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User ManualManagement of CAD data and documents in SAPSAP Engineering Control Center Interface to SolidEdgeSAP Engineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edge manages design data in SAP.Given by the SAP Engineering Control Center Interface, tight integration of the CAD system to the SAP PLMdata available to the company at an early stage in the design process are available. Product lifecyclemanagement thus already begins with the start of design work and not through an interface at the end of it.The coupling between the CAD system and the SAP Engineering Control Center allows you to manage thecomponents designed in the CAD system.This user manual describes the installation and use of the SAP Engineering Control Center Interface to SolidEdge and describes the functionality provided by this software as well as its operation. 2021 CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KG. Germany. All Rights Reserved.Contents of this document may not be (totally or partly) reproduced, used or published without previouswritten agreement by the CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KG.Copyright applies to all forms of storage and reproduction, in those the available information flowed inparticular on magnetic storage, computer expressions or visual announcements.CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 1 of 932021-12-14

Introduction . 5System requirements . 5Installation . 7Product scope . 7Automatic installation . 9Language settings . 13Using user-specific texts in the integration . 14User interface and controls . 16Multi-function bar (main menu) . 17Context menu . 17Function description . 19General behavior . 19Logging . 20General functions . 21Open ECTR . 21Show CAD Structure . 22SAP PLM functions . 24New . 24Open . 30Open (Solid Edge) . 37Open from SAP through the insertion of a component . 38Save . 39Edit . 41Save and Display . 43Save As . 45Save As New Document . 46Save As New Version . 46Refresh . 48Refresh Originals . 48Refresh Attributes . 49Cancel . 49Import . 50Add Component . 52Replace Version . 53Display Document . 54Add to Object List . 55Dependent Document . 57Open Original of Dependent Document . 57Create Dependent Document . 58Additional Functions . 58Ballooning . 58About . 60Extras . 60Cancel Edit . 61Allow Local Modification . 61Cloning . 61Replace Component . 67Save & Close . 71Handling of Alternate Assemblies . 71Handling of assembly copies . 77Settings . 78Settings "Miscellaneous" . 79CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 2 of 932021-12-14

Settings "Application structure" . 79Settings "Refresh Attributes" . 81Settings "Open and Insert" . 81Settings "Ballooning" . 82Settings "Save As" . 83Settings "Create and Import" . 84Settings "Save" . 86Troubleshooting . 88Display problems with ballooning with underline . 88Error message when using the function "Replace part with copy" in PathFinder . 89Problems during the display of JT documents in the SAP 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer . 90Silent installation fails . 91Final Remark . 93CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 3 of 932021-12-14

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IntroductionThe SAP Engineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edge provides access to the SAP Engineering ControlCenter directly from Solid Edge. This is made possible by making the necessary functionalities over the controlelements Ribbon Bar, Contextual Menu available directly from within Solid Edge. Through this close linkbetween Solid Edge and the SAP Engineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edge, the manual transfer ofdocument data and details on the execution of the functionality of the SAP Engineering Control Center iseliminated as this information is automatically read from the document currently open in Solid Edge and inmost cases can be simply configured and executed.System requirementsThe following system pre-conditions are necessary for installation and operation of the SAP EngineeringControl Center to Solid Edge.Further information regarding the system requirements can be found in the product matrix for thisproduct!Operating SystemWindows 10 - 64 bitThe choice of operating system version is dependent on the system requirements of the Solid Edge versionused.Microsoft Visual C Redistributable PackageMicrosoft Visual C 2017 Redistributable Package (x64)The presence of the required version of the Microsoft Visual C Redistributable Package ischecked by the installer during the installation process and installed automatically if necessary.Solid EdgeSolid Edge ST10 or higher must be installed in the 64-bit variant.SAP Engineering Control CenterSAP Engineering Control Center version 5.1.16.x or S/4 1.0.12.x or higher must be installed.ATTENTION:The ECTR versions 5.2.3.x and S/4 1.1.3.x can NOT be used!SAPCIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 5 of 932021-12-14

The conditions in relation to the SAP environment are based on the requirements of the SAP EngineeringControl Center.CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 6 of 932021-12-14

InstallationThe following section describes the installation of SAP Engineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edge.Due to the fact that some data models are different a parallel operation with the CIDEON CDESKInterface for Solid Edge is not supported!With automatic installation, the process starts with a provided setup package, which consists of a filecontaining all the required files and modules. An installation wizard appears that guides the user step by stepthrough the installation process.Please note that in either case, administration rights are required for the installation!It is strongly recommended being logged in using the administrator account during theinstallation!Product scopeSAP Engineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edge includes a number of files and modules.The package includes the following files or modules:CdnECTRInterfaceSLE64.dllplm conn.dllCdnECTRInterface messages de.txtCdnECTRInterface messages en.txtCdnECTRInterface messages es.txtCdnECTRInterface messages fr.txtCdnECTRInterface messages it.txtCdnECTRInterface messages ja.txtCdnECTRInterface messages pt.txtCdnECTRInterface messages ru.txtCdnECTRInterface messages zf.txtCdnECTRInterface messages nu macros.txtplm .xmlStart application sle.exerenamer3sle.exeCIDEON ECTR-Interface to Solid Edge User Manual.pdfCIDEON ECTR-Interface to Solid Edge Configuration Manual.pdfSolid Edge model templates in directory "templates-template"Templates for customizing files for ECTR in directory "templates-customize"CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 7 of 932021-12-14

NOTE:The texts of the messages, dialogs, menus etc. of the SAP Engineering Control Center Interface toSolid Edge are stored for different languages in the files"CdnECTRInterface messages LANGUAGE .txt" and can be customized. How this is done isdescribed in more detail in the chapter "Using user-specific texts in the integration".IMPORTANT!The SAP Engineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edge runs only with a 64-bit version of SolidEdge! Since it is also possible to install the 32-bit version of Solid Edge on a 64-bit version ofWindows, it should be checked before installing the SAP Engineering Control Center Interface toSolid Edge, whether Solid Edge as 64-bit version is present!You can check whether Solid Edge is installed as a 64-bit version on the target machine in Solid Edge by usingthe "Help - About Solid Edge." menu item to open the dialog with the version information about Solid Edge.It is here in the first row next to the name of the Solid Edge version the words "x64" (see red marked area inthe figure) denote the 64-bit instance. If this codicil is missing, then it is a 32-bit installation that is present.CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 8 of 932021-12-14

Solid Edge "Info" dialogAutomatic installationFor the automatic installation, an installation package is provided. It simply consists of an executable file.IMPORTANT: Please note that administrator rights are required for the installation! It is stronglyrecommended being logged in as administrator when you install the product. Please ensure that the SAP Engineering Control Center and Solid Edge ST8 or higher (64bit!) are already installed on the target machine before running the installation of the SAPEngineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edge. Apart from that, the installation process failed! After successful installation, a restart may be necessary!To start the installation process, the application must execute. This is a self-extracting ZIP archive.CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 9 of 932021-12-14

After start, the containing files will be extracted.Extracting the installation filesAfter this process has finished, the start screen of the installation assistant appears.At least now close all running SAP and Solid Edge applications! This is important to preventfailures during the installation process!Use the "Cancel" button to abort the entire installation process. Navigate with the "Back" button to previousscreen, i.e. to correct some choices. If the installation wizard detects that an essential prerequisite for theinstallation has not been met, it will inform you and the installation process may be aborted.Installation assistant - Start screenCIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 10 of 932021-12-14

The button "Next" browses to the component selection screen. Set a check mark into a checkbox on the leftside to choose the right component. If necessary you can browse to the previous screen with the "Back"button.Installation assistant - Component choiceAfter selection of the component, a click on the "Next" button starts the installation process. Now a screenappears that informs you about the progress of the installation.CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 11 of 932021-12-14

Installation assistant - Progress screenIf the installation process has been finished, the completion screen appears. Complete the installation byclicking the "Close" button here.CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 12 of 932021-12-14

Installation assistant - Installation completionLanguage settingsThe SAP Engineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edge is supported in English and German, by default thelanguage of the CAD system is used. But you can change the language using the environment variable"ECTR SLE LANG". The value "DE" for German and "EN" for English can be used.For this, the environment variable "ECTR SLE LANG" has to be created, and the proper variable has to beassigned. This happens in the advanced System Properties in the Control Panel of Windows.CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 13 of 932021-12-14

Windows dialog "Environment Variables"Please consider that this environment variable is not set as a system variable, but set for the individual user.Therefore, "ECTR SLE LANG" has to be configured in the Windows-Dialog "User variable for User " within the"Environment Variables"!The SAP Engineering Control Center has to be restarted, for the changes in the Environment Variablesconfiguration to take effect!Using user-specific texts in the integrationThe texts of the messages, dialogs, menus etc. of the SAP Engineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edgeare stored in the files "CdnECTRInterface messages LANGUAGE .txt" for the different language versions(" LANGUAGE " stands for the respective language abbreviation, e.g. "de", "en" etc.). These texts can also beadapted individually.Language files with the name "CdnECTRInterface messages LANGUAGE customize.txt" can be created forCIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 14 of 932021-12-14

this purpose. In these files, the texts to be displayed can be configured in accordance with the structure of theoriginal language files. It is not necessary to use all texts, but only those that are to be overwritten. If thesecustomized files are stored next to the original files in the same directory as the installation, they will be usedpreferentially by the interface.The customized language files are not overwritten by an update installation, and thus the user keeps his owntexts even after an update.CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 15 of 932021-12-14

User interface and controlsThe SAP Engineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edge offers three different controls that are fullyintegrated into the Solid edge user interface. These are all labelled "SAP PLM":Multi-function bar (Main Menu)Context MenuThe following figure shows the user interface of Solid Edge, including the individual controls of SAP EngineeringControl Center Interface to Solid Edge.Solid Edge user interface with SAP PLMBy default, the "SAP PLM" menu of SAP Engineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edge is immediatelyavailable after Solid Edge is launched, while the "SAP PLM" toolbar only appears once a document has beenopened.CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 16 of 932021-12-14

Multi-function bar (main menu)The "SAP PLM" menu is located in the multi-function bar of Solid Edge and is the main menu of the SAPEngineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edge and contains all executable functions:Multi-function bar "SAP PLM" in Solid EdgeIf the mouse is hovered over one of the buttons, its function will be displayed as a balloon-style tooltip:Multi-funktion bar with tooltipNOTE:The actual position of the main menu "SAP PLM" of SAP Engineering Control Center Interface toSolid Edge within the Solid Edge multi-function bar depends on whether, how many and whichother add-ins are loaded and used! It can, therefore, differ from the position shown in the figure.Context menuThe "SAP PLM" context menu is embedded as a submenu in the context menu of a document in the PathFinder of Solid Edge. As the Path Finder is only available when a document is open, this also applies to the"SAP PLM" context menu. The "SAP PLM" context menu contains all functions of the SAP Engineering ControlCenter Interface to Solid Edge that make sense for open documents. Again, functions that are currently unavailable are disabled or "greyed out" in the context menu.CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 17 of 932021-12-14

Submenu "SAP PLM" in the context menu of the Path FinderCIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 18 of 932021-12-14

Function descriptionA variety of functions of the SAP Engineering Control Center can be accessed directly from the user interface ofSolid Edge using SAP Engineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edge. These functions are described in thefollowing text.It should be noted that SAP and the SAP Engineering Control Center offer extensive configurationoptions, and the actual behavior of the functions may differ on a case-by-case basis from thosedescribed here. The function description in this user's Manual is based on the defaultconfiguration of the SAP Engineering Control Center.General behaviorIf a function is triggered using the SAP Engineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edge, a message will bedisplayed in the center of the working range of Solid Edge, which provides information about the current actionwhich is being implemented by ECTR.Information about running ECTR processesThe SAP Engineering Control Center indicates activities initiated by Solid Edge with a yellow colored menu barduring an activity:ECTR activity indicationThis is the standard behavior of the SAP Engineering Control Center, but it is configurable.The running SAP Engineering Control Center is represented by the ECTR icon in the notification area (known as"Systray") of the Windows taskbar (see red mark in figure ).CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 19 of 932021-12-14

ECTR icon in the Windows "Systray" areaDepending on the context or status, a document loaded in a Solid Edge document SAP Engineering ControlCenter Interface to Solid Edge may not have access to some of the functions. In this case, the functionsconcerned are deactivated and shown "greyed out".LoggingThe SAP Engineering Control Center Interface to Solid Edge offers the ability to log it's work and stores it in alog file. This is particularly useful for questions regarding CIDEON support.ATTENTION:In order to use logging with an older ECTR version prior to 5.2 or 5.1.15, the preference "ECTRLOG-DIR @PLM [email protected]" must be set in the interface-specific configuration file "default.txt"!From ECTR version 5.2 or 5.1.15 this is no longer necessary and the preference is obsolete.To activate logging, the "Application tracelevel" option under "Common" must be set in the Options menu ofthe ECTR under "Preferences" of the SAP Engineering Control Center, which is accessible via the gear symbol("Settings") at the top right:Options menu of the ECTRCIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 20 of 932021-12-14

ECTR Option "Application tracelevel"The different detail levels "Trace", "Debug" and "In Detail" can be selected for the information stored in the logfile. The value "Undefined" means the initial state after the installation of the ECTR and is equivalent to"Trace". If the trace level has been changed once, it can no longer be reset to "Undefined".The log files are stored in the directory path for log files of the ECTR under LW :\SAPPLM\tempdir\logs\applications\sle\The file name of a log file contains a date and time stamp and has the following structure:plm connector YYYY.MM.DD-HH MM SS.logGeneral functionsGeneral functions provide access to the SAP Engineering Control Center and are used in administration. Theyare located in the section "ECTR" of the multi-function bar.Multi-function bar section "ECTR"Open ECTRWith the function "Open ECTR", the SAP Engineering Control Center is activated or started and brought tothe front. Depending on a running function, Solid Edge may be blocked for all actions and inputs, until thecontrol is passed back from ECTR to Solid Edge. In that case, the blue "back" button in ECTR (see red markCIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 21 of 932021-12-14

in figure) is usable to continue working in Solid Edge. Otherwise, the button is deactivated (greyed). In anyevents, Solid Edge will be back in control when the SAP Engineering Control Center is closed."Back" button in ECTRShow CAD StructureThe function "Show CAD Structure" is used to bring the SAP PLM Engineering Control Center in theforeground and open the structure view in which the structure of an open and active document will bedisplayed.The "Application Structure" window in the ECTR shows originals and their structures that are loaded in the CADapplication. It is possible to refine the view using the filter buttons provided in the dialog.ECTR view "Application Structure"The ECTR may add overlay icons to the displayed icons to visualize certain states in which thedisplayed objects are located. For the meaning of these symbols, please refer to SAP's ECTRdocumentation.In the application structure view, a context menu is available for the selected object.CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KGPeterstrasse 1 : D-02826 GoerlitzWeb: https://www.cideon.comPage 22 of 932021-12-14

Context menu in ECTR view "Application Structure"Please note the following points during work with the context menu in the application structure view of ECTR5.1:Multi-selection is only available with the function "Edit" and "Select".An import works only for the top document.A successful import causes a refresh of the application structure.The function "Display" opens the selected document and causes a refresh of the application structure.Function "Set Active": The shoring in an assembly is opened in the "Edit on site" mode."Select": Selected elements from the application structure are selected in the active file in Solid Edge.It may happen that the function is deactivated because no selection can be created in Solid Edge (e.g.if the preference "Show Drawings" is set in the settings in the section "Application structure" anddrawings are displayed for the active file, "Select" is deactivated for the drawings). If it was not possibleto make a selection, then information about this is output in the log file.Unknown commands open a message box with information about that command to detect wrongconfigurations.It is possibl

Center directly from Solid Edge. This is made possible by making the necessary functionalities over the control elements Ribbon Bar, Contextual Menu available directly from within Solid Edge. Through this close link between Solid Edge and the SAP Engineering Contr