Our Interface from SAP ECTR to AutoCAD

SAP ECTR interface to AutoCAD enables seamless integration of AutoCAD and AutoCAD Mechanical product data into SAP PLM. This innovative interface allows you to optimize your workflow and manage your data more efficiently.

Connecting AutoCAD with SAP

Use the SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR) interface to AutoCAD and/or AutoCAD Mechanical to seamlessly manage assemblies, parts, drawings and external references as structures. SAP ECTR interface to AutoCAD guarantees consistent data structures in CAD and SAP and eliminates redundant process steps.

Work in a familiar design environment and load related AutoCAD data via interfaces directly from SAP.  The benefit: Designers work with a Win®Explorer-like SAP interface and SAP functions in AutoCAD Mechanical and gain more time to focus on tasks that add value.

Discover how you can use SAP ECTR interface to AutoCAD in your company now and contact us.

Product Features of the SAP ECTR interface to AutoCAD

Efficient Document Management

Import and manage complete AutoCAD component and reference structures securely in the SAP document management system (SAP DMS). Use check-in/check-out mechanisms for originals and additional files for collaborative editing, as well as other distinctive PDM functions such as versioning, status management, and much more.

Simple File Handling

Simplify daily work routines through automated routines as well as intelligent menu structures and thus ensure efficient engineering.

Material and BOM Management

Take advantage of the wide range of management functions for SAP material and BOM management, such as creating, assigning, changing, and displaying SAP material masters, as well as automatic SAP BOM derivation, also including the integrated SAP Engineering Change Management.

Use Cases of the SAP ECTR interface to AutoCAD

SAP ECTR interface to AutoCAD provides redundancy-free CAD and ERP integration. You can easily link separate design and development disciplines while having an easy-to-use technical bridge between engineering and commercial operations. Find out more about potential fields of application here.

Automatic Product Data Integration

Simplify the creation and management of product data in SAP. Save manual effort by automatically and securely transferring AutoCAD Mechanical product data, such as files and article information, as well as BOMs to SAP.


Data Consistency Using a Single Source of Truth (SSoT)

Benefit from having a single source of truth, the strongest argument for achieving product data consistency. Use identical data across departments for all employees involved in product creation. Ensure early CAD information availability in SAP and respond even faster to customer or supplier inquiries.

Benefits of the SAP ECTR to AutoCAD Interface

Benefit from the advantages provided by the SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR), an end-to-end SAP standard integration platform developed by engineers for engineers. The SAP ECTR can be used regardless of whether you are running SAP as an on-premise installation or SAP Cloud applications. See the other benefits for yourself.

No Media Discontinuities

Enjoy the benefits of seamless management of AutoCAD/Mechanical data through the integration of SAP PLM functions, completely without media breaks. Access relevant SAP PLM/ERP information immediately and without redundancy.

Faster Data Navigation

With the help of the user-friendly Windows®-like interface, you can easily navigate through product structures and detailed information. Thanks to clear context menus, SAP transactions can be executed easily and quickly. The drag & drop function further simplifies work in SAP. A Google-like search function allows you to find content quickly and efficiently.

Better Communications

Optimize your communication both within your company and with external service providers. From engineering to purchasing and manufacturing to sales and service - all areas benefit from improved communication. Use the SAP 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer integrated as standard, e.g. to display automatically generated CAD neutral formats and thus ensure smooth collaboration.

Our SAP ECTR Implementation Packages

Easy Implementation of SAP ECTR Interfaces With Minimal Resource Impact

Interested in our SAP ECTR interfaces, but afraid of complex integration projects? With our implementation packages you have nothing to fear! We provide professional and coordinated support for the implementation of SAP ECTR – from the first test to go-live and beyond. You benefit from a manageable project effort and a fast start. In addition, you do not need to build up your own specialist knowledge and can concentrate on your core business.

Cideon SAP ECTR Ready2Run

Standard Implementation for Simple System Environments
  • Deployment of the SAP ECTR integration in the live environment 
  • Standard configuration in SAP (Business Configuration Set)
  • Standard installation & configuration SAP ECTR
  • Key user training
  • Support during test phase 
  • Implementation of “small” system optimizations 
  • Initial review of inventory data
  • Go-live support incl. Hypercare

Cideon SAP ECTR Proof of Practice

Recommended for Complex System Environments and Processes
  • Installation of a test environment
  • Standard configuration in SAP (Business Configuration Set)
  • Standard installation & configuration SAP ECTR
  • Key user training
  • Support during test phase
  • Implementation of import workshops (High Level)
  • Fit-gap analysis
  • Budget indication for realization project incl. description
  • Realization phase incl. process optimization, inventory data transfer, fit-gap issues after proof of practice and conversion
  • Go-live support incl. Hypercare

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FAQ about the SAP ECTR interface to AutoCAD

SAP ECTR is an interface from SAP that enables the end-to-end management of consistent data from various engineering disciplines, including mechanics, electronics, software development and simulation.

The SAP ECTR interface to AutoCAD provides designers with an optimal working environment, as the SAP function menu is available directly in AutoCAD. With the integration between SAP ECTR and AutoCAD, you can seamlessly manage drawings and external references, including their dependent documents, as structures in SAP PLM. The simple SAP material assignment to AutoCAD assembly structures and the automatic derivation of multi-level SAP material BOMs always guarantee uniform data structures for everyone involved in development.

Yes, the SAP ECTR interface to AutoCAD is compatible with SAP PLM and other SAP applications. Cideon is an SAP Platinum Partner and develops the integration in close cooperation with SAP.

Designers work in their familiar AutoCAD environment and can seamlessly manage drawings and external references in SAP PLM. The simple SAP material assignment and automatic derivation of SAP material BOMs ensure standardized data structures.

The system enables automatic creation, linking and updating of SAP material masters for assemblies, parts and electronic components with information from AutoCAD. The parts link with SAP documents and the derivation of SAP material BOMs from AutoCAD reference structures are also integrated.

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.

Software Development

Cideon Software Development implements the special solution you need for each individual application.

Our Business Areas

Take advantage of our expertise and achieve more within your business area. Discover 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. Implement customer requirements quickly.

Metal Construction

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

Process Industry

Optimize production processes. Prioritize safety and sustainability. Counteract competitive pressure.

Building Technology

Manage technical complexity. Enable innovation. Promote interdisciplinary cooperation.


Other SAP ECTR Interfaces

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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