OpenPDM® –

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One solution for all integration tasks

OpenPDM – The world's leading product suite for PLM system integration

Would you like to improve the integration of your heterogeneous PLM system landscape, replace your obsolete PLM solution without any loss of information and/or integrate external development partners more tightly in your PLM processes? PROSTEP's integration solution OpenPDM provides you with powerful connectors and tried-and-tested mechanisms for migrating and synchronizing PLM data and processes. Our OpenPDM product suite and the preconfigured solution packages allow you to map use cases and application scenarios with little implementation effort on your part. You can also build a bridge to the world of IoT and easily link your digital product data with operating data.

OpenPDM offers you the following benefits

OpenPDM is a comprehensive integration platform for linking PLM and ERP systems in companies. It provides support for migrating data when switching to a new PLM system and integrating partners in cross-company collaboration processes. The platform is characterized by the following features:

  • Maximum flexibility
    Support for every conceivable integration, migration and collaboration scenario
  • Maximum end-to-end integrity
    Seamless integration of business processes across PLM and ERP system boundaries
  • Reliable information
    High level of data consistency and reliable information flows between all the participants in a process
  • Maximum scalability
    OpenPDM is easy to configure and suitable for companies of any size and type
  • Good update capability
    Standardized interfaces and few system adaptations simplify the update process
  • Low administrative overhead
    Problem-free operation of the solutions thanks to stable software and automated processes
  • Maximum investment protection
    Ongoing maintenance and continued development of the software using open standards
  • Fast ROI (return on investment)
    Fast implementation using preconfigured business logic and a practice-oriented procedural model

OpenPDM – integrate and migrate PLM systems

OpenPDM is the world's leading solution for synchronizing and migrating PLM data and processes in a wide variety of application scenarios and domains.

There are many ways of integrating PLM systems in an IT environment – OpenPDM offers you the perfect solution for any application scenario and does so as permanently maintained software that provides maximum protection of your investment.

The product suite supports a wide variety of application scenarios: You can connect the PLM systems Teamcenter, Windchill, 3DEXPERIENCE, Aras Innovator, CIM Database, ENOVIA VPM V4, Autodesk Vault, Agile ePLM and SmarTeam with each other or with your ERP system (for example SAP), integrate simulation systems like EKM in your PLM processes, plan a PLM system migration or create reliable collaboration processes, for example as part of a joint venture. In addition, OpenPDM also enables the integration of IoT platforms such as ThingWorx and application lifecycle management (ALM) systems such as PTC's Integrity Lifecycle Manager. Open interfaces and a wide variety of supported data formats mean that OpenPDM also makes it easy for you to integrate your legacy systems.

Based on the OpenPDM product suite, PROSTEP has created four topic-specific solutions that guarantee successful implementation of your project: CONNECT, INTEGRATE, MIGRATE and COLLABORATE. These solutions were developed on the basis of more than 20 years of experience gained in a large number of successful customer projects. They have been preconfigured for the respective application scenario and offer special functions.

The solutions that OpenPDM offers also includes the collaboration platform OpenPDM CCenter, which makes it possible for companies to collaborate effectively with partners that change frequently. While OpenPDM COLLABORATE transfers data in the background, OpenPDM CCenter also supports interactive collaboration. In addition to IP protection, it offers all the PLM and data synchronization functions required for smooth and close collaboration between collaborating partners.


OpenPDM CONNECT is the easiest way to connect two PLM systems. Thanks to a preconfigured set of functions for automatically synchronizing product data, the solution can be used practically from the word go.

OpenPDM CONNECT's basic functions not only allow individual parts, BOMs and documents to be exchanged between the connected PLM systems but also complex product structures, without any need for customizing. The versions and status of the metadata are automatically synchronized and logged.

The system administrator can use a browser-based user interface to monitor the background processes and if necessary easily control the process flows. If the preconfigured process flows and methods are not sufficient for dealing with the application scenario in question, the solution's extensible business logic allows them to be adapted to meet a customer's specific requirements.

OpenPDM CONNECT allows the following systems to be connected:

  • CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE (CATIA V6) with Windchill, Teamcenter or SAP
  • DELMIA 3DEXPERIENCE (DELMIA V6) with Windchill or Teamcenter
  • SAP with Teamcenter, Windchill or 3DEXPERIENCE

    If this list does not include the system pair you are looking for, please contact PROSTEP. OpenPDM CONNECT is subject to ongoing expansion.

    The solution offers you the following features and benefits:

    Integration of your business processes
    OpenPDM CONNECT ensures the seamless integration of your PDM/PLM and ERP worlds by automatically synchronizing the BOMs (eBOMs and mBOMs) and their processing status.

    Integrity of the data and reliability
    The reliability of the solution and the automated processes guarantee smooth operation twenty-four hours a day and ensure end-to-end information flows.

    Consistent data in different disciplines
    OpenPDM CONNECT avoids time-consuming and error-prone data maintenance and thus ensures that consistent data is available to the different disciplines within a company.

    Update capability thanks to official interfaces
    OpenPDM uses the official interfaces of the PLM and ERP systems to be connected. This means that no system-specific adaptations are necessary when updating the PLM systems. 

    Flexibility and investment protection
    The solution's scalability and adaptability offer our customers a high level of flexibility. At the same time, OpenPDM CONNECT is subject to ongoing further development and thus guarantees the level of investment protection required forbusiness-critical processes.

    Low implementation and operational overhead
    Thanks to its preconfigured settings and functions, OpenPDM CONNECT can quickly be installed and used efficiently in existing PLM landscapes. This means that both investment and operating costs are comparatively low.


    OpenPDM INTEGRATE enables you to connect any number of PLM systems. It makes no difference whether these are systems used by different disciplines, departments or locations. Your data is always consistent and up to date.

    OpenPDM INTEGRATE is intended for companies that work with multiple PLM systems at different locations or in different departments, or companies that want to connect a PLM backbone to discipline-specific team data management (TDM) systems. The solution can be used to link or transfer all PLM-relevant information.

    The solution allows data (including CAD data), documents, versions and structures from different data sources to be synchronized, in either a synchronous or asynchronous process. A higher-level workflow can be set up to control the processes, which means that cross-system change processes can also be controlled automatically.

    The process flows can easily be adapted to meet customers' needs and monitored using a browser-based user interface. OpenPDM INTEGRATE provides configurable interfaces to a large number of PLM, ERP and simulation data management systems that allow the import and export of CAD structures as well as PLM data in formats like ASCII, STEP and XML. They can, of course, also be used to integrate established applications that have evolved over time in your business processes.

    The solution offers you the following features and benefits:

    End-to-end PLM processes
    OpenPDM INTEGRATE allows your CAD and PLM data to flow and ensures end-to-end business processes across system boundaries. You can, for example, make up-to-date data from other disciplines within the company available to the different specialist departments in the system being used by the department in question.

    Limitless scalability
    Its limitless scalability makes OpenPDM INTEGRATE the ideal PLM integration for companies of any size and type. Thanks to its excellent configuration capabilities, it can easily be adapted to your company-specific business processes in a flexible manner.

    Traceable processes
    Centralized control via an intuitive cockpit makes it easier to control and monitor the processes and allows them to be traced at all times. Reports, which can be output at the click of a button, support logging of the process flows.

    Low administrative overhead
    The stability and reliability of the software ensure problem-free operation of the applications and reduce the time and effort required for system administration. The use of the official interfaces to the connected systems also guarantees good update capability with little effort on your part.

    Fast ROI (return on investment)
    Unlike project-specific solutions, OpenPDM INTEGRATE has pre-installed business logic. This ensures a short implementation phase and fast productive use of the solution.

    Maximum investment protection
    The neutral data model makes it easy to expand the system and ensures that it continues to function properly even after updates. At the same time, the ongoing maintenance and continued development of the software provide maximum protection of your investment.


    OpenPDM MIGRATE enables you to organize the migration of existing PLM data from an old system to a new system regardless of whether you prefer a longer transitional period, with the temporary coexistence of the old and new systems, or want to switch systems in one fell swoop.

    Thanks to powerful connectors, OpenPDM MIGRATE not only transfers individual parts, BOMs and documents but also complex product structures to the new PLM system. The solution allows PLM data from multiple systems and data sources to be consolidated.

    Analysis tools make it easier to check the type, scope and dependencies of the source data. The data can be structured flexibly according to product, project, history or other criteria for migration. Packaging the data and parallelization of the migration steps accelerate transfer and reduce the time and effort needed to deal with migration errors due to poor data quality.

    Bidirectional synchronization of the data allows migration to be performed in small steps and delta information to be synchronized if,  after an initial data loading process for example, the older system continues to be used. A migration cockpit and KPI reports provide the necessary transparency and enable optimum process monitoring.

    The solution offers you the following features and benefits:

    "A la carte" PLM migration
    OpenPDM MIGRATE supports different migration strategies – from big bang migration to incremental migration to the coexistence of the old and new systems over a longer period of time. Regardless of the strategy selected, a tried-and-tested procedural model serves as a guarantee for the success of your project.

    High-performance migration
    The parallel processing of individual jobs accelerates data transfer and ensures a high level of performance during migration. Thanks to the ability to process large volumes of data, the solution makes the migration of data manageable even in migration projects using the big-bang migration method.

    Guaranteed data quality
    Inaccurate or incomplete source data often causes delays in migration projects. By analyzing existing data, OpenPDM MIGRATE protects against unforeseeable project risks. At the same time, validation of the data ensures a high level of data quality in the target system.

    Optimum process monitoring
    Graphical monitoring via the cockpit guarantees that the migration process is monitored in an optimum manner. If a system administrator detects errors during data transfer, they can intervene in the migration process using the solution's soft stop functions.

    CAD data migration
    The optional CAD conversion functionality not only allows migration to a new PLM system but also migration of the CAD data to a new CAD system. Additional OpenPDM MIGRATE modules are available for this purpose. They enable flexible conversion with integrated quality checking to ensure a high level of data quality in the target system.

    High level of cost-effectiveness
    OpenPDM MIGRATE allows project runtimes to be calculated. Temporary use of the solution ensures a fast return on investment (ROI).


    OpenPDM COLLABORATE offers customized solutions for the automated provision and synchronization of PLM and CAD data in joint ventures and other long-term collaboration scenarios.

    When collaborating within the framework of long-term partnerships, the current status of development needs to be synchronized at regular intervals. OpenPDM COLLABORATE automates the export of PLM and CAD data from the backend systems. During export, partner-specific data formats like PLM XML, STEP, JT and 3D PDF as well as the corresponding structures can be generated automatically.

    The import of CAD and PLM structures can also be controlled reliably with the help of the solution. Depending on the configuration involved, the provision of data from one PLM system to another can be automated completely or partially in order to synchronize the delta between the different PLM databases at regular intervals.

    OpenPDM COLLABORATE can be adapted flexibly to the requirements of the partners in terms of the frequency of exchange operations, the degree to which the processes are automated and security measures. It is easy to establish relationships between partners and, once collaboration has ended, terminate them.

    The solution offers you the following features and benefits:

    High level of configurability
    OpenPDM COLLABORATE enables the configuration of different collaboration scenarios and allows due consideration to be given to the requirements of the respective partners and the depth of the relationships between partners. The capability of the solution to adapt to enterprise processes allows seamless integration of the data in the PLM systems used by the partners. A tried-and-tested procedural model and many years of experience serve as a guarantee of success.

    Maximum flexibility
    The support of individual data formats ensures the highest possible degree of flexibility when configuring relationships between partners. New relationships can be established quickly and can be dismantled again quickly once collaboration has ended.

    Support for partner-specific data models
    OpenPDM COLLABORATE's neutral data model enables automatic adaptation to partner-specific metadata and structured data using freely configurable mapping rules. This means that the collaboration partners can manage third-party data in their own data model and are not forced to introduce third-party structures, designations, etc.

    Optimum know-how protection
    The selective transfer of CAD and PLM data provides optimum protection of know-how and intellectual property (IPP). At the same time, the end-to-end logging of exchange operations ensures a high level of transparency and allows every action to be traced at any time.

    High level of reliability
    Transaction security ensures that the solution functions in a stable and reliable manner. The fact that the processes are automated means that there is no need for manual intervention, and the error-prone preprocessing and postprocessing of the data is avoided.

    Maximum investment protection
    Use of the latest standards (XML, STEP, JT, etc.) and official PLM system interfaces makes the solution compatible with a wide variety of IT environments. Furthermore, the software maintenance and continued development of OpenPDM COLLABORATE provide maximum protection of your investment.


    OpenPDM CCenter is a self-contained collaboration platform for the secure provision of shared data in distributed development projects and the coordination of cross-company project work.

    When using conventional data exchange solutions, comparing development statuses in globally distributed projects with numerous partners involves considerable coordination outlay. OpenPDM CCenter makes data available to all those involved in a project in a shared environment outside of their own PLM systems, which not only makes it possible to integrate new partners but also dismantle partner relationships quickly.

    PLM, CAD and structure data can be extracted automatically from the connected backend system, converted as required and synchronized by comparing data when changes have been made. OpenPDM CCenter supports not only secure online access via the Internet but also the offline processing of CAD data structures, with the option of synchronizing them online.

    The project partners have access to all the functions they need to coordinate their work, including version, workflow and change management. OpenPDM CCenter also provides you with optional integrated project management for the distribution of tasks, deadline monitoring, cost control and resource planning.

    The solution offers you the following features and benefits:

    Comprehensive PLM functions
    Thanks to integrated PLM functions, OpenPDM CCenter can be used not only as a platform for file-based exchange but also as a shared development platform for distributed project work, for example in joint ventures or consortium projects.

    Online and offline collaboration
    In addition to fully-automated synchronization with the connected backend systems, the solution supports efficient permissions- and role-based work throughout the entire development network, both online and offline.

    Fast integration of partners
    The composition of the development networks often changes from project to project. OpenPDM CCenter makes it possible to integrate new partners in the global development networks flexibly and to dismantle the networks quickly once a project has been concluded.

    Optimum know-how protection
    The fact that the shared data is managed separately and that the partners have no direct access to the respective backend systems means that your intellectual property enjoys optimum protection when working on a project.

    High level of reliability
    The automatic synchronization of the shared data between the collaboration platform and the partners' backend systems reduces administrative overhead for bidirectional data exchange and avoid errors caused by manual intervention. The data can be converted into neutral formats automatically when it is uploaded and can thus be used in different CAD systems.

    Maximum process reliability
    OpenPDM CCenter makes all the changes made in the project context transparent during the work in progress. The clear documentation of all changes and change statuses improves process reliability and quality.

    Shorter project runtimes
    The more efficient handling of projects in the development network, the improved data quality thanks to data cleansing, the protection of know-how by means of selective data provision and the simplification of data exchange reduce costs and shorten project runtimes.

    OpenPDM SHIP

    OpenPDM SHIP links your mechanical CAx, shipbuilding specific applications and common PDM / PLM and ERP systems. OpenPDM SHIP works with your topological models throughout the entire ship development process.

    On the basis of its proven OpenPDM technology, PROSTEP has created an integration platform for the maritime industry that is unique worldwide. OpenPDM Ship uses standardized connectors to connect shipbuilding-specific development platforms with all the leading PDM/PLM and ERP systems as well as mechanical CAD applications, thus creating the prerequisites for end-to-end digital processes in the shipbuilding and shipping industries.

    The solution offers you the following features and benefits:

    OpenPDM Ship makes it possible to exchange data between specialized shipbuilding applications such as NAPA, AVEVA Marine, CADMATIC or ShipConstructor and mechanical CAD applications  like CATIA or NX. The latter are often used for designing complex interiors, for example public areas on cruise ships or large yachts. This enables companies in the maritime industry to use the CAD tool of their choice for any task in the ship development process without the loss of valuable information.

    OpenPDM Ship supports the creation of complex CAx process chains with any synchronization points from initial design in NAPA or NAPA Steel to basic and detailed design in AVEVA Marine or CADMATIC through to pre-production with, for example, the software NESTIX. To do this, the interrelated ship geometry needs to be broken down into production-ready components and transferred together with the production-related information. Our integration platform enables the end-to-end utilization of digital information in all phases of the ship development process.

    OpenPDM Ship provides connectors to all the leading PDM/PLM and ERP systems (3D Experience, ARAS Innovator, Teamcenter, SAP, Windchill, etc.) and thus makes it possible to merge CAx data from different source systems in a digital ship model and to manage this model over the lifecycle of a vessel. The vertical integration of authoring systems in the data and process management environment is a prerequisite for ensuring the traceability of ship development processes and the consistent management of all the information generated. At the same time, our integration platform makes it possible to link the digital ship models for digital twin applications with real operating data.

    OpenPDM SHIP
    Enabling the Digital Thread in Shipbuilding and Shipping

    OpenPDM SHIP
    CAD/PDM integration platform for shipbuilding

    Here you will find more information about digitalization in the shipbuilding industry


    Together we are stronger. As a customer of PROSTEP AG, you benefit not only from our extensive network of technology, sales and service partners but also from our stake in companies that neatly round off the range of solutions we offer. As a member of numerous organizations, we have a finger on the pulse of technology and actively participate in key research and development projects, particularly in the field of standardization.

    Technology Partners

    Synergies bundle knowledge. And knowledge provides solutions.

    In order to provide our customers with the best possible solutions, we have long maintained open and productive relationships with all leading IT system vendors.

    Our strategic partners include leading CAx and PLM providers.

    Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Silver Solutions Partner EMEA

    Altair Engineering, Inc.


    ANSYS Inc.


    Aras Corp


     Arena Solutions, Inc.

    Autodesk GmbH
    CONTACT Software GmbH
    CubeFour GmbH

    Dassault Systèmes SA
    Software Partner
    Service Partner
    CSI Partner


    IBM - International Business Machines
    Corporation Business Partner


    ILC GmbH

    MSC Software Corporation
    Oracle Corporation
    Gold Partner
    PTC - Parametric Technology Corporation
    PartnerAdvantage Gold
    Service Partner
    SAP AG
    Siemens PLM Software Inc.
    Solution Partner
    Tech Soft 3D
    T-Systems International GmbH
    WSCAD electronic GmbH

    Sales and service partners

    Our sales partners expand their offering to include PROSTEP products and services. These specialists provide companies from a wide variety of different branches of industry with professional advice and support.

    Our network of sales partners comprises companies from around the world.

    Geometric Limited provides technical support for OpenDXM and OpenDXM GlobalX in the Asia Pacific region.
    Infinities 1st GmbH is a sales partner for OpenDXM and OpenDXM GlobalX in Germany.

    KPEC GmbH is a sales partner for PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D in Turkey.


    Mirae Information Technology Inc. is a sales partner for PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D in South Korea.


    SEAL Systems AG is a sales partner for PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


    Smartscape, Inc. is a sales partner for PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D in Asia.

    Tetra 4D LLC is a sales partner for PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D in North America.

    Joint ventures

    PROSTEP is part of a number of joint ventures, thus bundling its various areas of expertise for the benefit of its customers and providing them with access to innovative technologies.

    CenProCS AIRliance GmbH is a joint venture involving Cenit AG, PROSTEP AG and CS Communication & Systems.

    It bundles consultancy services for EADS.


    The young company Logic for Business GmbH markets the solution v.control, innovative software for identifying and visualizing product platforms and the associated product components. Logic for Business also offers consultancy and other services relating to the various aspects of integrated product models.


    PROSTEP AG is in tune with the times and plays an active role in bringing about new developments.

    We are therefore a member of the following organizations:

    The 3D PDF Consortium comprises Adobe, Tetra 4D, Tech Soft 3D, PROSTEP and a number of other companies. The organization supports the further development of the PDF/E and PRC standards.

    The research association “Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V.” is an association for the support of science and research as well as education in the field of smart engineering. The aim of the association is to develop smart products and services as well as to advance a linked production and its associated production systems throughout the entire product life cycle to enable a continuous digital added value.


    NAFEMS - National Agency for Finite Element Methods and Standards - is a not-for-profit organization promoting the effective use of engineering simulation methods.


    The OMG consortium - Object Management Group, Inc. - develops internationally recognized standards for vendor-independent and cross-system object-oriented programming.


    The prostep ivip Association develops future-oriented solution approaches and standards for product data management and virtual product development.

    The Gesellschaft für Technische Kommunikation e.V. - tekom - is the German professional association for technical communication and information development.

    VDMA - Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. - is an interest group representing approximately 3,000 primarily small and medium-sized companies in Germany's capital goods industry.


    The Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Produktentwicklung WiGeP - Berliner Kreis & WGMK - is a network of excellence for promoting product innovation in machine engineering and related branches of industry.

    Our customers

    EMEA, Asia-Pacific

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