12/05/2016

New and smart: ECAD-Interface for SAP ECTR

The "SAP Engineering Control Center Interface for ECAD" marks a new milestone on the way to efficient, mechatronic product development - fully integrated in SAP Product Lifecycle Management.

Karlsuhe/Viernheim, 5th December 2016

In October 2016, the "SAP Engineering Control Center interface to ECAD" (Electronic Computer-aided Design) came on the market. The standardized interface, built to enable an easy connection from ECAD-software to SAP PLM, was developed by both XPLM Solution GmbH and DSC Software. The new solution expands the spectrum of integrations available for the SAP Engineering Control Center, an integration platform that has previously focused on MCAD integrations.  The ECAD connection is therefore an important step towards a fully-integrated, engineering environment - in view of mechatronics and the interdisciplinary collaboration between mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and Information Technology. Simply put: the product data from each engineering discipline are brought together in the SAP system, where they are linked with the engineering, business and economic processes, to ensure improved business performance and competitiveness.

In light of increasing digitalization, Industry 4.0, and the Internet of things and the need to combine mechanical, electronic and software components, products are becoming more complex. Design data comes out of different sources and often needs to be maintained using different systems, making it difficult and time-consuming to: keep data universally consistent and up-to-data; develop and construct a current, product overview and quickly access this information.

Thanks to the new interface, electronic data can now be managed consistently, kept up-to-date and linked to mechanical data in the SAP system: either directly out of the respective ECAD-tool or the intuitive F&E Cockpit from SAP ECTR. Therefore, developers have a complete view of their product data at all times. For example, a circuit board (PCBA) with all of the associated components and production data. This makes the interdisciplinary collaboration in engineering much easier; improves efficiency, agility and process reliability, and shortens the development and innovation cycle.

As a crucial component in SAP's implantation of the digital transformation, SAP Engineering Control Center offers a flexible integration platform for all types of authoring tools.  Interfaces, ranging from MCAD and ECAD to MS Office, such as Application-Lifecycle-Management (ALM) and Systems-Engineering or Simulation (CAE), are currently available. Independent from this, DSC offer numerous worthwhile add-ons for SAP ECTR, including advanced connections from CAM and DNC to production scheduling and tool data/lifecycle management; from infrastructure modules to process automation; performance optimization and data provision across locations. In this way, businesses can benefit immediately from the additional advantages of universal, SAP-supported product development.