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SAP Engineering Control Center interface to PTC Creo

Realization of a holistic PLM process in SAP due to fully integrated PTC Creo Parametric CAD data management

Seamless integration of PTC Creo Parametric in SAP PLM

Fully integrated PTC Creo Parametric CAD data management and product lifecycle management using SAP PLM

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SAP Engineering Control Center interface to PTC Creo is the perfect solution for you if you are looking for a powerful integration of your PTC Creo Parametric files in SAP PLM. Availability of high performance integration of various CAx systems and complete control over the management of their models, drawings and structures in SAP PLM is a key component.

Without the need for a seperate PDM system, SAP Engineering Control Center interface to PTC Creo provides you seamless and homogeneous integration of PTC Creo Parametric in SAP PLM.

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SAP Engineering Control Center

With constantly growing product diversity and complexity, companies increasingly manufacture more and more individual products up to lot size one. These products contain hardware, electronics and software components, each deevloped using various authoring systems. SAP Engineering Control Center combines all these data sources into one hollistic overview of product data to provide a platform for all engineering and design teams. A complete and transparent 360 degree product description with data from mechanics, electronics, software and simulation is being created. You will be able to perform your tasks easier, faster and more efficient due to the centralized availability of all data in one platform with an intuitive user iterface.

The idea of Design to Operate is at the heart of it all: A continuous strategy for digitalization and connected logistic processes spanning from engineering to the operation of a product. With SAP Engineering Control Center, you will make an important step towards an intelligent enterprice while relying on seamless customer and employee experiences.

More Information on SAP ECTR at www.sapectr.com

Numerous companies already made the step towards the intelligent enterprise and Industry 4.0. You can be the next! SAP Engineering Control Center supports you on your journey to seamless end-to-end processes.

Direct access to SAP PLM functions via PTC Creo Ribbon

Due to SAP Engineering Control Center interface to PTC Creo, engineers can utilize the SAP PLM Ribbon inside of PTC Creo Parametric for direct access to all important document management and SAP PLM functions.

  • Functions to edit a document like e.g. check out and save CAD documents
  • Functions for attribute synchronization from SAP into models or the drawings and vice versa
  • Add other assemblies or parts stored in SAP PLM
  • Derive a SAP engineering bill of material based on your model tree
  • and much more
Screenshots of the SAP PLM ribbon in PTC Creo Parametric using the example of various CAD objects

The intutitive SAP PLM ribbon offers all functions for the quick, easy and effective management of your CAD files without the need to leave your CAD system.

Schematic illustration of a PLM process

The Importance of SAP PLM

In the face of growing globalization and a constant demand for reducing product development times, companies require software solutions to enable a consistent flow of information and support the collaboration of users inside and outside the enterprise.

Valuable product data are not only required in collaborative product development but are also used in sales, production planning, manufacturing preparation and order processing.

Thanks to the availability of data across these departments, processes are accelerated while, at the same time, data security is increased. SAP PLM is the perfect answer to these requirements, giving its users secure Internet-based access to all product- and process-related data throughout the entire product life cycle.

Document Management in SAP PLM

A key function of SAP PLM is the management of documents, such as technical drawings, 3-D models, NC programs and text documents. Other functions provided by SAP PLM include automatic versioning, document classification or feature-based search. The status network in SAP PLM describes the path of a document through the enterprise from creation to approval or archival. Individual status networks can be defined for each document type used in the enterprise.

SAP PLM will provide every employee with all documents necessary to perform a task, regardless of their location. Any access to these data is controlled by SAP PLM’s flexible and powerful authorization concept.

Architecture of the Engineering Control Center and the CAD integrations

Features

  • Management of various object types from PTC Creo Parametric (ASM, PRT, DRW, LAY...)
  • Management of structures with components and references
  • Management of part families
  • Standardized, uniform SAP integration platform for various MCAD and ECAD systems
  • Harmonized user interface across various CAD systems
  • SAP functions can be accessed directly from the familiar authoring system environment
  • Save and retrieve CAD files and their relations
  • Secure file handling with high performance
  • Integrated quality and sustainability management functions for authoring system interfaces
  • Flexible folder structures for managing product information
  • User functions such as drag & drop or copy & paste
  • User configurations personalize the working environment
  • Access to various SAP objects such as document info records, change management, material masters, bill of materials and product structure management
  • Intuitive icons and color codes for easy identification of objects
  • Intelligent, context-sensitive menus increase user efficiency
  • Personalization options for layouts simplify user interaction
  • Microsoft Office integration for easy management of Office documents
  • Synchronization of SAP information in attributes in PTC Creo Parametric (e.g. material master number)
  • Synchronization of attributes from PTC Creo Parametric in SAP characteristics (e.g. CAD name, density, weight, ...)
  • Creation of SAP material masters out of PTC Creo Parametric
  • Derivation of a engineering bill of material based on the CAD document structure
  • Generation and hand-over of preview images (thumbnails), viewables and DMU data
  • Support of SAP conversion server processes for automated generation of viewables
  • Master document is the leading document and contains the CAD model file to be edited. Various data are defined on it: Part or model, descriptive data, assembly structure, status, owner, distribution
  • The master document is the basis for creating the bill of material
  • Dependent documents define the part or model to be described under other aspects: Drawings, data sheets, product specifications, NC data, test reports, calculation results
  • Search via classification, documents or searches in lists
  • Search results as a preview or list with filter options in all columns similar to what is known from spreadsheet programs
  • Product information at a glance: Comprehensive presentation of all the information a user needs
  • Intelligent menu structure and user guidance

Benefits

  • Management of PLM and ERP product structures fully integrated in SAP
  • No separate PDM/PLM system is required, which would need be connected to SAP
  • Redundancy-free management of design data (metadata and files) in one system
  • Fast, company-wide access to current product data
  • Increased efficiency in product development by linking PTC Creo Parametric drawings and models with SAP objects
  • Integrated change and approval processes
  • Integration into the business workflow
  • Worldwide data distribution with authorization control and secured access by authorized users

Screenshots

SAP Engineering Control Center user interface in four-window view (Desktop, Object Browser, Assemblies and SAP 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer)

SAP Engineering Control Center user interface in four-window view (Desktop, Object Browser, Assemblies and SAP 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer)

SAP Engineering Control Center user interface in five-window view (Desktop, Object Browser, Assemblies, Bill of Material and SAP 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer)

SAP Engineering Control Center user interface in five-window view (Desktop, Object Browser, Assemblies, Bill of Material and SAP 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer)

Object-specific context menu of the SAP Engineering Control Center

Object-specific context menu of the SAP Engineering Control Center

Object-specific context menu of the SAP Engineering Control Center

Object-specific context menu of the SAP Engineering Control Center

PTC Creo Parametric with SAP PLM ribbon

PTC Creo Parametric with SAP PLM ribbon

SAP PLM context menu in PTC Creo Parametric

SAP PLM context menu in PTC Creo Parametric

SAP 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer with model and cross-section view

SAP 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer with model and cross-section view

Combined view of Assembly window and SAP 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer

Combined view of Assembly window and SAP 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer

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