Smarter Serial Numbers with SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM

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Last week I showed you that you could use PigeonHole for smarter drop lists in your EPDM data cards. PigeonHole also has the ability to put EPDM serial numbers into your cards. With PigeonHole, if you want to use different serial numbers, enclose the name of the serial number between two pound symbols (#Serial Number#) as a choice in your drop lists. The user will see this choice, in this format, when picking from the list, but the choice will be converted […]

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Enterprise PDM Dispatch Addin

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What is the Dispatch Add-in? The Enterprise PDM Dispatch Add-in lets you automate tasks and Processes in EPDM. This is particularly useful if you want to perform an action at multiple, consistent occurrences (such as updating a data card variable with a value after a Workflow state Change), or if you want to perform something a number of files (Like selecting multiple files, and renaming them according to some naming schema). We’ll take a look at how to install the […]

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Workflow and Specification Flow

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A little more than a year ago, with DriveWorks 7, DriveWorks introduced Specification Flow. Many people rejoiced, many were confused. I had several people ask why they would need specification flow when they already had workflow through their PDM. At first glance, many Enterprise PDM users assume the two functionalities overlap…their interfaces look rather similar and they both have similar sounding names, but actually they [can] have completely different functions because they fit in different areas of your company’s order timeline. DriveWorks’ specification flow […]

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EPDM – Implementing a Change Form

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EPDM – Implementing a Change Form In this tech article, we will discuss the implementation steps of a typical change form that will initiate a change to an existing SOLIDWORKS design. What we want is to have a separate process/workflow for the change form that drives files in the existing workflow for our engineering data. First, let’s look at what we need to set up when we introduce a new type of file. In this case, we are going to […]

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Enterprise PDM Search

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Efficient Data Management One of the advantages of using a Product Data Management (PDM) tool such as Enterprise PDM (EPDM) is that it ensures all users are accessing a centralized vault of their engineering data.  This helps promote design reuse, saving time that would otherwise be spent recreating design data.  In addition to the time savings for design, when assemblies share common components, the cost of manufacturing, quality assurance, and purchasing decreases substantially.  Let’s take a look at how EPDM […]

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Register for the SOLIDWORKS Webcast Series – June

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The Equinox – Shorten your day with SolidWorks DATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH Please join our local technical experts for our monthly complimentary Webcasts as we introduce our family of solutions, and outline benefits of our products for your business needs. When registering, be sure to list Computer Aided Technology, Inc. (CATI) as your SOLIDWORKS Reseller.   Friday, June 15th – 12 PM ET/11 AM CT Premium Ideas to Shorten your Work day Presented by: Jeff Osman Area Technical Manager Get […]

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Register for the May SOLIDWORKS Webcast Series

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An in depth look at designing complex products: Workflow Opportunities with SolidWorks DATE May 4th, 2012 Learn from our experts how the SOLIDWORKS product portfolio seamlessly integrates the process of designing complex products from concept through production, to the end user. Optimize designs for performance, manufacturability and even environmental requirements Analyze design iterations at the earliest stages of product development Avoid time consuming and expensive re-tooling work Minimize manufacturing cycle times while maximizing molded part quality Get your products to […]

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Restricting your EPDM addin

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There are a lot of API snobs out there who feel their SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM code is too good to be run by just anyone, perhaps only members of a certain user group are allowed to run their precious code. Perhaps they are writing something that should only be run by administrators. I personally am a programmer for the people; but if you are related to Marie Antoinette, it is pretty easy to accomplish this act of discrimation. You include […]

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Copy Tree puts copy/paste in the tomb

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I usually have my staff answer my letters. They do a good job in beijing, and since they include an autographed 8×10″ glossy of me in all of their replies I think everyone agrees the system works out pretty good. The best part is, a good percentage of the time the staff gets the answers correct. Here is a letter I saw the other day: Dear Engineering Data Specialist Man, Is there a way to copy (and paste) a parent […]

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