I'd appreciate the forums opinion on the Revision Rules we are discussing at my current client.
- Revisions should be interchangeable
- If form, fit or function of the part or assembly changes then a new Part Number should be issued not a new revision. (Does not apply to work in progress, i.e. Prior to first release to manufacture)
- The Assembly revision does not change on a sub part or sub assembly getting a new revision (see 2. above) The Assembly revision only changes if a part number is added, changed or deleted. -- THIS is important failure to follow this on a large assembly will require a ridiculous amount of revision numbers on the assembly drawing. This is called "Revision Rolling" it's very bad practice.
- Do not put a revision column in the BOM see above
- Track as built revisions using a separate document/Spreadsheet, when the Assembly is released for manufacture.
If the above is true, then checking the Retrieve Reference "As built" will cause problems. I don't see how "As Built" can actually work in an assembly with several thousand parts?