Engineering Applications and Integration with Vantage - Anyone

--- In vantage@yahoogroups.com, "Robert" <mrfurious2k@...> wrote:
>
We are using Vantage 8.0 in conjunction with Agile (a Product Design
Management syste). Agile is we control the actual engineering data -
parts, BOM's, etc etc. Agile has an export capability, but getting the
data into Vantage would have involved a lot of manual entry even with
the export. Vantage has a product called Service Connect that
basically allows movement of information between different
applications in an automated fashion. Service Connect essentially
mimicks the manual entry of data into Vantage. It has worked very well
for us - saved a ton of time - and of course since it is a data import
approach avoids the risk of human error when you re-enter the data.
Could be a solution for your problem.

Joe La Bore
Microdynamics

> Hi Everyone,
>
> I'm fairly new to the group so I'll give a short introduction before
> I outline my question. My name is Robert Schmaltz and I'm the IT
> Manager for Metro Machine and Engineering. We're a small
> manufacturing and engineering company based in Eden Prairie, MN.
> Our core business is designing and building one-of-a-kind and state-
> of-the-art automation equipment (like automated assembly lines). We
> started the Implementation of Vantage 8 about 6 months ago after a
> very, very rocky start (we purchased Vantage in November of 2004).
> It's been slow going, but we're finally making headway.
>
> Before our implementation of Vantage, we had gone to great lengths
> to integrate our engineering CAD system with our various databases.
> These databases recorded information regarding part information and
> BOM info directly from the CAD drawings. It significantly reduced
> our error rates, reduced the amount of time required to build a BOM,
> and reduced the number of people required involved in data entry.
> Our two main applications are AutoDesk Inventor and AutoDesk AutoCAD
> Electrical.
>
> Obviously we wanted to maintain these time savings with our new
> software. The plan with Vantage 8 (running on SQL Server) was to
> integrate it in a similar fashion as our previous databases through
> some custom software development with support from Epicor.
> Unfortunately, we've had numerous setbacks.
>
> Our latest issue is that AutoDesk is going to require all Inventor
> drawings (our 3D CAD modeling system drawings) to be used with their
> document management system called, "Vault". Vault is essentially a
> versioning document management system that will help its users to
> maintain projects, prevent engineers from tripping over each other
> by protecting "checked out parts", and organizing and structuring
> the drawing file system.
>
> This added layer of complexity has made us rethink the wisdom of
> custom developing the interface between Vantage and
> Inventor/AutoCAD. The question for this group is whether or not
> someone already has an interface with Inventor/AutoCAD using
> Epicor's PLM system or some other system. If so – how do you deal
> with Vault? How do you reduce the amount of data entry? What have
> you done to integrate your engineering needs with Vantage?
>
> I'm sure everyone has had their fill of salespeople, so I was hoping
> someone had already done something like this and could give me a
> heads up on the challenges and successes that they have had.
>
> Thanks,
> Robert
>
Hi Everyone,

I'm fairly new to the group so I'll give a short introduction before
I outline my question. My name is Robert Schmaltz and I'm the IT
Manager for Metro Machine and Engineering. We're a small
manufacturing and engineering company based in Eden Prairie, MN.
Our core business is designing and building one-of-a-kind and state-
of-the-art automation equipment (like automated assembly lines). We
started the Implementation of Vantage 8 about 6 months ago after a
very, very rocky start (we purchased Vantage in November of 2004).
It's been slow going, but we're finally making headway.

Before our implementation of Vantage, we had gone to great lengths
to integrate our engineering CAD system with our various databases.
These databases recorded information regarding part information and
BOM info directly from the CAD drawings. It significantly reduced
our error rates, reduced the amount of time required to build a BOM,
and reduced the number of people required involved in data entry.
Our two main applications are AutoDesk Inventor and AutoDesk AutoCAD
Electrical.

Obviously we wanted to maintain these time savings with our new
software. The plan with Vantage 8 (running on SQL Server) was to
integrate it in a similar fashion as our previous databases through
some custom software development with support from Epicor.
Unfortunately, we've had numerous setbacks.

Our latest issue is that AutoDesk is going to require all Inventor
drawings (our 3D CAD modeling system drawings) to be used with their
document management system called, "Vault". Vault is essentially a
versioning document management system that will help its users to
maintain projects, prevent engineers from tripping over each other
by protecting "checked out parts", and organizing and structuring
the drawing file system.

This added layer of complexity has made us rethink the wisdom of
custom developing the interface between Vantage and
Inventor/AutoCAD. The question for this group is whether or not
someone already has an interface with Inventor/AutoCAD using
Epicor's PLM system or some other system. If so – how do you deal
with Vault? How do you reduce the amount of data entry? What have
you done to integrate your engineering needs with Vantage?

I'm sure everyone has had their fill of salespeople, so I was hoping
someone had already done something like this and could give me a
heads up on the challenges and successes that they have had.

Thanks,
Robert