SOLIDWORKS PDM

Tips and Techniques for SOLIDWORKS PDM Users and Administrators

EPDM – Grey Files/Folders in the Local Vault View???

A “grey” file or folder in the vault view means that there is a cached local copy, but the logged in user either does not have read (read file, view working version) permission to that file, or it has been deleted, moved or renamed. There is a user setting that can be enabled to remove…

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EPDM 2012 – Customized Menus

In SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2011 many of the commands that I used from the right-click menu, in Explorer Vault view, were moved to SolidWorks Enterprise PDM menu bar. I missed being able to right-click and quickly “clear the local cache”. Luckily in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2012, menus can now be customized to include my favorite…

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Modifying the “Admin” user password in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM

When Enterprise PDM is set up to use the Windows Active Directory for user logins, the EPDM users’ passwords will match their Windows passwords.  But what about the special “Admin” user account?  This special account is automatically created for each new vault and cannot be deleted or renamed. With EPDM set to use the Windows…

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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 of EPDM because they simply wanted to get better with…

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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 together a list of common services and added functionality that…

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EPDM – How to Check-in Local files if the Local Vault View has been Deleted

In a previous blog “Safely Deleting and Recreating a Local Vault View”, I looked at how the local vault view can be deleted without losing the local files. But what can be done if the vault view is deleted accidentally or cannot be accessed, thereby making it impossible to perform the steps in the aforementioned blog…

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Working Better in 2012 through Data Management

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM

If you’re like most people, you’ve built a list of Resolutions for the New Year. If you’re anything like me, then you’ve put “Find ways to work smarter & faster” on that list of To Do’s. Enter EPDM. EPDM is to data management what SolidWorks is to 3D design, because it’s intended to make your life…

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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 the core, SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and Professional are simply Windows Explorer…

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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 the SOLIDWORKS BOM functionality and continue to use old techniques such…

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