Javelin / TriMech Author

Eric van Essen

I have been working with Javelin for 10 years and now have the role as director of products where I oversee the ramp up of new solutions for our customers or potential customers.

Top 5 Return on Investment Areas for EPDM

If you’re reading this post, you’ve likely wondered at some point about how you can help rationalize what may be perceived by some as “intangible” – the return on your investment for implementing a data management solution.  Many of our customers have justified the purchase…

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Get more out of SOLIDWORKS EPDM

So you’ve implemented SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, you’re seeing some benefits, but what’s next, how can you get more out of SolidWorks EPDM? With the growing list of customers that have invested in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, I thought it would be a good idea to put…

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P&ID Integration between E3 and SOLIDWORKS

Many clients are looking for further integration between SolidWorks piping and process design and the schematics that dictate them.  In SolidWorks 2010, P&ID import was introduced but there was no clear contendor at creating the appropriate XML file.  This has changed over the last couple…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM enhances Windows Explorer with more controls and speed!

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Windows Explorer

I laugh sometimes when I deliver demonstrations of SOLIDWORKS PDM because I feel like I’m demonstrating something which everybody lives and breaths every day when they are working with their Windows computers.  I’ve even been tempted to stop a demonstration after a few clicks before because at…

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SOLIDWORKS BOM (Bill of Materials) management and best practices [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS BOM

The Bill of Materials (BOM) is such an important report yet it is surprising the number of users that do not have a formal strategy in place with how their bill of materials is created, edited and approved.  I’ve seen clients who don’t even use…

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Draftsight Add-in for SOLIDWORKS PDM

I was reading through the “What’s New” material for SOLIDWORKS PDM and I am excited to learn that there is a DraftSight SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-in available for running PDM inside of DraftSight. It does seem like you may require DraftSight Enterprise to give access to the…

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Importance of PDM

I was very inspired when I saw the new animation that SolidWorks has put together to explain why file management is so important.  They have taken all of the top areas of benefit to our clients and communicated them in the most simple way I…

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5 Ways Project Management JUST got Easier

Project Managers are constantly being pushed to the limits to keep their projects on time and within budget while maintaining a high degree of quality.  As time-lines are being shortened and margins are being squeezed, project managers face some real challenges with ensuring their goals are met….

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Engineering Change Requests (ECR)

Over the years, many customers have asked us to help them manage change.  This means a lot of different things depending on who you talk to about it.  To keep it simple, I distinguish change as two distinct areas which are important to focus on:…

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Fastest growing customer segment for file management

It is no surprise that the fastest growing market segment for file management is the small to medium sized teams. With todays competitive landscape, it is crucial that these smaller teams are doing everything they can to compete with the big players in their industry. I am currently working with over 100 different companies that have realized that managing their files effectively and standardizing how work is being created and changing hands is on the critical path for overall company competitiveness. One reason why so many smaller teams are so interested in this solution recently is with the unique approach our implementation team has taken. A key advantage to working with Javelin best practices is that it makes it really easy to add additional functionality down the road that works perfectly with the overall system. A good example of this is the new SR&ED time tracking tool set that Javelin has developed to work with our best practice vault. Enroll in our upcoming webinar on March 22, 2011 to see our recommended vault setup and track project time effectively.

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Process, Pneumatic, Hydraulic and Electric Schematics

When showing the electrical capabilities of E3.WireWorks to our customers I have had many of them ask me whether it is a suitable tool for doing other types of schematics as well. The types that are most commonly asked for are hydraulics and pneumatics but process design (P&ID) should not be excluded. A lot of the functionality that I show in electrical design carries directly over to these disciplines. Some examples include, quick connections, device naming, connection lists, bill of materials, etc. Some of you may have seen the new SolidWorks 2011 functionality which leverages P&ID’s for automatically generating piping. You may have wondered where these P&ID’s come from… well, luckily E3.WireWorks has stepped up to the plate and has programmed a way to generate…

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Frustrated designers in 2010

Frustrated designers have spoken and have declared the most popular download of 2010. I have heard designers comment that the *@%*! is what they were thinking as their assemblies are taking too long to load. I have also heard that any article that has *@%*! in the title is likely an honest and straight forward view of what the word on the street is. Regardless of the speculation, the designers have spoken and the simple truth is that they are frustrated.

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SolidWorks Composer in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM

EPDM Search Results

In SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2011, we now have the ability to view SolidWorks Composer files directly inside the view tab in Windows Explorer and in the search dialogue.  I see this changing the landscape for how we communicate our designs to the rest of the company….

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Update SolidWorks References in EPDM 2011

I came across this blog that Jeff Sweeney wrote and I couldn’t agree more.  I have been waiting for this feature for a long time and I am very excited that it is here.   I see this functionality being a key contributor to making the migration of files into Enterprise PDM even easier. Have a look at Jeff’s posting on updating references automatically in EPDM 2011. http://www.3dvision.com/wordpress/index.php/2010/11/05/update-references-in-epdm-2011/

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