0 Replies Latest reply on Apr 30, 2018 8:30 AM by Greg Bosma

    WORKFLOW: How to handle revisions on a low level component when it's used in several high level subassemblies and full assemblies?

    Greg Bosma

      I work for a company that designs and builds heavy machinery.


      We often have top-level drawings/schematics that show every component in a hydraulic or electrical system.

      Below that, we have subassemblies for different options (i.e. cherry pickers, scissors, brake systems, etc.)

      Below that, there may be a few smaller subassemblies.

      Below that, we have individual hydraulic and electrical components- valves, hoses, fittings, wire, connectors, etc.


      Let's say I need to make a low-level change, i.e. valve A needs to be replaced by valve B across the board. Valve A was used on many subassemblies. I now need to find every subassembly with valve A, and replace it with valve B. I also need to update and roll the revs on every top-level drawing those assemblies are used on, so those are updated with valve B.


      Each rolled revision comes with an ECN form sent around the company. That's a lot of paperwork just to change one component. Is there a better way to structure assemblies/subassemblies so they're easier on low-level changes?