ENOVIA Designer Central
ENOVIA® Designer Central™ enables designers around the world to manage and collaborate from one application, no matter what design tools they are using.
Ensuring that the right design data are being properly shared and managed across the value chain — suppliers, partners, and customers — is vital to a company’s ability to bring products to market quickly and correctly the first time. In today’s electro mechanical design environment, this effort is complicated due to electronic designs growing exponentially in complexity and creating large amounts of data that need to be shared across corporations with geographically dispersed design teams. As design and manufacturing functions continue to occur globally it is increasingly critical that all members contributing to the design process have full access to the most recent design data, when they need it and wherever they are located.
With ENOVIA Designer Central, ECAD (Electronic Computer Aided Design) and MCAD (Mechanical Computer Aided Design) users are able to:
Independently manage modules which facilitate design reuse
Grant access for other stakeholders across the company (product engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, etc.) to design data in real time throughout the entire product lifecycle
Have project leaders create team workspace folders, defining access level for members and making design information easy to find
Provide collaboration capabilities such as workflow, online meetings, subscriptions, and discussion threads, making it possible for dispersed design teams to productively collaborate on the same design
Project managers, product engineers, manufacturing engineers, purchasing, document controllers, etc. may contribute through real-time collaboration using such capabilities as on-line meetings, 3D design reviews, downloading of derived outputs for subsequent downstream analysis and/or consumption of data into other post design applications. ENOVIA Designer Central provides a means for users to complete these activities successfully without access to any 2D and/or 3D CAD modeling tool through direct access to the data provided.
- Provide work-in-process data management across all popular mechanical and electrical design tools
- Visually collaborate around the design information or other information related to the design
- Securely provide design information to suppliers and customers
- Schedule meetings for review at any step in the development process
- Create private and public workspaces for organizing and sharing designs
- Manage local workspaces in the context of the PLM system
- Upload complex, multi-tiered, design hierarchies into ENOVIA
- Recursively check out complex, multi-tiered, designs into the CAD tool or onto disk
- Apply full revision and version control to all design models
- Alert users with design change notifications to their current work
- Create ad-hoc routes for asynchronous review of design content
- Capture discussion threads containing design suggestions and improvements
- Decrease the time to develop new products by enabling concurrent design across multiple disciplines
- Reduce the number of design iterations by enabling enterprise collaboration throughout the design process between electrical and mechanical designers, purchasing, manufacturing, and partners.
- Allow users to utilize their design tool of choice while maintaining collaboration.
- Reduce scrap and re-work costs by minimizing data transfer errors between engineering and manufacturing.
- Reduce ramp up production lead times by providing component information to your supply chain earlier in the development process through preliminary bills-of-material (BOMs)
Product Driven DesignCompanies that have chosen to utilize ENOVIA® Engineering Central™ can now closely associate the CAD designs with engineering parts. During the initial saving of CAD designs, users may associate automatically generated engineering part numbers to their CAD models. The “Save” operation confirms the connection between the CAD model and the engineering part. This association is also permitted during a “Save As” operation, copying a structure with a new name as the starting point for another CAD design structure.
CAD Structure and EBOM Synchronization ValidationCompanies utilizing both ENOVIA Designer Central and ENOVIA Engineering Central realize the benefit of the close association of CAD designs and engineering parts. An invaluable feature in this process is the synchronization of the finalized design with the associated part. As part of this process, a visual display graphically depicts what changes/updates are to occur before the transaction is committed. Users can verify that expected updates have occurred and take corrective actions to solve any discrepancies.
Advanced CAD Structure ManagementUtilization of the common Product Structure Editor within ENOVA Designer Central allows users to generate new structures from existing designs stored in the ENOVIA database. Users may also manipulate work-in-process structures through query of the database to find the latest available component or suitable replacements for designs in their active structure. The structure modifications are made in a markup state until the user commits the changes. These new/modified structures may then be checked out inside the CAD application for further modification.
Release ManagementMany design processes allow for the revision of a child component without the requirement of revising the parent. These processes, however, are for changes that do not affect form, fit, or function. In these instances it is acceptable to allow the modification of a design without the use of ECO release processes. Users with appropriate access can now accomplish this task. In addition, 3D designs often have many drawings associated to them, such as section details and special configurations that need individual documentation. Users can choose to release all associated drawings of a 3D design throughout its multi-level structure.
Streamlined OperationsUsers now have a user interface that allows them to maintain the CAD application focus while performing most of the normal day-to-day check-in/out operations. Functions such as creating new designs, opening designs stored in ENOVIA, and storing designs in ENOVIA are accomplished through a Windows-like user interface. Access to ENOVIA is maintained through the “Explore in ENOVIA” pull-down command to exercise PLM type functions on the stored CAD data.
Create and Manage Design Data Workspaces from the CAD ToolENOVIA Designer Central allows users to create workspaces for project teams or for simple, ad hoc collaboration. From the native design application, designers can easily access data that is vaulted in the highly scalable ENOVIA® Collaboration Platform. Users can create folders within each workspace with access privileges for secure content sharing with other team members. Administrators may assign default or “Home” folders for each user. Pre-defined folders may also be accessed through a pull-down menu. Local workspace management on the users’ desktop allows users to easily compare their work-in-procress to the master designs in ENOVIA. Operations such as “lock”, “unlock”, “delete”, “move”, “update”, “revert” and “copy” are part of the local workspace management feature set. Subscriptions notify a designer when a design of interest is checked-in by another team member. ENOVIA Designer Central keeps track of the relationship between associated documents, such as schematics and layout, so traceability is never lost even when working with third party designers.
Create New Structures Using Configuration Filters During Save-AsENOVIA Designer Central allows users to create new virtual structures from existing structures that are in-process. Users may select from a variety of view filters such as “As-Stored”, “Latest Version” or “Latest Revision” and apply these filters to individual designs. This reuse of components at a variety of lifecycle stages shortens development time of new design ideas.
Quick Access to Most Recently Used Design DataENOVIA Designer Central keeps track of design activity and enables users to create collections for short-term storage of designs that will be used again. Thus, with ENOVIA Designer Central, the need to search is greatly reduced.
Collaboration with Design TeamsFrom within their application of choice, designers can easily find and access data vaulted in ENOVIA. Users can create folders within each workspace with access privileges for secure content, and share them with team members inside and outside of their organization. Only a user with the CAD administrator role has the authority to create start design templates that are assigned to a particular site, sites or made globally available to all users. Only members of that site can utilize design templates assigned to those sites for creation of designs for storage into specific folders. ENOVIA Designer Central embeds visualization capabilities to allow electrical and mechanical designers to view schematics, printed circuit board (PCB) layouts and MCAD models without requiring the native authoring tool. Furthermore, users can define workflows (or routes) for designs or documents that require review or approval. Routes can be defined with serial or parallel tasks.
Mixed Design FlowsHeterogeneous design environments comprised of multiple xCAD application vendors’ software tools are no problem for ENOVIA Designer Central based products. In the age of mergers and acquisitions, organizations can hardly afford to consolidate their design flow on a single vendor. Allowing Multi CAD environments allows designers to keep their tools of choice and still keep their designs synchronized with the single definition of the engineering bill-of-materials (EBOM). For example, a company may require different ECAD and MCAD tools for designing different product sub-systems with the EBOM.
NotificationRapid review of change ideas leads to faster design throughput. Users of ENOVIA Designer Central have the ability to subscribe to a design and set events for notification. When any user changes a design in a work-in-process environment, all users that have subscribed to that design are notified of the change automatically, reducing last minute mistakes. Design change reports include status of new and modified designs as well as designs that have been renamed.
Optimized for WAN usageENOVIA Designer Central is designed to work with very large design sets by leveraging distributed file systems. This results in higher rates of user adoption and acceptance.
Meeting CapabilitiesENOVIA Designer Central’s online meeting capability enables design teams to review and collaborate on design data in real time. Discussion threads and markups are captured as part of the meeting and can be referenced at any time in the future.
WorkflowENOVIA Designer Central’s workflow (or route) capabilities enable a designer to obtain feedback through ad hoc routes or through pre-defined approval processes. Routes can be created with serial or parallel tasks for review and/or approval of design content.
VisualizationHaving the ability to work on designs independent of the authoring tools improves communication and reduces the likelihood of late changes in the design process. ENOVIA Designer Central includes a web-based visualization component. This capability supports a variety of document formats and in certain circumstances data can be read natively with no translation, or for larger data sets, can be sent to a background process for translation in anticipation of future use. No files are downloaded to the client side, ensuring a secure work environment. In addition, thumbnail images are also available in certain displays to aid users in distinguishing different versions of the same design.
Supported Design ApplicationsENOVIA Designer Central supports the following leading design applications. Customers can choose to manage one or more of these ECAD and MCAD tools with ENOVIA Designer Central: - Cadence Allegro - Mentor Graphics Design Manager - Mentor Graphics Expedition - Zuken CR-5000 - MicroStation - Pro/ENGINEER - Solid Edge - SolidWorks® - NX - CATIA® V4 -Inventor - AutoCAD and AutoCAD Mechanical
The Role of ENOVIA V6 and PLM 2.0ENOVIA Designer Central supports PLM 2.0, product lifecycle management online for everyone, and the ENOVIA V6 values, which are: Global collaborative innovation Single PLM platform for intellectual property (IP) management Online creation and collaboration, ready to use PLM business processes Lower cost of ownership.