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!

The key fact effecting every business in today’s current market is as follows. The increasing complexity in individualization of products increases the amount of data drastically along the value chain. More data means more information to organize.

Simultaneously, product development as well as launch times must decrease in order to stay competitive in the Industry 4.0. In the engineering world, CAD files and relevant, associated objects are managed with specialized product data management (otherwise known as PDM systems) – like Autodesk Vault Professional. So as to go with the idea of a company-wide product development process, without the disruption of data and process chains, information from design – including data stored in Vault Professional, has to be integrated to the business’s enterprise platform, so as to accomplish sustainable product lifecycle management (or PLM).

The best solution ultimately is to connect your Autodesk Vault with your enterprise platform, SAP through the CIDEON Vault Professional Integration. The integration delivers relevant product data in order to downstream SAP users, while at the same time creating SAP business objects from Vault Professional elements – i.e. files, items, part lists and change orders. Due to the fact that these cross-developmental platforms are managing key processes required shared data, the CIDEON Vault Professional Integration is capable of being configured and aligned to your one of a kind business processes.

Now we will discuss the appearance and handling of the integration by beginning with new motor development in Autodesk Inventor.

For those using Autodesk Vault, engineers are managing their CAD data with Vault where another SAP tab shows an alert if a document already exists, or if it does not.

One of the best things about the integration is that documents are seamlessly created in SAP by simply right-clicking on Vault files – which are capable of being combined with any other process.

The SAP document info record (DIR) provides design data to downstream users and allows access to CAD data without the need for a CAD system. This is because it has the standard SAP 3D enterprise viewer embedded. This means that it offers full functions for review and measure.

Another great thing about the integration is configurable bi-directional mapping of Vault properties to SAP meta-data fields – for example classification attributes, which makes duplicate data entry un-essential.

With the CIDEON integration, CAD, Vault Professional and SAP data are always consistent and equal for everyone who uses it.

Next let us discuss how to combine the SAP document in SAP material master creation with just a single click of your mouse. Option one is to show information of the existing SAP material immediately on the configurable SAP tab – and SAP material fields are able to be used as Vault Professional properties. Option two is the mass creation of SAP objects. In this example, one would create SAP materials for two selected Vault items – or you can easily search for an SAP material and assign it to a Vault Professional item.

Vault property values are automatically updated in SAP material fields – for example the weight and weight unit of the inventor model. This is a huge time saver!

Vault Professional Bill of Materials (or BOMs) are also integrated with SAP very simply and easily. On the SAP tab, engineers are able to view information through colored icons. We will now look at how all CAD elements are linked with an SAP material.

The bi-directional integration updates object information automatically in both Vault and SAP. Once an engineer creates a drawing, the information in Vault Professional and SAP is synchronized and used in the title block.

Another wonderful thing about the integration is that it automatically takes care of property mapping the respective title block updates – thus taking the manual labor of doing so out of the equation.

Object status changes in Vault Professional are configured to automatically kick-off defined job processor actions. The integration provides multiple action items in order to process SAP activities in the background directly linked to the job processor triggers. The target state in SAP is set and the standard SAP abbreviation, IR, is replaced automatically by natural language texts in Vault, in review. Status changes also have the ability to be processed manually, if desired.

Lastly, we will look at the integration capabilities for Vault Professional engineering change orders. In this part of the video, we look at a scenario where the ECO is already created. SAP tab displays in the demo that there is no engineering change number is SAP at the time. By simply right-clicking to create the SAP ECN and assign the change objects.

The information also appears in Vault Professional. This means that SAP users can access detailed vault information and linked SAP objects. Fast track approval another great feature. You can use it to create Vault Professional revisions.

In conclusion, the CIDEON Vault Professional Integration to SAP is great for those who have specific requirements to automatically share Autodesk Vault Professional engineering data in SAP with configurable options tailored to your individual business needs. By efficiently linking the engineering and SAP business processes, CIDEON supports a closed loop, end-to-end product lifecycle management (PLM) process. Users benefit by saving a lot of time – by taking manual processes out of the equation. Businesses benefit from savings in both time and costs – by utilizing existing Autodesk and SAP system capabilities.