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SAP ECTR Interface for CATIA

Consistent End2End Data with CATIA V5 Integration for SAP ECTR

The SAP Engineering Control Center (SAP ECTR) is the integration platform for SAP author systems. When integrating multi-CAD systems, all the data and functions of heterogeneous applications are merged coherently within the Engineering Control Center. As part of the new SAP authoring tools integration strategy, SAP ECTR ensures an end2end digital data model. 

The solution developed by CENIT to integrate CATIA V5 with SAP ECTR lets clients optimize their development processes to create the perfect symbiosis of engineering and administration. Seamless integration of Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5 lets engineers use SAP PLM easily and successfully, without specialized skills or lengthy training. The tried and tested functions of the CENIT Toolbar turn time-consuming tasks into child’s play. CENIT offers the world’s only SAP price-listed product for CATIA V5 SAP ECTR integration.

To ensure that CATIA integration with SAP ECTR is low-risk and efficient for manufacturing clients, CENIT offers the product as a precisely defined but scalable setup, the CENIT SAP PLM Foundation. Our well-established approach relies on best-practice process templates and has been thoroughly validated by a large number of customers like Paul VAHLE.

Highlights of SAP ECTR Integration with CATIA V5

Thanks to accelerated processes, harmonized workflows and increased process security and quality, manufacturing enterprises are leveraging CATIA-ECTR integration to achieve sustained competitive benefits.

The most useful functions at a glance:

  • Availability of CAD-associated integration functions directly via the CENIT Toolbar
  • Document info set management directly via the CENIT Toolbar
    • Creation of new documents
    • Blocking and unblocking of documents
    • Exchange of documents and versions
    • Versioning of documents with integrated SAP change services in CATIA
    • Attribute update using based on SAP values (and vice versa)
    • Import of CATIA structures
  • Cloning (copying of entire structures)
  • Application structure support
  • Management and callup of templates / start models directly from CATIA

Modular organization and configuration options do the rest: they provide ideal prerequisites for an economical solution that satisfies the specific needs of any business.


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Benefits for Businesses and Users

  • Significant boost in user acceptance
    • Enhanced ease of operation for users
    • Availability of many core functions directly from within the CATIA environment and thus reduced need for systems switches between CATIA and SAP
    • Improved response times thanks to CATIA cache mode support
  • Avoidance of unnecessary reengineering thanks to availability of CATIA catalog parts in SAP
  • High potential for enterprise-wide standardization based on centrally administrated templates
  • Time and quality gains thanks to simplified collaborative engineering

For a first impression of CATIA integration with SAP ECTR, see our English-language video.

  • Creation of an optimized working environment for designers and engineers in CATIA V5
  • Availability of many core CATIA-based functions and thus reduced need for systems switches between CATIA and SAP because SAP ECTR functions have been shifted directly to the CENIT Toolbar
  • Management and callup of templates / start models directly from CATIA
  • Avoidance of unnecessary reengineering thanks to availability of CATIA catalog parts in SAP
  • Document info set management directly from the CENIT Toolbar for new document generation as well as versioning of documents with integrated SAP change service in CATIA
  • Efficient generation and management of design-related documents

As development partner of Dassault Systèmes and SAP, we regularly coordinate our plans for CATIA SAP integration with our partners’ development planning. In this way, you manage all your technical and business product data via a single system, link them in the context of business processes, and ensure global access to all product data including large-volume CAD and 2D/3D- visualization files.

ECTRV5++

The project solution ECTRV5++ offers specific additional functions for certain processing situations to make specific CATIA advantages directly available for the processes of SAP integration.The 

ECTRV5++ Project solution includes improvements in various work areas:

  • Basic functions:
    Include high-performing changes in the existing CATIA tree structure for “replace”, “insert”, “copy” and “delete” operations related to CAD objects.
  • CATIA menu:
    The Toolbar is part of CATIA rather than a separate window. Additionally, the functions are available via a dropdown menu.
  • Structure capture:
    Improved capture of structures ensures deeper and higher-performing analysis and availability of structures during check-in, BOM updating and filling the application structure.
  • Mapping:
    Mapping ensures high-performance identification of a CATIA object’s properties, including parameters and parts characteristics as well as SAP document information.
  • Cloning:
    The cloning process runs in the background in a separate CATIA session, during which the user can continue to work in CATIA V5.

Benefits

  • Significant boost in user acceptance thanks to greater ease of operation
  • Increased efficiency because unnecessary reengineering is avoided thanks to the availability of CATIA catalog parts in SAP
  • Time and quality gains thanks e.g. to simplified collaborative engineering functions and improved response times because CGR files are used for loading processes
  • Error reduction thanks to cross-system data synchronization between SAP ECTR and CATIA V5