Formtek Engineering Data Management Solution for Alfresco

Formtek Engineering Data Management Solution for Alfresco

Formtek’s EDM Solution works in conjunction with Alfresco Content Services (ACS) to provide flexible yet secure management of vital engineering documents, drawings, and CAD files. The Formtek EDM Solution is comprised of several products:

• The Formtek EDM Module provides a set of server-based extensions to the Alfresco repository and Alfresco Share. The EDM Module includes custom content types and properties that can be used to associate metadata with engineering drawings and documents. The EDM Module provides methods to both manually and automatically manage and associate AutoCAD and MicroStation reference files within the repository. This information then allows the EDM Module to combine a base drawing and its references into a single PDF rendition for preview or download.

• The Formtek CAD Transform Engine (FTKCAD T-Engine) can be used standalone or in conjunction with the EDM Module to provide AutoCAD and MicroStation transformation and extraction capabilities, and to automatically update the CAD drawing when an Alfresco property is updated. The updated property value is embedded into the corresponding CAD attribute per a configurable mapping. To further enhance performance, the FTKCAD T-Engine can reside on a server separate from the Alfresco repository.

• The Formtek EDM Module Plugin for ACA/ADW provides a set of EDM extensions for the Alfresco ADF-based Alfresco Content Application (ACA) and Alfresco Digital Workspace (ADW), similar to the Alfresco Share extensions included in the EDM Module.

• The Formtek EDM Connector for AutoCAD product is an AutoCAD plugin that allows synchronized interaction between the AutoCAD application and the Alfresco repository.

Formtek’s Engineering Data Management (EDM) Solution works in conjunction with Alfresco Content Services (ACS) to provide flexible yet secure management of vital engineering documents and drawings, including CAD files. Formtek EDM performs transformation of AutoCAD and MicroStation files into high-fidelity vector PDF for viewing in Alfresco, extracts text from CAD files for Solr indexing, and extracts and maps CAD file attributes to Alfresco properties. Formtek EDM also provides automatic CAD reference management, and allows the base drawing to be combined with its references when viewing.

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