Software vendor SAP is to integrate its mySAP Product Lifecycle Management (mySAP PLM) systems with the Catia V5 CAD package.
The company claimed the move will enable manufacturers to link design, production and business processes, thereby enhancing collaboration between engineering, procurement, manufacturing and customer relationship management.
SAP said that, for example, joining the applications will allow engineers to import data from other applications and quickly work with them in the familiar context of Catia V5.
In turn, information generated by Catia V5 will be available to all other business applications, such as allowing procurement and manufacturing departments to directly adapt purchase orders and production sequences according to engineers' specifications.
The first customers, such as Alcan Mass Transportation Systems (Alcan MTS), have already rolled out the integrated package.
"Our business is delivering efficient assembly technologies for custom- tailored transport systems in the shortest possible time with the lowest possible life-cycle costs," said Reto Bachmann, IT manager at Alcan MTS.
"mySAP PLM integration for Catia V5 directly links our project management with budgeting, cost monitoring and percentage of completion accounting."
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