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That's why it's worth switching to a PLM system for your mechanical design

Ideal entry into an agile, cross-domain innovation process

Flexible, cross-divisional innovation process with comprehensively transparent product data. MCAD connectors available for Oracle PDM, Oracle PLM and Aras.

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Faster time-to-market thanks to closely interlinked, digital, interdisciplinary end-to-end processes

Smart minds alone are no longer enough to ensure that manufacturing companies can meet their challenges. New technologies that are being developed more and more rapidly require them to constantly improve their processes in order to remain competitive. Global, digitised markets expect ever faster product innovations. It's irrelevant that innovation processes are becoming increasingly demanding because manufacturers have to design them to cross the boundaries of functions, systems and organisations.

Combining agile, interdisciplinary development with the integration of tools for mechanical and electrical design, simulations, virtual prototyping and virtual commissioning shortens the time-to-market. As a result, digital twins and digital threads are becoming increasingly important.

PLM systems offer the ideal basis for this because they are able to record data from any system and bring transparency to logical connections. Fully integrated into the navigation of the design tool, data management in PLM can be done from the normal work environment. Intelligent integrations relieve users of onerous, time-consuming tasks, such as editing the models and their outputs in neutral format; they monitor versioning, support change management and do much more besides. Defined actions can trigger cross-departmental and cross-company workflows and at the same time provide context-related data in the appropriate format.

With the strategic goal of digitising the entire innovation process in a future-proof manner, switching the mechanical design from its PDM or EDM system to a PLM system will quickly pay off.

Opportunities arising from switching from your PDM to a PLM system

Respond quickly and flexibly to the new demands of your target markets

  • PLM systems offer you the opportunity to control your processes across the boundaries of functions, systems and organisations and to control context-related data

Imaging mechatronic products in a common data model

  • PLM systems are capable of recording and managing any data. This means that the MCAD-PLM integration can be the first step on the way to your multi-CAD data management. This enables you to display your products and how they are created, as well as connections and dependencies, in a completely transparent manner. A good basis for your solutions' digital twin

Intelligent PLM connectors support your designers' processes

  • Like your PDM or EDM system, the intelligent connectors support your engineering's design data management. Users initiate PLM actions from their CAD environment via the connector. This supports typical mechanical design requirements such as:
    • Rapid loading of projects from PLM with automatisms such as properties updating
    • Convenient upload process with automatisms, e.g. for storing complete structures, activating for concurrent engineering, etc.
    • Bi-directional data and structure exchange
    • Automated generation of BOMs from different sources

Digital thread through federated integration of other departments' systems

  • Your design team needs a lot of information from other departments to whose systems it does not have access. These include, for example, requirements and change management or simulation results. With XSPHERE Federation, your team can retrieve important information from any system, operating from their own work environment.