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Filling out forms is always a drag. Automating those forms with data cards and transition updates is a great way to alleviate that burden. In this article, you'll learn about form automation with SOLIDWORKS PDM. There are many forms we see around the industry, so we’ll start with an example in Microsoft Excel.
PDM templates have the power to radically change how files are created. In this article, we'll demonstrate how we can use templates to create folder structures and files from existing templates inside of PDM and SOLIDWORKS, using inputs to create a semi-intelligent part number system.
There are plenty of reasons why one might share their SOLIDWORKS PDM vault with an outside entity, but not their licenses. This could certainly apply to outside vendors or sister companies that have their own PDM licensing and wish to remain separate. In this article, we'll detail how to set this up.
Web2 search capabilities are not quite as robust as a full install of PDM. In a web interface we lack search cards and favorites, which stifles us down to searching for a value in the File/Folder name, Comment and Description by default. With some tweaks to the configuration we can free us up to search across any number of variables.
The SQL backbone is a highly organized structure that allows SOLIDWORKS PDM to operate quickly and efficiently. Over time, this indexed structure can get itself out of order and reduce its efficiency. SQL Standard provides maintenance plans to help combat this. However, SQL Express does not have these automation or maintenance options. To perform this maintenance the rebuild and reorganizations must be done manually per table. With a little creative scripting, we can still automate this as well.
Data is going to pile up over time. It can be the biggest part of managing our data in the long haul. In parts one and two we shared how to manage your archive with cleanup and distribution techniques. Let’s discuss a few options here to reduce the footprint, or at least spread it around a little bit with compression and cold storage.
The location where our data is stored isn’t set in stone. There will be situations when we need more space, more speed, or in a bad situation – a failing drive. This blog contains methods used to relocate and redistribute our SOLIDWORKS PDM vault storage.
It can be hard to determine how much data will be needed as time goes on; and considering the rate at which new CAD data is added to the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault, this quantity is likely to increase. To reduce the stress on server hard drives, there are a few techniques to managing PDM archive.
SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020 brings with it plenty of new features regarding processes. Here are a few of them detailed out a little more.