In order to adhere to the procedures that design must follow, a Workflow can be complex.
These Workflows can be hard to follow, which can make them difficult to create or modify. Often these workflows can be broken into logical sections. By taking these sections and making them into separate workflows, the complexity of the main workflow can be greatly reduced.
A Workflow Link can be added in order to send a file to a separate workflow, that represents a logical section of the main workflow. While in this workflow the file must progress through a series of states, before it is finally release back to the main workflow.
Creating a Workflow Link is similar to creating a State or a Transition.
When creating a Workflow Link, the target Workflow and State is specified.
Permissions are controlled by the target State.
When SolidWorks is updated to the latest release, the Workgroup PDM Vault must also be updated. The following outlines how this can be done. Read More »
Categories are useful when you have conditions which are shared by multiple workflows. For instance there may be a Filepath condition, which is common to two or more workflows. Instead of defining this condition in each workflow, we can instead define this condition in a category
and then reference the category in multiple workflows.
If categories are used, care must be taken not to create a conflict between category and workflow conditions. A good practice is to only use category conditions in the workflows, all other conditions are then specified in the category. If only one workflow is used, it may be best to avoid the use of categories, as there is very little benefit in using categories in this scenario.
The Reference Dialog options, of User/Group settings, controls how references are handled when file are checked out or when the state is changed. These options can be accessed bey right clicking on a user or group and selecting Settings.
Check out files silently without showing the check out dialog box, will hide the Check Out dialogue box, forcing the user to check-out each referenced file indvidually. This option can help prevent accidental check out of sensitive files.
Try to check out all referenced files when the referencing file is checked out, will attempt to check out all referenced files. This will remove the need to manually select the referenced files from the check out dialogue box. If this option is used in conjunction with Check out files silently without showing the check out dialog box, all referenced file will be checked out if possible (files that are already checked can not be checked out).
Do not mark referenced files when changing state, will not select all referenced files when performing a state change . This can prevent referenced files from accidentally being moved to the wrong state.
When running the Solidworks Design Checker, or the Design Check Builder, a script error may occur. This is may be related to Windows UAC (User Account Control). Disabling UAC should prevent the scripting errors.
To disable UAC, click on Windows Start and enter UAC as the search.
Select Change User Account Control settings from the search results.
Adjust the slider to never notify.
This message may occur when attempting access a seat of SolidWorks from the SolidWorks License Manager. The message will also include “(66,iActTransactionStartFlxActivateApp()/flxActAppActivationReqCreate() errored[8, 41013, 0])”.
This message can be caused if a user uninstalls the SolidNetWork License (SNL) and does not reboot the the system . Rebooting the system may resolve this issue.
If the above does not resolve this issue, it may be that FLEXnet Licensing Service is not running on the user’s machine.
From the Windows Control Select Administrative Tools.
Right Click on the FLEXnet Licensing service and choose Start
To avoid having this issue reoccur, right click on the FLEXnet Licensing service and choose Properties. In the Properties dialogue box, set the Start-up Type to Automatic.
To have a data card variable display the configuration name of SolidWorks files, set-up the variable as shown below.
The block name mus be set to ”SWCfgProperty”. In the above image the configuration name is being mapped to variable, but other configuration specific properties can be mapped to a variable. The below list identifies these properties and specifies whether they can be set to read/write, or read only.
Attribute: Name – Configuration name (read only)
Attribute: Description - Description (read/write)
Attribute: Comment – Comment (read/write)
Attribute: BOMPartNumber - Document name (read only)
Attribute: BOMUserSpecifiedName - User specified name (read/write)
SolidWorks 2013 has updated the API/script environment to VBA 7 (Visual Basic for Applications), which means that some of the methods used in the default Enterprise PDM SolidWorks task scripts (Convert, Print and Design Checker) need to be updated to be compatible with the new APIs.
Solidworks has provided detailed instructions and the default SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2013 SP0 based task scripts for comparison. SolidWorks subscription customer can access this information, by logging int the Solidworks Customer Portal at www.solidworks.com and accessing the Knowledgeable. The article can be found by searching S-061260.
For those that have been using SolidWorks Enterprise PDM for a number of years and are updating from version that is number of release back, it may seem surprising that there is no No Red Plus Icon beside Vault in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Administration. In earlier release with each major release, the archives needed to be updated after the installation SolidWorks Enterprise PDM . In more recent releases this is NOT required as an additional step.
When checking in or transitioning a number of files, you may want to route the files to different states. For instance, you may want to route SolidWorks files to one state and supporting documents to a different state.
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