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New ECAD integration: SAP continues to Simplify & Expand Authoring tool integrations

New ECAD integration to SAP is now available! The new SAP Engineering Control Center interface to EPLAN marks a significant step towards expansion of the authoring tool integrations to SAP. As products become complex with combination of mechanical, electrical/electronic and software parts, a holistic approach of systems engineering is required to efficiently manage the product development. The new SAP Engineering Control Center interface to EPLAN is a significant step forward in this direction and demonstrates the commitment of SAP to enable customers to adopt an integrated approach for product development.

With the new SAP Engineering Control Center (SAP ECTR) interface to EPLAN, the electrical designers and project engineers can seamlessly work in both ECAD and SAP worlds. One can effortlessly manage the electrical schematics and projects in SAP. The versioning, releasing and change management ensures that everyone accesses the information that is consistent across the enterprise. The bidirectional exchange of EPLAN project properties attributes eliminates the errors that are typical in a manual update process. One can easily search for the part numbers that are already available in SAP thereby promoting greater re-use and reducing part proliferations. Thanks to the SAP ECTR interface to EPLAN, material masters can be directly created, changed or assigned from EPLAN environment. SAP Bill of Materials can be directly created and managed in this integrated environment. The vital information of device tags and reference designators are handled as BOM sub-items which ensures accurate aggregation of BOM quantities allowing for a consistent product definition.

It is clear that the bidirectional flow of information between SAP and EPLAN ensures that the electrical designers and engineers would create and access consistent product definition even as they continue to work in their native environments. This eliminates the proverbial disconnects in data flow thereby significantly enhancing the efficiency in the product development.


The SAP Engineering Control Center interface to EPLAN is developed along with Cideon, SAP’s strategic CAD integration development partner.

Launched last year, the SAP Engineering Control Center simplifies the way engineers/designers work with SAP. The very easy to use, intuitive interface with conveniences like easier search, copy paste, drag and releate options among others makees it easier for design engineers to access and work with SAP. The context sensitive menus enables easy navigation to the appropriate objects / capabilities greatly facilitates the product development processes.

SAP Engineering Control Center is the platform for integrating the diverse authoring tools. As a unified platform for integrating authoring tools to SAP, it opens up tremendous opportunities for bringing together the design information of Mechanical/Electrical CAD with real time manfacturing/production or business information. This would unleash the power of accessing and working on a single product data definition that is current and consistent across the entire enterprise.

SAP Engineering Control Center Integrations for market leading 2D and 3D CAD tools are already available. These have been developed with SAP’s strategic CAD integration development partners: Cenit, Cideon, DSC and .Riess. The new integration to ECAD extends the capability of the SAP Engineering Control Center and takes a step further ahead in SAP’s efforts to enable enterprises to adopt a holistic systems engineering approach for product development. Learn more about the authoring tool integration strategy, SAP Engineering Control Center and its capablities at the upcoming SAP International Conference on PLM at Darmstadt, Germany on Oct 1-2.

SAP marches on its journey to further simplify and expand the authoring tool integration landscape for its customers!

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      Author's profile photo Sunny Wang
      Sunny Wang

      inspiring news! Looking forward to more news on inetgration with widely used eCAD tools, like Protel, Cadence, MentorGraphics...