3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 12, 2016 1:58 PM by Kristopher Hop

    Non PDM revision managment

    Kristopher Hop

      I know this probably isn't in the right section, but I'm in dire need of some help. So I've been assigned with two drawing libraries to organize. The first is the library containing the production prints drawn up in Solidworks which we have recently purchased PDM. The other library is the output library that is on the shared drive which consists of .dxf's, and .pdf's mainly for purchasing to use to send out prints to vendors. It's not an overly complicated library, and I'm new to doing this, but I was wondering if you guys, and gals, had some simple revision control ideas that I could present to the top men.  I know some might say to use PDM, but as of right now I'm the only one using solidworks, and pdm, and the money for all the extra seats isn't available right now.

        • Re: Non PDM revision managment
          Stephen Lapic

          I'm not sure if I totally understand but it sounds like you want to create a revision system without using the pdm.  The system will have two libraries - one for production prints and the other for copies to be sent out (pdfs).  And you can't use the pdm - just saying that again since that is the logical thing to do.  So you need a whole new process or what are you looking for?  Just how big is your department?  Specifically wondering how many people actually will make and release drawings?


          I was asking that since you might be able to, if there aren't too many people involved, set up a system with just one seat inside the pdm.  You (or someone) would have be the person to move files out of release where others would work on them outside the vault.  Then you would check them back in, transition them with an incremented revision, and use a task to automatically create new pdfs as the drawings go through. You would then move the pdfs and overwrite the old ones in the second library.  At least you could have notifications sent out automatically.


          It would be extra work for someone.  Of course if you had the extra money to pay someone to do this it might be cheaper to just spend that money on extra seats.

          • Re: Non PDM revision managment
            Jeff Hamilton

            I would like to say from similar experience that if there is any way that you can make use of your PDM now (and Stephen made a good suggestion on it) you should do so. The longer you wait, the worse and more costly it is going to get. Things like that just tend to multiply with time, especially is people get used to it, and one day you will wake up with a massive problem. You will also start seeing things like parts being made to the wrong revision, etc., which can get costly. I did it for awhile using myself to move the files for everyone else across to a series of folders on the network. It did manage to keep our part and assembly files together, but it wasn't that good for revision control - unless you're willing to use up a lot of file space very quickly keeping duplicate records of everything, and then you open up the door to getting outdated versions coming from everywhere.

            Sounds like you're in a good spot to think out of the box and come up with a solution before it gets out of hand. Also, that your upper management is onboard with the concept that something needs to be done, which believe me is very good. Given a little time, I would guess that both Solidworks and especially PDM will demonstrate their value to where you might be able to justify the money for additional licenses. At that time, maybe floating network licenses will get you the best bang for the buck, making it more available for less money.

            Good luck!!