abas ERP | CAD Integration

CAD Integration

Countless organizations depend on CAD data and drawings as the foundation of their product designs, but many ERP software packages don’t integrate well with CAD systems. abas bridges this gap through an API-based CAD integration add-on that works with leading CAD software suites, including SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor.

abas ERP’s solution enables businesses to deliver build material data directly between the CAD and ERP systems in just a few clicks, making it easy to keep products up to date based on constantly changing design drawings.

The underlying technology that drives CAD integration
Field mapping functionality is at the core of the abas CAD integration platform. At its simplest, field mapping is a tool that lets organizations establish logical conditions for different values within the system. For example, if a CAD build template does not have the correct number of columns relative to the product detail in the ERP system, the field mapping solution will flag the issue to ensure the problem gets resolved. This simple capability extends out to many essential core functions. These include:
  • Creating flexible templates: Each engineer can create build material templates that ensure smooth integration between the CAD and ERP systems. This allows your team members to quickly create and adjust templates within the CAD system and map out relevant fields for the ERP setup. These parameters are stored locally on the user's machine, but can easily be moved to other workstations by copying an .xml file any way that works for the user – Dropbox, Flash drive, Samba share, etc. This results in a great deal of freedom for customization while still providing smooth integration that streamlines operations. With flexible field mapping definitions in hand, engineers get complete freedom to build their CAD drawings as needed without sacrificing functionality within the ERP system
  • Simplifying interoperability: abas’ field mapping system allows you to establish columns and similar fields within your build materials framework to ensure the right data ends up in the right place. As your engineers create varied templates for their build materials lists, the field mapping utility ensures that the ERP platform is able to match those templates and collect data from the CAD software correctly
  • Streamlining customization: The field mapping tool allows engineers to create custom bill of material/BOM/production lists and match them with existing field mappings in which the configuration makes sense. The result is a much simpler environment for build material list customization. You can also leverage partial transfer functionality when you just need to take some build materials from the CAD list to the ERP system. As each upload process takes place, the build materials to be transferred between software platforms are put in a chart with checklists showing they will be moved. All you need to do is uncheck a few boxes and you can create a custom list of build materials
  • Working with preconfigured data: There are many products that use the same data in numerous instances, but that information is not needed as part of the design. The result is a situation in which users must enter that data manually in both the ERP system and the CAD platform to ensure it transitions with a build material list during the integration process. Our field mapping tool allows users to establish preconfigured data sets to ensure that information gets to the right place and users don't need to waste time entering data. 
What CAD integration looks like for the end user
Field mapping is a critical, complex process that is foundational to CAD integration. abas works hard to make sure our clients are able to take full advantage of this functionality by ensuring the platform is incredibly simple. Once engineers have designed a product, they only need three clicks to get the job done: One click of the mouse to open the integration platform, another to initiate the transfer, and a third to access the build material list in abas ERP and ensure it is updated.
abas’ CAD integration platform also simplifies the process of making changes to drawings, as it automatically updates everything from product master documents to work and sales orders with the right information. Existing orders, on the other hand, hold true to the previous design, but you can manually adjust that in instances when you need to make an exception.

Making business easy
Engineers play an integral role in maintaining ongoing innovation for an organization. Their ability to adjust product designs quickly and efficiently plays an essential role in updating your offerings in light of changing market demands. You don't need limitations in data integration to come between your company and a blistering pace for innovation. If your people can keep your business ahead, your software shouldn't hold them back. <bas ERP’s CAD integration platform is designed to help your people achieve at their greatest potential by simplifying and streamlining data sharing between disparate CAD and ERP systems.