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CADLink runs from your CAD system and takes data directly from the on-screen drawing or model and integrates it with your ERP system.

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CADLink is a powerful tool that will allow your design engineers to concentrate on design work. Multiple data entry is saved through CADLink’s real-time CAD ERP link, allowing designers to access ERP systems including Exact MAX ERP, Infor SyteLine, Infor Visual Manufacturing, Microsoft Dynamics Navision/AX, Epicor 9 Vista/Vantage. Consona Made2Manage/Encompix/Intuitive system data without ever leaving Solidworks, AutoCAD, Inventor, and Pro Engineer Wildfire. CADLink can also run from your PLM system: EPDM, PTC WindChill, AutoDesk Vault and soon Team Center.

  • Real-time, two-way link between your CAD software and your ERP system

  • BOM and part info interfaced directly from within SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, AutoCAD, Inventor, Altium Designer, Mentor Graphics, Solid Edge, NX, and Creo Parametric

  • Complete where-used functionality

  • Comparison between CAD and ERP data, with full feedback of results

  • Comprehensive routing interface

  • Detailed shop orders, purchase orders and inventory for disposition decisions.

  • Full effectivity date functionality

  • Can be integrated with any CAD, PLM or ERP system

How Can CADLink Connect Your CAD & ERP Systems?

Item Master Management

The Item Master contains important tombstone data such as part number, type, description, etc. The application will pull the information that exists in your ERP system and the model to populate the fields of the form. The designer will be able to modify the data on the interface form.

Pressing ‘Save’ will synchronize and update the data in both ERP system and in the CAD drawing/model.

Bill of Material Management

Bill of material information is taken directly from the assembly model or drawing to populate the fields of the CAD ERP Interface form.The engineer will not be able to add or modify bill of material information without modifying the BOM in your CAD system. Thus in order to add a part, delete a part or change the quantity on the bill of material, that part must be added, deleted or have its quantity changed in SolidWorks first and then saved through the interface. This helps to ensure data integrity between the your CAD system and the ERP system.

Routing Management

CAD ERP Interface optionally provides a simple, convenient interface for adding and modifying ERP routing information. The routing information is pulled from ERP and the designer can make the necessary changes in the interface.

Pressing ‘Save’ updates the ERP system with any changes made by the designer.

Effectivity Dates

The CAD ERP Interface system can include effectivity date information with the BOM. Using this option, companies can be sure to keep a clear history as well as a future instruction to production on the status of engineering bills of materials.

CAD ERP with Effectivity Dates ensures that your CAD BOM are never deleted they are only ‘zeroed’ using appropriate effective dates and quantities.

Eliminate Engineering ERP Clerical Work

With CADLink, your engineering team can focus on what they do best: Engineering. The inefficiency of double and triple data entries is eliminated and engineering information is automatically input into your CAD package and your ERP system in one simplified interface. This reduces costly duplication of effort and frees up engineers to do what they are on staff to do.

Free up engineering staff to do more engineering and reduce your engineering costs. The less time they spend inputting data across multiple platforms, the more time they can invest on projects and designs.

Reduce Data Entry Errors

When entering data into two separate databases, there is a large possibility of discrepancies due to typos or mistakes. These are common when Engineers are tasked to fill multiple fields for every assembly, subassembly and part by hand. By unifying the data entry process, CADLink eliminates sources of error in transferring data between your CAD model and ERP system.

Drawing Accuracy and Consistency

The CADLink SOLIDWORKS Interface also ensures that the information on the drawing – descriptions and revisions for example – is identical to the information in your ERP. Accurate information in drawings eliminates confusion. It also reduces errors on the shop floor arising from conflicting information between work orders, sales orders, and drawings, reducing scrap and saving engineering costs in clarification.

Do You Have a CADLink Success Plan?

Implementation Services

Through our comprehensive set of mentoring and consulting services, our team of advisors and technicians will help you introduce transformative new technology to your product development process. Drawing on our years of experience and industry knowledge, we take on the sometimes daunting challenge of making these complex tools work the way you need them to.

Services available for SOLIDWORKS CAD, Electrical, PDM, Manage, Simulation, Composer, Inspection, 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, CATIA, DriveWorks, CAMWorks, and more.

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CADLink Support

The ability to support our customers is the cornerstone of our business. With 90+ engineers on staff available 12 hours per day, 5 days per week, our award-winning technical team can assist you with your CADLink challenges in a timely manner.

Call: 888-285-2284
Support Hours: 7AM – 7PM Central Time
Support Days: Monday – Friday

CADLink Training

Without the right know-how, the full potential of CADLink will be difficult to experience.  CATI provides our customers with comprehensive training in both beginning and advanced topics.

Instruction by our certified trainers is available throughout the year at our nationwide campuses.  We focus on small class sizes that afford you the individual attention you need to learn and thrive.


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CATI Is Your CADLink Success Plan

As North America’s first SOLIDWORKS partner, no one is more qualified to build and support your product development process.  We believe everyone should have access to our curated portfolio of transformative engineering and manufacturing technologies.

By listening to and working with you, we will find the right solution for you at the right time, with an implementation and growth plan to support your business ambitions.

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We’re ready to help figure out the right product development solution plan for you. Contact us today to get started with a quote, a free trial, a demo, or just ask questions.

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