SOLIDWORKS EPDM Serial Number will not increment when using Template

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated June 18, 2015


A template can update the value of variables including a variable that is set to use a EPDM serial number.

Serial Number

Serial Number

In order to do this, a template variable is created and in the case of the type Serial Number, we associate it to a EPDM serial number.

template variable

Template Variable

In a file or folder data card, a control can also be set to inherit the variable value, from the same EPDM serial number.

serial number used

Serial Number Used

This can lead to conflicts as both the data card and the template are trying to generate the same serial number and may result in the serial not incrementing. To avoid this conflict, have any file or folder control set to Text, instead of Serial Number. This would only apply to variables that are being updated by the template variable and use a EPDM serial number.

text value used

Text value used

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.