SAP ECTR Interfaces

SAP Engineering Control Center enables all engineering data to be integrated into SAP PLM and linked with business data. This is a basis to optimally support engineering processes and to directly integrate subsequent processes in SAP.

The Features of SAP ECTR

SAP ECTR is a comprehensive solution that enables you to efficiently manage your entire product lifecycle. The system combines CAD and PDM/PLM data on one platform that can be deployed in the cloud or on-premise. In addition, SAP ECTR links engineering data with business data.

It simplifies collaboration between different stakeholders in your product development team by providing a single system that allows you to store, organize, and monitor data. Furthermore, SAP ECTR provides the necessary tools for automated processing and synchronization of engineering and product data in various formats.

Thanks to its intuitive interface, the platform can be easily used by anyone without IT knowledge, saving time and money. With SAP ECTR, you can make the product lifecycle more efficient - from the idea to implementation - and simplify processes so that they are easily scalable, even in larger companies.

The result: a 360-degree view of your products!

The Advantages of SAP ECTR

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.

Better Communications

Improve communications between individual departments such as engineering, purchasing, manufacturing, sales and service, and external service providers, for example, by automatically displaying CAD neutral formats using the integrated SAP 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer included in the standard system.

Faster Data Navigation

Use an intuitive Windows®-like window interface to navigate product structures and detailed information. Perform SAP transactions easily using context menus and work with drag & drop in SAP. A Google®-like search is available for quick searching and finding.

Avoid Media Discontinuities

Use integrated SAP PLM functions and benefit from eliminating media discontinuities when managing Inventor data, and access relevant SAP PLM/ERP information directly and without redundancy.

SAP Engineering Control Center Interfaces

SAP ECTR interface to AutoCAD

The SAP ECTR interface to AutoCAD enables seamless integration of AutoCAD and AutoCAD Mechanical product and design data into SAP PLM.

SAP ECTR interface to Inventor

The SAP ECTR interface to Inventor enables Inventor product and design data to be seamlessly integrated into SAP PLM.

SAP ECTR interface to EPLAN

The SAP ECTR interface to EPLAN enables ECAD data to be integrated into SAP and your product models to be completed.

SAP ECTR interface to Solid Edge

The SAP ECTR interface to Solid Edge enables seamless integration of CAD and ERP data including across disciplines.


The SAP ECTR interface to SOLIDWORKS enables assemblies, parts and drawings from SOLIDWORKS to be seamlessly managed as structures in SAP PLM.

Implementation of SAP ECTR Interfaces

CIDEON is Your Integration Partner With Over 30 Years of Experience

SAP Engineering Control Center (ECTR) enables a stable and future-proof connection of your MCAD/ECAD software to your SAP system. However, the implementation of SAP ECTR and the required interfaces can be very time-consuming and, if the wrong approach is taken, extremely costly. Not so with CIDEON! We support your company time- and cost-efficiently with the implementation of our SAP ECTR interfaces for EPLAN Electric P8, Autodesk AutoCAD and other CAD solutions. You do not need to acquire your own specialist knowledge for this, but can instead concentrate on your core business.

Services and Advantages at a Glance:
  • Professional support in all phases of the implementation project
  • Best possible project runtime due to our sound implementation know-how
  • Joint definition of uniform system configurations
  • Minimization of the use of resources, as no independent familiarisation with the system configuration is necessary
  • Definition of optimal work processes in your design teams
  • Setting up the optimal storage and management of MCAD or ECAD data
  • Training and Support Services

Discover also our standardized implementation packages for SAP ECTR interfaces:

SAP Engineering Control Center Interfaces

MCAD and ECAD Product Data Perfectly Integrated

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In addition to engineering products, CIDEON develops numerous add-ons for the implementation of special customer requirements in SAP ERP/PLM. These CIDEON add-ons not only provide a user-friendly interface but also extended functionalities to optimize processes for the SAP document, material, BOM and change management. Seamless integration into SAP ECTR enables smooth collaboration and increases workflow efficiency.

Our add-ons are perfectly tailored to your existing SAP ERP/PLM infrastructure and can be integrated into your SAP system without complex modifications. Each setting is customized individually in the process. We ensure that all necessary databases and interfaces are available for all users and administrators.

SAP ECTR Interface to MicroStation Connect

Are you familiar with the following problems? In your company there is no consistent data management system (e.g. PDM/PLM), there are no standards in the change and release process and there are system breaks between CAD, Office and ERP integrations? This takes a lot of time and the product quality suffers.

With the SAP ECTR interface to MicroStation, these challenges can be overcome. Thanks to our interface, you benefit from a direct connection to SAP for seamless transfer of product data in the familiar environment. This not only improves data management, but also collaboration. Thanks to a "single source of truth", all project participants can track the current development progress or make changes themselves with the support of SAP Change Management.

For more information, functions and benefits of the project-specific extension, please read our product flyer.

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.

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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!

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. 

Software Development

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

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.



You can find the answers to the questions we have been asked most frequently by customers regarding SAP ECTR below. Please do not hesitate to contact us if your question has not been answered here yet.

SAP ECTR is the strategic integration platform for combining engineering or development data from a range of authoring systems into a holistic product data overview.

Yes, with the supplementary CIDEON interfaces you can use all common CAD structures in SAP PLM.

Yes, SAP ECTR is built for customer-specific requirements and solutions and can be individually configured.

SAP ECTR is known for its very high level of user-friendliness. The platform offers simple and intuitive functions, such as data handling via drag & drop or a look & feel similar to Microsoft Windows.

Both. SAP ECTR is universally usable - regardless of whether "on-premise" or cloud-based.

Yes, SAP ECTR supports various collaboration scenarios and therefore enables secure and seamless handling of structured and unstructured product data.

Yes, with SAP ECTR you can use common APIs. This enables the cross-platform integration of a wide range of data formats.

Yes! We are an SAP Platinum Partner and have decades of expertise as a system integrator and process consultant. Our experts enable fast and flexible processing, implementation and usage of your data. Contact us!

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.

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