PDM - Product Data Management

Unified product data management with multi-CAD support

Product development processes are getting shorter and shorter. In order to maintain an overview, it is important that product data is properly stored and that the correct documents can be retrieved quickly. With PRO.FILE all data and documents related to products, parts and materials can be managed at a very detailed level and forms the Product Data Backbone for all digital information relevant to a product. You use one system to manage all your product-related documents.
This requires seamless integration of PDM, CAD, ERP and Microsoft Office.
Collect all drawings, documents and parts lists in one location and integrate your ERP system with the PRO.FILE Product Data Backbone. The result: transparent relationships between your product data, related documents and e-mails and insight into processes, customer satisfaction and compliance.

PDM - Product Data Management

What is CAD Data Management

Working with 3D CAD systems such as AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Creo, Solid Edge and Solidworks, make it necessary to manage the 3D CAD drawings and all related information digitally. However, many CAD systems have no more than basic functions for storing and retrieving this CAD data. For example, while the CAD designer can store the drawing number, part name, change status and material number in a database and retrieve this data for research purposes or for changes, describing a product requires more than just the mechanical drawing.

What is PDM - Productdata Management

It is no longer sufficient to manage drawings only with a CAD Data Management System and to represent technical constructions only with technical drawings. For a complete picture, all data that accompany and describe a product during the development and production process are also important. MCAD, ECAD, machine operating systems and the entire Office package continuously produce data that is becoming increasingly extensive and heterogeneous. Managing this data is complex because it must be viewable throughout the product lifecycle.

What is PDM software

PDM product data management software is the second step after simple CAD Data Management. In the first step, only CAD data is stored and retrieved, while product data management also involves connecting drawings, documents and parts lists and linking them to an ERP, workflow or document management system (DMStec system). Product data management therefore includes all information from CAD, ERP and PLM that is needed to describe a product. A PDM system must store, manage and make available data and documents resulting from product development and management throughout the product life cycle. PDM is therefore more than just managing drawings.

Why do you need PDM

Your CAD and product data are essential to the success of your business. Moreover, they are worth a lot of money. It makes sense to keep them organized and not in a number of folders where no one can find them. For professional product data management in manufacturing, it is essential to integrate CAD systems (e.g. AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Creo, Solid Edge or Solidworks) and PDM. Without integration of CAD into PDM/PLM, technically complex products in particular cannot be developed efficiently and made market-ready at the required pace.

Our PDM software: PRO.FILE PDM
PRO.FILE PDM is the Product Data Backbone with multi-CAD support that acts as the data base for all CAD systems. Collect all drawings, documents and bills of material in one location with a Product Data Backbone and integrate your ERP system. Experience the benefits of integrated MCAD and ECAD systems in mechatronic projects. A PDM system manages product data and information flows across departmental boundaries and thus functions as a bridge. As a Product Data Backbone, it bundles all mechanical, electronic, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and software elements of a product into one common bill of materials. All associated documents are stored together in the database and can be accessed via a user interface. These systems guarantee a clean and seamless process from development and management to the transfer of the PDM system to the ERP software.
PRO.FILE provides end-to-end transparency and insight into business processes and integrates with major CAD and ERP systems. As a Product Data Backbone, PRO.FILE forms the ideal basis for the sustainable implementation of PLM (product lifecycle management) processes.

Reasons to manage (multi)CAD data with PRO.FILE PDM:

✅ Data is stored securely and is accessible in a controlled manner
✅ Parts and modules can be retrieved and reused
✅ Changes are saved transparently; everyone works with the latest versions
✅ CAD data is available for other departments
✅ Bills of materials and basic data of items are automatically available for planning, purchasing and production (ERP integration)
✅ Simplified product variant management

How PRO.FILE keeps processes flowing in these industries:

Our PRO.FILE PLM software is used worldwide by companies within the manufacturing industry/industrial production.

✅ Aerospace
✅ Automotive
✅ Medical Engineering
✅ Maritime Industry
✅ Operation & Maintenance
✅ Mechanical & Plant Engineering
✅ Systems Engineering
✅ High Tech & Electronics
✅ Oil & Gas
✅ Heavy Equipment
✅ Chemical Industry
✅ Manufacturing Industry

Why do you need PRO.FILE PDM

Take full advantage of all the benefits that come from good product data management. Use PRO.FILE as a Product Data Backbone to manage your product data and documents across system and department boundaries. This requires seamless integration of PDM, CAD, ERP and Microsoft Office. The result is transparent relationships between your product data, related documents and emails that provide insight into processes, customer satisfaction and compliance. Automatically synchronize BOMs and project structures by integrating your PDM system with your ERP solution, eliminating cumbersome manual part entry. Not only do you save time, but you can now also provide the purchasing department with correct information as input for purchase orders.

No time to lose? Then choose the PRO.FILE Best Practice Starter Pack
The standard but complete setup of the PRO.FILE database

Get started quickly with the proven Best Practice design. The big advantage of the Best Practice approach is the very short implementation time while retaining all the basic functionalities of PRO.FILE.

The digitalization platform PRO.FILE is the ultimate solution for your Product Data Management

From CAD data management to an end-to-end PLM solution, so more than just managing drawings. You are in good hands with us.
PRO.FILE is the all-in-one solution for PDM (product data management) and DMStec (document management), a new category of DMS solutions specifically tailored to technical companies.
It forms the data backbone as a central storage for all data and documents of a specific product. All information about your products bundled in the PRO.FILE PDM (product data management) system. The deliverables of the machine builders, electrical engineers and software specialists involved are managed in one integrated system with the same rules and regulations for everyone. Creating variants is largely automatic, as is the delivery of documents to your production and service teams. External partners are seamlessly integrated into your development process – without giving third parties access to your PRO.FILE system.

How our digitalization platform PRO.FILE can support your digitalization strategy with PDM, DMS, PLM or CPQ? Dive deeper into our solutions:

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With our successful approach we ensure the optimal return of PRO.FILE for its customers. With more than 100,000 workstations, PRO.FILE is now one of the leading DMS/PLM systems in SMEs and larger medium-sized businesses.

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