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 […]

Display the Enterprise PDM File Version in a SolidWorks Drawing

Enterprise PDM uses two different items to keep track of a file's latest version. The first is by using "revisions". Any time a file is checked out of the vault, modified, saved and checked back into the vault, a new revision of that file is created. The second is a revision scheme. Each time a document goes through the necessary approval process a new revision is created. Usually this revision is populated on the drawing or document to ensure that the recipient is viewing the latest released version. This is controlled via the Enterprise PDM workflow set up and may vary to contain minor revisions as well. Another available option […]

Folder Templates not working as expected after up Upgrading to SolidWorks EPDM 2012 SP4?

Are you using concatenated variable values in your template folder card when creating new Templates? Are you seeing the following error message? “Could not create folder. Cause: The file/key name was invalid” This is a known regression and the issue has been reported to development under SPR 659256 and has a simple hotfix to implement. Please contact InFlow Support to get assistance if necessary. 888.285.2284

SolidWorks 2013 and SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2013 Are Last Releases to Support Windows Vista

Attention Vista Users! Following Microsoft's retirement of the Windows® Vista operating system in April of 2012, SolidWorks 2013 (including SolidWorks Simulation 2013, SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2013, and SolidWorks Workgroup PDM 2013 products) is the LAST RELEASE that will install on Windows Vista. SolidWorks 2014, (including SolidWorks Simulation 2014, SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2014, and SolidWorks Workgroup PDM 2014 products) will NOT INSTALL on computers using Windows Vista. For more information, visit System Requirements and Make Your Move to Windows 7. SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Vault Support SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2013 will be the last release to support the Windows Server 2003 Operating System for the database, archive, and Web servers.  

Is the AutoCAD® 2013 DWG format supported in Enterprise PDM 2012 or older versions?

No. AutoCAD has changed the DWG format for the 2013 release – see details via this link:http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=18801721&linkID=9240617 If you try to add or work with files saved in the DWG 2013 format using Enterprise PDM 2012 or older you will see errors such as:=============================================SolidWorks Enterprise PDM cannot read or write the contents of the file ‘filename’.This can happen if the file is corrupt or if it is of a newer version than SolidWorks Enterprise PDM can handle.Do you want to proceed anyway?==========================================================================================Could not save data to file.SolidWorks Enterprise PDM does not recognize the file format. This can happen if the file is corrupt or of a newer kind that Enterprise […]

No one wants to buy PLM…Part 11 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 […]

Dispatch Check In Trigger Doesn’t Work!

PDM Enterprise comes equipped with a lot of tools to help you with automating your day-to-day routines. One of the most expansive tools is the SolidWorks PDM Enterprise Dispatch Add-In which allows you to set up custom programming without necessarily have any programming experience! That’s great!… until something doesn’t work how you think it should. One of the problems that I’m referencing is the Dispatch trigger to run a Dispatch action when a file is either checked out, checked in or the checkout is undone. Here’s what’s happening — Check Out: When a file is checked in to the PDM Enterprise vault, it is locked down and not available for […]

Double Clicking on a SolidWorks File Doesn’t Do Anything!

Have you ever double clicked on one of your SolidWorks files, fully expecting it to open in SolidWorks for you to modify to your heart’s desire, but instead your PC simply sits there… doing nothing…. laughing at you? Well maybe not laughing at you, but it sure feels like it is! We’ve come across this problem ourselves and although there are quite a few reasons for something like this to happen, there is one possibility that many might not have thought of. That possibility is that you actually told SolidWorks not to open your files ever again! Yes, it’s true. It’s called “Don’t ask me again”. You may see this […]