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Working Smarter, Not Harder: Aicomp & Esko’s CAD/ERP Solution for Packaging Industry

Aicomp and Esko have formed a partnership to create integrated solutions for packaging manufacturers between Esko's CAD Suite and Aicomp's ERP software solutions.

In today’s highly competitive business environment, companies are always looking for ways to streamline their processes and boost productivity.

Aicomp and Esko have formed a partnership to create integrated solutions for packaging manufacturers between Esko´s CAD Suite and Aicomp´s ERP software solutions. The goal is to develop best practices for enhancing the design and quotation processes, both in time and with accuracy of data. This partnership aims to streamline these processes for packaging manufacturers by providing consistently integrated solutions.

Both companies have formed a joint team to create an integration offering for the market. As part of this initiative, they developed a standard CAD integration solution for manufacturers, which currently covers single products and un-assembled sets. Ongoing developments are aimed at expanding the scope to include assembled sets, separation, and more. Several live projects are currently utilizing the new integration approach.

We invited Matthias Waltz and Karl Harvey from Aicomp for a short interview in which they shed light on the basic features and benefits of integration.

In this article, we will explore how companies can leverage CAD integration to improve their design workflows, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. Whether you’re a design professional or a business owner looking to optimize your operations. Within the article, there are some valuable insights shared from the interview as well as practical tips for achieving success through CAD integration.

Optimizing your resources: why one integrated solution is THE smart choice

Aicomp and Esko have come together to provide a powerful solution for CAD integration, offering a range of benefits that can significantly improve the design process.

  1. “Karl, how does the CAD integration solution simplify the maintenance and alignment of data across the different systems?”

One key advantage of this solution is that it eliminates the need to re-key data, reducing the potential for errors and saving time. This can be particularly valuable in complex design projects where accuracy is critical.

Another advantage is that the solution reduces the number of sets of master data, which can greatly simplify the process of maintaining and aligning data across different systems.

This helps to ensure that data is consistent and up to date throughout the design process, reducing the risk of errors and improving efficiency.

  1. “Karl, can you explain how processes are improved through integration?”

There are various approaches of how the ERP and CAD collaborate based on the particular inquiry. In cases of standard products, such as those conforming to the FEFCO or ECMA standards, a designer may not be needed during the quotation process, as these standards can be run automatically with results being returned to SAP without the need of any user intervention.

With the harmonization of master data throughout the process as another important benefit of the solution, this allows for more streamlined and efficient workflows. This can help to reduce the time and effort on those more standard products, enabling designers to focus on more complex design tasks.

  1. “Can the CAD integration solution be customized to meet the specific needs of each client? If so, how?”

The solution offers specific workflows for a combination of inquiry and product types, allowing for greater fle