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CAD link with Inventor for Exact Globe Next

Written by Michiel van Rooijen on . Posted in Exact Globe

In manufacturing companies CAD and PDM solutions, like Inventor and Solidworks are frequently used, next to ERP solution like Exact Globe. To reduce manual and double data entry, many of these companies link the CAD or PDM solution with Exact Globe. You can do this by uploading the new designed items and related Bill of Material into the ERP or use the integrated solution there is in Solidworks.

 We started a project to further standardize the integration between Exact Exact Globe Next and Inventor (from Autodesk). We look for collaboration with customers interested to participate in this project or who have idea’s what the must-haves should be in a standard interface.

If you’re interested in participating please let us know.

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Comments (15)

  • Jamie Smith

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    Hi Michiel

    An interesting topic!

    Will there be a integration with Solidworks in the future? I have had this request from a couple of engineering companies in UK who are Exact Globe users and the amount of double entry and on going management of 2 systems is time consuming.

    Regards

    Jamie

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  • Marc Baker

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    Hi Michiel,

    Very interested in more info on Exact Globe./ Solidworks integrated solution.

    Many thanks

    Marc

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  • Michiel van Rooijen

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    There is a solution for Solidworks developed by a Dutch reseller that is being certified now. There are no current roll outs in England but we can set something up. I will get in contact with you directly. Good to hear there is demand for these solutions!

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  • Shawn Gamble

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    How about ProE/Creo, or intergrate a viewer that will allow viewing of Cad files of standard format like *.DWG this will allow multiple Softwares to be able to output to this file type.

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  • Michiel van Rooijen

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    I have not really looked at a solution to just view CAD drawings directly in Exact Globe Next, you can already link attachments to the BOM in any format.
    We are looking at integration on the level of the BOM where you really create and/or change this in your CAD system without having to do the same in your ERP system (Exact Globe Next). At this moment we see the most demand for Solidworks and Inventor. After a succesful launch of these we can certainly look at other packages.
    Do other people see the same need for a viewer on Cad drawings directly in Globe?

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    • Willem de Boer

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      Integrating a viewer and store CAD files in Exact would be a bad idea. It’s much beter to use a good PDM solution for this.

      A better idea is to use the thumnail of the CAD file and link them as image to corresponding article in Exact Globe. It is also possible to link attachments to to BOM but in that case you should to link a pdf, dxf, dwf or jpg copy of the CAD-files. Those file formats are much smaller, everyone can read it and you don’t have to link a complete assemblystructure with 10+ or 100+ files..

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  • Rob Stoelers

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    Hi Michiel,

    It sounds interesting. We work with Inventor and would like some more information.

    rergards,

    Rob

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  • Shawn Gamble

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    I agree with Willem on this, This is why people use a PDM Solution, Synergy nor Globe/macola are designed to handle the file size nor the complexity of said files let alone the trace files and the change logs and the ability to have checkin/checkout functions. Possibly for a new company that is not established could set this up but most peoples BOM’s don’t match there drawings because they possibility to integrate them never existed and moving to a model that did that would consume thousands of man hours very little return. just my 2 cents

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  • Frank Aarts

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    Michiel, good to hear Exact is thinking of CAD users at the moment. We work with CREO and thinking about using Windchill (PDM) for our R&D department instead of Synergy. At the moment we only upload the PDF files from CREO to Globe but if you can make it possible to upload 3D and STepFiles etc…. into Globe that would be nice. Please contact me for more information f.aarts@prinsautogas.com

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  • Frank Aarts

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  • clown warszawa

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  • Wouter

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    We’re working with inventor and vault as well and with our engineering dept. i’ve had quite a lot of discussions over the last years about possible (impossible) integration of inventor with exact / synergy.

    So very interested to receive more info about this topic.

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  • Jan-Wouter Hasselaar

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    Hatraco is working hard to set up a total quality management system. We are currently also pilot user for Shop Floor Control. We work with AutoDesk Inventor drawings and are looking for some kind of integration/linking of the production proces and its related product drawings.
    There is no connection between Inventor and Globe at this moment and we are willing to assisting with new developments.
    Also very interested in the new E-kwaliteitsmanagement module.

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  • Jozef Vendegh

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    In our company we use third party system (MS excel) to import BoM from Autodesk Invertor to Globe with documents (drawings).

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  • Edwin

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    Our customer Unijoint also uses AutoDesk Inventor and imports the data into Exact Globe Next using the XConnector tool. The XConnector tool generates an Item XML-file containing recipe data and imports this data directly into Exact Globe. All together an easy to use and standard solution to exchange data between AutoDesk Inventor and Exact Globe Next.

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