Anyone got experience of choosing the 'method' provided by Solidworks to ? comment and experience to share?
There is very good blog about these 4 methods.
i'm wondering, Is it possible to have method supports,– better control (like checkin/out)– multiple users could work on same project concurrently?
Topic: SOLIDWORKS Electrical and SOLIDWORKS PDM
Of the 4 methods in my article, 2-4 are the ones really geared for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. (Link to my article at the bottom)
Method 2) 'Update Files for PDM' - is great for when you might have more than one user working on the same electrical project mainly because when you click the 'Update Files for PDM' button in the Project manager it checks out the items your updating (i.e. archive .tewzip, pdf, etc...), then updates them and then checks them back in. With this method, if you need to restrict which Electrical users as to what they're able to do, you can combine this method with the rights manager in Electrical.
Method 3) ‘Use “Check In/Check Out” buttons’ - is good for when you only have one user that is working on a project and the Users are on independent "mini Electrical servers". What I mean by this is each user's system has its own self contained Electrical setup. i.e. no central Electrical server system. When working on a project and you check out a project it comes into your Electrical install on your system and you work on it. PDM the archive is checked out to you and no one else can update that same archive in the PDM vault.
With both 2. and 3. it's a common workflow that once the Electrical project archives are checked into PDM (and ownership release in the case of 3.), then the Projects are either removed from Electrical's Project Manager or marked that the archive in PDM is the control. The marking is so the revision of that project is done by bring in the archive from the PDM vault as the same project name so future check-ins update the same folder/files. A common mark would be to change the project description to label it as 'Non-controlled', you still leave the name the same because of possible future updates pushed out to PDM.
Method 4) It is similar to 3. in that you check out the file from PDM. You could have a central Electrical server that everyone connects to, use the Electrical Rights Manager to restrict what other Electrical users are able and not able to do, but still allow multi-user collaboration. 4. has it's added benefit that non-Electrical users can see these virtual data cards in PDM of Manufacturer Parts library items that are in Electrical. The downside is it does require you to reach out to your SOLIDWORKS VAR to have a full Successful implementation of getting SOLIDWORKS Electrical integrated with PDM.
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Thanks a lot for your excellent explanation.
At this moment, we have centralized server holds SWE projects. From the information above, it seems that 2. and 4. methods are very attractive.
For the 2., you talked about the user right management feature from that attached link. it is really good feature with regarding to the control. It is from SWE 2020 only? We have 2019 version deployed at my company.
For the 4. (SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Connector), this one looks like a 'best' solution compare to other threes. If i remember it correctly, that piece of software is free. Just the installation and configuration need to be taken care of very carefully. is this a right judgement?
Again, really appreciate your sharing about this.
So the Rights Manager has been in a number of prior versions.
In Electrical > Tools tab > 'Interface Configuration' button > Rights Management tab
(F1 on the keyboard for the help menu and the feature grid for you specific version)
It does get better and more refined in the newer versions, so everything that you see in the 2020 article may or may not be there in the prior versions.
Yes, SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Connector is free and I would recommend 2019 or newer for any companies that want to use it, mainly because for 2019 and newer the configuration and setup is done on the server-side instead of each individual Electrical client.
Also called 'SOLIDWORKS Electrical Integration for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional'
Great information. Thanks for sharing.
Have a good weekend, Michael.
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