what is the function of pdm?
File management for CAD files. For 3D models that are referenced in assy's and drawings, it helps to keep the references together.
thank you, i've looked at the sw video of the product. very informative, i think my company should be using this product. we have hundreds of folders with all different products and there is no management of any of them. i could, if i wanted to, cause havoc to these files. or more to the point, i have trouble finding documents because they can be and are saved in multiple locations depending on who worked on it last.
Yes that's the whole point. Controlling your documents and standardizing. ePDM/PDM Pro is expensive, but it could possibly save hundreds of hours in redundant tasks and file management issues for your company.
...to manage data for products.
thank you, i looked for the product on the sw website and found a video that explains what pdm is and how it is used, very informative.
So you're saying something like product data management?
I've driven PDM/PLM implementation at every company I have worked for. PDM is product data management is and generally file storage and revision control with maybe some additional features. PLM is Product life-cycle management which is generally more in-depth and the tools tend to cross over to some of the ERP (Enterprise resource planning) solutions.
There are a lot of different packages out there from computer based installs, server installs, and off site Cloud solutions. If you have SW professional or premium licenses you can install SolidWork PDM for free which is a stripped down version of what was called EPDM until this year when the name changed to SolidWorks PDM Professional. Since it's included and integrated with SW it's a good first step system although quite limited as well the nice thing is that since it is sitting on a sql database, which from my experience you don't want to invest in anything that has a proprietary "database" solution in the background.
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