IFS, a provider of enterprise application systems, has launched service-oriented architecture-based CAD integration for its enterprise suite, IFS Applications.
While some other enterprise software products-including enterprise resources planning (ERP) software – have CAD interfaces, they typically are designed to import and export data in and out of a CAD tool. This creates two separate product data management (PDM) databases and related synchronization problems, said IFS.
IFS leverages web services built into its service-oriented-architecture (SOA) to share PDM data common to both engineering and manufacturing, resulting in real time CAD to PDM integration. For customers that want to keep separate the engineering and manufacturing functions, a future release will also support a traditional PDM to PDM integration model.
Rick Veague, chief technology officer for North America at IFS, said: We find that many customers use multiple CAD applications, often as the result of mergers and acquisition activity. This often results in a battle to see which CAD application will win. The IFS solution makes it easier for multiple CAD applications to co-exist within a company, since there is a common PDM system they can all share. Companies running IFS Applications will use the same PDM data to support both engineering and manufacturing, eliminating the need for redundant PDM applications and data synchronization requirements.
Cindy Jaudon, president and CEO for North America at IFS, said Our customers demand innovation that reduces their technology cost while at the same time increases their level of enterprise agility. This integration tool will solve real problems our customers are having right now, and do it in a way that improves their ability to deliver new products to market and respond to customer needs. With this announcement, we are delivering even more of the benefit that companies want from an integrated enterprise application.