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INFIMACS II Can Transfer AutoCAD Parts, Bills Into the ERP

(September 06, 2001)
As a result of partnering with its build-to-order, discrete manufacturing and maintenance organization customers, Relevant Business Systems has enhanced its INFIMACS II Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite by providing users with an interface between the ERP and the popular AutoDesk AutoCAD software suite.

Not only can engineers define part numbers and bills of materials within AutoCAD drawings, the Relevant INFIMACS II ERP interface also allows AutoCAD 14 and AutoCAD 2000 users to input INFIMACS II information within AutoCAD drawings.

Once defined in this manner, parts and bills can be transferred from AutoCAD into INFIMACS II, creating the standard item master and bill of materials records within the INFIMACS II database. Users can also create a purchasing item master, validate all incoming data and generate messages in the error log.

"AutoCAD is one of the most widely used CAD systems," explained Chuck Stevenson, Relevant Business Systems Vice President of Marketing and Sales. "With it, users can define parts using AutoCAD blocks, link parts to parent drawings, generate AutoCAD parts lists and bills, and export into the INFIMACS II database. Now, with our interface, they can streamline the transfer of products from engineering into production."

According to Stevenson, the transfer process enforces the same quality control checks and balances as are used on the standard INFIMACS II screens. If a part is defined in AutoCAD using a commodity code or unit of measurement that does not exist in the INFIMACS II tables, the AutoCAD interface will reject the record and create a message in the error log. This message further indicates the reason for the reject and the corrective action required.

Once loaded into INFIMACS II, the items and bills are identical to items and bills added directly into the system using standard INFIMACS II screens.

The AutoCAD interface is available now.

About Relevant

Since 1983, Relevant Business Systems has provided extensive ERP capabilities for contract manufacturers and MRO organizations with sales from $10 million to $1 billion.

Relevant Business Systems INFIMACS II is a second-generation, full-featured ERP that takes complete advantage of client/server, graphical user interface and object-oriented technologies in both the UNIX and Microsoft/Intel environments to integrate all departments within an organization.

Relevant Business Systems is headquartered at Two Annabel Lane, Suite 215, San Ramon, Calif., 94583. Phone is 925/867-3830. Fax is 925/867-3840. Web site is

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