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Looking for EPDM template help/suggestions

Question asked by Steve Hildinger on Jan 20, 2010
Latest reply on Jan 22, 2010 by 1-YJ1IM

Ok so we've been working on getting all setup with EPDM.  I am having some issues with templating and generting serial numbers.


Our parts have different serial numbers depending on certain things (i.e. purchased, manufactured, tabulated).  You can tell the difference because they start with a different letter and have their own serial number sequence for each type.  The way we currently have templates (before EPDM, the prtdot files), they are separated into tabs based on the material and in the tab are specific thicknesses for material of that type.  These templates may be used in any of the categories that we have (i.e. purchased, manufactured, tabulated).


So what I'm trying to do is have it use the templates to generate a new number based on what category it falls under.  I run into problems when I want to choose what the source file for the part is.  I have to pick one of the many material/thickness combinations templates to base it off of.  I tried making a couple lists that would allow you to select one of the combinations, but quickly found out that the source path doesn't like variables in it so that isn't going to work.  I don't think I can use the options for generating serials under the Enterprise PDM\Options\Vault Settings section because it's specific to "Parts" and we need it to be specific to a certain category of parts.  Short of making a template for each part material/thickness/part type combination I'm not too sure what else I can try.


Any ideas?  Ideally it would be nice if we could choose those 3 options from the template card and decide which template file and serial number generator to use.


Thanks in advance,