SolidWorks has just announced that the x64 version of PDMWorks Enterprise is now Available! Visit the SolidWorks Customer portal to download. Give Inflow Technology a call if you would like assistance!
InFlow Technology PLM Technical Blog
Technical tips and best practices for the SOLIDWORKS PDM and ENOVIA User & Administration
What is PLM Really? It has been defined and redefined by the marketing departments of many companies. The definitions chosen depend on the definer. The ERP (MRP II (MRP)) companies like to push PLM in the BOM direction, a position of strength for them. The CAD companies lean toward the file management & workflow, topics more in their wheelhouse. Personally, I think the term has been rendered useless. So, I will bravely step into the void left by so much marketing effort on three little letters and declare, with apologies to our president, "I am the definer". What can I hurt at this point? Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) The way […]
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 […]
As you may know, PDMWorks Enterprise provides companies with the ability to manage solidworks files. Included in the cost of the software is site to site replication which automatically copies files from one site to another so that users always work on files from their local network. So, if 1 GB of data is changed on a given day, you can schedule the replication of this data to all other vaults on your network. So one of the questions I get is, "If I schedule replication 3 times per day, how can I keep the replication process from bringing my network down with a transfer of 500 10MB files?" Here […]
Users prefer using "lightweight" feature in solidworks while dealing with huge assemblies and parts for performance gains. When you save a lightweight part in smarteam, it saves the data and creates the profile card but will show up with ! in the smarteam tree. […]
SolidWorks has just announced service pack 3 for PDMWorks Enterprise is now available. You can visit the SolidWorks customer portal to download it. Please give Inflow Technology a call if you would like assistance.
I have recently been asked, How can I tell who is logged into PDMWorks Enterprise? I want to be able to reboot my server and I want to make sure everyone is logged out. Answer: PDMWorks Enterprise does not use any fancy license management software, it keeps track of licenses and logged in users inside a SQL database. So, to get a license count, all you have to do is run a user search from Windows Explorer. When logged into PDMWorks Enterprise go to Tools > Users (if there is no Users pick available, your admin has to turn this on in the Search Card form) When the search dialog […]
How do you get better at what you do? To get to Carnegie Hall, you practice, but if you develop great products, what do you do? There are a lot of people, most of them (us) with something to sell who are quick to give advice, but which way do you go. You can work in from the edges or you can work out from the middle. At the edges, localized improvements can be made. A new computer, a training class, a new machine tool. You always need to be on the look out for opportunities to make spot changes. They are easy to implement and usually can be made […]