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Controlling Product Data

Are you sure you are working from the most up to date file? Are your designers losing time trying to locate files or recreate lost files? Are you confident that you’ll manufacture to the correct drawing?

  1. Overview

    Are you sure you are working from the most up to date file? Are your designers losing time trying to locate files or recreate lost files? Are you confident that you’ll manufacture to the correct drawing?

    The big challenges as regards controlling product data are threefold:

    1. making sure you can find the data you’ve taken all that time creating

    2. making sure that you are in control of changes and revisions

    3. getting approvals on your engineering changes as they happen

    PDM is a tool used by engineers for the management and publication of product data. The information being stored and managed (on one or more file servers) will include engineering data such as computer-aided design (CAD) models, drawings and their associated documents. In a CAD environment, another major element of PDM is version control.

    PDM doesn’t just control CAD data though, it also manages other files associated with the project such as the technical specifications of the product, specifications for design and manufacture, and the bills of materials that will be required by production. PDM allows a company to track the various costs associated with the creation and launch of a product too.

    Used properly PDM serves as a central knowledge repository for process and product history, and promotes integration and data exchange among all business users who interact with products — including project managers, engineers, sales people, buyers, and quality assurance teams.

    Typical information managed in the PDM module includes:

    • Part number

    • Part description

    • Supplier/vendor

    • Vendor part number and description

    • Unit of measure

    • Cost/price

    • Schematic or CAD drawing

    • Material data sheets

    There is nothing more frustrating than spending days designing a part, only to be told from manufacturing that they've actually found something that will "do the job" sitting in storage on another site.

    Wouldn't life be so much easier if your company could have their own search engine for CAD data, which would let you filter through all the Intellectual Property (IP) quickly and easily? So if there is a part already designed, sitting on a shelf somewhere, you can simply access the drawings in minutes and see if it can be reused.

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  3. Solution

    SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional - formerly SOLIDWORKS Enterprise Product Data Management (EPDM)* - is a full-featured data management tool for organisations of all sizes. It helps you get your design data under control and substantially improve the way your teams manage and collaborate on product development:

    • Securely store and index design data for fast retrieval.
    • Eliminate concerns about version control and data loss.
    • Share and collaborate on designs with people inside and outside the organisation in multiple locations.
    • Create an electronic workflow to formalise, manage, and optimize development, document approval, and engineering change processes.

    Using PDM Professional, the design and development team can find and repurpose files, parts, and drawings more easily; share design information; automate workflows and ensure manufacturing always has the right version.

    * SOLIDWORKS EPDM is being renamed to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional in the 2016 release to maintain consistency in the product line and to provide a path for a potential Premium product in the future. This is a full-featured PDM offering for both large and small organisations, enabling them to get their design data under control.

    Another product available from SOLIDWORKS is Exalead OnePart. Not only can designers index all the IP quickly and simply with natural text queries, but EXALEAD OnePart can search dispersed CAD engineering data sets globally with advanced filtering capabilities that let you find and discover new parts - even if they were created in a different language.

  4. Benefits

    • Reduce time spent searching
    • Prevent lost files
    • Manage revision control of files
    • Enable workflow approval
    • Maintain data integrity
    • Enable Data Security
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