directly from the CAD systems - the engineer’s familiar working environment.
  • Simplified Product Development Processes
    Efficient engineering within one “single source of the truth” promotes daily work through automation routines and checks as well as intelligent menu structures and onboard user help.
  • Collaborative Product Networks
    The integrated SAP 3D Visual Enterprise® enables comprehensive visual communications across all lines of business, from design and manufacturing to sales and service - even without any CAD software. This increases business speed, higher productivity, product, and process quality.

Target Industries:  Mechanical Engineering, Construction & Operations; Industrial Machinery and Components; Automotive and other

Compatibility: Autodesk® Inventor® Professional 2017, Autodesk® Inventor® Professional 2016, Autodesk® Inventor® Professional 2015, Autodesk® Inventor® Professional 2014

Integration:  The interface between Inventor and SAP PLM is embedded directly in Inventor – the familiar work environment of design engineers

Languages: English, German (other languages can adapted easily)

Countries: Worldwide

Additional Information:

2016 - SAP Engineering Control Center interface to Inventor_US (pdf - 1466Kb)

Company Information:

CIDEON is a global software and solution provider specialized in engineering processes for SAP customers, which is based on over 25 years of experience within the PDM/PLM market.

CIDEON provides advice and support to businesses on implementing innovation and optimizing engineering processes to raise performance, customer benefits and business value. We focus on the various sections within design as well as the administration and maintenance of product data through to the integration in inventory control systems.

CIDEON is one of two Autodesk Platinum Partners in the German speaking region and a development partner of SAP SE. As part of the Friedhelm Loh Group CIDEON employs around 300 personnel at 16 locations in Europe and USA. CIDEON America, Inc. is a subsidiary of CIDEON and the exclusive delivery channel for CIDEON Software products in North America. With its claim “efficient engineering”, CIDEON provides expertise in mechanics and mechatronics as well as in ERP/PLM integration and engineering.

Contact Information:  
CIDEON America, Inc.
161 Washington Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428 
Phone: (484) 532-7800
Fax: (484) 532-7802
Email: info@cideon-america.com
Web: http://www.cideon-america.com


SAP® PLM Interface to Autodesk® Inventor®

The CIDEON SAP PLM Interface to Autodesk® Inventor® makes Inventor design data available to the company at an early stage, when Product Lifecycle Management begins in the product development process. Direct coupling of CAD systems with SAP allows convenient management of data generated in CAD systems. Thus the information in the SAP ERP/PLM system is consistently available to all CAD and non-CAD users.

The direct interface between SAP and Inventor is a SAP CAD Desktop-based solution. 

SAP CAD Desktop is a user interface for CAD integrations, which allows for editing document-based structures using a CAD interface, both in the CAD system and from the SAP system. You can activate SAP functions directly from the CAD system. The system uses a fully configurable user interface to display CAD structures in CAD Desktop. You can manage and display a wide variety of document information stored in the SAP system, such as person responsible, status, and material links, in the form of display variants.


Benefits:

  • Access to CAD objects is coordinated by versioning and status management in such a way that simultaneous work by multiple users (concurrent engineering) for example, on an assembly, is possible without inconsistency, and loss of data
  • Checking mechanisms prevent inconsistent data and offer possible solutions in case of conflict.
  • You can use CAD Desktop to load original application files that belong together from the SAP system to the CAD system, where you can process or display them directly, and so avoid redundant workflows
  • All authorized users have access to the CAD objects (originals) stored in a central secure storage area, and can therefore follow the development process, or make changes themselves. This enables you to reduce redundant work steps

Target Industries:  Mechanical Engineering, Construction & Operations; Industrial Machinery and Components; Automotive and other

Compatibility: Autodesk® Inventor® Professional 2017, Autodesk® Inventor® Professional 2016, Autodesk® Inventor® Professional 2015, Autodesk® Inventor® Professional 2014

Integration:  SAP PLM functions are directly embedded in Inventor – the familiar work environment of design engineers

Languages: English, German (other languages can adapted easily)

Countries: Worldwide

Additional Information:

CIDEON_SAP_PLM_integration_to_Inventor_2017.pdf (pdf - 1716Kb)

Company Information:
CIDEON is a global software and solution provider specialized in engineering processes for SAP customers, which is based on over 25 years of experience within the PDM/PLM market.

CIDEON provides advice and support to businesses on implementing innovation and optimizing engineering processes to raise performance, customer benefits and business value. We focus on the various sections within design as well as the administration and maintenance of product data through to the integration in inventory control systems.

CIDEON is one of two Autodesk Platinum Partners in the German speaking region and a development partner of SAP SE. As part of the Friedhelm Loh Group CIDEON employs around 300 personnel at 16 locations in Europe and USA. CIDEON America, Inc. is a subsidiary of CIDEON and the exclusive delivery channel for CIDEON Software products in North America. With its claim “efficient engineering”, CIDEON provides expertise in mechanics and mechatronics as well as in ERP/PLM integration and engineering.

Contact Information:  
CIDEON America, Inc.
161 Washington Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428 
Phone: (484) 532-7800
Fax: (484) 532-7802
Email: info@cideon-america.com
Web: http://www.cideon-america.com