Hi Jeff,

I'm sure you are aware that the interface is a one way interface.  Meaning,
AutoCad to EPDM.  Don't try and use it for ECN/ECO's, it doesn't handle the
"variance" very well.

You have to set up AutoCad to create a parts list for export.  Most
engineer's don't bother with this as they just label the drawing.  They
think that creating a parts list is a waste of time.

Also, make certain that the engineer's understand that MAPICS BOM is a Mfg.
BOM  NOT(!!) a design BOM.  Most drawings are "design" drawings and not
"Manufacturing" drawings so there is always an interpretation problem.

The interface is actually very easy to use, once the export from AutoCad is
done.  Procedures are necessary to ensure that drawings and MAPICS Bom's are

Kevin Fox

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Snyder [mailto:jeffreygsnyder@xxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2004 8:35 AM
To: mapics-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: CAD interface to EPDM

   I have a customer that would like to interface a CAD system to EPDM.  He
   is using 'auto -cad'
   and 'inventor'
   Does anybody have any experience, thoughts, advice in this area you'd
   to shed.
   Thanks Much
   Jeff Snyder,  CPIM
   Mapics Consultant

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