Formtek EDM for Alfresco

Formtek Engineering Data Management (EDM) Solution

Formtek’s EDM Solution works in conjunction with Alfresco Content Services (ACS) to provide flexible yet secure management of vital engineering documents and drawings.

The EDM Solution is available as a subscription for Alfresco on Windows and Linux platforms. Access to the Formtek Online Support portal for ticketing, bug-fix patches, and product updates is included.

The Formtek EDM Solution is comprised of several products. The products and their capabilities are summarized below, and in more detail on the linked pages:

  • The Formtek EDM Module provides a set of server-based extensions to the Alfresco repository and Alfresco Share. The EDM Module includes custom content types and properties that can be used to associate metadata with engineering drawings and documents. The EDM Module provides methods to both manually and automatically manage and associate AutoCAD and MicroStation reference files within the repository. This information then allows the EDM Module to combine a base drawing and its references into a single PDF rendition for preview or download.
  • The Formtek CAD Transform Engine (FTKCAD T-Engine) can be used standalone or in conjunction with the EDM Module to provide AutoCAD and MicroStation transformation and extraction capabilities and to automatically update the CAD drawing when an Alfresco property is updated. The updated property value is embedded into the corresponding CAD attribute per a configurable mapping. To further enhance performance, the FTKCAD T-Engine can reside on a server separate from the Alfresco repository.
  • The Formtek EDM Module Plugin for ACA/ADW provides a set of EDM extensions for the Alfresco ADF-based Alfresco Content Application (ACA) and Alfresco Digital Workspace (ADW), similar to the Alfresco Share extensions included in the EDM Module.
  • The Formtek EDM Connector for AutoCAD product is an AutoCAD plugin that allows synchronized interaction between the AutoCAD application and the Alfresco repository.