Originally when I thought about PDM I had a vision that when a library part is in an obsolete state it would disappear from it's folder in the library so that designers couldn't accidentally use it in a new assembly. This does work by turning off all permissions to the file for designers so that the file is unavailable. However my company requires these obsolete parts to remain in all the projects they were used in up to the point that they became obsolete. If I turn off all permissions for designers then Solidworks can't find these files. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to handle these obsolete parts? I am considering setting the permissions in the obsolete state to read only and then creating an obsolete folder to drag them to. My concern for this is that these files will still come up in a search and could be mistakenly used.
Any suggestions are appreciated!