Work Orders II - the SQL

The SQL! Get it – “sequel”?!?! Because this is a continuation of my previous post! Ahhh…PDM humor is there any better?

That joke is the only reason I broke the post up into more than one entry.

We now have a work order. This work order “file” can have its own EPDM workflow, so you can push it around within your organization. Now you can track the requisitioning process. Hopefully you came up with that ideal yourself, but let me show you some other cool things we can do.

You can take the sub assembly(ies) that represents the workflow and paste it as a reference. Now you have a nice BOM.


What if you want more than one of these assemblies made?

Do a quantity override! Remove the “As built” (make sure the work order is checked out) and change the quantities.


Switch to “parts mode” and let EPDM do all of that hard multiplication for you!


Now your engineering data can stay “as designed” and other departments can have records of how your assemblies were requisitioned. All within SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM.

Sometimes a work order is only a partial release of an assembly. That situation really isn’t any different than the sub  assembly concept, because you can paste as reference many files to the work order as you want. If you do only parts, obviously the needed quantities will need to be manually entered, just do a quantity override and you can trickle your assembly’s requisitions one part at a time if you wanted to. [The Engineering Data Specialist Man cannot be held responsible for the nasty phone calls you will receive from your purchasing agent.]

Push your work order through a workflow, sit back and enjoy the accolades raining down from your co-workers.

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