Does Your Engineering Software Play Well With Others?

CollaborationThis April at Hannover Messe, Aucotec will reveal the new Project Status Manager module of CAE platform Engineering Base. This module will allow designers, project managers, and everyone else involved in an engineering project to work within the same database.

Engineering Base is such a powerful tool because it integrates different engineering disciplines as well as ERP, 3D, and automation systems, and predictive maintenance, simulation, and manufacturing. This means you can manage the entire life of an engineering project — from the early stages of design all the way to decommissioning — within the same software.

Here are seven benefits of your engineering software playing well with others.

A faster process from beginning to end

Exporting data from one system and importing it into another takes time. So does waiting for another team to finish before you can get started on your part of the project.

Engineering firms are under a lot of pressure to cut costs. And one very effective way to do that is to shorten development time. With integrated software, everyone can work together, at the same time. This can reduce your development time by as much as 30%.

Real-time updates

Chance are, at one time or another, you’ve realized that you were working on an outdated version of your project documentation. Perhaps you were on v.7 while everyone else was on v.8. Hopefully, you weren’t even further behind!

With a fully integrated tool, you don’t have to worry about this happening. Revisions are made to the centralized database in real time, so you know that everyone is always on the same page.

Automation

Integrated tools allow you to automate more aspects of the design process. This saves you time and money, while also reducing the risk of making a data-entry mistake.

For example, in this popular video, Aucotec’s Pouria Bigvand shows you how you can go from P&ID to PLC in just 10 minutes by using an automated software with a centralized database.

Shared part libraries

How much time do you and your team spend recreating supplier parts in your CAD application?

According to one study, the average time is almost an hour a day. Add that up for multiple engineers across multiple teams, and you get a significant chunk of time wasted simply because part libraries aren’t shared between software systems.

Fortunately, the solution to this problem is simple: use software that supports integration.

Easier design validation

As you know, it’s much better to find flaws in your design before they reach the implementation stage. With a system that integrates validation steps like simulation and detection, you can spot (and fix!) problems much earlier.

Simplified tracking and reporting

Think back to the last time you prepared a report about your project. It could have been for a weekly status update, a client presentation, or a retrospective. How long did you spend gathering the data from different departments and systems and putting that data into a digestible format?

An integrated system allows you to track project status and develop reports much more efficiently because you have everything you need under one roof.

Shared knowledge

Finally, we’ve written extensively about the problems caused by keeping information siloed. These include poor design decisions, lost revenue, and other negative consequences that can sink a project.

On a people level, research shows that knowledge sharing is perceived by employees as rewarding, improves their performance, and decreases the chances they will leave. Your people are your greatest asset, so anything you can do to improve their performance and keep them around will pay you back in spades.

Does your engineering software play well with others by supporting integrations? If not, consider switching to one that does. Learn more about Engineering Base.

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