Autodesk Upchain

PDM and PLM in one solution

Upchain stands for simple Product Data Management (PDM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) that adapts to your requirements and systems. Automate your processes with Upchain without changing the way you work. Learn more about how to effectively connect people, data and processes in product development - via cloud from anywhere in the world.

Autodesk Upchain

Unite your PDM and PLM data in one cloud-based software solution with Autodesk Upchain. Control your processes with customizable and instantly available workflows. With Upchain's built-in interfaces, you connect colleagues, partners, suppliers, or vendors completely independent of the CAD systems you use or other common authoring systems.

By using Upchain as a combined PDM and PLM system, you take your cross-team collaboration to a new level. By easily integrating the proven CAD tools and enterprise systems, you sustainably increase the efficiency of your product development process - starting from concept to production.

Autodesk Upchain is available in three configurations - Participant, Team, and Professional - to fit your needs at any time.

Upchain Participant is designed for all project participants, information seekers, and ticket submitters who regularly view CAD files, workflows, dashboards, and resources.

Upchain Team is primarily designed for the extended group of project participants. Marking up CAD files and viewing revision controls and managing those same documents are the focus here.

Upchain Professional addresses the specific challenges of project managers and engineers. Define and manage workflows, templates, design changes and processes with the included tools.

PLM Consulting & Implementation

CIDEON offers you comprehensive consulting and support around the introduction of a PLM system in your company and is always at your side as a reliable partner afterwards. Benefit from our many years of experience from a large number of successfully implemented PLM projects, our agile approach and our close partnership with market-leading software manufacturers.

Analysis & Consulting

Together with you, we examine your existing systems and processes and discuss possible potentials for improvement. Based on this, our team of experts will develop a detailed plan for implementing a PLM system tailored to your individual requirements.


The implementation of your new PLM solution takes place step by step and in close coordination with important stakeholders from your company. In the process, we ensure a perfect-fit integration with existing systems (ERP, CAD, etc.) and guarantee that your day-to-day business runs smoothly.

Support & Optimization

After implementation, our support solutions ensure the unrestricted operability and availability of your PLM system – regardless of whether your company uses SAP PLM, Autodesk Vault or PRO.FILE. We also take care of adapting your PLM system to changed requirements, if necessary.

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Upchain Use Cases

Stakeholder Management

Autodesk Upchain takes your stakeholder management to the next level. Use a single source of truth (SSOT) to ensure secure and, most importantly, consistent data processing. The cloud-based application option also allows you to provide your stakeholders with real-time data, which they can process from anywhere in the world using intuitive dashboards. Secure, fast, efficient.

Data Integration With Upchain

With Upchain, you work with the data you need - regardless of file type. Use the built-in interfaces (plugins) to connect your teams and data - whether you use Inventor, Solidworks or Microsoft.

Product Development

Accelerate your product development with Upchain. Integrate your suppliers, partners or customers into the processes at an early stage and thus prevent errors and resulting delays already in the early stages of development.

Supply Chain Management With Autodesk Upchain

Leverage a "24/7 connection" with your supply chain through Autodesk Upchain. With constant access to the latest data, you'll get faster answers to your questions.

Data Consistency

Ensure the consistency of your data at all times with Upchain - regardless of which PLM, PDM, CRM or ERP system you use. Through the integrated API interfaces, you can connect your development or design data across systems, for example. Fast, secure and always without breaks.


Improve and intensify your collaboration with Upchain. Connect across projects in a new way, but with the already proven CAD and business tools - thereby across teams and along the entire product development.

Upchain Product Functions

PDM: Cloud-based Data and Process Management With Upchain

Use Autodesk Upchain as your PDM system and work more productively and flexibly than before! Simplify the management of your data and processes throughout the product development process. Use only the CAD systems that are suitable for you or your partners and suppliers and integrate the required product data quickly and easily directly into the programs used via CAD software plug-ins. Another advantage of Upchain: With the help of intuitive dashboards, you can keep track of your project progress at all times. Not only do you know who changed what and when, but you can also import or export the required files in the most common formats at any time.

PLM: Cloud-based Project and Product Management With Upchain

Benefit from the advantages of a PLM system with Autodesk Upchain. Give your employees, partners, suppliers and customers access to relevant 2D or 3D CAD data at any time - without a license and in real time. Promote cross-departmental collaboration through efficient project and product management tools - independent of time and location. Increase your efficiency in day-to-day business by centrally managing change management processes in Upchain and automating individual process steps through integrated tools.

Upchain: Automated Workflows and Integrations

Upchain is designed as a central platform for the efficient management of your product and process data and convinces with modular and cross-program functions. By integrating software and CAD plug-ins, you can use your systems already established in the company without barriers. With the help of API interfaces, you simplify your internal and external communication by making important data easily available to everyone.

Your Benefits With Autodesk Upchain

Reduce Time-to-Market

With Autodesk Upchain, you improve your cross-functional and cross-departmental collaboration and reduce the number of missing designs. As a result, you not only save costs, but also achieve an earlier time-to-market.

Reduce Costs with Upchain

Reduce your costs with Upchain by automating your product development and manufacturing processes.

Simplify Design

By automating your design workflows with Upchain, you free up space and time for other projects.

Reduce Risk of Errors

Store your product and process data centrally in Upchain, eliminating the risk of data loss, duplicate files, and conflicting versions.

Boosting Innvovation With Upchain

Create new capacities for innovation with Upchain by automating and digitizing your process flows.

Improve Quality

Use only the latest information and data to improve the quality of your design.

Collaboration - Optimal Cooperation Along The Entire Product Life Cycle

Ensure that all employees and also external stakeholders can access up-to-date and correct information. With fast and reliable document exchange and efficient management of projects, you can significantly optimize your processes and increase efficiency. 

Learn more about optimized collaboration in mechanical and plant engineering.

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. 

Our Business Areas

You know your market? We know your industry!

Use our know-how and get more out of your business area. Our industry-specific solutions and products at a glance.

Machine Building

Make development more efficient. Realize production faster.

Plant Construction

Create data consistency. Simplify document and supplier management.


Manage requirements efficiently. Realize individual solutions in series.

Design Offices

Provide flexibility. Leverage customer requirements.

Metal Construction

Simplify construction tasks. Process changes more efficiently. Speed up logistics.


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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