Multi-CAD integration – highly popular
At the Swiss PLM Forum 2017, many visitors came to the DSC stand for information about integrated product development, particularly in the multi-CAD environment
At April 5, 2017, DSC Software took part in this year’s Swiss PLM Forum in Hotel KREUZ in Rapperswil-Jona (Switzerland). This one-day symposium for product development and product lifecycle management is the biggest platform for PLM users and PLM providers in Switzerland and, for the fourth time, was organized jointly by IG-PLM-CH (the Swiss PLM interest group) and IG-VPE Swiss (the Swiss virtual product development interest group). The event provided about 110 visitors with the opportunity of getting first-hand information about the latest developments, new technologies and tools, as well as best practices. Apart from 7 plenary addresses, there were 14 parallel sessions on the agenda presenting application-oriented lectures. The subjects ranged from virtual product development and simulation to PDM/PLM to digital production. The presentations attracted many visitors and were flanked by a trade exhibition with about 25 specialized service and solution providers from the world of virtual product development and PDM/PLM.
Not only the lectures attracted visitors: the DSC stand also turned out to be very popular. The visitors were particularly interested in solutions for integrated product development, especially in the multi-CAD environment. And it was precisely these that DSC was able to present live: with SAP Engineering Control Center – SAP ECTR – the flexible platform for integrating leading authoring tools in the SAP system. This enables multi-CAD integrations to be implemented easily and economically: via standardized direct interfaces with uniform SAP user interface in the CAD systems, such as SAP ECTR interface to NX and SAP ECTR interface to Solid Edge, which were both demonstrated on the DSC. Further interfaces are also available on the SAP price list for such CAD systems as AutoCAD, CATIA V5, Inventor, PTC Creo, SOLIDWORKS, plus diverse ECAD systems such as EPLAN, Altium, or Cadence. The live demos were rounded off by concrete application scenarios from integrated product development: from document management and viewing to BOM generation and handling to change management. The visitors were particularly impressed at how well engineering is integrated in the SAP business processes.