Efficient Engineering

The American Dream – What are the Similarities Between Germany and America?

By Pia Banasch

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It’s been 48 years since American astronaut, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. It’s been a good ten years since CIDEON discovered the United States for itself. But what are the similarities and differences between the German and American markets? Jennifer Moore, Vice President Sales at Cideon America, Inc. will give you some insight into how the markets and cultures are similar and how she is facing the opportunities and challenges in her daily business.

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Enable IoT by Leveraging Integration to ERP

By Madeleine Neisler

Interested in learning more about CAD, PDM, PLM, and how to enable IoT by leveraging the integration into ERP? Meet CIDEON, and watch our interview with MCADCafe at SOLIDWORKS World 2018 for more…

To start out the interview, Christoph praised the home town heroes, the Philadelphia Eagles, who stunned the football world the night prior to the kick off at SOLIDWORKS World by defeating the mighty New England Patriots. #GoEagles!



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PLM Roadshow: We Make Engineers Want SAP

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Discrete Manufacturing companies are continuously evolving due to shifting market trends, new enabling technologies, and increasing customer requirements. Successful companies react quickly and flexibly by taking advantage of advancing digitization of engineering, design, and production processes. But how do you handle this massive data overload and still stay flexible and one step ahead of your competitors? Continue reading “PLM Roadshow: We Make Engineers Want SAP”

Solidworks World

By Chris Fischer

Another year, another incredible SOLIDWORKS WORLD is in the books. First off, many thanks to the city of Los Angeles, CA for once again being such gracious hosts, and showing the engineering community the right way to let loose, while learning how to shape the future.

From catered food like the BACON display, to specialty beers, and live music the entire SOLIDWORKS WORLD was filled with plenty of fun – oh, and with plenty of Mechanical Design.

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Solidworks World 2018 Part II

By Madeleine Neisler

SOLIDWORKS World 2018 is coming live to you in just a few weeks! It’s an awesome event showcasing multi-industry innovation, the latest in 3D design, STEM programs, and so much more. It’s a key event we especially look forward to. We are so thrilled to showcasing again this year in booth 933! Our previous SOLIDWORKS World 2018 blog talked about the agenda, looked at last year’s highlights, and what we can expect for 2018. In today’s blog we take a quick look at the agenda, reveal our special guest at the booth, and what we are most looking forward to.

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SILOKING Selects CIDEON for Efficient Engineering Using SAP ERP/PLM

When you think about Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), feeding cows probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind. However, feed mixers from SILOKING help farmers achieve sustainable high yields with optimal quality through process optimization in dairy cattle feeding – all with the help of CIDEON’s deployment of efficient engineering on SAP PLM during their conversion to SAP ERP. This consolidation of the software landscape improves the future viability of the fast-growing, innovative, engineering company.

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SAP – Predictive Analytics

By Madeleine Neisler

Happy New Year everyone, and welcome back! Today we are going to discuss SAP Predictive Analytics. To begin, what exactly is SAP Predictive Analytics? It is an all-encompassing formula that uses a broad range of statistical techniques derived from machine learning, data mining and predictive modelling used to make future predictions, in this case, regarding business. SAP Predictive Analytics allows businesses to utilize the software in order to forge better, faster, more efficient predictive results, provide machine learning at scale using a factory approach, and convey predictive insights where people can intermingle. Continue reading “SAP – Predictive Analytics”

“That’s Our Job”

By Pia Banasch

As you may already know, Cideon develops and implements integration solutions between market-leading MCAD and ECAD systems, as well as the SAP PLM system. But what is behind it? With the  SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR) Interfaces you can “uniformly integrate all types of authoring tools into SAP PLM and thereby create a central repository for locally created product data” Reno Staschinski, Managing Director at Cideon, says. In general, the SAP Engineering Control Center Interface is an integration platform for authoring tools into the SAP PLM system.

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SolidWorks World 2018 – Part I

By Madeleine Neisler

It is coming up on the end of 2017 and this year’s events are coming to a close. We are already looking ahead to 2018 and the amazing events that will be taking place in the near future. SolidWorks World 2018 is no exception. We look forward to attending this event every year! Today we will go highlight the agenda, take a look at last year’s blog, what we have seen in years past and what we can expect for 2018. So without further ado, let us take a preliminary dive into SolidWorks World 2018.

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Rockwell Automation Fair 2017

By Madeleine Neisler

Rockwell Automation is a premier automation event where you will see the latest trends in the industry and how the Connected Enterprise is taking the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) to the next level. This year, Automation Fair will be held November 15 to 16, 2017 in Houston, Texas. This event has hands-on labs, technical sessions, forums, exhibits and the chance to network with peers and industry experts. What’s not to love?

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Autodesk University 2017

By Madeleine Neisler

Autodesk University is an annual event where architects, engineers, and designers get together. Autodesk University started in 1993 and was originally an Autodesk software user conference that took place in San Francisco. Designers, architects, and engineers had the chance to come together and learn from Autodesk and industry experts and network with their peers. Since that first conference in 1993 was such a success, Autodesk decided to make it an annual event. As the attendance grew, Autodesk added new products and expanded their list of keynotes and other speakers, including but not limited to, Autodesk experts, software users, and industry leaders. In 2008, Autodesk decided to add international events, and later added Autodesk online so that individuals could learn anytime, from anywhere. Pretty sweet, right?

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Facility Design and Construction in Agricultural Engineering

By Madeleine Neisler

Just like the considerations taken to construct human dwellings, considerations are taken when constructing animal dwellings. Agricultural and biological engineers are the ones who design these structures. This is key to creating a more sustainable environment as it relates to agriculture. As an equestrian, and someone who has firsthand experience with livestock housing, I can attest to how important it is for these groups of talented engineers to be successful.

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SAP Leonardo

By Madeleine Neisler

SAP Leonardo came on the scene with a bang and had a major presence at Sapphire Now 2017. But what is it? How does it relate to SAP PLM and all of the recent developments regarding the digital supply chain space? Let’s start with a detailed overview of SAP Leonardo, then move on to SAP PLM and the role SAP Leonardo plays. Lastly, we will look at recent developments and news about SAP Leonardo. We will also include a recap of Sapphire Now 2017, where a detailed presentation of SAP Leonardo and Internet of Things (IoT) was provided, as well as the upcoming SAP Leonardo Summit in Chicago TODAY. There are many resources throughout the blog where you can learn more about these solutions and how they connect to take you into the realm of Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation.

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Automated Efficiency

By Christoph Fischer

Today we discuss automated efficiency. Its purpose, how it is done, what you need and why it matters. So what is the purpose of automated efficiency? To automate processes from engineering / PLM across the enterprise / ERP. How? For SAP users, with the implementation of SAP PLM. Why? Automated efficiency improves efficiency, productivity and profitability without the need to deploy and maintain additional systems and integrations.

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DSC User Meeting

By Madeleine Neisler

As mentioned in a couple of my previous blog posts, fall events are upon us! The DSC User Group is a private, invitation only event. It’s about bringing together those who use SAP as their central platform and have branched or are considering a move into SAP Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR) for multiCAD integration and real time facilitation of collaborating across the enterprise.

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PI PLMx Texas – 2017

By Madeleine Neisler

Fall is upon us, along with many exciting events in the world of Product Lifecycle Management! Coming up in mid-October is PI PLMx Texas, bringing together a cross-industry group of manufacturers to discuss the rapid evolution of product development, engineering, and IT. Technological trends are constantly and quickly evolving as well as the way in which manufacturers are designing, manufacturing, and servicing their products. The CIO is a key player behind the business strategy and technology to make the magic happen. PI stands for Product Innovation and this conference is designed to help link attendees to a network of companies and individuals similar to one another. Each year this conference takes place on two continents and consists of keynotes, training courses, and multiple networking opportunities.

Venue and Workshops at PI PLMx

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Highlights at SAP TechEd 2017 – A Follow-up

By Madeleine Neisler

Welcome back to SAP TechEd 2017 Las Vegas everyone! If you joined us there we hope you got as much out of it as we did. There were so many amazing sessions and keynotes to participate in and watch. If you did not make it, look no further. This blog will give insight into one of the year’s best events!

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CIDEON Tips & Tricks; AutoDesk Inventor: Using Virtual Intersections

There are several tips and tricks in the world of SAP PLM. Today we look at AutoDesk Inventor: Using Virtual Intersections.

We have broken everything down into seven user friendly steps.

So let us go over how we Use virtual intersections. What is the challenge? Due to a rounding or bevel, the theoretical corner can not be captured for dimensioning.

What is the solution?

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Work Smarter, not Harder with SAP PLM!

By Thuc Nguyen

After 2 years of working at CIDEON America and helping SAP Customers improving their data throughput performance across the entire company and between ERP, PDM/PLM, I have learned that many SAP Customers are implementing SAP just with sole purpose of managing their business processes such as human resources, accounting, customers relationship, manufacturing, etc. Based on our daily conversation with SAP users, I noticed the disconnection between Engineering/R&D and Business Enterprise. Many of them chose to separate PDM/PLM systems and SAP ERP Platform. This disconnection would then cause delays in time to market, manufacturing of the wrong product, higher overhead costs, which impact their net profit.

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SAP TechEd

By Madeleine Neisler

SAP TechEd is almost here! SAP TechEd has been held since 1996 and is THE premier technical conference for all things SAP. It is usually held in at least two to three locations every year. Today we discuss years past, what to expect this year and how you can bring your A game.

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The Art of Writing Methods

By Douglas Golomb

Many companies either do not have any published written methods, or have them but they are very difficult to follow. It can be an extensive amount of work up front to write them, but there is a huge payback in results. A method should be the first layer of support to the end users. They need to be mandatory prior to opening a helpdesk ticket for a solution. If the user ignores published methods; it is the responsibility of the support person to send them a link to the proper instructions. In time this will eventually become a habit by the end user to go directly to the published methods. Continue reading “The Art of Writing Methods”

Engineering in Fashion

By Madeleine Neisler

Fashion is not simply clothing and style. It’s so much more. It is fine arts, architecture, and engineering to name a few attributes seen in this pliable art form.  Focusing on the engineering aspect, Carnegie Mellon University, College of Engineering, electrical and computer engineering alumna Nere Emiko is making waves in the fashion industry.  She has gained notoriety in industry magazines, participated in significant trade events and has her own business.  She uses her advanced engineering education to design wedding dresses, jewelry, furniture and embroidery rather than designing processors, systems, circuits and computational algorithms. Continue reading “Engineering in Fashion”

Benefits of Green Technologies

By Walter Riskie

While there is still a debate about the reality of Global Warming, there are a great number of global scientists as well as the general population that do agree Global Warming is a reality. While a percentage may see this as something to fear, others see it as an opportunity to innovate. Instead of curling up in a ball and waiting for the oceans to rise and sweep them out to sea, they decided to come up with solutions to start fixing the problem.

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Cideon Software GmbH & Co. KG and Seal Systems AG Forge Partnership

Software companies Cideon Software GmbH & Co. KG and Seal Systems AG, providers of conversion and output management solutions for SAP, have entered into a partnership. The aim is to optimize and enhance their respective data-conversion as well as information and document-provision product portfolios. The two companies’ existing solutions will not be affected.

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Insects in Engineering

By Madeleine Neisler

We’re in the midst of summer and, in many places, it’s not only hot out – but the bugs are out too. This got me thinking about insects in engineering… always thinking engineering. You may ask yourself how an insect could be involved in an engineers experiment. Have you looked closely at, let’s say, a beetle? Every beetle has a special shell, almost like a suit of armor to protect it. According to Manufacturing and Engineering Magazine, engineers are working to de-code the architecture of a beetle’s shell in order to make evolutionary advancements in the engineering field. Continue reading “Insects in Engineering”

Making the Impossible, Possible

By Bill Svokos

Is there such a thing as impossible? This all boils down to perspective. Things that are deemed impossible one day become a day to day routine the next. For example, man being able to fly was considered an impossible task, yet today thousands of people are flying, daily, as normal routine. Some may say this is due to an advance in technology, or intellect, of mankind over time, but what is it that gets us past that threshold? What is it that causes the change from impossible, to possible? The short answer is you have to ask a question. Ask yourself, ask others, but at the end of the day a question must be posed. Why is this you might say, because in order to find the answer to something impossible, you first need the question as to why, or what, is “impossible”.

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Nikola Tesla Day

By Madeleine Neisler

Happy Nikola Tesla Day everyone! Today we celebrate the namesake of Tesla Motors, and more importantly one of the most renowned inventors, electrical and mechanical engineers and physicists! He is most widely known for his influences on the development of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. Today we discuss some of his greatest accomplishments and celebrate how this genius helped to shape modern technology, still very much relevant in this day and age.

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SAP Optimization & Performance Tuning – Implementation; Part 2

By Matt Costello and Travis Stonebraker

The implementation of SAP, supporting software, and other tools can impact system performance. With SAP, as with any software implementation, if the implementation is not run properly or corners are cut, the users will suffer in their day to day activities. In Part 2 of SAP Optimization and Performance Tuning, we’ll focus on how issues caused by poor implementations can be avoided, as well as discuss some best practices to follow.

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Week of Making

By Madeleine Neisler

Welcome to the National Week of Making everyone! What an exciting time to be a “maker.” With all of the advances in modern technology we are sure to see some great inventions and meet the amazing makers behind them. National Week of Making is happening right now! It started June 16 and runs until June 22, 2017.

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Legacy CAD Data Migration to SAP – Part Two

By Matthew Costello

A business migrating data from a legacy software into any new system, including SAP, has hurdles to overcome, even once the high-level plan for the migration has been discussed and put in place. There is more to it than just moving files from one storage location to another. Ideally, the migrated files will be searchable, usable, and migrated in a way that best suits the business needs. In part one of this blog, we discussed considerations for coming up with a migration strategy, as well as how to relate the legacy system to the SAP system. Here, we will talk about some of the key details that can make or break the end to end migration processes such as data extraction, metadata mapping, and standardization. We will also touch on data cleansing and responsibilities.

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