PDM Workbench CATIA V5 for Aras Innovator

PDM Workbench - CAD PDM Integration

The PDM Workbench (PWB) is an extension of CATIA V5 which provides integration of CAD-specific PDM functionality.
PWB, designed as a CATIA V5 workbench, is dedicated to displaying and manipulating PDM data. It combines the control of PDM with the CAD superiority of CATIA V5 in a single user interface.
The PDM Workbench supports Aras Innovator.
It enables the designer to take full advantage of PDM capabilities supporting collaborative product development, all within the CATIA V5 environment the designer is familiar with.
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The PDM Workbench (PWB) is an extension of CATIA V5 which provides integration of CAD-specific PDM functionality.
  • CAD-specific PDM functionality in CATIA V5 enabling design engineers to stay within CATIA only
  • CATIA V5 look and feel by using standard CATIA V5 user interface
  • PDM Workbench GUI independent of PDM client GUI
  • Access PDM system from every client machine where PDM Workbench on CATIA V5 is running
  • Supports handling of V4 data
Key features
  • Supports PDM capabilities like query, BOM navigation, check out, check in, update, create of PDM and CAD data
  • PDM GUI overcomes typical PDM Client GUI restrictions
  • Can be configured to any customer data model
  • Populates empty BOM-structures with CATIA data on-the-fly
  • Simple and cost-efficient tailoring to customer needs
  • Allows the synchronization of CATIA product structures to PDM
Technical highlights
  • Communication between CATIA session and PDM session based on Web Services
  • SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) based communication (firewall-friendly)
  • Fully customizable (PDM data model, dialogs, icons)
  • Additional PDM functionality can be added by configuration

PDM Workbench

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The most frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Is it possible to save temporary locally during the work? To avoid too much network traffic and storage-needs?
Yes it is possible. It is recommended to store always on the server, but as long as the default CAD function for “save” is not disabled by the administrator, the users can save locally before sending data to the server.
When happens communication between client and server?
Communication is always triggered by the CAD user.
Do new releases of Aras Innovator or the CAD Connector require modifications of the created data in the database? Do they imply efforts for adapting the installation of Aras Innovator or the CAD Connector?
In generall this is not the case. Since Aras 9.3 it was not necessary to do any data migration to enable a Aras Innovator or CAD Connector upgrade.
Which releases of Aras Innovator and the CAD System are supported by the CAD Connector?
The connector supports the last two major releases of Aras  Innovator and the the last three CATIA Releases. The NX connector supports NX 10 and above.


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