SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2009 – What’s New (1/3)

As many of you know, SolidWorks just released SP0.0 of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.  There are quite a few changes in the new version so I will have to make this a multiple post blog. The first and most recognizable difference in the new version is the SolidWorks integration.  I have included a few screenshots: The biggest change in the integration was made to the Enterprise Task pane.  For those unfamiliar with SolidWorks, the task pane is a window along the right side of the SolidWorks session that can be opened and closed (see screenshot).  Enterprise 2009 adds a toolbar along the top with configurable columns in the pane.  In this […]

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2009 Preview

As many of you know, SolidWorks is just about to release SolidWorks 2009.  SolidWorks will also release SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, complete with many new features and benefits.  In this preview, I will talk about the basics. First of all, you may have noticed that the name has changed.  Yes, you can say goodbye to PDMWorks Enterprise and say hello to SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.  With this name change, SolidWorks has put the focus on the SolidWorks Integration, adding more functionality than any release to date.  Here are some things coming with the 2009 SolidWorks integration: Changed interface with State Changes, Where-Used reporting, and better graphics to help the user understand the […]

PDMWorks Enterprise Batch Printing

As more and more customers come on board with PDMWorks Enterprise, we are getting lots of requests for batch printing.  Of course, any user can search the PDMWorks Enterprise vault and select a bunch of files and perform a "right-click" print.  This is easy.  Here at InFlow Technology, we have taken it to the next level…SERVER SIDE PRINTING. Here is how it works: install our InFlow Technology Print Server software on your server (this could also be a workstation).  Configure your printers.  Change a couple settings in PDMWorks Enterprise and you will have a new menu available at the "right-click" that will show "Batch Print".  From windows explorer or from […]

PDMWorks Enterprise and MS Dynamics Part 2

After an earlier post regarding integrating PDMWorks Enterprise and Microsoft Dynamics, we have received some questions about how it works.  I never want to leave my fans hanging, so I have decided to provide additional feedback with an attached video. The integration is performed with an XML import adapter that will take information from PDMWorks Enterprise and load it into Microsoft Dynamics.  The adapter runs on the server and polls a directory every few minutes, looking for an XML file.  The XML file comes from PDMWorks Enterprise and is generated on a workflow trigger or by manual selection by the user.  The adapter loads the XML file and creates new […]

Link PDM Properties to SolidWorks File properties

Using the variable mappings in PDMWorks Enterprise, users can link their PDMWorks Enterprise data card properties to the custom properties in SolidWorks.  Did you know you can also link the data card properties to SolidWorks file properties, such as filename, configuration name, sheet size, last saved date, etc.??  This is useful if you want to push file properties from SolidWorks into PDMWorks Enterprise.  For example, rename the part…automatically update the part number property on your data card.  Here is a screenshot that shows how the variable mapping should be configured: The block name should be $PRP and the Attribute Name should be equal to the file property name.  Below are […]

HELP! I have lost my references!

On numerous occasions, I have helped people load SolidWorks (or other CAD) files into PDMWorks Enterprise.  In almost every case, we are loading a data set that is in disarray.  So, when we try to check in the files, the check in screen will send a warning that SolidWorks cannot find the file in the original referenced location.  You will see this warning: If a user moved the file or accidently referenced something on their local machine, the assembly simply cannot find the files.  This file has to be found and put into the proper folder to rebuild the relationship.  But this can be difficult if you are talking about […]

PDMWorks Enterprise and Microsoft Dynamics

InFlow Technology has recently put the technology in place to integrate PDMWorks Enterprise with Microsoft Dynamics.  Currently the implementation supports Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains), but could be easily adopted for Dynamics AX or NAV.  The first screenshot shows the engineering BOM in PDMWorks Enterprise.  The second screenshot shows the BOM imported into Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0.           Here is how it works: From within PDMWorks Enterprise, the user simply approves a CAD Assembly such as SolidWorks, Inventor, or SolidEdge.  From here a trigger outputs a file that is automatically formatted and imported into Microsoft Dynamics.  A Bill of Material and/or item master records can be imported […]

PDMWorks Enterprise Report Generator

For users of PDMWorks Enterprise, you may notice the menu item "Report Generator" under the Tools menu in PDMWorks Enterprise.  There is information in the help about this tool, but in general terms, it allows users to plug in SQL queries to their PDMWorks Enterprise implementation.  For example, if you want to run a report such as: Users in a particular group Groups that the logged-in user belongs to Logged In users (report with License Type in use) Assembly Structure of an Assembly Complete Where Used report including all revisions Documents with Specified Configuration Documents in a particular state These are just a few.  In fact, any SQL query can […]

PDMWorks Enterprise SolidWorks 2008 Migration Utility

Included in the latest Service Pack of PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 is a utility for upgrading all your SolidWorks files in your PDMWorks Enterprise vault to a SolidWorks 2008 format.  The utility comes in your PDMWorks Enterprise installation package under the folder "\Support\File Version Upgrade".  The utility is called "File Version Upgrade.exe".  Double click on this exe file on your file server and it will install the necessary files in your PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 Program Files directory.  There you will find a file called UpgradeUtility.exe with a help file to get you started.  Before you install, you need to be at PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 SP2 and you need SolidWorks 2008 and […]

PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 Language Options

In the latest release of PDMWorks Enterprise 2008, we saw some additional languages added.  So, at this moment, PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 supports English, French, Korean, Russian, Czech, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, and Swedish. From an IT perspective, it can be difficult to deploy in multiple languages, so all end user clients can be rolled out in one language and then changed after the fact.  In fact, the language choice can be made from the administration tool, just by changing user or group settings.  It is easy.  Just right-click on a user or group in the admin tool and select settings.  There is a […]