EPDM

EPDM – What can you do when you get the message “Cannot check in file”

There can be a number of reasons for this message, some of which can be controlled by good Vault View management, others can indicate permissions issues, while other still can indicate problems with file(s). In many cases this issue can be overcome by: Copy or save the file that can’t be saved outside the vault. Do an Undo Check-out on the file (you may need the help of your EPDM administrator for this step) Check out the file. Copy the file from Step 1 back into the vault overwriting the one you checked out. Check-in the file. This should allow to check in the file without loosing all the work you have done since the last successful check-in.

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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…

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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…

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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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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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EPDM – Are you backing up your critical data? Here’s how you can be better prepared

Accidental deletions, viruses, hardware failures are just a few things that can damage or destroy your vault data. Without a well structured back-up scheme, recovering data after a calamity can be difficult if not impossible.

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Going Green with EPDM

Why is EPDM green you ask? Well, let me tell you! EPDM can remove the need to print preliminary drawings that need to be approved. When I worked as a mechanical designer without EPDM, I would print stacks and stacks of drawings (sometimes many times) before the entire design was approved. Since EPDM uses electronic notifications, we can eliminate the need to print a copy of a drawing that needs an approval. Only an automatic email would be sent from the designer to the approver stating that a file needs their attention. The approver can then access the file with a hyperlink and view it within the EPDM vault. The approver can then approve it or send it for changes all without ever thinking of…

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