Self Upgrading SOLIDWORKS PDM

If you choose to self upgrade your SOLIDWORKS PDM Products there are a few things that are commonly missed and some fundamentals that should be considered for healthy system and minimal downtime.  Also don’t forget to check the SOLIDWORKS PDM System Requirements! 1) SOLIDWORKS PDM Products are highly configurable to suite many types of business and company practices. This can make upgrading SOLIDWORKS PDM to a new version of software less than intuitive. 2) Each Version can introduce new challenges or practices. Make sure your Installation guide and reference material is up to date. The Whats New guide for PDM Standard and PDM Pro can help you understand new features or developments […]

Solidworks PDM Permissions Revisited

In Enterprise PDM 2015, additional permissions were made available.  Settings Permissions tends to be one of the more confusing tasks for a PDM Administrator due to the different types of permissions that can overlap and intersect with each other.  The new permissions are: Move Folder Delete Folder Add or Rename folder Move File In Prior versions it was required to have both the ability to Add a Folder or File to the Destination and Delete it from the source to perform a move. In order to perform one of these operations on a file or folder, the user will need a combination of both folder and state permissions in both source and […]

A 1938 BUGATTI – THAT FLIES!

Last fall CATI / InFlow Technology had its annual Design Innovation Summit. We kicked off the start of the tour at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. A nice aside to the Design Innovation Summit was the opportunity to walk through the EAA Museum and see some unique and rare aircraft. One aircraft in particular was the 1938 Bugatti Model 100P. It was a one of a kind, designed to race, but never flown. Just prior to our Summit some enthusiasts came in to review and measure the Bugatti Model 100P in an attempt to recreate it and test fly it. Well, yesterday was the day! The plane design from over 75 years ago […]

SOLIDWORKS WORLD PRESENTATIONS

SOLIDWORKS World is an annual international user conference for all things SOLIDWORKS. Each year 5000+ users come together to share information and ideas related to the engineering process. At the following link you can find the presentations from this years as well as previous years:  http://www.solidworks.com/sww/proceedings/proceedings-presentations.htm   Enjoy! Jim Krivoshein – PLM Consultant InFlow Technology

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2015 – New Icons

In the 2015 release of SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, SOLIDWORKS has made several nice additions.  One, seemingly minor new feature, will really help users.  The addition of the "explorer cache status icons" will help users keep track of the status of the files in their local cache. Here is why the icons are important… Let's say an engineer works on a drawing and checks in version 1.  After that another user checks out the file, modifies the file, and checks in version 2.  Engineer 1 still has version 1 of the drawing in his/her local cache.  Engineers with the power to see history would need to check the "cache status" of the file […]

Design Automation with DriveWorks for SolidWorks – Rule Spotlight – The IF Statement

DriveWorks is the design automation tool for companies that engineer to order. Using DriveWorks we can create infinite variations of your product in a fraction of the time done manually. DriveWorks does this though it's easy to learn rules engine. What is a rule? A rule is a formula used to control the value of the item to which it is attached, e.g. a dimension of a feature, or the name of a drawing. Today we will showcase a particular rule we can use to drive our models. Rule Spotlight – The IF Statement The IF statement is one of the most frequently used rules in DriveWorks. It allows us […]

WHAT’S NEW SOLIDWORKS ENTERPRISE PDM 2014

A summary of the exciting new features! • Automated Cache Management : New options for managing user and group caches are available. Clear the cache on logout and refresh on login (Get Latest Version on folder contents) provide often requested functionality. • Consolidated Delayed in State Notifications:  Files set to notify when “delayed in state” for a specified period of time are now consolidated into a single summary notification. Previously each file had a notification email which could be overwhelming in heavy traffic environments. • Dynamic Notification Recipients Filter:  When specifying dynamic notification recipients now, a filter field to eliminate long scrolling sessions for large user bases is provided. • […]

Customize the Preview Pane in Solidworks Enterprise PDM

Preview Feature The preview feature at its core allows a user to select a file and view its contents without launching the native application and opening the file. This can be a benefit when searching for a specific item or when just looking to work faster. Perhaps a lesser known feature in Solidworks Enterprise PDM is the ability to customize this preview pane to use "other" applications beyond those supported by the default previewers. Customize Here is an example of how to customize Solidworks Enterprise PDM to use a specific application in the preview pane based on one or more file types provided. The steps required for this example may […]

Ensuring the Health of Enterprise PDM

Solidworks Enterprise PDM offers a number of tools and techniques to keep the software working efficiently and effectively and more easily identify issues when they presents themselves.   Archive 1) Keep tabs on the Archive Server Log: EPDM Administration /Your Server /RMB /Show the Archive Server Log. 2) Review the replication monitoring too (when applicable). – in the Administration tool you have the archive status dialog showing the total number of versions needing replicating to a particular server. By right-clicking the node you can get a list of files not yet replicated to a server. You can also use the SQL query to get a list of files needing replicated Client 3) EPDM […]

The Best Practices for Enterprise PDM Convert Task

1) It is recommended to use dedicated task hosts with a minimum of RAM 3 GB for x32 OS (RAM 4 GB and more for x64 OS) and be able to open the drawings and files that are converted. Task host must have Solidworks installed and EPDM client and vault view(s) installed. 2) Enterprise PDM must be started with a continuous login on the task host. 3) Using a dedicated task host that meet the suggested requirements can help minimize resource overextensions which may result in failed tasks. 4) Running tasks requires at least one Solidworks license and one EPDM license. Solidworks license enabling tasks are: SolidWorks Premium, Office and […]