TR Cutler Profiles ERP and CAD Integration in Automationcom

Released on = February 17, 2006, 9:15 am

Press Release Author = Thomas Cutler

Industry = Management

Press Release Summary = ERP and CAD Integration profiled in an
article by manufacturing journalist TR Cutler

Press Release Body = is for manufacturers and suppliers of
industrial, factory and process automation, motion control, machine control, process
control and instrumentation products and services. attracts
engineers, programmers, designers, technicians and other professionals who specify,
purchase and use control systems, software, robotics, sensors and other supporting
products to automate machines, equipment and factories in both discrete and
continuous manufacturing processes. The current issue of includes a
feature article by contributing editor, Thomas R. Cutler about ERP and CAD
integration in the ETO (Engineer-to-Order) Environment.

According to Cutler's feature, traditional ERP systems were developed for the
repetitive, make-to-stock manufacturer, where there is a clear demarcation between
design and production. In that environment the engineer designs the product in a CAD
application. After testing and prototyping, the product is released to production,
which is managed by the ERP system.

The design engineer has little or no interaction with the ERP system and works quite
happily in a CAD environment. Following the work of the design engineer, a
production engineer then creates a bill of materials (BOM), based on how it will be
manufactured, not on how the product is designed.

In the Engineer-to-Order (ETO) world the role of the design engineer is very
different. By its nature an ETO company builds a unique product designed to meet the
specification of a single customer. The two worlds of design and manufacturing are
closely linked. In many cased the design of the product continues through the
product process (design-in-process), incorporating a multitude of engineering
changes. These changes can be driven by the customer or by the manufacturer. In this
environment a seamless flow of data between engineering and production is critical.
An ETO company must integrate CAD and ERP.

Thomas R. Cutler, who founded the Manufacturing Media Consortium in 1999, has grown
the participation from 300 journalists to more than two thousands key clients,
journalists, editors, trendsetters, and key business leaders worldwide. Cutler has
authored more than 1000 articles for a wide range of manufacturing periodicals,
industrial publications, and business journals including most of the leading monthly
trade publications. Cutler is the author of The Manufacturers' Public Relations and
Media Guide. Cutler was voted #1 Manufacturing Journalist for the third year in a
row. The firm has forty-two employees worldwide. TR Cutler, Inc.,
(, is the nation\'s largest manufacturing marketing and public
relations firm, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Contact Details = TR Cutler, Inc.
Thomas Cutler

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