A quick way to make your PDM files dirty

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Let’s imagine you have a lot of SOLIDWORKS files in your PDM vault. Many of these files have a file property defined within them that you now would like to appear on your PDM data card. (This seems to happen a lot after a recent migration.) The problem is that simply adding a control to your SOLIDWORKS data card and linking its variable to the SOLIDWORKS custom property isn’t going to work. PDM only updates its data cards when you […]

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Multi-language in Enterprise PDM Data Cards

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In a recent post I gave you some ideas on supporting multiple languages in Enterprise PDM. There are two ways you can “filter” your data cards so users only see the language they speak. You can make different data cards per language and save them in different locations within your vault. (i.e. save the English card in a root folder that only English users will work in, save the French card in a root folder where only French users will […]

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Multi-language in Enterprise PDM Data Cards

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In a recent post I gave you some ideas on supporting multiple languages in Enterprise PDM. There are two ways you can “filter” your data cards so users only see the language they speak. You can make different data cards per language and save them in different locations within your vault. (i.e. save the English card in a root folder that only English users will work in, save the French card in a root folder where only French users will […]

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Multi-language in Enterprise PDM

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In SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, I do not like the idea of mixing languages within the same Enterprise variable. I want to be able to run reports and see BOMs in a chosen language.  Multi-language reports and BOMs are difficult for users. I like adding a suffix to each variable name for each language, i.e. “Finish” is broken in to multiple languages: “Finish-English”, “Finish-French”, etc… Then define different BOM column sets pointing to each corresponding language. Same concept for search cards, […]

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Multi-language in Enterprise PDM

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In SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, I do not like the idea of mixing languages within the same Enterprise variable. I want to be able to run reports and see BOMs in a chosen language.  Multi-language reports and BOMs are difficult for users. I like adding a suffix to each variable name for each language, i.e. “Finish” is broken in to multiple languages: “Finish-English”, “Finish-French”, etc… Then define different BOM column sets pointing to each corresponding language. Same concept for search cards, […]

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The Cost of a Big EPDM Data Card

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I’ve seen little SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM data cards, and I’ve seen huge data cards. Tab controls within tab controls, more than 100 buttons, boxes and lists…amazing! How do you decide what you should put on a data card? It is fun watching new EPDM administrators when they first see the value of data cards -like a kid on Christmas morning. They want to create a variable for everything! There are some basic performance issues you’ll run into if you have […]

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The Cost of a Big EPDM Data Card

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I’ve seen little SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM data cards, and I’ve seen huge data cards. Tab controls within tab controls, more than 100 buttons, boxes and lists…amazing! How do you decide what you should put on a data card? It is fun watching new EPDM administrators when they first see the value of data cards -like a kid on Christmas morning. They want to create a variable for everything! There are some basic performance issues you’ll run into if you have […]

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Give each EPDM project its own part numbering scheme

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A few weeks ago I was at a customer’s site where they wanted each of their projects files to have their own serial number. i.e. They wanted part numbers for project “A” to be “0010”, “0011”, “0012”, “0013”, etc. and part numbers for project “B” to “10456”, “10457”, “10458”… [Not the file name, just the part number.] Each of their customers had their own part number schema that they were to follow. My first thought was to make a new […]

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Give each EPDM project its own part numbering scheme

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A few weeks ago I was at a customer’s site where they wanted each of their projects files to have their own serial number. i.e. They wanted part numbers for project “A” to be “0010”, “0011”, “0012”, “0013”, etc. and part numbers for project “B” to “10456”, “10457”, “10458”… [Not the file name, just the part number.] Each of their customers had their own part number schema that they were to follow. My first thought was to make a new […]

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IF/Then Logic for your EPDM Data Card

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There are lots of ways to build some pretty cool logic to populate your SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM data cards. Automatic transitions with conditions, unique data cards based on location or file types are the most typical methods. They work, but the more complex your logic needs to be, the more difficult it is to set up. Since PigeonHole can connect to SQL’s logic engine, you can use SQL to do some pretty fancy things with “English like” logic. As an […]

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