PLM decoded – What’s a BOM?

WARNING: Do not read this post out loud in an airport or on a plane! What’s a BOM? In the context of companies that design and manufacture products, BOM is short for Bill of Material. I like to think of a BOM as a shopping list of items needed to make a product. If your product is a bicycle, your BOM would include tires, spokes, frame, seat, handlebars, and all the other items needed to build a ready-to-ride bike. It would also include important information like how many of each part is required and which of the seats you stock is the right one for this bike. The BOM might […]

Workgroup PDM – Frequently Asked Questions – I

The support team at Inflow Technology receives many calls a month on workgroup PDM related issues. Depending on an issue's repetitiveness, we are starting a series on the top FAQs and we will add new ones on a regular basis. We hope this post will benefit the users and administrators of these applications. Workgroup PDM - FAQ #1 Question : Vault admin tool is missing after upgrading Workgroup to new version. Solution : With the DVD inserted, modify the SolidWorks install in add/remove programs, expand the Solidworks explorer tree and check "Vault admin..". If 64-bit, also select the x64 vault admin option. Workgroup PDM – FAQ #2 Question : Out of space […]

Enterprise PDM – Frequently Asked Questions – I

The support team at Inflow Technology receives 200+ calls a month on Enterprise PDM related issues. Depending on an issue's repetitiveness, we are starting a series on the top FAQs and we will add new ones on a regular basis. We hope this post will benefit the users and administrators of these applications. Enterprise PDM - FAQ #1 Question : Why are the EDPM folders blue instead of green ? Solution : The folders are blue because the user is not logged in to EPDM. In Windows explorer, Select Tools – Work Online.   Enterprise PDM – FAQ #2 Question : User X checked-out a file, left on vacation/out of office. Need access to it […]

Using SolidWorks Simplified Configurations in SmarTeam

Simplified Configuration Extension (SCE) is a suffix added to a configuration that allows users to display and use multiple configurations while maintaining only ONE profile card. 1. In solidworks, Select smarteam menu and click on options. Type [*] in the simplified configuration extension field. 2. Start System configuration editor [Start/All programs/ Smarteam/ Administrative tools/System configuration editor] 3. Search for "simplified" in system configuration editor                       4. Click on legacy preferences.config setting 5. Select “Add Value” 6. Select “Domain” for the override level and add (*) for the value. Click on save changes 7. A part in solidworks with three configurations.. In this example, […]