Efficient Engineering

Engineering Behind Running Shoes

By Madeleine Neisler

Each year, millions of runners across the globe join in celebrating Global Running Day. This year, it takes place on June 7th. Participation is easy – just lace up those shoes and go for run. The idea is to spread the joy of running – in a marathon, around the block, or just in a game of tag.

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A Newcomer’s Perspective on Sapphire Now 2017

By Khalif Woodard

As I boarded the plane from Philadelphia, PA to Orlando, FL I pondered what my experience would be like at SAPPHIRE Now. I envisioned an exciting time with very knowledgeable people, and that is the exact experience that I had. This was my first time attending SAPPHIRE Now and most certainly will not be my last. Rows and rows of exhibitors occupied the 1,000,000 square feet of Orlando’s North and South convention center halls. Each booth possessed its own unique appearance, as well as its own unique brand of people. There were so many companies at this event and their focus was learning more about SAP and connecting with the community at large.

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SAP Optimization & Performance Tuning – Infrastructure; Part 1

By Travis Stonebraker and Matthew Costello

SAP system performance is a common topic of discussion in the world of consulting, and as consultants, we are usually tasked with identifying and assisting with the solution to challenges causing a system to run slowly or inefficiently. We’d like to take some time to lay out and discuss some improvements that can be made in infrastructure, implementation, and work process to increase the speed of a slow system, or how an inefficient process can be improved. In part one, we’ll focus on infrastructure.

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SAPPHIRE NOW & ASUG – Five Years in the Making – PLM

By Christoph Fischer

Having worked exclusively with SAP customers over the last five years, this year marked my 5th consecutive SAPPHIRE NOW & ASUG, focusing on Discrete Manufacturing & PLM.

Each year I attend the event with more experience, knowledge, and eagerness to hear from “real-world” SAP customers. This also provides the opportunity to empower new and existing SAP customer’s with the industry best practice and future direction, leveraging SAP software.

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Benefits of Implementing SAP for Multi-CAD Systems

By Thuc Nguyen

  1. Advantages of the SAP Engineering Control Center Interfaces (ECTR)
    a) All CAD relevant data and object links are available at any time for downstream processes. This includes procurement, project system, production planning, production preparation, production, sales, services etc.
    b) Engineers can work comfortably in their own CAD environment Continuous SAP change management with a complete change history in one system
    c) Significant cost savings due to optimized CAD process integration in SAP and no cost for a separate PDM system or its interfaces. Continue reading “Benefits of Implementing SAP for Multi-CAD Systems”

How are Instagram Filters Related to Engineering?

By Madeleine Neisler

What is the significance of an Instagram filter? Instagram filters make an image more appealing and draw more attention to an image, thus resulting in more media traffic and followers. Instagram is certainly one of the top social media platforms for promoting your brand. But what about behind the scenes? The engineers that work around the clock supporting the app are so vital to its success. A lot of times we do not even think about the creators behind these apps, the engineers that support and maintain them, and the overall big picture of what it takes to make an app successful.

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SAP GUI Navigation For Beginners – Part Two

By: Travis Stonebraker

Welcome to part two of the CIDEON quick guide to SAP GUI Navigation for beginners. In our last post we covered the basics of logging into SAP and working through the table of contents including any presets for favorites based on your role.

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Acronyms…stop the Madness!

By: Doug Golomb

Good Morning everyone, I am Kim Doe; on behalf of your project team, I am here to provide you a status update on the HDF for GGP in PPD. My hope is that PPD will grant approval in conjunction with DFM in our up-coming release gate.

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Ford Motor Company’s Revolution, Industry 4.0, and IoT

by Chris Fischer

In 1913, Henry Ford and his team at Highland Park assembly plant launched one of the world’s greatest contributions to manufacturing, business, and ultimately the consumer. This contribution and innovation – known as the world’s first mass production assembly line – revolutionized production and drastically dropped the assembly time of the automobile, enabling Ford Motor Company to pump out a fully assembled automobile every 24 seconds by 1927. As a result, employee wages increased, production cost decreased, product quality improved, and industries across the United States, and eventually the world, began to innovate and shape the products that we know and use every day.

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Is Less More in PLM?

By Bill Svokos

Is less, more, or is more, more? This is a question that all people have pondered at one point or another. The context of the question varies, and thusly so does the conclusion. Today we want to narrow our focus to how this profound question applies to “product” lifecycle management, and save the discussion on “personal” life management for another day.

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Legacy CAD Data Migration to SAP

By Matt Costello

When a business moves into the SAP world, they are simultaneously moving away from a legacy system, whether digital or analog. In addition to moving daily activities and processes into their new and shiny SAP instance, they will also need to move the data. Data migration is usually a large part of a company’s shift into any new system and can quickly become the thing of nightmares if the process is not managed appropriately from the start.

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Celebrating National Puppy Day with Dogs in Engineering

By Madeleine Neisler

Happy National Puppy Day! How could anyone not love these impossibly adorable creatures? I know I do; but there is more than meets the eye to man’s best friend. In fact, puppies can be seen in many engineering related topics.

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Pi Day: A History of Numbers

by Madeleine Neisler

Happy Pi Day everyone! What is Pi Day? Pi Day celebrates the number pi, approximately 3.14159, or in its shortened form, 3.14, since there are over one trillion digits past its decimal point. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 as that is 3/14. The earliest known official celebration of Pi Day was in 1988, organized by Larry Shaw, a physicist at the San Francisco Exploratorium. They of course celebrated with actual pies, which has become a traditional for many Pi Day fans. Check out this great feature on Mental Floss for some awesome Pi Day pies.

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CIDEON Academy: Educating SAP Users One Video at a Time

At the beginning of 2017, CIDEON America launched “CIDEON Academy”, a series of short, educational videos on engineering and enterprise product development topics, on our Youtube channel. Now we are into our third month, which means we have already posted three episodes. First, our Senior SAP PLM Consultant – Travis Stonebraker gave a short introduction about CIDEON Academy and who we are. Our primary goal is to help companies overcome challenges in product development processes from design, manufacturing, and downstream – all within SAP.

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SOLIDWORKS World 2017 was a great opportunity for the community to meet friends, colleagues, and other SOLIDWORKS enthusiasts face to face, build relationships, and learn new things. During the event, we at CIDEON met so many people innovating and creating from all over the world.

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Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Happy Girl Day! What is Girl Day? Girl Day is also known as Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and it is celebrated in 2017 on February 23rd. This day is so important because of how vital it is to get girls involved in careers in the engineering field. There has been a huge surge of career openings for engineers in the last decade due to the ever growing developments and advancements in technology. By “introducing” a girl to engineering, you help further her interest and see what is possible should she continue to pursue engineering.

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Neutral File Automation: Load Balancing for CIDEON Conversion Engine

Companies today have a need to distribute project and product related data in a neutral/exchange format. To accomplish this, native files such as Word, Power Point, CAD, and the like must be converted to a neutral/exchange format. No matter if the end format is PDF, TIF, JT, etc the CIDEON Conversion Engine (CCE) accomplishes this goal as an automatic, background process.

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American Heart Association Advancements in Med Science and Engineering

As you may already know, February is American Heart Month. American Heart Month began in 1964 when President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the first American Heart Month due to an increasingly high number of deaths and illnesses related to cardiovascular incidents as President Johnson was a heart attack survivor himself.  Since then, February has been dedicated to cardiovascular health and awareness each year.

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SOLIDWORKS World 2017 – Sneak Preview to Managing Configurations

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 is right around corner! Taking place February 6th-8th in Los Angeles, CA. It’s set to be a great event with a Superbowl Party for attendees arriving early for preconference sessions and an impressive list of featured speakers like Anoushesh Ansari, co-founder of Prodea Systems, and Jason Silva, creator of Shots of Awe. There’s still time to register for the event, or watch it live streaming from your desk.

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Automating Autodesk Data Management in SAP

This past Thursday CIDEON America performed a live demonstration of the SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR) for Autodesk’s AutoCAD and Inventor systems. And while no matter which CAD system you are using, you will always have an identical SAP PLM ribbon directly inside the native CAD application and the easy to use ECTR at your fingertips, this session is specifically geared toward Automating Autodesk Data Management in SAP.

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SAP GUI Navigation for Beginners


Over the years our customers routinely come to us to help staff new to SAP get through basic training. As SAP is a full, end to end enterprise solution it may be overwhelming when you are first introduced; but once you start to understand the terminology and functionality it is easy to navigate.


CIDEON Academy

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We’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017. We too are preparing for an exciting year ahead starting with the official launch of CIDEON America’s “CIDEON ACADEMY”. It’s a brand new series on the CIDEON America YouTube Channel. Our goal for CIDEON Academy is to help engineers overcome challenges of the past in working with SAP®, CIDEON develops SAP® direct integrations for Solidworks, SolidEdge, AutoCAD, Inventor, and EPLAN CAD systems. In the Americas, we also distribute and deploy the .riess integration for PTC’s ProE/Creo.

SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR)


Hi guys! Today’s video is the collaboration of two engineering designers working on the same design, in other words, collaborating. The collaboration is part of the engineering design work, and the data is managed, updated and stored in SAP, the enterprise resource platform (ERP).

Preparing for an Exciting Year Ahead

happy-new-yearWe’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017. We too are preparing for an exciting year ahead starting with the official launch of CIDEON America’s “CIDEON ACADEMY”. It’s a brand new series on the CIDEON America YouTube Channel beginning January 10th. We will post one episode every Tuesday of each month – but what’s exciting about that?

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Major benefits of SAP® PLM for AutoCAD and Inventor

1) Advantages of the SAP Engineering Control Center Interfaces (ECTR).

a)     All CAD relevant data and links are available at any time for
downstream processes. This includes procurement, project system,
production planning, production preparation, production, sales, services

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SAP Interface with CIDEON Dassault System

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