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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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ePDM Tips and Tricks: Update References Tool

One of the benefits of EPDM is that it takes over responsibility for managing file references. Once you have files in EPDM and linked, you will not have to worry about the references again. If you bring files into EPDM with broken references, you need to use the Update References Tool. User Interface The Update Reference Tool is a handy tool for cleaning up broken references on files as you bring them into EPDM. Before we get into the nuts and bolts of how we can […]

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InFlow Web Access vs EPDM Internal Web

Since InFlow released the InFlow Web Access tool last summer, we have recieved quite a few requests to explain the differences between the InFlow tool and the SolidWorks Web interface.  Instead of explaining in written form, I have put together a video.   More videos will come in the near future, including more details on the InFlow Web Access tool.  For more information, check out our website at www.inflow-tech.com.

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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 “versions”. Any time a file is checked out of the vault, modified, saved and checked back into the vault, a new version 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 […]

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“File already exists” warning in Enterprise PDM but I can’t find it in the vault!

The most likely reason for the warning “File already exist” would show when adding a file to a folder is that a file with the same name already exists in that folder, but the logged in user does not have sufficient permission to see the file. It is not possible to have two files with same name in same folder. Example A – restricted state permission 1. Logged in user on Workstation2 has read and add permission to the folder, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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DriveWorks World June 2012

DriveWorks, the premiere design automation tool for SolidWorks, has just wrapped up their summer conference held near their headquarters in Cheshire, England. The week long event started off with certification in both the solo and pro editions of the software. The entire DriveWorks' team was on hand to answer questions and show even veteran users new ways of bringing their ideas to life. Once the certifications were complete, the users were treated to breakout sessions covering the advanced features found […]

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