Exporting a Workgroup Vault

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SOLIDWORK Workgroup PDM has treated you fairly well over the years, it had a good run. Now you are looking forward to switching to SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard where you can get the ease of use for Windows Explorer and the speed that SQL can provide over Workgroup’s indexing system. All you have to do is install it and maybe migrate your data out of Workgroup. You have three choices to export the data. 1. You can manually export the data yourself This […]

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EPDM Migration Case Study – Migrate Twice?!

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It is many company’s goal to fix their data as they migrate it into SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM. – No broken references, data cards accurately populated, no missing files, etc. If companies choose to do their migration themselves, they’ll typically choose to either dump the data into the vault (via drag/drop) and fix it “later”, or they’ll bring the files into the vault as needed. The downsides to these are that a good percentage of the files never get fixed (people […]

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KnowledgeTree Migration

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I just completed a fun assignment. I was asked to migrate an Akron Ohio company’s data from KnowledgeTree (open source document management software) to SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM. They choose to move all of their KnowledgeTree data into SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM for the following reasons: They were buying EPDM anyway for their CAD data because KnowledgeTree doesn’t support CAD files very well They felt the EPDM interface was significantly easier to use They are going through the process of becoming ISO certified, and felt the traceability provided by EPDM would […]

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Converting from Metaphase

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I love moving data. I guess that is just what we Engineering Data Specialist Men do. Lately I have been doing Inventor Vault migrations into SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, but last month I finished a migration from Metaphase (the old TeamCenter name) that I thought was rather fun and would tell you a little about it. The first challenge was that no one knew the administrator password for the Metaphase system. The IT guy who knew it was “several IT guys […]

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