The ROI of Managing CAD Files

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CAD files are complicated - they have versions, revisions, interfile references, various formats. To manage this complexity many companies invest in specialized CAD file management software like Product Data Management (PDM) or Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems. But there are costs, in both time and money, to set up a system to manage CAD files. Many organizations avoid paying for a formal PDM/PLM solutions, preferring to get by with a shared file server and emails, but there’s a real cost to that approach as well. This paper will quantify some of the benefits and costs of establishing a formal CAD file management system....

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