proALPHA CAD Integration
CAD Data Directly in the ERP System
With the module proALPHA CA-Link, virtually all the commercial CAD systems, including the latest 3D CAD systems, are integrated online in proALPHA. Online means that the design engineer working in the CAD environment accesses data from assemblies or drawings that are managed in proALPHA. With these drawings and construction BOMs, he/she directly expands the overall corporate database.
The CA-Link also provides a sophisticated change request function. Parts master files and bills of materials derived from the models of the CAD systems are kept in proALPHA. There are no redundant data or maintenance-intensive interfaces.
Complete integration results in the creation of new bills of materials, which trigger proALPHA WorkflowAutomation and informs the specialist in the process chain, e.g. the purchasing manager, about the tasks that need to be carried out.
The drawings and design data produced by the design engineer can be queried and displayed from every proALPHA workstation. proALPHA thus looks after important tasks of Engineering Data Management (EDM) or Product Data Management (PDM).