CAD and PLM, a combination of solutions that succeeds in the industry

Publié par Mathilde Borel il y a 1 year | News

Reducing cycles and costs, combining quality and innovative products, reducing the “time-to-market”, distinguishing oneself from increased competition… So many problems for today’s industrial companies that must had to consider new working methods to ensure the control of a product from its design to its “retirement”.

In a digitalization context, it is obvious that interoperability between solutions is necessary, even essential. Moreover, modern design or manufacturing techniques require this link between CAD and PLM solutions on the market.

 

These data that keep the product alive

In the industrial sector, companies must manage complex and evolving products, projects or installations; it represents a large number of references with, sometimes, multiple versions. Each product has its plan and each plan has its information. These data are irreplaceable because they designate information about a form, a component, a function, a role, etc… Thus, it is these precious data that keep the product alive in their entirety.

In the past, each variant forced the plan to be restarted from the beginning. Today, to ensure the reliability and sustainability of this information, companies are becoming more computerized by linking each actor. Thanks to a single repository, the data are concentrated in a single electronic “place” that allows a simplified visualization and precise conception of the product, its structure and function while anticipating each modification and managing instances and configurations.

Thus, it is the synchronization of these data on each platform that facilitates the management of the growing number of data, as well as collaboration between all the actors in the chain.

 

New methods, new solutions

Since the first CAD software appeared in the 1980s, industrial drawings and technical plans have become simpler thanks to a simplified presentation that includes the necessary information for each user. But the CAD and PLM markets are growing quickly due to users who search for more coherent solutions that are easier to integrate and control.

Furthermore, the increase of the volume of data to be treated and the increase of the number of collaborators working on the same project make necessary the interoperability of the various used solutions. It is this ability of the CAD and PLM interface that makes possible the centralization of all data concerning a product and allows each contributor to understand the technical concept and its representation. Each variation of a product on the industrial drawing is directly attributed to the lifecycle management of this product.

Therefore, PLM allows to manage CAD data, but also to take into account any changes of a part. It provides secure management from creation to archiving of CAD data.

To go further…

To optimize the processes in their entirety, the integration of a CAD software with an ERP is essential to increase agility and reactivity. Indeed, it is possible to connect the CAD software and the ERP in order to fluidify and harmonize the work of each collaborator, especially between the design office and the production department. The dynamic interaction between the CAD software and the ERP system facilitates the coordination of design and production requirements and potential modifications.

In other words, these two software programs communicate bidirectionally to ensure reliable, instantly updated documents that are accessible by all departments of a company.

 

The control of the product lifecycle

With the Audros PLM solution, the interface with various CAD systems such as SolidWorks, TopSolid, Catia, Inventor, Creo, Autodesk and many others, is possible.

Audros centralizes the information that you find necessary to store, regardless of their source, through a single interface. Thanks to the Audros PLM solution, you benefit from a bidirectional connection between your solutions and anticipate the entire life of the product, as well as its modifications so that the product will last over time.

  • Bidirectional synchronization CAD and PLM
  • Lifecycle, version and revision management of the various CAD files
  • Automatic generation of CAD BOMs with export possible in Excel or in a Text file
  • Audros controls the integrity of CAD links
  • Audros menu in your CAD to store 3D models