For the 1,000 engineers worldwide who design oilfield equipment from more
than 60 locations for Cooper Cameron Corp., a document management system has
proven to be a valuable time-saver.
The company (www.coopercameron.com), headquartered in
Houston, TX, manufactures oil and gas pressure control equipment, including
valves, wellheads, chokes, blowout preventers and assembled systems for oil and
gas drilling, production and transmission used in onshore, offshore and subsea
applications. It also manufactures gas turbines, centrifugal gas and air
compressors, integral and separable reciprocating engines, compressors and
The company uses the SAP R/3 business system integrated with eQuorum's
ImageSite (www.eQuorum.com) document and
image manager to share engineering documents worldwide.
"From SAP transactions, we launch into engineering documents and can view
them or print them within our network printers around the world," explains Dave
Whiting, manager of engineering systems, Cooper Cameron Corp. "Now we have one
document file and people around the world can print or view it."
This integration of SAP R/3 with ImageSite provides users with a seamless
solution to handle online viewing of complex engineering and technical documents
as well as online collaboration and distributed printing. Users search for
documents stored in the SAP R/3 repository using the SAP interface. Once the
documents are retrieved, eQuorum's SAP Connector lets users view, distribute or
print using ImageSite. ImageSite is used in PDM environments for the storage,
management and distribution of "released documents" that are generated by the
CAD modeling software after the design is complete.
Whiting adds that all engineers have access to the "latest revisions of all
documents from one source, in a bill of materials. They can point and
double-click and view it on screen, and elect to print or move on. This gives us
the confidence that we are looking at the latest and greatest."
ImageSite lets users manage, share, distribute, and print engineering
drawings and technical documents. Engineers can send an e-mail message to link
users to documents in the ImageSite document repository. With the use of a Web
browser, users can do collaborative viewing and mark up hundreds or
Cooper Cameron found that document
management saved the company considerable time in design of its wellheads,
such as this one.
What is notable about
the product, says Dr. Joel Orr, vice president and chief visionary, Cyon
Research Corp., (http://www.cyonresearch.com) Bethesda,
MD, is that the technology is simple yet performs a necessary function.
"They aren't doing anything overly innovative," Orr says of eQuorum. They are
doing a job that everybody needs, and apparently doing it very well," he says.
"ImageSite seems to say what it is, and does what it says. It's a simple
solution to a common problem."
Whiting says that the biggest payoff comes from his customers.
"What we're able to do, through ImageSite, is point and click and put
together a whole package of bill of materials and print it all at once. Our
customers can then send it to an Extranet, and their suppliers can access it
through a URL," he explains.