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 […]

PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 Improves Security Options

With the launch of PDMWorks 2008 SP2, there is a new security option that is available for use.  Now users can choose to select specific files and decide whether or not they want to share the files with other users or block access.  To control the permissions, right-click on a file, Properties, and go to the permissions tab.  See image: Here is a little summary:  Before this addition, the security of a file was typically determined by vault location and lifecycle state.  In other words, if you were in the engineering department, and you had rights to see all files in the "New Projects" vault, then you could see all […]

Blank Drawing Data Cards????

Having issues getting information into a drawing data card even though the titleblock is filled out and the part data card is completely filled out? Well PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 has the answer. Just follow these steps: Create an additional block/attribute mapping for just the drawing extension (slddrw). Use the block name “$PRPSHEET” (note that it must be spelled with capital letters) and the attribute name should be the property you want to retrieve from the model, for example “Description”. Note to keep the existing description custom property mapping for the drawing as well. (i.e. CustomProperty/Description). NOTES • The PDMWorks Enterprise SolidWorks add-in must be enabled. • The linked properties will […]

PDMWorks Enterprise…Why so blue?

For those who use PDMWorks Enterprise, you may have noticed a time when all your folders turn from green to blue (see image on left).  You may think your PDM system is sad, and then you may become sad because you will quickly realize that you can’t see the file data card, you can’t search, and you can’t see all the files.  Your menus will be disabled and even if you reboot, the folders will not go green again.  Weird, huh? Well, the truth is that you are simply in offline mode.  This mode is available so users can work while not connected to the vault.  In Offline mode, users […]