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Today, more than 1,300 of the world’s most innovative companies have chosen PRO.FILE for their product data management and product lifecycle management needs.

CAD data management

CAD data management ensures that complex information is stored securely and in a structured manner. It’s not just a flat filing system, it’s a sophisticated way to organize data, drawings and information and make them safe and instantly accessible throughout your organization when needed. In this way, your organization can handle technically demanding products efficiently and ensure a short time-to-market.

A fully integrated, bi-directional solution for MCAD and ECAD data management.Making this knowledge available company-wide is one of the mainstays of CAD data management.CAD models are the lifeblood of a manufacturing organization. CAD models and the associated data and documents summarize a company’s product knowledge, design and technical know-how.Product data is securely stored and data access is protectedParts and assemblies can be retrieved and reusedChanges can be tracked; Users always work with the latest versionsCAD data are available across departmentsParts lists and item master data are automatically made available for production planning, purchasing and production (ERP integration)The handling of product variants is simplified

Product Data Management

A company’s product knowledge lives in its CAD models and associated data and documents. This design and engineering knowledge needs to be available throughout the organization. Thanks to the integration of CAD, ERP and PLM, employees from all departments with the appropriate authorizations can access all information. All data, whether CAD models, drawings, production and assembly drawings, NC programs, item master data or documents with images and calculation tables, are securely stored in the PRO.FILE data vault. This ensures that all product data is always up-to-date, correct and consistent across departmental boundaries. Consistent parts lists are the key to efficient manufacturing processes. Consequently, they should have the same structure in both the ERP system and the CAD/PDM/PLM ecosystem. Why? Because this prevents duplicates from occurring from the outset. The automatic synchronization of item master data, parts lists and project data between the design and production departments and the business side is crucial. By maintaining consistency in their shared documents and ensuring automatic synchronization between the different IT systems, companies can avoid rework and avoid unnecessary costs.
PRO.FILE, placed as an interface between the two IT systems, automatically transfers the parts lists from the CAD system to the ERP system. This makes it possible to automatically synchronize these – analogous to the article master data – if they are available in different forms as an engineering parts list, single-level parts list and summary parts list. PRO.FILE becomes the central data hub for master data management in development, purchasing, production, sales and service.
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Product-Centric Document Management

The large number of product-related documents that are created parallel to production processes are usually managed separately. For example, CAD data generated during product development is stored in a PDM or file system. Quality and production data and documents also have their own data management, as do CRM applications that facilitate communication with the customer. This disjointed experience is a sure recipe for conflict and disruption.

Important questions to ask yourself:

Has your company ever built the wrong product on the shop floor by working with the wrong version of a drawing?Has your team tried to automate processes across different departments and struggled to keep data and documents in sync?
If the answer is yes, you understand the challenges when product-centric data and documents are stored in disparate silos across the enterprise.

Product data backbone with Digital Thread:

Companies that have overcome these challenges have implemented a core product data backbone that provides them with a single source of truth for their product-centric data and documents. They also established a digital red thread that connects all information relevant to product development and product management and reflects their dependencies. This is the only way to initiate workflows digitally.
Those involved in the workflow no longer have to collect their documents from different sources, but are automatically supplied with complete and valid information as provided by the product data backbone.

Part Master Management

Consistent article master data is essential to ensure smooth and error-free workflows throughout the company. It also lowers costs significantly. PRO.FILE automatically transfers article master data from development to production planning, production and purchasing.
Various studies in recent years have shown that the automatic bidirectional transfer of item master data from the CAD system to the PDM/PLM and ERP system and vice versa – together with the reduction of duplicates in purchased parts – allows companies to save 10% each year new parts. Multiply this by the average cost of managing inventory in the ERP system (creating a vendor, assigning an item number and identifier, and reconciliation processes) and add up the costs incurred through purchasing, incoming goods inspection, and invoicing, and you’ll understand how much a medium-sized manufacturing company can save.The ability to quickly search both engineered and purchased parts can significantly reduce the number of new parts generated annually—and shorten product development time.

Product-Centric process automation

PRO.FILE allows you to automate and control application specific tasks, processes and projects such as: B. change management.The actual PLM processes are implemented using preconfigured application packages. They consist of templates, ready-to-use workflows, cockpits, reports and menus to operate the various processes. Best practice application packages can help you implement your specific workflows faster.

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In technical manufacturing environments, these pre-packaged, best-practice application packages offer a great opportunity to accelerate the development of PLM in the company. They enable the end-to-end digitization of business processes – starting with simple CAD data management through to the digital common thread that connects ongoing operations with development and regulates the feedback of information into a company’s business processes. By iteratively and incrementally adding new IT processes through these preconfigured packages, organizations avoid falling into the “customization trap” that leads to extensive software customization.
Exemplary ECR best practice application package based on the CMII standard
Other best practice application packages
Product presentation
Link data and documents, from concept to productionAutomate phase-gate workflows with approvals, sign-offs, and activity trackingArchive product data and documentation in a single repositoryCentralize access to documentationMonitor key metrics
Contract management
Digitally manage all contract files for a specific order, project or product with all accompanying documentsGive users full insight into the content of enterprise contractsThe integrated escalation management process automatically sends timely contract reminders before deadlines expire