Data Management


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    What’s New Series - SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018

    by Christa Prokos on December 6, 2017

    SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018Today in our blog series about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2018 we’re covering SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018. If you’re not familiar with SOLIDWORKS PDM, it’s product data management software used by organizations large and small to improve product development collaboration and automate workflows.

    New features in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 include design branching and merging, which will help users improve the process of handling various design change scenarios such as engineering change requests, working with external vendors, and more.

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      What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 - SOLIDWORKS Manage

      by Angelle Erickson on December 1, 2017
      SOLIDWORKS Manage 2018

      The SOLIDWORKS 2018 portfolio introduced many new enhancements and capabilities to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD users to help improve their business processes and minimize pitfalls during everyday workflow. Among these new features is SOLIDWORKS Manage, a tool that was announced at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

      If you or your organization could profit from an advanced  data management system, SOLIDWORKS Manage comes to the rescue with advanced capabilities for project management, process management, and item management along with helpful dashboards and reports for better decision making. Keep reading to learn more about SOLIDWORKS Manage and how the solution can help manage your organization.

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        How to Get Started with Your SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Migration

        by Tom Starks on November 6, 2017

        How-to-Get-Started-with-Your-SOLIDWORKS-Workgroup-PDM-MigrationIn 2015, DS SolidWorks Corporation announced that it would phase out the aged product data management tool, SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM. It had reached the limit of what it could do with its architecture, the company said, along with advice that customers will be better served by migrating to SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional.

        We knew SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM end of life was approaching and now it’s here. The release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 has brought with it the official retirement of SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM. This blog provides advice on how to get started with your migration to SOLIDWORKS PDM.

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          Using a Data Card for State Changes in SOLIDWORKS PDM

          by Todd Barr on October 6, 2017

          Using-a-Data-Card-for-State-Changes-in-SOLIDWORKS-PDM-1When you have multiple SOLIDWORKS PDM users that need to make approvals or need to track tasks completed by different departments or individuals, it’s not always easily done using the Parallel option in Transitions. Using Automatic Transitions and Radio-button selections on a Data Card will allow multiple users to select when they are either completed with a task or approve a document. The last person to select approve or complete will send the document to the next State in the Workflow. Using the Data Card option you can also use the Search Tool to create Excel reports showing the status of documents, (i.e. who has approved or completed a task.)

          In this blog, you’ll learn how to configure the Vault for tracking completed tasks.

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            How to Use the ‘Pack and Go’ File Management Feature in SOLIDWORKS

            by Matt Haywood on May 15, 2017

            In my opinion, one of the better file management features in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is Pack and Go, which was introduced around 2007. Included in every release of SOLIDWORKS since then, this feature is still very useful today.  I’ve been providing SOLIDWORKS tech support for nearly 14 years and it’s fun to show unsuspecting users Pack and Go.

            In this blog, I’ll take you through two scenarios:

            1. Duplication of a data set for sharing or repurposing
            2. Organizing a data set by renaming multiple files simultaneously

            It’s true that these tasks can be done outside of Pack and Go, but I think you’ll find that through the use of Pack and Go, these processes will be completed faster and you will have fewer problems with mixed up file references.

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              SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Retirement - Are You Prepared?

              by Christa Prokos on November 21, 2016

              If you use SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM to manage your product design files, the time to start planning your migration to either SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional or SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is now. You are probably already aware that this juncture would come.

              Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation gave ample time for customers to prepare for change when in the summer of 2015 it announced that it would phase out the aged product data management tool. SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM had reached the limit of what it could do with its architecture, the company said, along with advice that customers will be better served by migrating to either PDM Professional or PDM Standard.

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                Upgrading to SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 Part 3: PDM Professional Post-Upgrade Tips

                by Tom Starks on November 18, 2016

                Upgrading software should be something to look forward to, but it can also be time-consuming and challenging if you are not properly prepared. This is the final installment of a three-part blog series to help you with an easier and successful upgrade to SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 Professional or Standard.

                In Part 1 I covered tips to help you prepare for your upgrade. In Part 2 I took you through the post-upgrade process, covering commonly missed items. For this blog, I will provide additional post-upgrade tips that apply to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. These tips will allow you to take advantage of the new 2017 tasks, since tasks are not available in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard:

                • - Add the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2017 SWPDFTaskAddIn
                • - Using the new SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional PDM 2017 Tasks

                Let’s get started.

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                  Upgrading to SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 Part 2: Post-Upgrade Tips

                  by Tom Starks on November 11, 2016

                  Often times, the thought of a software upgrade can be daunting and cause concerns over how time-consuming or challenging the process could be. With help from the experts, you don’t have to worry. This blog series provides tips and tricks to help make it easier for you to upgrade to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional or Standard. In Part 1 I covered tips to help you prepare for your upgrade. However there is always something that needs to be done after an upgrade and in this blog, I will cover the following post-upgrade tips:

                  • - Run the PDM Database Upgrade Tool
                  • - Manually upgrade any PDM Add-Ins like Dispatch or SWTaskAddIn

                  So let’s get started!

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                    Latest and Greatest - SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017

                    by Angelle Erickson on September 23, 2016

                    The release of SOLIDWORKS 2017 is right around the corner and drumming up a lot of excitement for power users and new users alike. With every new SOLIDWORKS release, users anticipate enhancements and features that will increase their productivity and help make their design and product development processes easier.pdmcomp

                    There is no better way to bring an idea and design to life than with the power of SOLIDWORKS. With multiple tools and functions such as electrical, simulation, and visualization, it’s possible to design a product seamlessly and effortlessly.

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                      Join Us at a SOLIDWORKS 2017 Launch Event Near You

                      by Christa Prokos on September 7, 2016

                      sw17cropWe are excited to announce that Fisher Unitech and our friends at Prism Engineering will be hosting a series of SOLIDWORKS 2017 launch events beginning next month on October 5th. With hundreds of new enhancements and features, the newest version of SOLIDWORKS promises to be the most powerful release yet.

                      So if you’re just as geeked out about SOLIDWORKS 2017 as we are you’ll fit right in! Join us at one of our live launch events to engage with our experts and gain some tips and tricks, along with a deeper understanding of how industry-specific tools can address your personal designing needs.

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