What to Do When PDMWorks Workgroup Gets Spooky

PDMWorks Workgroup is a great tool for keeping your team working together. It can, at times, get a little bit strange in it’s behavior. This time of year, one might be tempted to blame ghosts or the supernatural, but there are a couple of more rational things to check before blaming the phase of the moon. The first trick has been discussed here before. It is a good practice to stop and start the vault on a regular basis. When the PDMWorks vault has been running for an extended period of time, it can become less reliable and less responsive.  Check the link above on how to set up your […]

PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 ERP Export and Import

Recently there was a post announcing the release of PDMWorks Enterprise 2008.  This product has some new import and export capabilities to exchange information with other applications, such as ERP or CRM.  Here is what you can do: Create sets of variable aliases to map PDMWorks Enterprise BOM variables to ERP data Import data from an ERP application into SolidWorks by creating import rules Export data from SolidWorks to an ERP application by creating export rules Import ERP data to populate PDMWorks Enterprise lists (drop down menus on data cards) Here are some screenshots.  The first screenshot shows the mapping for exporting from SolidWorks.  The second screenshot shows a workflow […]

DWG Viewing options for PDMWorks Enterprise

As you may or may not know, PDMWorks Enterprise supports the viewing and revision control of DWG (AutoCAD) files as well as SolidWorks.  When it comes to viewing DWG, you do have options.  The Preview tab will automatically choose True View, VoloView, or eDrawings depending on which you have installed on the client machine.  When installing PDMWorks Enterprise, it will automatically install eDrawings, but if you have True View or Voloview, it will use one of those viewers instead.  PDMWorks Enterprise uses the following order when selecting the viewer: 1. Trueview2. Volo® View 3. eDrawings4. Saved bitmap in file If you have Trueview or Voloview installed and you want to […]

SolidWorks Releases PDMWorks Enterprise 2008

This is a release  we at InFlow have been looking forward to for a while. SolidWorks Corporation today unveiled PDMWorks Enterprise 2008. SolidWorks has done a great job of listening to what is going on in the field and improving an already strong product. We  will be talking about the specifics as time goes on, but to give you a taste of whats new … Improved support of SolidWorks Configurations This has gone from a weak spot for PDMWE to a true strength. The new version allows access to the structure of each configuration without launching SolidWorks. This information can also be used to create reports and BOMs. Better control […]

No one wants to buy PLM…Part 6 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 […]

PDMWorks Enterprise Viewer Options

PDMWorks Enterprise has different options when it comes to viewing files in the Vault.  There is an embedded eDrawings viewer for SolidWorks and AutoCAD.  There is also an embedded Stellent viewer which supports 400+ file formats, mainly Microsoft Office and Image files.  The Stellent viewer was recently acquired by Oracle and the attached PDF shows some of the file formats supported by the viewer.  Download stellent_support_viewer_files.pdf For those who want to store files that are not supported by eDrawings or Stellent, you do have other options.  If you already use a viewer for your particular file type, you can simply integrate it by changing the viewer settings.  See screen shot: […]

InFlow Technology named on SolidWorks Service Partner page

With SolidWorks VARs beginning to present PDMWorks Enterprise to their customers, many VAR’s are beginning the process of building an implementation team for the PDM/PLM application.  However, so far the demand for implementations have been so great that some resellers need additional help.  With this in mind, SolidWorks has put together a list of service providers to help resellers implement PDMWorks Enterprise.  So far, SolidWorks has listed 7 service partners (4 headquartered in the US).   InFlow Technology was named to this list earlier this year and has already worked with resellers around the country with great success.  Check out the SolidWorks Service Partners at http://www.solidworks.com/pages/partners/categories/service-partners.

Ouch! No More VB6!

I knew the day would come… and it is happening soon! I just came across a note from SolidWorks discussing Visual Basic 6 and PDMWorks Enterprise… For stability reasons, the 2008 version of PDMWorks Enterprise will no longer support VB6. If you have developed addins using VB6 you will need to convert them to VB.Net before upgrading to the 2008 release. Also, make sure you use the "Multi-Threaded" option. Working in .Net will also ensure that your addins work under x64 bit environments. Inflow Technology has API services. Give us a call if you need help!

PDMWorks Enterprise Workflow – Lifecycles vs. Routes

For those who use PDMWorks Enteprise, you will notice that all documents are assigned a workflow when they are added to the vault.  These workflows are developed using the Workflow Editor (here is an example). Everything from a CAD drawing to a word document will have a workflow assigned.  Because of this, we have seen some people confuse workflow with document routing.  In PDMWorks Enterprise, a workflow can serve two purposes, Document Lifecycles and Document Routing.  Here is the difference: Document Lifecycle:  This applies to documents that undergo revision control.  For example, a SolidWorks drawing may start out as "Work In Progress", then move to "Pending Approval", then "Approved".  Once […]