Beyond Email, FTP, and Home Grown Collaboration

Many global organizations use ad hoc processes and exchange product data via email, over FTP sites, or through in-house created collaboration frameworks. Such methods may be inefficient and pose inherent risks.


IT Resources: Developing and maintaining custom in house applications can be costly especially when ongoing changes are required to keep it current.

Engineering Resources: For most companies, data exchange is not their expertise. Having designers and engineers focus on product improvement instead of exchange logistics lets your talented engineering staff focus on creating better products.

Design Errors: If suppliers or partners receive the wrong data or work with improperly prepared or translated CAD models, unauthorized changes may introduce costly problems downstream in terms of re-work, re-mastering, re-tooling, scrapped product and even recalls.

Time to Market Delays: A largely manual process involving many people greatly impedes fast exchange with critical path suppliers and partners. Poorly prepared or translated models similarly introduce delays. If most exchanges take days instead of minutes, your time to market for new product introduction is probably impacted.

Security Issues: Typical data exchange methods utilizing email or FTP are not secure.

Traceability: Commonly used ad hoc processes do not provide traceability to ensure and later verify the right data is being used.

Non-Customizable: Each recipient of product data may have unique requirements for CAD data format and content to be most effective. By forcing your suppliers and partners to receive CAD data the same way, you may be limiting their ability to work most effectively with you.