Product Data

Reap the benefits of state-of-the-art PDM designed to make your development processes more efficient. PRO.FILE brings transparency to the management of your product data, i.e. material and performance characteristics.

PRO.FILE focuses on the management of product data. This includes all information available on a product that is designed, engineered, and manufactured within a company.

PRO.FILE allows you to manage all of this information from a central point of control: from material and performance characteristics (such as item master data and key characteristics) to documents with diagrams, texts, or calculation tables. With PRO.FILE, you can rest assured that all of this information will be available at any time and in the right context. PRO.FILE product data management is so simple, thanks to these core features:

  • Item master data maintenance
  • Classification systems
  • Class lists of characteristics
  • Features for the automatic creation and maintenance of bills of materials and where-used lists\
  • Change management features
  • Version and revision management
  • Approval process control

The challenges in Product Data:

1. CAD Data management

Challenges:

  • When CAD models are saved locally, the references may get lost, rendering the model useless.
  • Uncontrolled changes to the model result in conflicts with other changes.
  • Clients often prescribe a certain CAD system. Many companies therefore have to use several CAD systems. Also true for MCAD, ECAD and other diciplines.

Benefits:

  1. PRO.FILE saves all model elements and references in the electronic vault. No model is lost.

  2. The PRO.FILE check-in and check-out reliably avoids change conflicts and support concurrent engineering.

  3. PRO.FILE is multi-CAD-capable, but with uniform standards in classification and data management. Supporting Systems Engineering.

Results:

  • Increased quality
  • Reduced costs
  • High transparency
  • Accelerated cycle times

2. Classification and variant management

Challenges:

  • Parts, models or documents can not be found. Extra work because of re-design.
  • Each part and document has to be identifiable in order to avoid errors.
  • Customer specific orders require flexible products and part variety requires flexible configuration methods.
  • Standardized parts and modules need to be secured and be reused by functions and characteristics.

Benefits:

  1. With search engine based on part characteristics and functional specs re-use is maximal.

  2. PRO.FILE allows the individual creation of taxonomies and classifications with item classes and the eCl@ss scheme for providing a uniform terminology.

  3. PRO.FILE Managed copy supports administration for creating variants and customer specific products based on standards.

Result:

  • PLM reduces the part variety and thus costs
  • Unproductive work efforts are significantly reduce

3. ERP Integration

Challenges:

  • The transfer of the bills of materials to the ERP via Excel sheets a.o. is tedious and error-prone.
  • Parts can only be purchased in due time if the purchaser is always well-informed.
  • Designers must know which parts are accurate, in stock, and quickly available at what cost.

Benefits:

  1. PRO.FILE transfers part master data and bills of materials automatically to the ERP system.

  2. The PRO.FILE ERP Server provides the necessary information in due time to production planners and purchasers.

  3. PRO.FILE provides this information to the engineers desktop, without ERP access being required.

Results:

  • Unproductive activities and errors caused by multiple data records are avoided
  • Time to market benefits since time from engineering to logistics will decrease.

 

4. Mechatronics

Challenges:

  • The harmonization of mechanics, electronics and software is a prerequisite for the success of mechatronics projects.
  • Disciplines in engineering work in their own CAD systems with little or no common ground for combining engineering data.
  • In order to avoid delays, changes in electronics or mechanics have to be communicated in due time.

Benefits:

  1. PRO.FILE systems design supports the typical used development systems. As a result Product Structures incorporate in PRO.FILE and produces correct BOM’s.

  2. The PRO.FILE process management coordinates work processes and unites working materials from all areas.

  3. PRO.FILE reports changes automatically to all parties involved.

Result:

  • Less iterations in the design process
  • Significant improvement in engineering quality and output

 

5. Product structures & Bills of materials

Challenges:

  • Bills of materials belong to the most important deliverables for downstream operations. They must always be available and up to date.
  • Especially the transfer of the bills of materials to the ERP system often slow down the processes.
  • The growing number of variants makes it more and more difficult to keep an overview of the product structures.

Benefits:

  1. PRO.FILE creates BOMs automatically by extraction from CAD and keeps them up to date by maintaining them during the lifecycle.\

  2. s automatically to the ERP system upon release.

  3. PRO.FILE visualizes the product structures in different views (EBOM/PBOM), allows BOM’s for editing and comparison.

Result:

  • Unproductive activities and errors by multiple data records are avoided.

6. Visualization

Challenges:

  • Teams working at different locations require a common platform to communicate on documents.

  • Requests for publishing of documents and designs are time consuming reality for engineers.

  • A sad reality: Different departments in the same house use different viewers.

Benefits:

  1. With the visualization via the internal viewer, PRO.FILE users can view the same document/ design from any location at the same time and discuss redlining and markups.

  2. With PRO.FILE Viewing the user has integrated the best viewing solution as a standard for your organization. One solution fits all!

Result:

  • Significantly quicker decisions based on solid facts.

 

7. Change and release management

Challenges:

  • Changes to CAD models, drawings or documents must be traceable.
  • Usage of old versions results in extra work and reclamations.
  • Compliance with regulations becomes more and more important
  • Work results from design offices do not meet specifications

Benefits:

  1. Workflows with ECR, ECO and ECN document each change.

  2. The PRO.FILE version and revision management secures the actuality of the data

  3. PRO.FILE process management and PRO.FILE Compliance bring process security and transparency

  4. PRO.FILE supports the entire process life cycle including external supply chain (PLM)!

Result:

  • PLM reduces the number of change iterations
  • The quota of errors is significantly reduced