Has anyone integrated PDM with SOLIDWORKS ELECTRICAL, and what was the process followed for the integration, and if there is any document on this please suggest.
This information lovingly borrowed from official SW recommended workflow:
There are two methods available for linking data to SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM:
Update Files for PDM
Check In/Check Out (referred to as the controlled workflow)
Choose carefully, Update files is a simpler approach but not as comprehensive.
Users can access these methods from the Tools > Link to PDM Configuration.
The Update Files for PDM method allows users to select project data and export it to an SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM vault. This method operates as previous versions of SOLIDWORKS Electrical.
Check in/Check Out allows users to check out projects directly from a SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM vault. When a project that has been checked out it cannot be accessed by any other user for modification until it has been checked in again as a completed project, unless users are working on the same SQL database and are connected to the same collaborative server.
1. To check out a project and make it available for modification on a local system, select the Projects Manager > Check Out.
2. In the Check Out project dialog box, browse to the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Vault SOLIDWORKS Electrical Project folder Archive subdirectory.
3. Select the project tewzip file and click Open.
The project is checked out of the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM vault and unarchived. The vault displays the following information:
the user that currently has the project checked out
the user’s computer where the project is checked out
the current state of the project
When you select a method, you can then use Check In and Check Out data or Update Files for PDM vault from the Projects Manager.
Information that is checked in/checked out includes project archive files (proj.tewzip), as well as exported DWG's or PDF's. Reports can also be generated and viewed.
Thank you for the Update, indeed was very helpful. Before the integration of Electrical and PDM, during the Installation phase, we are facing problems with installation of the collaborative server in the server with Server configuration windows server 2008 R2, where we have already installed PDM SQL in the server please let me know if there are any solutions for this
If I understand correctly, you are trying to install SOLIDWORKS Electrical Server components on the same machine as PDM server components? If this is the case, the first step is to make sure that we are installing a new, named, instance for the SQL server. For example: localhost\SWE. The second step which might make a difference is using SQL Server Authentication with user name: SA and password: SQLPwd4ew.
I hope this helps!
We have done the same as you indicated, but the problem with installation lies with the collaborative server, which not getting connected and not showing up in services manager, the problem is with the collaborative server.
From SOLIDWORKS Electrical, a detailed document can be found by going to Help > Documentation.
The document that will be the most useful here is "SWE_EPDM_Workflow_EN.pdf"
I was hoping to read something new in this documentation, but it was written for SolidWorks 2015! We are using 2019 SP5, and it appears that it still has this old document in the file location you mentioned. Does anyone know if there is an update version of this?
We are really struggling to get SWE and EPDM to play nice, and for SWE to be able to use files in locations we specify etc.
Evan and Loretta covered the 'old' options for PDM integration - as of SW2018 (beta) and SW2019 (first real release), there is a no-cost PDM Connector that *can* integrate Solidworks Electrical Schematic and 3D further into PDM. It's not a 'silver bullet' solution, meaning it's not for everyone or every workflow, but it does do a couple very cool things with regard to the rest of the business (no major "must haves" for the SWE users, in my opinion):
* Allows Projects to be created by PDM workflows (PDM folks love this)
* Allows visibility of in-process documents to PDM users (cool for signers/etc)
* Allows project check-in and check-out that actually works, along with versioning and history (real nice)
* Allows PDM search with Contains / Where-used on SWE parts (pretty sweet)
* ...probably a bunch of other things I'm not thinking of
Mike Nolte (who's now on my team at GoEngineer, but did this video when they were still DASI) did a pretty good video on this in Feb 2019, and Cheri Guntzviller has done a great webinar series this year that I couldn't quickly find a link to. Start here for some options:
SOLIDWORKS Electrical and PDM Integration [webinar] #DoMoreWithDASI - YouTube
We (GoEngineer) offer the services surrounding PDM Integration to any Solidworks Electrical customer regardless of VAR/region, but as always this is a conversation that you should first talk to your VAR about. As more and more resellers get further into Electrical and all the value it brings to customers, it's only natural that they'd want to have first shot at helping their customers integrate to other business tools, whether that's PDM, ERP/PLM software, etc.
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