Radica Software, the developer of Electra Cloud electrical CAD software, has partnered with OpenBOM to integrate their online collaboration solutions. The integration creates a new feature that allows users of Electra Cloud to export and convert bills of materials (BOM) directly into OpenBOM with just a few clicks. This new feature is crucial for any team working on design projects using multiple software such as 2D/3D CAD drawing solutions, who can now have all BOM reports exported easily into a centralized location on OpenBOM and allow team members access the files in real-time. The new feature is particularly helpful to anyone using Onshape product design platform and at the same, it is also available to all users of Electra Cloud.
Having a real-time access to BOM reports in a centralized location is crucial to speed up communication and collaboration between design, engineering, manufacturing, and purchasing departments.
Thomas Yip, CEO of Radica Software said, “Automation is key to making work efficient and productive. Previously, users of Electra Cloud ECAD had to manually export their bill of materials that contained a long list of parts, components, pricing info, and others into OpenBOM. We’ve been getting requests from users to make this process simpler and that motivated us to work with OpenBOM to solve the issue. This has kickstarted our partnership with OpenBOM.”
“The new integration between Electra Cloud ECAD software and OpenBOM helps engineers to streamline the information flow between engineers and the rest of the team. It eliminates the mistakes and supports modern connected SaaS application approaches,” says Oleg Shilovitsky, CEO and co-founder of OpenBOM. “By partnering with Radica Software, OpenBOM expands the line of CAD add-ins supported by OpenBOM and supports multi-disciplinary BOM collaboration,” continued Shilovitsky.
The integration also allows automatic extraction and synchronization of data via OpenBOM with accounting systems, which help improve purchasing processes for project owners. In addition, it provides users with real-time data and real-time collaboration, so they no longer need to worry about version control.
“One of the advantages of using OpenBOM is that it saves time and costs because it has ready-to-use templates, making creating a BOM report a simple task,” Thomas explained.
Both Radica Software and OpenBOM are also discussing potential deeper integration including allowing OpenBOM users to export data into Electra Cloud. Electra Cloud is the world’s first fully browser-based electrical CAD software with Vecta.io, a powerful graphics editor software, also developed by Radica Software, as its engine. The cloud-based software allows third parties to build their own custom vertical solution on top of Vecta.