We are currently in the process of looking for an MRP/ERP system. How important is it to be able to have the two to communicate/Linked to each other. Why is it important to have them linked? what are the pros and cons? Any information you can give me would help allot!
I don't believe SW is compatible with any MRP system.
I think the question you should be asking is if your PDM system is compatible with MRP. That's where the real value will be. The answer to "is X PDM compatible with Y MRP?" is always "Yes", but qualified by the limit of how much money you're willing to throw at it.
When you get your PDM/MRP link set up, usually people opt to go one- directional, so data flows from CAD to PDM to MRP, but not the other way. That just complicates matters too much.
As to which MRP to pick, well, that is a decision that needs the input of purchasing, receiving, manufacturing, shipping, IT and management at least as much if not more than engineering. The main thing that you would want to look for to make it compatible with a PDM system is that you can write scripts for it or that you at least understand and can manipulate the database behind it.
"Nathan Feculak" wrote in news:Fbxjc.33856$NG2.19234@edtnps84:
I saw a demo of a add-in which interfaced directly with "Made 2 Manage" and Solidworks. When one created a part or assembly in solidworks, it was automatically available in the MRP and Solidworks could reference the MRP data. If you'd like more info, I'll dig my pile to find the package and company.
Interesting. We implemented M2M 3 or 4 years ago (at the old company) and at the time it only interfaced with AutoCAD. We did have something called the "data loader" that would read Excel spreadsheets and import the information in to M2M (if it was properly mapped of course), but our support reps told us if we used it past the initial "data translation" phase they would void our warranty.
Could this add-in package have been made by ITWorks in Oklahoma?
This is the write up from ADS about it's product, the contact is listed below. ADS has developed an API or add in for the SolidWorks CAD program that allows the linkage of a model in SolidWorks to an item in the ERP system. At the time of linkage, the data in SolidWorks is synchronized to the Key data in the ERP system. The API allows the user to create, view and edit Item Master information. The API allows the user to view, create and edit BOM information. The API allows an assembly BOM to update the ERP BOM with valid synchronized key data. Please view descriptive data on our web site
Dale R. Johnson Certified Made2Manage Consultant ADS Information Systems, Inc 952 893 1062 x 122 Use this first Cell - 651 303 0565 if not in office I hope this helped anyone looking into MRP/ERP intergration.