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OpenPDM now offers integration with the E-CAD solution from WSCAD

By Bernd Döbel

PROSTEP and the company WSCAD have, together, created an interface between WSCAD's electrical CAD solution and the OpenPDM integration platform. It enables bidirectional synchronization of electrical component data, attribute information, documents and product structures with leading PLM and ERP systems. The integration is now available.

WSCAD SUITE is a modular and scalable solution for the disciplines electrical engineering, cabinet and panel design, piping and instrumentation, fluid power engineering, building automation and electrical installation. By integrating the solution in OpenPDM, WSCAD is underscoring the need to integrate these disciplines more closely in the development and manufacturing processes. "It is our view that PLM systems are the central hub where all engineering data should converge," says Dr. Axel Zein, CEO of WSCAD electronic GmbH. 

Integration in OpenPDM has the advantage that WSCAD does not have to develop and maintain multiple PLM and ERP interfaces. This functionality is provided by PROSTEP's integration platform, which offers connectors to Teamcenter from Siemens, SAP PLM/ERP, PTC Windchill, Enovia V6 from Dassault Systèmes and other leading PLM systems. At the WSCAD SUITE end, all that is required to establish the connection to OpenPDM is the add-on PLMERPsync. Thanks to bidirectional synchronization, changes made to the part data in the WSCAD application are immediately visible in the ERP and PLM systems. The electrical engineers, on the other hand, can immediately see whether changes made to other product data will have repercussions for them.

Digitalization of the process chains in development and manufacturing requires the availability of all the digital product information, not just the mechanical CAD data. This is why PROSTEP believes that the integration of E-CAD applications like WSCAD is an important step on the way to mapping the entire digital product model in PLM. Without digital masters, there will be no end-to-end digitalization of business processes in the context of Industry 4.0.