1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 6, 2013 5:01 AM by Nir Smadar

    Managing drawing/model related metadata

    Nir Smadar

      My company is on the verge of implementing a comprehensive solution for managing metadata in solidworks.


      Currently we're dealing with multiple sources of data that are all attached either to the drawing/model, or standalone in our PDM system (ePDM):

      1. Custom properties in the drawing
      2. Custom properties in the model
      3. Variables in ePDM:
        1. Some are a reflection of the custom properties
        2. Some are unique in ePDM
      4. Various hidden attributes in the model (we use those as a custom solution because the custom properties have a maximum length and cannot have a tree structure)
      5. Various data that is printed directly on the drawing:
        1. Solidworks BOM table
        2. Company's custom Root-Chart table
        3. Company's custom ECO table
      6. ...


      As you can see, this is a source of a big headache for us- a true DATA SYNCHRONIZATION HELL

      I wonder if other (preferably large) organizations are dealing successfully with this problem, and what is the best practice.


      Just to be clear, my demands from the desirable solution are:

      1. Number of data sources should be kept to minimum
      2. Drawing/Model loading time should be kept to minimum
      3. Data synchronization would be relatively easy
      4. Printed data (directly on the drawing, like tables) should be reflected from a well managed data source


      Your help is kindly appreciated!