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MasterControl Announces Development of SolidWorks® Enterprise PDM Connector

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA – November 3, 2009 – MasterControl Inc., a leading document and quality management software solution provider, today announced that it has developed a connector for one of the industry's most commonly used product data management (PDM) solutions, SolidWorks® Enterprise PDM. The new Enterprise PDM connector facilitates collaboration and redlining on PDF versions of drawings while insuring that the PDF copies in the MasterControl system stay in sync with native files in the Enterprise solution.

"Every manufacturing company has essential product data that must be maintained and controlled," said Matthew M. Lowe, MasterControl vice president, medical device expert. "The Enterprise PDM interface offered by MasterControl fosters an effective communication environment and helps maintain regulatory compliance by insuring that data is kept consistent between systems. MasterControl's seamless Enterprise PDM interface effectively manages complex CAD files while helping companies in regulated environments overcome common product data management challenges."

MasterControl links SolidWorks® Enterprise with the highest level of document control to create an ideal master management system. The interface provides users with a straightforward means of applying document control to CAD data without requiring designers to use a non-native application for managing CAD files. All CAD files are maintained by the native Enterprise solution while MasterControl automates the publishing of the files for routing, approval, and production purposes. The MasterControl system also tracks the creation, modification, and archiving of all information relating to a product.

All users - even those who may lack intimate knowledge of the Enterprise package - can redline and collaborate on drawings using only Adobe Reader®. As new changes are introduced during the collaboration process, collaboration leaders can make the required modifications using the native SolidWorks application. Afterward, MasterControl automatically publishes a new PDF file reflecting the changes made to the file.

MasterControl's easy-to-use system provides a simple way for design engineers to push new and revised drawings in the Enterprise PDM solution to MasterControl. Using metadata from Enterprise PDM, MasterControl publishes a PDF file for each new drawing. Likewise, revised drawings trigger revisions in MasterControl which copies the metadata and drawing file from the Enterprise PDM system to updated "InfoCards" in the MasterControl system. InfoCards are created at a user-defined stage for every new and revised drawing in the Enterprise PDM solution. Drawings are then routed for collaboration and approval as part of the automated publishing process. The InfoCards can also support any custom field data that may be directly passed from Enterprise PDM.

MasterControl can also be leveraged to provide robust part numbering options to the Enterprise PDM system. MasterControl's number generator can support even the most complex "smart" numbering schemes to provide a master part number database.

MasterControl's Enterprise PDM connector automates the routing and approval process, improving overall workflow functionality. The Enterprise PDM connector also works seamlessly with MasterControl BOM™ to provide a cohesive organizational structure throughout the design and manufacturing processes.

Additional applicable features of the MasterControl solution include:

  • Electronic signature capabilities
  • Time-stamped audit trails
  • Dual passwords for document approval
  • Password certification, expiration, and encryption

About MasterControl Inc.
MasterControl produces software solutions that enable companies to get their products to market faster, while reducing overall costs and increasing internal efficiency. MasterControl securely manages a company's critical information throughout the entire product lifecycle. Our software is known for being easy to implement, easy to validate and easy to use. MasterControl solutions include quality management, document management/document control, product lifecycle management, audit management, training management, bill of materials, supplier management, submissions management, and more. Supported by a comprehensive array of services based on industry best practices, MasterControl provides our customers with a complete information management solution across the entire enterprise. For more information about MasterControl, visit www.mastercontrol.com, or call: 800-825-9117 (U.S.); +44 1256 325 949 (Europe); or 03-6801-6147 (Japan).