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XVL Integration Tools

Comprehensive integration tools for XVL in PLM, ERP, MES infrastructures.

XVL integration tools empower manufacturing operations to leverage enterprise-wide 3D data for competitive advantage. They enable you to optimize your operation and extend best practices across your entire supply chain using 3D XVL data.  The XVL integration tools facilitate connection to existing business systems.

  • Windchill
  • TeamCenter
  • Enovia
  • Delmia
  • SmarTeam
  • SAP


How do the XVL integration tools work?  They are Windows applications that enable the rapid, automated processing of XVL data in a PLM, PDM, ERP or other system. These tools can trigger automated output of enhanced 3D data based on pre-defined needs, in standard document formats, using various XVL applications installed within the network. These actions occur when changed or new 3D CAD data is checked into the PLM or ERP system.

Examples of automated processing and output of 3D and other data include, but are not limited to:

  • Addition of security, such as passwords, to processed files
  • Automated update of downstream data when changed 3D CAD data is checked in
  • Merging of multiple 3D files into a single XVL file, or creation of several XVL files from one 3D file
  • Merging of .CSV files into 3D XVL data
  • Removal of key, proprietary geometry to protect intellectual property or decrease file size yet more
  • Creation of animated 3D assembly instructions for the shop floor
  • Creation of 3D HTML data for immediate access via the internet
  • Creation of interference and clearance check reports in Excel on checked-in 3D CAD data
  • Conversion of polygon data into surfaces and vice versa

The main XVL integration tools are as follows:

  • XVL Filter automates file management of the XVL data as it comes into the PLM or ERP system, with a highly flexible range of options that can combine multiple files into one XVL file, and vice versa. Its operation can be based on triggers set within the PLM system, enabling immediate creation of the data to specified settings. It can also perform creation of animated assembly instructions and output to HTML, for example, that are then immediately available to end-users. It can also add security settings to the data using XVL Signer.
  • XVL Processor automatically handles manipulation of external, non-CAD data such as .CSV data and integrates it with the 3D XVL data based on predefined settings. It also delivers automated interference and clearance reports of 3D data that is checked into the system, delivering the reports in Microsoft Excel formats.
  • XVL Reducer automatically removes predefined geometry elements from 3D XVL data that is regarded as proprietary or unnecessary, can remove 3D that is hidden behind other surfaces, aggregates faces and edges to reduce file size, and more. The overall result is to deliver XVL data that is even smaller in file size and that does not reveal proprietary data to unauthorized teams, suppliers or other participants.
  • XVL BOM Assembler provides the ability to assemble and disassemble XVL files according to XML recipes.

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