First of all, apologies for the recent influx of questions / discussions. As you can probably tell I'm trying to improve my knowledge of file management systems & best practices.
Over the past few days I've been working through various Solidworks Workgroup PDM tutorials. From what I can see most of it seems straight forward enough (ish!) and I can't wait to start using it. One thing I haven't been able to clarify is below.
- What is the best practice for returning to old part / drawing revisions. I have part GW921 which is currently revision J, the drawing for this part is currently Revision P. I want to view the drawing for the part when it was at revision D. What is the best way to do this?
Obviously if part/drawing revisions were kept in sync this would be easy as it would simply be a case of opening drawing revision D 'as built'. However as we can up issue a drawing without up issuing the part (missing dimension etc.) this isn't always that simple.
Would it be a good idea to use a secondary revision? Example below.
A-01 = Good (ie. REV A)
A-02 = Working copy / changes that don't require the part to be fully up issued
A-03 = Working copy / changes that don't require the part to be fully up issued
and so on
B-01 = Good (ie. REV B)
B-02 = Working copy / changes that don't require the part to be fully up issued
B-03 = Working copy / changes that don't require the part to be fully up issued
and so on
A-01 = First drawing of the part checked in
A-02 / 03 / 04 etc. can be used for adding information when the part has not been up issued. ie. a missing dimension. The 01/02/03 etc. are not linked to the part revision.
As soon as the part is made up to revision B-01 the drawing moves to B-01. The drawing could then reach revision B-99 (for example) with the part still at B-01.
So in the scenario above my part would be J-01. If I wanted to view the drawing for the part at revision D I would know to open at the latest D-?? revision.
I might be way off here so please correct me!