ERP Interfaces - Save time and avoid errors
ERP-Kopplung mit HiCAD und HELiOS
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ERP interfaces save time and avoid errors

Constantly increasing technical requirements and more and more complex tasks demand innovative solutions for interfaces between CAD/PDM and ERP systems. In many companies, however, large amounts of data are still entered manually into the ERP system. The synchronization of the data is often time-consuming, tedious and prone to errors. Despite these disadvantages, many companies still seem reluctant to invest into a CAD/PDM-ERP interface, even though the availability of consistent data from Design and Engineering through to Production would bring about enormous benefits.

The main advantages of ERP interfaces are an easy management of product life cycles and the centralization of all relevant documents within a project, and the utilization of consistent data by the CAD, PDM and ERP system. A common article master for all systems and the transfer of BOMs avoids expensive errors and eliminates double work, as a manual transcription of the BOMs will no longer be necessary. The elimination of redundant data also leads to an accelerated and more productive communication between the departments of a company. 

Highlights

  • Easy management of product life cycles
  • Centralization of all documents in a project
  • Consistent data 
  • Common article masters
  • Transfer of BOMs
  • Elimination of expensive errors
  • Enormous time savings
  • Faster and more productive communication

 

Easy interface creation to ERP systems

The Light version of our interface creates a link between the HiCAD drawing and an ERP system. It enables an automatic exchanging of article data, BOM data and drawings. The relevant data of your CAD drawing is also made available in the ERP system. This makes multiple manual entries superfluous and ensures the consistency of article data both in the CAD drawing and the ERP system.

The Light+ version realizes an interface between HiCAD and HELiOS in an ERP environment. As the PDM system HELiOS primarily saves technical product data from the CAD system HiCAD while the ERP system stores inventory control-related product data, a linking of these systems significantly contributes to data consistency in an enterprise.

The Advanced version provides the customer with a tailor-made solution. It can be realised with HiCAD and HELiOS, and also offers multi-CAD capability. This solution considers, amongst other things, complex workflows, search and retrieval strategies.

ERP interfaces save time and avoid errors
ERP interfaces save time and avoid errors

ERP interfaces to HiCAD and HELiOS

For the realisation of data consistency from Design and Engineering through to Production, three different configuration levels of our ERP interface are available to you.

  • ERP Interface Light
    (HiCAD-ERP interface without HELiOS)

  • ERP Interface Light+
    (HiCAD-ERP interface with HELiOS)

  • ERP- Interface Advanced
    (CAD-ERP interface with HELiOS)

 

ERP Interfaces Light and Light+

  • Exact
  • Glovia
  • ISAH
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX
  • Ridder
  • Vantage 8
  • Visual Enterprise (VE)

These ERP interfaces have been realised for various projects.

ERP interfaces - A comparison

ERP interfaces

Light

HiCAD without PDM

Light+

HiCAD & HELiOS

Advanced

Multi-CAD + HELiOS

Linking options

 

 

 

Start only via HiCAD plugin

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Start via HELiOS as direct interface to ERP system

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Data synchronisation

 

 

 

Manual transfer of article master from ERP system via HiCAD to part attribute

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Manual transfer of article master from ERP system via HiCAD to HELiOS article master

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When changing article master in ERP system for attributes used in HiCAD, changes in HiCAD take place manually

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When changing article master in ERP system for attributes used in HELiOS, changes in HELiOS take place manually

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When changing article master in ERP system are automatically adjusted in HELiOS (dependent on ERP system: offline, online, online integrated)

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Changes of article masters in HiCAD or HELiOS will be taken over to the ERP system at the push of a button when transferring the BOM

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Changes of article masters in HELiOS are automatically transferred to the ERP system

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Bill of materials (BOMs)

     

BOM transfer via HiCAD plugin at the push of a button

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Automatic BOM transfer (based on a Workflow)

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ERP interfaces made by ISD – An example from practice

ERP interfaces made by ISD – An example from practice

PSG Plastic Service GmbH

PSG Plastic Service GmbH uses the ERP system ProALPHA in various departments, e.g. in Sales and Purchasing. HELiOS workstations are available in the departments Engineering, Production Planning, Services, Quality Assurance and Project Planning. To put an end to the tiresome double work and the manual entering of article master data into ProALPHA, the engineers of PSG and the ISD Group conceived an ERP interface that enabled an exchange of article master and structure information between HELiOS and ProALPHA. In addition, neutral formats of the relevant production documents will be created and passed on to the ERP system for visualisation purposes. 

Frank Gulde, engineer at PSG Plastic Service GmbH: "The support we received from the ISD was absolutely perfect. The great know-how of their staff and the flawless project planning greatly contributed to the successful implementation of the interface."

User Reports and Examples