ECi M1 CADLink lets your engineers create Method Materials, Assemblies, and Method Entry records in your ERP that are identical to your CAD models with the click of a button.


The direct integration makes manual data entry and clerical errors a thing of the past.

ECi M1 CADLink Interface

Color Coded Changes

Benefit from a color coding system inside your BOM grid to quickly see results and required tasks to save into M1.

Green fields represent new method materials and assemblies that will be created in your ECI M1 Database.
Yellow fields data discrepancy between CAD and ECI M1 Database such as description or quantity.
Gray fields represent parts to be removed from your ECI M1 Method Entry.
Blue fields highlight method materials and assemblies that are not in CAD but are needed in the M1 Method Entry.

ECi M1 CADLink Features

Powerful Visual Interface

Engineers are visual people. That’s why ECI M1 CADLink offers a highly visual and intuitive interface to display data discrepancies and BOM changes. View, compare, and create in one single screen.

Eliminate Duplicate Manual Data Entries

Single-step process eliminates duplicate manual data entries of engineering data in M1 ERP.

Job BOM Module

ECI M1 provides a lot of functionality, but what’s the point if you have to manually key in all the information?

CADLink for M1 Job BOM Graphic

M1 CADLink offers additional services that allow you to write directly into your Jobs in M1. With the Job BOM Integration, you can create parts on the fly and update existing jobs as soon as your changes are ready!

Quick & Easy Routing Interface

CADLink lets you create and modify Operation/Routing sequences on your M1 ERP BOM in one easy-to-use interface.

Discrepancy & Error Notification

Resolve discrepancies in the CADLink interface and automatically update both your CAD files and M1 ERP data. CADLink validates your items and BOMs and notifies the engineer with any critical errors before saving to M1 ERP. No more garbage-in, garbage-out.

Small Footprint

No dedicated IT department? No problem! CADLink is a client based application with minimum hardware and software requirements. CADLink installation requires no additional database or server components.

Powerful Searches

Search your M1 ERP Item Master live and insert raw materials and non CAD modeled items to your M1 ERP BOM. Create a complete BOM; not just what your engineers model.

1 Click Summary Report

Generating Excel export of BOM and PDF of change summary report is easier than ever. One click is all you need to meet your documentation requirements.

Benefit from 1 version of accurate and up-to-date M1 data and improve your production throughput

In today’s fast paced industry, keeping your M1 ERP engineering data accurate and synchronized with your engineering drawings and models quickly and accurately is critical in gaining competitive edge. With ECi M1 CADLink, you will see significant improvements in time to market, on-time shipments, and accuracy of M1 ERP engineering data with reductions in engineering cost, scrapped parts, and shop floor confusions.

Increase the speed of data flow from sales to engineering, purchasing, and production

Streamlining the entire product development process by integrating your CAD systems (SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, CREO, Altium, CATIA, etc.) and your M1 solution gives you the edge in the competitive market. ECi M1 CADLink will free up your engineering staff to do more engineering and reduce your engineering costs. The less time they spend inputting data across multiple platforms, the more time they can invest on projects and designs.

Direct Integration to ECi M1 ERP

Direct CAD Integration

Your engineers live and breathe inside their CAD system and they love it! So let’s keep it that way and let CADLink connect your CAD system to M1 ERP. Real-time, direct, two-way link between your CAD and M1 ERP allows your engineers to compare, create, and update M1 ERP Item Master and BOM records right from the comfort of the CAD system of your choice. An intuitive interface displays indented multi-level BOM and thumbnail preview image of the CAD part so you know what you are looking at. Integrations for all the leading mechanical and electrical CAD, as well as woodworking and structural CAD packages are available to you.

Direct ERP Integration

Set default value or assign critical M1 ERP fields such as Inventory UOM, Part Class, Part Group, etc. CADLink lets you access M1 ERP data to see M1 drop-down fields and search Item Master to insert raw materials and non CAD modeled items to your BOM.

Live Data Comparison

Take control of your changes. The live comparison feature lets you visually review BOM changes before committing to save. The changes and discrepancies between the two systems are colour coded to let you know what will be affected in both systems! 

Bi-Directional Connection

A key to any successful relationship is two-way communication. CAD – ERP integration is no exception to this! CADLink can write back to your CAD model properties to keep your CAD engineering data in sync with your M1 ERP.

Always Compatible

Our partnerships with M1 and your CAD provider enable us to always keep your CADLink current, working seamlessly and with no down-times during version upgrades. QBuild has the resources to develop a custom solution to satisfy your needs while tightly following your company standards.

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