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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EPDM TECH TIP: How To Use An Options File For EPDM in 2015

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With all the changes that have come about in the license structure for EPDM 2015, you now have all the capabilities with options files that you’ve had with SOLIDWORKS network seats for a while! This includes setting up timeouts on the licenses and reserving licenses for groups of people.Begin by opening up a blank text document in Notepad. You must set up a group to assign rules to by entering the syntax below: GROUP <group_name> <username1> <username2> <username3> (do not […]

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How to Upgrade to SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2015

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Enterprise PDM 2015 has brought with it some important changes that will affect your upgrade. No longer do you need to download a license from the customer portal, because everything is now activation-based like many other SOLIDWORKS products. Additionally, there are new requirements of your hardware/software. System Requirements It is always important to check the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM System Requirements before doing an upgrade. This year, Windows Server 2008 and all 32-bit systems are no longer compatible with the software. Additionally, SQL […]

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Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM Part 3: Legacy Revision Workflow

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Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Many companies have several projects stored in their Windows file system prior to an Enterprise Product Data Manager (EPDM) implementation. While it is ideal to leave older projects within the old filing system, it is sometimes important to integrate them into the new PDM system for future use. This is the final entry of a three part blog series entitled Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM. It is recommended that you implement […]

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Organizing Your Business Processes with PLM Solutions

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Many companies today suffer not from a lack of data in the product set necessary to make it but rather from the data being created and managed in such a way that other departments either don’t know about it or can’t find it with ease. How often do we hear, “The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing?” Often companies place more emphasis on how each department is organized and not enough emphasis on organizing their business […]

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Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM Part 2: Fix Those References

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Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Many companies have several projects stored in their Windows file system prior to an Enterprise Product Data Manager (EPDM) implementation. While it is ideal to leave older projects within the old filing system, it is sometimes important to integrate them into the new PDM system for future use. This is the second of a three part blog series entitled Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM. It is recommended that you implement in a […]

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Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM – Part 1: High Performance Migration

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Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Many companies have several projects stored in their Windows file system prior to an Enterprise Product Data Manager (EPDM) implementation. While it is ideal to leave older projects within the old filing system, it is sometimes important to integrate them into the new PDM system for future use. This is the first of a three part blog series entitled Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM. It is recommended that you implement in a test vault prior […]

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SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM: How to Handle a Full Archive Server

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So you’ve been working in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM for a while now and have just realized your vault has gone from 50GB to 500GB. There’s very little space left on your server hard disk and you need to do something quickly before the ceiling is reached. What do you do?You have a couple of options that can be done independently or in combination to relieve the stress of a large archive. Cold Storage Schema The first thing you should do […]

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How to Use Indexing in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM

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What does indexing do in EPDM? It creates a catalog of the content and properties of each document. This means you can search for things that are contained in the content of the file that aren’t necessarily in the datacard. Once it is enabled, you can utilize it by using the Content Search tab in the Complete Search card.Example: Search for the word “Eric” in the Content Search tab. Your results could contain a word document that mentions “Eric” in […]

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