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Maximize the value of your design data using SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional to connect with an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) or MRP (Manufacturing Resource Planning) application, and synchronize and improve the effectiveness of your business enterprise systems. Easily use product design data (the initial information created for a particular product) to drive information systems automation and automatically transfer and update product information, increasing the effectiveness of your business enterprise systems to save time and reduce errors related to manual data entry.
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional provides multiple capabilities for integrating product design data with your other business enterprise systems, including:
Data Import and Export
Import and export data between SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and ERP/MRP systems:
- Export bill of material (BOM) structure and attribute data via the industry standard XML format. This can take place automatically through initiation by specific workflow or life cycle events.
- Import data from external systems using XML, including file attributes or drop list contents. SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional will continually monitor specified folder(s) and process the XML data when it arrives.
- Create alias lists to handle differences in attribute field names between systems to make sure that data is transferred correctly.
Bill of Material (BOM)
Save BOM information as text data by simply clicking a button in the user interface for import into ERP/MRP systems or spreadsheet applications. This method eliminates the need for manual entry or access to CAD applications to export BOM information from drawings.
SOLIDWORKS Application Programming Interface (API)
Create custom add-ins or programs using common programming languages with the SOLIDWORKS API, which is included with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. The comprehensive API help system and coding examples can aid you in accelerating customization development time, which can maximize the return on your PDM investment.
Partner Products and Services
The world-class SOLIDWORKS Value-Added Reseller (VAR) channel and SOLIDWORKS Partner Program provide you with a wide range of applications and services for connecting SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional to leading ERP/MRP systems, such as SAP, Infor, and Microsoft® Dynamics.