Automation Technology with Cideon Conify

With Cideon Conify, product and variant configurations are finally linked in your company. With the help of our software solution, your product configurator can be linked to the engineering processes and order design can be made more efficient. Cideon Conify enables the optimal processing of customer orders and ensures the efficient connection of your data.

Your Software Solution for Automated Variant Configuration and Design

Cideon Conify is the ideal combination of CONnection and CONfiguration!

Rely on software that seamlessly connects data and makes the configuration process more efficient. Create complete MCAD/ECAD automation with Cideon Conify, including transfer to your PDM system.

The linchpin of an end-to-end configuration process is the linking of information from sales and engineering. The data from the product configurator must be available in the subsequent steps. Automatically generated and PDM-compliant xCAD data forms the basis for the subsequent order design and the generation of ERP-specific parts lists, work plans and production processes.

Suitable methods for variant design serve as the basis for this.

Challenges in the Consistency of Your Variant Designs

Are the following challenges familiar to you in your daily work? Our special software solution for consistent configuration processes provides a solution, makes your daily work easier and increases your competitiveness. 

Avoiding Redundancies

For configurable products, configurations made during the sales phase should be the basis for engineering-to-order. Only then can redundancies and duplicate work steps be avoided and time and costs savings achieved.

Data Volume Complexity

Individualization in product development is creating increasingly large amounts of data. Manually transferring configuration parameters is time-consuming and error prone. Organizing and retrieving data is becoming increasingly difficult. Effective CAD data management is essential.

Increased Time Pressure

Customers expect ever faster delivery times, even for customized products. To meet these expectations and increase efficiency, processing customized orders needs to be faster and simpler.

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Product Features of Cideon Conify

Cideon Conify is the automation center in the configuration process. The software solution processes the collected data into a standardized structure and makes it available for other systems - regardless of the product configurator used.

Standardized Structure thanks to Configurator

Conify takes the data from your product configurator and processes it in a standardized structure. This ensures that the data from your sales phase is used in all configuration processes - no more loss of information.

PDM-Compliant Data

The MCAD/ECAD data generated by Cideon Conify is PDM-compliant and supports reliable part reuse. This means that engineering users can easily process them as usual - for example, for customer-specific order designs.

CAD Automation

Cideon Conify creates native MCAD/ECAD data and transfers it to the PDM system according to the structure, including 2D derivation. All the necessary information is available to you and can be processed without any loss of time.

PLM/ERP Interface for Constantly Up-To-Date Data

The interface to the PLM/ERP system creates article masters and parts lists. You work with correct and reliable data - the days of double entries and sources of error are a thing of the past.

Conify Connects Your CAD, PDM and ERP Systems

The data generated in the configuration process can be provided by Cideon Conify in the variant design as a neutral format if required. They can be found and reused at any time.

Advantages of the Automation Software

Find out 5 good reasons for using the Cideon Conify software solution here:

Basis of a Consistent Configuration Process

An end-to-end product configuration process requires consistent and reliable data. With Conify, you can network your systems and ensure that everyone has access to the same data. This shortens your project times and creates scope for innovation.

Correct Data for all Areas

Conify ensures that no more information is lost. The data created during the sales phase is available across all departments via the software solution - from engineering to purchasing.

Simultaneous Support for Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and other Areas

Thanks to the various connectors, you can automatically generate configured data from mechanics and electronics across all areas. This forms the basis for a mechatronic parts list.

Unterstützt gleichzeitig Mechanik, Elektrotechnik und weitere Gewerke

Dank der unterschiedlichen Konnektoren generieren Sie automatisierte und bereichsübergreifend konfigurierte Daten aus Mechanik und Elektronik. Dies stellt die Basis für eine mechatronische Stückliste dar.

Clear Time Saving

Networking the various areas and systems eliminates redundant work steps, such as the time-consuming double entry of data and manual reconciliation. The minimization of errors ensures further savings potential.

Optimized CAD Data Management

Increasingly complex projects are generating ever larger volumes of data. Conify ensures that these are stored in an organized manner and can be retrieved. This means that they are reliably and correctly available to all those involved in order construction at all times.

Conify - The Ideal Combination of CONnection and CONfiguration!

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Do you Want to Optimize Your Configuration Processes?

Would you like to implement or optimize consistent configuration processes? Then we are at your side with our Cideon Configuration Discovery Workshop!
The workshop is based on our standardized and proven consulting methodology, which supports your process requirements throughout the entire configuration process. The focus is on identifying your potential based on your current and future desired ways of working. We work with you to develop a targeted overall solution and prepare it so that it can be implemented in your everyday work.

Cideon Configuration Discovery Workshop

Scope of services
  • Analysis of the current status of your configuration environment along your value chain.
  • Elaboration of possible potentials, future added values and definition of a target state.
  • Accompaniment and illustration with a demo example.
  • Development of a realistic solution structure based on the target picture.
  • Comprehensible presentation of results including definition of the sensible next step.

Your Advantages with the Cideon Configuration Discovery Workshop

Time saving

Your experts and ours work closely together in the workshop to incorporate your individual requirements and needs. Thanks to our implementation know-how, we can guarantee a rapid implementation. This saves you valuable time that you can use for your core business.

Cost savings

By providing targeted training and introducing your users to the new systems, you can save on expensive staff assignments downstream.

Facilitated work

Often the necessary resources are not available to carry out complex as-is analyses. We support you with a detailed and professional analysis of your current configuration processes - from the current status to the target concept and implementation.

Quality improvement

The development and implementation of a consistent configuration process is complex. To ensure an optimal result, we support you not only in the development, but also in the realization of your implementation project.

Webcast: Cideon Conify: Seamless and efficient Engineering with Solidworks and SAP

Are you faced with the challenge that your engineering process repeatedly requires manual steps between the creation of quotations in SAP, orders and CAD data creation? Would you like to realize an efficient, integrated process between customer order and order design?

Find out in our webcast how Cideon Conify can support you to work more efficiently and minimize errors, from configuration to order design. Our experts Lars Kiel and Tina Stürke will give you a live demonstration of the possibilities that arise from combining Cideon Conify with a configurator, a CAD system and a PDM system (SAP ECTR).

Configuration Process

Use Cideon to implement a consistent configuration process in mechanical and plant engineering and link your sales and engineering data. Discover new possibilities for better planning and faster projects.

Efficiently Connecting Sales, Engineering and Order Processing

Cideon Whitepaper: Configuration Process – Consistent and Forward-Looking

The mechanical and plant engineering sector is facing major challenges. Key reasons are rising cost pressures, growing customer expectations and a major shortage of skilled personnel. Digitalization and its ability to connect different areas is the generally accepted answer to these pressing issues. Maintaining competitiveness and future business success also requires aligning corporate strategy and processes to the increased digitalization.


This white paper highlights the features of variant configuration in mechanical and plant engineering and the opportunities it provides.

FAQ about Cideon Conify

CTO stands for Configure-to-Order and means that a product is configured as required by selecting from a range of predefined options. The product is no longer developed completely to order, but is put together from various components and options. If additional services are added or changes are made, this is referred to as CTO+.

Cideon Conify is a software solution that provides PDM-compliant CAD data for sales, order design and production in the configuration process, thus enabling efficient processing of customer-specific quotations and orders.

Cideon Conify is the control center in the configuration process and ensures consistent data. The automation process can already be started in the sales department with Cideon Conify. Cideon Conify then provides the data in a standardized structure for the other systems, for example for the CAD system, and stores the data in the PDM. By integrating the ERP system, BOMs, work plans and production processes can then be generated - creating consistency right through to production.

The use of Cideon Conify results in several time and cost advantages. Above all, the elimination of double entries and manual data reconciliation saves a lot of time. The quick and easy retrieval of all data and the reuse of components and parts also saves resources. In addition, processes are automated, eliminating routine tasks.

Quality is also increased thanks to optimized data management, correct quotations and the minimization of error sources. Standardized, proven components are now available, which increases product quality.

Yes, thanks to the connector to Eplan Engineering Configuration (EEC), electrical engineering planning can also be generated automatically. Circuit diagrams and electrical engineering documentation are generated at the click of a mouse. For example, a desired machine can be configured in this way, while the circuit diagram and BOM for the machine are generated almost automatically at the same time.

The Cideon Configuration Discovery workshop focuses on identifying potential based on current and desired future working methods. The first step is to take stock of the configuration environment along the value chain, define a target state and show a demo example. A realistic solution structure, a cost estimate and a project plan are then drawn up. At the end, a presentation of the results is created, including a definition of the sensible next step.

Why Cideon?

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

Decades of Expertise

Rely on decades of practical experience 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 daily business needs.


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

Trust in a strong group of companies. Cideon is part of the family-owned, globally active Friedhelm Loh Group and is based on the principles of customer-oriented and sustainable corporate management.


Cideon Support

Quality, speed, and reliability in engineering are critical to your success. Comprehensive services are just as important as dedicated specialists and powerful software solutions.

Cideon Support offers you fast and uncomplicated answers to your questions, detailed insights into products and solutions as well as helpful tips and tricks.

Go one step further with Managed Services: With this service, we monitor your CAD/PDM/PLM environment and ensure the long-term operational reliability of your software. This ensures that your systems are always up to date and ready for use, giving you the peace of mind that your software is consistently maintained and optimized.


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