SOLIDWORKS EPDM Administration

SOLIDWORKS PDM Maintenance & Backup Recommendations

For SOLIDWORKS PDM Maintenance to optimize performance and prevent data loss, it is important to perform scheduled back-up of your PDM components. Let’s first examine the components that should be backed up. These components are: The SQL Database, The Archive Folder and The Archive settings. With the first two components, failing to back these up correctly, may lead to permanent data loss. The first and second components, should be scheduled to occur during the same time span so there are no mismatches in data. For example, the SQL Database and the Archive Folder could be scheduled to occur over night, when no one is accessing the vault. This ensures that the information in the SQL database, matches the files in the Archive. If there are mismatches, those files may not be recoverable, if a fatal event were to occur, such as the loss of a server. Also, back-ups should be done…

Read More...

Moving SOLIDWORKS PDM Files does not regenerate Data Card Values?

When moving SOLIDWORKS PDM files between folders, with the option ‘Folder data card variable’ checked the result may not be what you are expecting.   The expectation would be that any Data Card Control, with ‘Folder data card variable’,  would pull the Variable Value from the Folder Card, regardless how the file made its way to the folder. When a file is moved or copied and the associated Data Card has Default Values, the existing values are copied to the target file. The default values of the target file are NOT regenerated. With the exception of: Data card variables with the Unique flag set. If this set, the variable value is cleared, the user is warned and the default value is regenerated. Data card variable is a serial number. The user is warned and the variable value is set to next available serial number. Default Overwrites is enabled for data…

Read More...

How are SOLIDWORKS PDM drawing properties updated?

SOLIDWORKS PDM drawing properties

In previous Javelin blogs, it was explained how to use $PRPSHEET “Write Drawing Card With Part Card Variables“. While this is a good tool for reducing workload, and ensuring consistency of data entry by reducing the number of data cards where information has to be entered; there is one limitation that needs to be understood. Updating the component (part or assembly card) does not update the drawing properties, until the drawing is opened in SOLIDWORKS. The reason for this, is that metadata, in the form of Custom Properties, is not written to a file until it is loaded into system memory, typically by opening the file. The most common place where this limitation will present itself, is the Preview tab of the PDM Local View. For example, if a title-block note is set to inherit a component property using $PRPSHEET. Or if the the note is linked to a Drawing…

Read More...

Want to become a SOLIDWORKS Expert?

Take a LIVE Online Training Course from Javelin