Our Interface for SAP ECTR to Autodesk Inventor

SAP ECTR interface to Inventor enables seamless integration of Inventor product data into SAP PLM. Through this integration, the complexity of data management is reduced, saving time and resources.

Connecting Inventor with SAP

The SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR) interface to Inventor guarantees consistent data structures and eliminates redundant process steps. Find out more about the different functions. Seamlessly manage assemblies, parts, drawings including their dependent documents as structures.

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

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Product Features of the SAP ECTR interface to Inventor

Efficient Document Management

Save the import and management of complete Inventor model structures effortlessly in the SAP Document Management System (SAP DMS). Simplify collaboration with check-in/check-out mechanisms for originals as well as supplementary files and benefit from advanced PDM features such as version control, status management and much more.

Simple File Handling

The use of automated processes and intelligent menu structures simplifies your daily workflows and ensures efficient engineering.

Material and BOM Management

Benefit from the numerous administrative functions for SAP material and BOM management. Use the options to create, assign, change and display SAP material masters. Furthermore, you can have SAP BOM derivation performed automatically by including the integrated SAP Engineering Change Management.

Use Cases of the SAP ECTR interface to Inventor

SAP ECTR interface to Inventor 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.

Reduce Interfaces

Prevent media discontinuities when sharing important data. SAP ECTR enables simple and fast direct integration of CAD data with SAP PLM objects and applications. Project efficiency increases through optimized, secure data management and through simultaneous linking with commercial processes directly in SAP ERP.

Simplify Product Data Creation

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


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 Inventor Interface

Discover the benefits of SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR) and experience a comprehensive SAP standard integration platform developed by engineers for engineers. Regardless of whether you use SAP as an on-premise installation or as an SAP cloud application, SAP ECTR offers you maximum flexibility and diverse benefits for your daily work.

Avoid Media Discontinuities

Benefit from seamless management of your Inventor data through integrated SAP PLM functions and access relevant information directly from SAP PLM/ERP without redundancies.

Faster Data Navigation

Use the user-friendly and intuitive user interface based on Windows® to navigate quickly and easily through product structures and detailed information. Handle SAP transactions effortlessly via context menus and work with SAP more comfortably than ever before thanks to the drag & drop function. Find the information you need in no time thanks to a Google-like search function.

Better Communications

Optimize your communication within and outside the company, for example by relying on automatically generated CAD neutral formats. These can be viewed with the SAP 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer, which is already firmly integrated by default. This ensures seamless collaboration between the various departments such as engineering, purchasing, manufacturing, sales and service, as well as with external service providers.

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 Inventor

SAP ECTR is an integration interface from SAP for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). It enables the efficient management of consistent data in the areas of mechanics, electronics, software development and simulation.

The SAP ECTR interface to Inventor is a solution developed by Cideon exclusively for SAP SE. The interface enables seamless integration between Autodesk Inventor and SAP PLM. Designers work in Inventor and also use the SAP function menu.

The interface from SAP ECTR to Inventor offers the following advantages:

  • Efficient working environment: the integration allows designers to work in their familiar Inventor environment.
  • Accelerated processes: The solution enables standardized product development at a competitive level.
  • Higher product quality: Centralized data management ensures a consistent data structure.
  • Simplified communication: The solution promotes collaboration across different departments.

The SAP ECTR interface to Inventor is based on SAP ECTR. Thanks to the integrated SAP ECTR function menu, designers work with Inventor as usual. With the integration between SAP ECTR and Inventor, you can seamlessly manage assemblies, parts and drawings, including their dependent documents, as structures in SAP PLM. The simple SAP material assignment to Inventor assembly structures and the automatic derivation of multi-level SAP material BOMs always guarantee uniform data structures for everyone involved in development.

Cideon offers various introductory packages, including Cideon SAP ECTR 3D Ready2Run and Cideon SAP ECTR 3D Proof of Practice. With the first package, a standard configuration is carried out in SAP, followed by key user training, support during the test phase and finally support during the go-live, including hypercare. With the second implementation package, a test environment is installed first. This is followed by key user training and the implementation of import workshops. This is followed by the implementation phase including process optimization. Finally, Cideon offers go-live support including hypercare.

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.

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Benefit from customized solutions with Cideon software and interfaces. Integrative, powerful and perfectly tailored to your individual daily business needs.


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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.  

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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.

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