Connect your systems. Sync items, bill of materials and files between Vault and your ERP system, in a modern and easy way.
powerGate, our .NET and PowerShell-extension, makes it possible to create scripts and applications that automate data synchronization with ERP systems. It is designed for companies in which the engineering department works with Autodesk tools such as AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical and Inventor for authoring data, as well as Vault for managing data. power gate connects Vault to any ERP system, in a direct way.
Connect your engineering with the rest of the company
powerGate allows you to create and update items in the ERP system, from within Vault and CAD. It transfers your engineering BOM. It shares PDFs to purchase. It can be tailored to behave the way you want and do what you want.
Sync items with your ERP
No need to switch between applications. Create and update ERP items directly from within Vault.
Extend your Vault client with powerGate. It will show you ERP item information in the context of your Vault file or item. Also, you will be able to create and update ERP items with Vault data, right from with Vault. This will strongly improve your working performance and experience.
Sync bill of materials with ERP
Getting the BOM in the ERP becomes simple and transparent with powerGate. The BOM transfer dialog gives you insight into the changes you will perform.
Creating a BOM in ERP is simple. Updating an existing BOM might be more complex. The BOM transfer dialog of powerGate, checks the state of all your items, compares the BOM with the ERP BOM and gives you feedback on what will be added, removed or changed. This way, you become aware of the impact of your changes, before those will be applied.
Share PDFs with your ERP
Making PDFs, DWG, DXF files accessible to the purchase department and shop floor is a huge benefit for the whole company. Sharing such files automatically when new versions are released is mandatory.
powerGate in combination with powerJobs can create neutral formats of your CAD files and make those available to the ERP system, automatically on each release. Depending on the capabilities of the ERP system, the files might be just in a shared folder accessible by the ERP system, or even stored directly within the ERP system.
In the case of SAP, files will be stored in the according document info record (DIR). Such DIR might be created by powerJobs/powerGate, linked with the according SAP material, the PDF uploaded as original to the DIR and finally set the state to released with SAP.
In the case of other ERP systems, like Microsoft Dynamics NAV, the PDF might be put on a network share and the ERP will be just informed that a new PDF is read for the given ERP item. coolOrange - connect
Sync Vault workflows
Extend your Vault lifecycle with checks against your ERP system. Make sure that when you release a file or item, it is in sync with the according ERP item.
powerEvents in combination with powerGate can talk to the ERP System on given Vault actions. For instance, you may check whether the part number used in Vault, is valid in ERP, and if not, prevent releasing the file. Or automatically update ERP item information, when releasing the according file or item in Vault.
With powerEvents and powerGate, you can drastically improve the quality of your data, and make sure that when something gets released, then all the related information in Vault and ERP are truly in sync.
With and without Vault items
powerGate can transfer both, the CAD and item bill of material. This means you can work with Vault items, but you don't have to.
In case you work with Vault Workgroup or Vault Professional, but don't want to use items, powerGate leverages the CAD BOM for the transfer to ERP. In case you want to use the item master of Vault Professional, that is welcome as well!
From within Vault and CAD
Create items while you are working in CAD, and use the item number for driving file information of your CAD bill of material.
powerGate works hand in hand with Vault Data Standard, which means that the communication to the ERP system can happen from within Vault, Inventor and AutoCAD. For instance, you may create an ERP item, from within Inventor, while you are saving a new file and want to either link it with an existing item or create a new one. Also, you can perform an ERP item search from within your CAD application and insert the item as a virtual component, or part reference. This way, your CAD BOM becomes complete and correct in the first place, while you are designing, without leaving your CAD application.
A direct integration
powerGate operations are immediate and direct. No need for file sync, no delay, no data redundancy. Once an operation is done, it is DONE! And if not, then you'll know it right away, and why.
powerGate connects directly with your ERP system. Depending on the ERP system, the way might be different, but the result is the same. In case of Microsoft Dynamics NAV the communication is via webservices, with SAP is via Gatway (REST), with some systems it might be via .Net or via database. So far over 20 different ERP systems have been connected via powerGate, so get in touch with us and let's talk about yours.