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ECAD integration in PLM for your comprehensively transparent control cabinet cosmos

PLM connector - performance and quality optimiser

Smart PLM connectors log every development step, ensure premium data quality, and do tedious routine work for you

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A solution for the chronic lack of time in electrical engineering

Design tools for switchgear and control system construction bring a lot of intelligence to the table. They will make your design process easier, without a doubt. The design process generates large amounts of data in a wide variety of versions, which require transparent management. For example, if a release is inadvertently undertaken on the basis of a previous version, that will have disastrous consequences. Smart connectors will prevent that.

PLM systems clarify the relationships between information items, and they protect your expertise against unwanted access.

The numerous automations of smart ECAD-PLM connectors free your engineering team from data management to the greatest possible extent. Your designers initiate them from within their CAD menu, which incorporates these PLM functions. In doing so, certain actions can trigger defined workflows to which relevant, valid data is provided. This frees up valuable development time for your designers.

Without your needing to do anything, the interfaces log the development process to ensure that your design team will always be working on the correct version. The interface does not allow accidental overwriting of existing data — meaning that, in the event of a change request from your client, it will be no problem to restore a specific older version. Since the files are indexed automatically, the version you are looking for, including the derived information, can be found quickly.

Another highlight of smart connectors is the parts list comparison, which not only shows every change compared to the previous version, but also items to which no or an invalid purchased part has been assigned. This management of the parts list is enabled by automatic synchronisation of the ECAD library with that of the PLM, which especially facilitates tasks in downstream processes.

That means that PLM integration of ECAD tools for electrical engineering quickly pays off

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Defined processes automatically ensure correct storage of complete engineering data

  • You can perform day-to-day data management in PLM via a small connector plug-in in the ECAD system, in other words, from within the familiar working environment. All processes are fully logged
  • Simple and fast check-in and check-out in PLM
  • The first upload to PLM triggers automatic creation of your data model, which completely and correctly stores the engineering data, while also establishing the relationships between files and objects
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Save time with fast search results and by eliminating routine work

  • New projects can be created quickly and easily in a variety of ways, and will be correctly and uniformly named
  • Before a new parts list version is stored, a clearly visualised comparison with the previous version is presented in PLM
  • Version management with automatic updating of the drawing header and linking of related information
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Automated synchronisation of parts libraries and unique parts list management

  • Synchronisation of the component libraries between ECAD and PLM with automated entry of new items. Helpful additional information, such as properties and procurement information, can be stored for part selection
  • Automatic generation of the EBOM in accordance with the defined structure
  • BOM comparison with the previous version: all quantity changes, display of unreleased or discontinued components, along with items without an assigned component
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Automate workflow and business processes

  • Automatic generation of neutral formats or machine-readable data for downstream processes, such as production and procurement
  • Triggered processes remain traceable, for example, with respect to which version an action was based on.
  • Support for testing and approval processes