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Bridging design into manufacturing

The Bill of Materials (BOM) contains crucial data that need to be passed on with painstaking precision. Transferring the BOM to the ERP system is one of the key steps in the path that leads from design to all the other business processes, and doing it manually is too risky and time consuming.

powerGate is a tool designed to help you accomplish this task smoothly, extensively and with perfect accuracy.

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BOM comparison

Whenever updating a BOM becomes complex, comparing the current Vault BOM with the ERP BOM can be very helpful.

powerGate provides a well-designed BOM transfer dialog which compares a preview of the current Vault BOM with the ERP BOM and shows the differences between the two through color coding.

This allows the user to evaluate the required changes, discuss them with teammates if necessary, and then apply them safely.

Quick and reliable multilevel BOM transfer

powerGate carries out multilevel BOM transfers in one step.

While performing the transfer level by level, powerGate can load a complete multilevel BOM into the BOM transfer dialog, compare it with ERP, identify all the required actions and eventually transfer all the BOM levels correctly.

Immediate feedback

Whenever a BOM cannot be created or updated due to specific business restrictions or rules, or in case the BOM transfer fails, powerGate immediately shows which BOM and which components are affected by which problem.

This allows the designer/engineer to take immediate action and avoid waisting time.

Mass item creation

Creating all the required ERP items involved in a BOM might take a long time.

With powerGate, you can load a complete multilevel BOM and process (create or update) all the involved items. This way, identifying missing items and creating them or identifying pending changes for existing items and updating them becomes very easy.

Item numbering

The number for a new item may come either from the design/engineering department or from ERP.
In both cases, powerGate can generate the next free item number by pulling it from the Vault, ERP, or any other source. This allows designers to create the required items quickly and easily within their own applications.

powerGate can handle any situation: from simple sequential numbers to very complex numbering schemes.

Deep CAD integration

powerGate extends Autodesk Vault, Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD, providing access to ERP data and ERP-related workflows directly within your authoring tool.

For instance, it is possible to create an ERP item from Inventor and store the ERP item number directly in the Inventor BOM.

Raw materials and purchase parts

To complete the CAD BOM, raw materials and purchase parts are required.

powerGate provides a search dialog within Inventor which allows the designer/engineer to search for an ERP item to be placed as a raw material onto a part, or to insert a purchased part as a virtual component. Now that the 3D model is complete, the BOM can be transferred to the ERP system without additional editing or manipulation.

Live connection

powerGate provides live connection to the ERP system. This is done by leveraging the native ERP API. All actions, like creating or updating items or BOMs, happen in real time – no delay, no need for synchronization. In case the entered data is not compliant with the business rules, the ERP system provides the given error message to the user thanks to powerGate, allowing them to take action accordingly.

The live connection displays the item and the BOM information right within Vault, giving access to ERP relevant data without leaving the application.

As a result, there is no data redundancy at all: every action and feedback is immediate, the visualized data are up-to-date, the item numbers can be pulled from ERP, BOMs can be compared, workflows can be wired, and much more.

Data viewing and updating

Through powerGate, designers and engineers may access to relevant items and BOM information without leaving the Vault while working with their preferred application, which allows for better decisions and actions based on correct and accurate data.

Wiring the workflows

When releasing an assembly in Vault, powerGate can check if all the involved items exist, are up to date, flagged as deleted or obsolete, and valid for the given ERP client/site.

Validating ERP-related data during Vault lifecycle operations ensures that the engineering data stays in sync with the ERP data, preventing downstream problems.

Items and files

Whether you’re working with Vault Workgroup or Professional, whether you’re using Vault items or not, powerGate can connect your Vault to your ERP system by either leveraging the Vault file or item BOM.

Publishing the documentation to ERP

In addition to items and BOMs, purchase and production departments typically also require PDFs, DXFs, and maybe other file formats.

In combination with powerJobs, powerGate can generate such files automatically and publish them to the ERP system along with metadata, lifecycle state and permissions.

Best practices and custom workflows

Thanks to the flexibility of powerGate and of the powerShell scripting language, any  workflow can be implemented. However, powerGate comes with a preconfigured set of workflows, as described on this page, which have been developed over the years within real customer situations, providing a market-proof starting point for fast implementation.

In case further customization is required, powerGate can handle it while still retaining compatibility across powerGate and Vault versions.

Technical Specs

Modern ERP systems typically provide an API, for instance web-services (SOAP), which allows powerGate to communicate with the ERP system and cover all the workflows described on this page.

Older ERP systems may not have a native API, but typically the ERP vendor or partner can provide one. We have connected over 20 different ERP systems around the globe, including SAP, Microsoft, and many others. In case your ERP system is not listed here, do not worry: just get in touch and we will make it work!

Compatibility: typically, customizations must be redone with every new release. That is not the case with powerGate. Thanks to a smart concept, customizations remain compatible across powerGate and Vault versions. powerGate supports the current and two previous Vault versions. Older versions are available in case your Vault has not been updated for a while.

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