CAD Data Validation Tool Standardizes the Data Exchange with Its Suppliers

Industry: AutomotiveProduct: CADdoctor for NX

Nissan Motor Company

"If the received data meet our requirements, our designers can focus on design study without being troubled with low-quality data while operating CAD. CADdoctor for NX has been improving the quality of product data exchanged among Nissan and our suppliers and made it possible for data recipients to concentrate on design examination or evaluation."

Koji FUJITA, Manager of Engineering IS Department, Global IS Division (As of 2010)


Nissan and its suppliers are building a strict PDQ management system by using PDQ tools including 'CADdoctor for NX' which meet Nissan requirements. When CADdoctor for NX is adopted at every stage of product development, only authorized data are delivered so that recipients of data don't have to be bothered by unneeded work to recover geometry errors any more.

About PDQ / CADdoctor for NX

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In Nissan, numbers of control and delivery systems had been used as many as the number of 3D tools adopted in the production technology field and data quality differed from tool to tool. Because of the difference in PDQ, translation accuracy was frequently disrupted.

To solve these problems, Nissan launched new project to shift to totally new workflow of translation at the same time as replacing its standard CAD system from I-deas to NX. On this project, ASFALIS was chosen to consolidate the company-wide translation system to achieve high accuracy and great stability on the performance.

ASFALIS has allowed users to perform all patterns of translation in any CAD format in Nissan. It also enabled to control concurrently running file translation processes. As this ASFALIS-based system is incorporated to the intranet, employees in domestic branches are able to access ASFALIS to execute translation. The results of translations are automatically delivered to a specified branch in a specified format. Even if different paths are necessary between approved data and data under consideration, it won’t be a problem because users can change settings as required. And, once the settings are ready, ASFALIS automatically translates data and distributes the result as needed.

Today, every progress of translation and distribution is thoroughly visualized. Of course, the quality of results of translation is admirable and stable. ASFALIS has significantly improved the efficiency of the company-wide workflow of data translation and distribution.