Convert to PDF – An out of the box feature for Solidworks Enterprise PDM 2010

With Enterprise PDM 2010 converting drawings to PDF is easier than ever. In this entry we will show you where and how to add the Convert Task feature. In the next entry we will show how to use this tool to convert drawings to PDF once the drawings are approved. Installing the Convert Task on your system 1. Open up EPDM administration tool and right click on your vault name and select "Import…"   2. Browse to your EPDM install directory and then "Default Data" 3. Select the "Convert_gb.cex" file and click Open 4. To double check expand "Tasks" under your vault in the administration tool and make sure "Convert" […]

No one wants to buy PLM…Part 10 of an infinite series

I am a PLM sales person…and the title of this series may imply that I am whining about my job. While I am not immune to the occasional emotional episode / mild tantrum, the title of this blog entry has a purpose. I assure you that this purpose has nothing to do with my emotional state. Companies that contact InFlow are generally not looking to buy a PLM solution. Rather, they are looking to solve complex issues in their organization. Often times, the connection between the issue and the definition of PLM is somewhat cloudy. Therefore, my goal in this series is to discuss some of these challenges that InFlow has […]

No one wants to buy PLM…Part 9 of an infinite series

I am a PLM sales person…and the title of this blog entry may imply that I am whining about my job. While I am not immune to the occasional emotional episode / mild tantrum, the title of this blog entry has a purpose. I assure you that this purpose has nothing to do with my emotional state. Companies that contact InFlow are generally not looking to buy a PLM solution. Rather, they are looking to solve complex issues in their organization. Often times, the connection between the issue and the definition of PLM is somewhat cloudy. Therefore, my goal in this series is to discuss some of these challenges that […]

No one wants to buy PLM…Part 8 of an infinite series

    I am a PLM sales person…and the title of this blog entry may imply that I am whining about my job. While I am not immune to the occasional emotional episode / mild tantrum, the title of this blog entry has a purpose. I assure you that this purpose has nothing to do with my emotional state. Companies that contact InFlow are generally not looking to buy a PLM solution. Rather, they are looking to solve complex issues in their organization. Often times, the connection between the issue and the definition of PLM is somewhat cloudy. Therefore, my goal in this series is to discuss some of these […]

Simply put…this is really cool

Having sold CAD and PLM for a number of years, I have seen some cool products.  I have been on the shop floor where they built high tech weaponry, service trucks, and components so small that you had to look at them under a microscope.  It is tough to impress me. Having said that, this video blew me away, and I simply wanted to share it with our community.  It comes from the website of a company called SSI in Oregon, and the site contains plenty of additional cool content for engineering-minded people like us.  Consider it an early Hanukkah present.

Dassault Assures the Future of Enovia SmarTeam V5

Last week, Dassault announced that they have outsourced the development of Enovia SmarTeam to a group of PLM experts called artizone.  The new company is led by Alex Zeltcer, former CEO of the SmarTeam Brand at Dassault.  Essentially, Zeltcer has hired the majority of the former development team in Israel and will provide support and software updates for both current and new SmarTeam customers. 'What is with the name?' you may be asking.  I asked the same thing.  We have a lot in common..artizone, we are told, means a "zone for artisans."  If you were are not overly impressed with this explanation, join the club (this coming from a guy […]

Do You Ship Products to the European Union?

  Recently, we have had a number of customers inquire about solutions to help them comply with environmental regulations.  While many of these regulations have been in place for quite a few years, the enforcement of these regulations is becoming a reality.  Thus, companies have to prepare themselves in order to continue exporting their products, especially to the European Union. This survey is simply intended to understand the value of such solutions in CATI's customer base. Please take a few minutes to let us know if compliance with these regulations is important to your business. <a href="http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=PpL8Lr3bCTBYb20TRvWADQ_3d_3d">Click Here to take survey</a>

Rename SQL server

There are those rare times when you have a need to rename your server that is running SLQ server on it. You may now know that once you change your server name.. that connecting to the SQL portion won't work particulairly from remote clients. I have found a couple of pretty simple SQL commands that can help assist in this. From Query window.. I typically set it to "Master".. run the following commands.   To return current name –       SELECT @@SERVERNAME AS 'Server Name'  To return the old name –     SELECT sys.servers AS 'Server Name' To do the actual renaming –     sp_dropserver "INFLOW-AEPGUOJH"     GO     sp_addserver "INFLOW-R19-1", local     GO ***Restart SQL services […]

No one wants to buy PLM…Part 7 of an infinite series

  I am a PLM sales person…and the title of this blog entry may imply that I am whining about my job. While I am not immune to the occasional emotional episode / mild tantrum, the title of this blog entry has a purpose. I assure you that this purpose has nothing to do with my emotional state. Companies that contact InFlow are generally not looking to buy a PLM solution. Rather, they are looking to solve complex issues in their organization. Often times, the connection between the issue and the definition of PLM is somewhat cloudy. Therefore, my goal in this series is to discuss some of these challenges […]