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GAIN Collaboration:
The flexible PDM software that grows with you.

PDM Software



What is PDM software?

PDM software or PDM systems (PDM = product data management) support all relevant areas of a company in managing production data – to a large extent CAD applications.

In this way, PDM increases productivity and ultimately leads to efficient product development with lower production costs.

Small and medium-sized companies in particular benefit from a comprehensive PDM solution: after all, the greatest value in the life cycle of a product lies in product data management.

PDM is a sub-area of PLM (Product Lifecycle Management).

PDM software GAIN Collaboration:
Discover possibilities

Learn more about important functions and time-saving possibilities with PDM software.

PDM software with pleasing configuration options

Add database fields: Large number of free database fields in the standard system. Add new fields or tables using graphical database editor. Without SQL knowledge.

GAIN Collaboration adapts to the needs of your product development. Quick and uncomplicated.

Use your configuration options in the PDM tool:

  • Extension of the software with additional database fields
  • Design of the user interface: For example, input and search mask
  • Configuration of interfaces – for example to CAD systems
  • Determining the way numbers are generated
  • Defining sets of rules for the creation of documents
  • Free definition of status transitions
  • Individual setup of toolboxes and menus
  • Free design of folder structures for search and retrieval
  • Administrators can store selection lists and boxes for standard entries in the database themselves.

Discover more customization options.

GAIN Collaboration adapts to your processes

Define Workflow : Graphical state configuration for easy, intuitive definition of the sequence, properties and conditions of virtually any workflow. Complex workflows can also be implemented by integrating specially programmed workflow scripts. Also for additional functions.

Every company has its individual requirements. For example, regarding the workflow. In GAIN Collaboration it is the integrated workflow manager that lets you map, change and extend system processes. For example, if the integration of an ERP coupling is under discussion. Or the use of a job server for updating documents in the approval process. You can implement greater flexibility requirements with the workflow programming interface. We are happy to support you with our service.
In this way, the product data management system adapts to your needs. And not the other way around.

Discover your possibilities for process management & workflow.

A PDM solution with many securities

Access security

Access to documents within the PDM program is only possible via the GAIN Collaboration System. At no time does a user have contact with files in the PDM archive. Even the preview of a document in GAIN Collaboration is not done on the archive document. For the filing and archiving of documents a high degree of security.

Encrypted file transfer

With GAIN Collaboration you can encrypt the transfer from the archive to the computer of a user (client). To do this, you store a security key (SSL key) in the GAIN Collaboration System. Only those who have this key can open and edit documents (file types). No key – no access!
This key-lock principle also applies to data transfer from one site to another: For example, if replication (data synchronization) is desired between two or more sites.

Revision security

With GAIN Collaboration, you have control over the documents managed in it. The existing rights’ system controls access to the documents.
Departments outside of design (for example purchasing or manufacturing) can be set up to GAIN Collaboration to only see approved documents. In this way, you rule out the possibility of incorrect statuses entering production.
Revision management automatically creates a copy when a document is revised (changed). At the same time, all stands in GAIN Collaboration will be lifted. In this way, you can track what has happened to a document at any time. A prerequisite for certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001.

Access Management: PDM software that preserves employee rights

Extensive options for user rights. For example, which products or documents may be worked with.
Data protection is the be-all and end-all. It is therefore important to adhere to a system of rules for employee access to individual documents of your products.
With its flexible rights system, GAIN Collaboration regulates access to documents via the status of a document up to departmental rights.
You can assign documents to specific departments for clear separation between business documents and design documents. When documents are opened for editing or viewing, they always go to the local workspace. The archive documents are never accessed. This is ensured by the check-in / check-out procedure.

Learn more about the intelligent access management of the product data management software GAIN Collaboration.

PDM interfaces: GAIN Collaboration is so connectable

GAIN Collaboration has an open system architecture. Via its API (Application Programming Interface) you can connect GAIN Collaboration to third-party systems such as an ERP system or DMS program. Conversely, GAIN Collaboration can be accessed from other programs.
Designed this way, you can integrate GAIN Collaboration seamlessly and cleanly into an existing Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) environment.
A modern CAD PDM software is flexible: With GAIN Collaboration you enjoy additional flexibility via the programming language C# (C-Sharp) using the .NET Framework. Users thus have a wide range of additional options at their disposal.

And: Thanks to the JoinServer add-on module, you can connect external systems to GAIN Collaboration without any programming knowledge. In this way, you can quickly and easily enjoy permanent flexibility in the event of new systems.

Discover your freedom with deeply integrated PDM interfaces.

Fast, lightweight PDM solution

The powerful product structure program combines several performance pluses under one roof.
GAIN Collaboration distributes different program tasks to various processors. At the same time, the product data management software uses fast and powerful databases.


GAIN Collaboration executes numerous processes simultaneously (multithreading). For example, a user can open a large 3D design for editing and simultaneously initiate a copy process in the PDM system. Or perform a status change. Thanks to multithreading, other processes such as the e-mail or ERP system can be used independently and in parallel.

SQL database

It’s not just the performance of the hardware that matters. An important factor is the database in which all information is stored. GAIN Collaboration relies on the Microsoft SQL database for this purpose.

Data migration: How easy and secure can it be?

Through its migration module, GAIN Collaboration can ingest inventory data physically located in Windows Explorer. Both CAD and non-CAD documents.
Where possible, GAIN Collaboration reads information from the documents and transfers it to its database for later searching and retrieval.
From 3D documents, such as Autodesk Inventor or SolidWorks documents, GAIN Collaboration takes over the references (file structures) as well as the parts lists.
Especially for the migration (takeover) of PSP environments to GAIN Collaboration we provide a migration program as a service. Your PSP data can be transferred 1:1.

Multilanguage: PDM for all languages

Dictionary in Unicode standard for global cooperation. Translations down to the user interface (dialog boxes, button labels, etc.). English dictionary included as standard.

GAIN Collaboration is Unicode-enabled. Engineering Teams can use the PDM solution worldwide. The GAIN Collaboration Server also provides a dictionary with which you can translate (localize) terms. This allows you to use GAIN Collaboration across national borders. With regard to replication to sites in other countries, this is of great importance. Learn more about project-oriented collaboration in the PDM system.

Successful PDM software implementation

Individual PDM programs offer different approaches to PDM implementation.
The installation of the GAIN Collaboration System is practice-oriented. The system is configured in advance according to your wishes and only then implemented (set up).

Learn more about the successful PDM implementation of GAIN Collaboration.

User orientation: Productivity first

GAIN Collaboration gets you ahead quickly and easily. Even getting started with the PDM system is easy. The interfaces are clear, its adaptability to users and companies exemplary.

Unencrypted: The GAIN Collaboration Archive

Most PDM tools cryptically encrypt file locations and files. And so need separate file managers. The GAIN Collaboration Product Data Management Software, on the other hand, is based on a transparent file storage system.
The archive is the normal Windows Explorer. Directories and files are not renamed. For outsiders, the GAIN Collaboration Archive is therefore neither visible nor accessible.

You can find more details about the GAIN Collaboration Archive here.

PDM technology that thinks about tomorrow

For long-term investment security, GAIN Collaboration is based on innovative and expandable technology.

  • Client / Server Architecture
  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • C-Sharp (C#)
  • WPF/WCF technology
  • Microsoft SQL database
  • Multithreading
  • Update flexibility
  • Releases without configuration changes
  • Version Control for the history of files

More details on the technology.

Illuminate your product life cycle

With GAIN Collaboration you are well-prepared for Product Lifecycle Management. It is the simple operation and the flexibility of the interfaces that make this PDM system so expandable.

Here you will find more information about PDM or PLM.

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