Efficient Engineering

Digital Twin to Live Engineering

by Pia Banasch

Welcome back to our series on the the digital twin. In our previous post, The Myth of the Digital Twin, we touched on opportunities of digital twin, Gartner’s predictions, critical data, and the fact that – for most companies – digital twin remains a myth today. How do we change that? Are there practical areas encompassing elements of the digital twin we are already engaged in at our businesses? Four come immediately to mind.

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A World Without Fear of Cancer

Wouldn’t the world be so much better without the burden of cancer? Varian is doing a lot in the fight against cancer as a leading producer of medical devices for advancing cancer treatment. Across 150 countries approximately 100,000 patients are treated on Varian equipment every day. It is crucial that these oncology and radiation systems are designed, produced, and maintained properly to meet demand and regulatory requirements.

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Lincoln Electric’s Harris Products Group Achieves Measurable Results with SAP PLM

At SAPPHIRE NOW |ASUG Annual Conference 2018 the PLM Alliance showcased SAP® Engineering Control Center: Where the Digital Twin Begins! During SAPPHIRE NOW we spoke with customers, colleagues, and partners about their point of view on SAP PLM, the SAP Engineering Control Center, and their journey with SAP. Some agreed to share their story and did spontaneous interviews.

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The Importance of Information Sharing and CIDEON’s Contribution

These days the most successful companies are open-minded and promote a culture of information sharing, which means encouraging their employees to make their knowledge available to others within the company and, selectively, to partners. It’s the essential approach for the survival of enterprises to collaborate. However, not every company is able to achieve this goal in a secure way today. There is often a lack of information sharing within companies, a tendency toward tribal and specialist knowledge, which results in inefficiency or errors. This often stems from the fact that many companies don’t have the right software to share the information in an efficient way or the software is not working consistently along the value chain.

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R&D and Engineering Roadshow 2018

By Madeleine Neisler

Hello again everyone! It’s time for another roadshow. This time it is for R&D and Engineering. There will be two events back to back in two different cities. So what is the roadshow all about? The R&D Customer Roadshow from SAP embodies many things all in one. It is all about how manufacturing companies are ever developing their product development strategies, so as to respond to globalization initiatives, amplified regulatory and reporting necessities, changes in consumer and customer demands and variations in technology. As you can see there is a lot to cover!

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Wrap-Up SAPPHIRE Now & ASUG Annual Conference 2018

By Madeleine Neisler

Another great event has come and gone. SAPPHIRE Now & ASUG Annual Conference 2018 was truly spectacular this year! In this blog we will talk about the general themes and take a closer look at what this exciting event had to offer. We will also recap the sessions we spoke about in our previous blog – including the one that our very own Christoph Fischer presented. Let’s get started!

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SAP Engineering Control Center – What SAP ECTR Can Do For You

First off, you may be asking yourself, what is SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR)? SAP ECTR allows you to integrate your product data into one source of truth – SAP. No more winding “roads” of data silos, jumping in and out of systems, or waiting for the data to go “in SAP” to take the next action step to get products out the door. SAP ECTR is part of the enterprise SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform and SAP Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) process. Continue reading “SAP Engineering Control Center – What SAP ECTR Can Do For You”

Sapphire Now & ASUG 2018

By Madeleine Neisler

Sapphire Now & ASUG is fast approaching, and we simply cannot wait to go to this phenomenal annual tech event. We will be there with the rest of the PLM Alliance in booth 223. This year, the Sapphire Now and ASUG Annual Conference takes place in Orlando, FL from June 5th through 7th, 2018. With nearly 2,000 sessions, you can definitely expect to see, learn, and do more than ever before.

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Advancements in Medical Technology: Spider Silk

By Madeleine Neisler

Every now and again we like to dip into new and exciting engineering projects. Advancements happen so rapidly, we often don’t hit them as fast or frequent as we’d like. But that doesn’t stop of us from loving this spider silk medical technology tie-in. Like most people I know, I find spiders to be very scary, although fascinating. Arachnids are amazing creatures. They produce and carry the material to build their own homes, capture their own food, and now, their silk is making advancements in biomedical research. Today we will look at some examples of how spiders are changing the way we think about medical technology, specifically their silk.

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EPLAN & CIDEON Virtual Fair May 15th, 2018

By Madeleine Neisler

The time for EPLAN and CIDEON Virtual Fair 2018 has arrived and we are excited to bring you this innovative, informative, and overall transformative event! Today we’ll go over what the EPLAN and CIDEON Virtual Fair actually is, highlights from last year’s Virtual Fair, and what you can expect this year on May 15th. So without further ado, let’s get started!

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The Myth of the Digital Twin

by Pia Banasch

With the Digital Twin, digital and real worlds merge. Especially in the B-to-B environment, there are almost no limits to the possible applications.

The digital image of reality isn’t just a Hollywood dream like the film Avatar, but also a defining term in the world of Industry 4.0. According to Gartner article Prepare for the Impact of Digital Twins by Chrity Pettey, Gartner predicts that by 2021, half of large industrial companies will use digital twins, resulting in those organizations gaining a 10% improvement in effectiveness. It is therefore understandable that in the next ten years a large proportion of the producing companies will be dealing with digital twins. A good reason to take a closer look at the topic.

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Who is CIDEON?

Some of you have been following us for a while and can easily answer this question while others may have just tapped into our story and have asked, who is CIDEON? We are a globally operating specialist for future-proof engineering solutions. Our core focus areas are PLM/PDM implementation, CAD integration, and engineering expertise – particularly in process optimization and automation. Over the past 25 years, more than 10,000 companies in more than 30 countries have taken advantage of the range of CIDEON services – to implement and optimize engineering processes and increase performance, customer benefits and business value. Continue reading “Who is CIDEON?”

SAP Connected Product Lifecycle

By Madeleine Neisler

SAP Connected Product Lifecycle was first showcased at the Hannover Industrial Fair in 2016. This video provides a high level overview of the various aspects of a connected product lifecycle in SAP including SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR) and how it makes your business more efficient. Take a quick look at the video.

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CIDEON Vault Professional Integration to SAP – PDM Business Integration with SAP ERP/PLM Made Easy

By Madeleine Neisler

Welcome back everyone! Today we will be giving you a brief overview of the CIDEON Vault Professional Integration to SAP. We will also show you how to make your business process integration easy. The embedded link will take you to a page where you can register to learn more about this exciting innovation. So without further ado, let us get started!

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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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