IT & Technology


What are the system requirements?

The system requirements depend primarily on how many simultaneous search queries take place and how large the database is.

We recommend a hardware - also VM - with Windows Server (64bit) from version 2012.

Here is an example configuration for operation in a medium-sized company with about 200,000 items and 4 floating licenses:

Hardware: 4 Core @ 3.8 GHz, 8 - 12 GB RAM, hard disk space 10 GB for SIMUFORM® application plus space for SQL database (experience shows from 200 GB - depending on amount of data).

For PCs, standard workstation computers can be used, preferably MS Windows 8 or MS Windows 10. MS Windows 7 is now only conditionally supported with limited technical support due to the discontinuation of maintenance by Microsoft.

Which CAD formats are supported by SIMILIA?

All standard CAD formats and interface formats are supported:

- Autodesk Inventor
- Dassault CATIA
- Dassault SolidWorks
- PTC Creo
- Siemens NX
- Siemens SolidEdge
- Spatial ACIS
- JT (B-rep empfohlen)
- Parasolid

Other formats such as Visicad, HiCad, CreoElementsDirect on request.

Which PDM and ERP systems can be connected?

All available systems can be connected via SIMUFORM's standardized processes. Through this, older ERP systems such as an AS400 or a modern SAP ERP, an older MAXX-DB, Autodesk PSP as PDM or a new Teamcenter, Windchill, CDB, Keytech, SAP PLM etc. can be connected.

Which database is used?

The SIMUFORM KnowledgeBase uses a Postgre SQL database. The database version is kept up to date at regular intervals as part of the updates.

How often is the data updated?

As a rule, the data update in the KnowledgeBase (database) takes place once a day in a nightly cycle. This process can be triggered several times a day via the time control, if this makes sense and is desired.

Can multiple data sources be connected?

Yes - The number of data sources can also be expanded at any time.

Are other databases supported as well?

We alternatively support MS SQL and Oracle. This is associated with an additional charge for licensing external interfaces. We recommend the operation of the included Postgre SQL.

Do I need to provide a database?

No - SIMUFORM provides a SQL database for operation.

How is the software installed for users?

An installation in the conventional sense is not required for SIMILIA. SIMILA can be started directly via the network using a network share. This has the advantage that no local installations need to be maintained for updates and upgrades. This minimizes the administration effort for IT.

Can CAD interfaces be extended subsequently?

Yes - Subsequent expansion to include other CAD formats is possible without any problems.

Are virtual machines supported?

Yes - All SIMUFORM software components can be run on virtual machines.

Can the role and rights system be synchronized?

Yes - Processes can be managed via our server. Existing role and rights information for access control can also be taken into account.

Do you have a more specific question?

What is geometric similarity search?

Users often wonder what is meant by geometric similarity search in the first place, how it works and where it can be applied. Perhaps you will find answers to some of the questions about this topic environment here.

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Checklist for the introduction of geometric component search.

The first step has already been taken. You are seriously thinking about systematizing parts usage in your company. What should you think about if you want to introduce such a solution in your company? Here you will find the answers.

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DATA CLEANSING - How to clean up your item inventory?

Using modern and established methods, data cleansing, or the cleansing of drawing parts, is an efficient approach to capturing duplicates or duplicate parts in the item inventory and eliminating them permanently. Learn how here.

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Let's face it, nothing beats seeing the software live in action, right?

In our free webinars, we show you in just 20 minutes how you too can find and compare your 3D & master data faster than ever before.

Do you have any further questions? You are also welcome to call us briefly to clarify any open questions.

Didn't find an answer to your question? You are welcome to give us a call to clarify your open questions personally. Or you can find out more directly in a free live demo. There we will show you how you too can find and compare your 3D & master data faster than ever before. See for yourself why leading companies from various industries are already thrilled about SIMILIA software and our solutions.

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