Engineer-to-Order (ETO)

Working creatively to realize individual products more efficiently.

Engineer-to-order (ETO) lets you design one-off products or components. The key behind it: Efficient software, end-to-end data platforms, and error-free digital processes. Learn more about how CIDEON supports you. 

Engineer to Order

Engineer-to-Order (ETO) enables you to tailor your design and manufacturing to the specific order needs of your customers. Processes and solutions from CIDEON will then provide profitability.

Engineer-to-Order (ETO)

Working creatively to realize individual products more efficiently.

Engineer-to-Order (ETO) describes an ordering process in which a product or component requires developing, designing and manufacturing from scratch for the first time. CIDEON provides mechanical and plant engineering companies with consultancy on efficient ETO software handling as well as solutions for end-to-end data integrity and information platforms along the entire value chain.

Use Cases

ETO projects are a challenge for development departments. However, CIDEON provides support with powerful tools to reliably and efficiently achieve project success.

Faster designs

Use powerful tools to achieve success in your ETO projects reliably and efficiently. For example, special CAD software to transfer 2D drafts into 3D drawings. This makes top-down designs possible, allowing you to quickly move from the initial idea to the design detail.

Bestehende CAD-Daten nutzen

Use existing CAD data

For ETO projects, design new components using the CAD data of existing components. The wheel doesn't require reinventing. Special software takes CAD data from other tools and merges it as needed.



Benefit from a process approach to manufacturing by using Engineer-to-Order (ETO) to individually design, engineer and manufacture individual parts for each customer order.

Efficient Implementation of (tailor-made) Solutions

Engineer-to-Order (ETO) processes allow you to create customized solutions for your customers. Achieve this efficiently, using customized software.

Reduce Complexity

Reduce the complexity of ETO projects. Use special process software to integrate variant diversity and project individuality.


Your Software Solution for a Consistent Configuration Process


CIDEON Conify consistently links data from the sales and engineering phases to automatically provide PDM-compliant MCAD and ECAD data of the configured product. This is the basis for the subsequent Engineering-to-Order and generation of ERP-specific bill of materials, work schedules, wiring diagrams and production processes according to customer requirements, enabling the creation of individual products quickly and according to specifications.

Core Benefits: 

  • Automation of daily tasks in the processing of configurable products
  • Consistent data quality
  • Ensure consistent standards for all process participants
  • Merging into one mechatronic BOM


CIDEON Conify is the ideal combination of CONnection and CONfiguration!

The Difference Between CTO and ETO

Our graphic shows you the differences between Configure-to-Order (CTO) and Engineer-to-Order (ETO) and what CTO+ means.

Configuration Process

Realise a consistent configuration process in mechanical and plant engineering with CIDEON and link your sales and engineering data. Discover new possibilities for better planning and faster projects.

Our Added Values

CIDEON advises and supports companies in optimizing their product development processes - from conception and engineering to manufacturing and service. We stand for:

Decades of Expertise

Rely on decades of practical knowledge in system integration and process consulting. CIDEON understands your business challenges in digital transformation and supports you with unique solutions along the entire value chain.

Customized Engineering

Benefit from customized solutions with CIDEON software and interfaces. Integrative, powerful and perfectly tailored to your individual requirements in day-to-day business.


End-to-End Process Consulting

Transform your digital requirements into corporate (added) value. We simplify your processes, map them digitally and make them economically viable - across functions and divisions throughout the entire product development process.  

International Cooperation

Place your trust in a strong group of companies. CIDEON is part of the family-run, globally active Friedhelm Loh Group and is guided by the principles of customer-focused and sustainable corporate management. 

Daniel Pasing, Customer Success Manager

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CIDEON Support

Quality, speed and reliability in engineering play a crucial role in your success. All-round services are therefore as important as committed specialists and powerful software.

CIDEON Support gives you quick and easy answers to your questions, detailed information about products and solutions, and helpful tips and tricks.

Managed Services take us one step further: This service enables us to maintain an overview of your CAD/PDM/PLM environment and thus ensure your software's long-term operational reliability. You can then always be sure that your systems are always up to date and operable.

CIDEON Locations

CIDEON Headquarters

Cideon Software & Services GmbH & Co. KG
Lochhamer Schlag 11, 82166 Gräfelfing



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