Single product: CAD/ERP LINK for SOLIDWORKS

TODAY’S CHALLENGE

When CAD and ERP users work independently in detached systems, they are forced to perform the time-consuming task of manually re-keying product data, ultimately resulting in costly errors and redundant product data. As a result, inaccurate data is likely to be used within the system, leading to costly errors and collaboration complications. Even if data inconsistencies between CAD and ERP are discovered in time, users will still need to allocate some of their valuable time to double-checking data and fixing such errors.

PDM technology is excited to introduce our latest product development: CAD/ERP LINK – a distinct product that enables CAD and ERP users to join forces by working together in a unified solution.

The functionalities of CAD/ERP LINK have been an important part of the core product, BLUESTAR PLM, for over a decade. We saw the need for a light-weight solution which is easy to implement and that eases the implementation and installation of BLUESTAR PLM later on, in line with company growth. CAD/ERP LINK is ready-to-go after a quick and easy installation, and features short and to-the point training sessions.

SOLIDWORKS CAD/ERP LINK is an easy-to-use data integration system available for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations & Dynamics AX (ERP) and the SOLIDWORKS CAD system.

SOLIDWORKS is a leading 3D CAD system with more than two million engineers and designers.

MICROSOFT DYNAMICS 365 FOR FINANCE AND OPERATIONS is a Microsoft enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for medium to large organisations. The software, part of the Dynamics 365 product line. (D365fO)

By providing a real-time link between users’ SOLIDWORKS and Microsoft Dynamics systems, CAD/ERP LINK virtually eliminates manual data entry. This mitigates errors and discrepancies in your data, thereby saving you time, reducing costs, and increasing productivity.

CAD/ERP LINK enables SOLIDWORKS users to seamlessly share their design documents and data with downstream ERP users who need it for purchasing, manufacturing, and other related activities. In return, SOLIDWORKS users are granted access to valuable transaction data from ERP, such as prices, on-hand quantities, and lead times. Through this access, logistical considerations, such as price, quality and operational experience, are easily incorporated into product designs.

This bi-directional exchange of information rids the organization of redundant data entry and fragmented data, while simultaneously strengthening data integrity. Integrating the design department with the rest of the organization improves collaboration, increases productivity, and accelerates the design to manufacturing process.

What makes CAD/ERP LINK Unique?

  • One solution for the everyone (D365fO) Engineering & Operations
  • Easy access to data for Engineering & Operations
  • Developed for Dynamics 365 for Operations & AX based platform
  • Embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD native interface
  • Seamless and bidirectional transfer of CAD & ERP data

Take a look at the Product sheet here.

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Innovative Thinking – Breaking Boundaries

The Summer 2017 issue of The Record features an article that highlights several important viewpoints from different representatives in the manufacturing business about Innovative Thinking. In this piece, Bluestar PLM’s Dan Fite contributes to this discussion.

VIEWPOINT

Breaking Boundaries

Bluestar PLM’s Dan Fite explains why becoming an innovative company is vital in the modern market

Today, fast innovation is essential to all companies in the global economy. But the speed of innovation is dependent on having easy access to data and information. Companies must break down the boundaries between independent and disparate departmental systems. To have an efficient innovation process, it is essential to have easy access to reliable data and information across the organisation. Data is typically widespread across a company and located in many different systems, and comprises information about markets, engineering, manufacturing, quality and maintenance. Having a single solution which can deliver the required information on time is becoming a top priority. The Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform is proving to be a strong, reliable platform for this. Bluestar PLM on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 technology stack brings engineering into Dynamics 365. All the required data around 3D models, computer aided design integrations, virtual reality, product change management and engineering quality management is now easily accessible on the product lifecycle management (PLM) system and can be harnessed accordingly. Bluestar takes engineering data and allows it to be used across all departments within an organisation. From design to the retirement of a product, this offers a complete PLM system in a single solution.

Dan Fite is director of business development at Bluestar PLM by PDM technology.

Source: The Record, Issue 5: Summer 2017, page 76-80. (http://digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/therecord/issue05/#80)

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Bluestar PLM – The Engineering Solution for Dynamics 365

Bluestar PLM inside Dynamics 365

The Evolution of Microsoft Dynamics

The new Microsoft Dynamics is here, and so is the new and improved Bluestar PLM solution. Microsoft Dynamics 365 combines ERP and CRM solutions (AX, GP, and CRM) into a single, cloud-based solution. The previous version, Dynamics AX, is now a part of Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition, which consists of 6 integrated modules. The Bluestar PLM application now exists as a part of the Dynamics 365 for Operations module. The Bluestar team is thrilled that Microsoft has shifted focus to a cloud-based solution suite that is readily available to all.

Bluestar PLM in the Cloud

Bluestar PLM has evolved right alongside Microsoft since the very beginning. As one of the first movers, Bluestar PLM for AX7 has been on the market since Dynamics AX7 was first released. Since AX7 was already a cloud-based solution, equipped for the next AX transformation, Bluestar PLM is already optimized for the Dynamics 365 release. As a fully functional Dynamics 365-embedded solution, Bluestar PLM is the Engineering Solution for Dynamics 365. Our solution is the missing link between engineering and operations, and as a part of Dynamics 365 for Operations users can now work smarter with connected operations in the cloud.

Bluestar PLM is also available as a stand-alone license, which means that users can now get the solution unattached to ERP systems for use as an independent PLM solution.

For more information, be sure to check out Bluestar PLM on AppSource

Register for a Live Demo!

Sign up for a webinar here and we will show you all the features of Bluestar PLM in Dynamics 365.

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