CAD Data Management: Is it worth it?

November 14, 2014

What are the Benefits of Investing in a Data Management Solution?

Before an engineering or manufacturing firm decides to invest in a CAD file management solution, it’s worthwhile for the organization to conduct a ROI (Return On Investment).

Here’s a listing of benefits gained by an organization who invests in CAD file management.

  • CAD designers and engineers will not waste excessive time searching for CAD files, or working with outdated CAD design information.
  • Robust design methodologies are available within a library to the CAD designer, so that he or she does not need to “re-invent the wheel”.  Leverage existing data for “the same, but different” products.
  • Innovative design methodologies developed within a CAD organization can be shared quickly and effectively.
  • Design reviews can be conducted quickly, because the information that the reviewers need will be readily accessible. Furthermore, improved cloud technology and network conferencing will enable reviewers who are not co-located to work in a virtual conference room.
  • Projects will be completed much faster because communication lines exist between members of design teams, project management teams, and marketing teams.
  • Work is performed in a more secure environment where individual members of the product team do not use personal methods such as email or cloud-based storage methods for exchanging CAD files or other design-related data. Instead, information handling protocols provide the means for secure, up-to-date file exchange.

What is the Cost of Not Investing in CAD File Management?

After listing the benefits of CAD file management, it should be easy to identify the risks an organization takes by not using CAD file management.  Here are a few of those risks:

  • CAD designers and engineers will waste excessive time searching for CAD files, or working with outdated CAD design information.
  • Information transfer will be fraught with errors, thereby leading to “finger pointing” and a low-morale work environment.
  • Proprietary information could be transmitted easily without being detected and blocked.
  • Design reviews will not be conducted quickly and efficiently, because information that reviewers need will not be readily accessible. Design errors may be caught late, and rework will be frequent.
  • Lack of data security will open the doors for industrial spies and hackers.

Conclusion

Rapid advances and innovations in CAD technology demand that a sophisticated method should manage information transfer within multi-disciplinary teams who work together in a product development environment.

The risks that an organization bears by ignoring CAD file management are great in terms of operating costs.

For more information, you can email info@cadcamconnect.com or call 1 (844) 223.CADCAM1

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