Important module for mechatronic product lifecycle management
SAP Engineering Control Center interface to ECAD is a standardized ECAD interface for SAP Engineering Control Center. It connects electronic CAD systems seamlessly with SAP PLM. The first to profit from this are the designers. From their customary ECAD environment, they can open an SAP menu and get direct access to all SAP PLM functions. They can then easily manage and classify ECAD data in the SAP system, and link it to other data and other SAP objects such as the material master, MCAD components, etc. In addition, they can version it securely, release it as required, and monitor it transparently, thanks to a status network and documented history. A lot of this runs automatically, such as the generation of BOMs and where-used lists, or synchronization between ECAD libraries and SAP material masters. Plus: the generation of BOMs in SAP, diverse manufacturing documents such as Gerber data and layout diagrams, and different product variants. And just a click away is the R&D cockpit from SAP ECTR, which has many extra advantages: e.g., an overall view of mechatronic products since the MCAD data is also managed there. This eases collaboration enormously. ECAD integration also brings added value for the entire value creation chain, since ECAD data can be provided consistently across departments, for example to give optimum support to purchasing. Thus ECAD integration becomes an important efficiency and quality module: from engineering and documentation to logistics and manufacture to service and maintenance.