3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 31, 2016 5:20 AM by Krisztian Bimbo

    Enterprise PDM vs Teamcenter Express

    Billy Oliver



      We R looking at Enterprise PDM and Teamcenter Express to manage data.


      With Enterprise PDM, what U get is PDM only.  I know there has been talk of maybe a full blown PLM for SolidWorks from the Catia side.


      And I have been told of compatability issues with Teamcenter etc., the Teamcenter folks say that past issues loosing relations are resolved.



      The nice thing about Teamcenter is future expandability company wide with its modular applications.  We are looking at that as in house systems become obsolete for data management across the company we are thinking that in the future we could upgrade to full blown Teamcenter and add modules as needed.


      We currently have 13 different departments storing data is some shape or form, that's why we R leaning to Teamcenter Express route.


      SolidWorks var suggested that we should use Enterprise PDM to control SolidWorks data.  And if we need Teamcenter for company wide PLM, to let Enterprise PDM feed the PLM product.


      I found some older links discussing this topic.


      I would like to know if anyone is currently trying to evaluate what is the best route to go.  Both from a Solidworks user and admin position.  We just have upgraded to 2010, and that process brought up a question that I must ask the Teamcenter guys.  "" Can we do an automated update inside of Teamcenter "".  Because the scheduler has a task to convert to new rev inside the PDM.


      Also we R using Altium Designer for PCB development.


      And we have tons of legacy data from cad and pcb systems from the past.  We have tons of nc toolpath data.  Plus tons of reports and R & D data file sets in various software formats.


      All comments welcome... Thanks


      Billy Oliver

        • Re: Enterprise PDM vs Teamcenter Express
          Raguraman Thulasiraman



          If you are going to use SolidWorks as a CAD tool across the company, then I would suggest to go for EPDM. This will be easy to manage and cost effective. Large companies are going for SolidWorks EPDM because of cost effective solutions, easy to manage and shorter implementation time. Some of the issues you can face while you go for other PDM/PLM tools is reference & revision issues. The most important thing is data migration and integration. I would recommend you to go for EPDM.


          Do let me know if you have any clarification.



          • Re: Enterprise PDM vs Teamcenter Express
            Faur Arama

            We use EPDM but when we bought software we evaluated for  short time Teamcenter Express and Teamcenter we asked many times how much is the system configurable in house without the help of guys from Teamcenter. The answers where very evasive. Also we go to another company that uses that system and there is some discussions about the time in witch some modifications are implemented. Pay attention to such aspects.

            • Re: Enterprise PDM vs Teamcenter Express
              Krisztian Bimbo

              Hi All,


              How did you get on with your PLM implementation?

              How does EPDM behave? What level of complexity is sqeezed out of EPDM in your system?


              I am developing an PDM system where

              part numbering is automatic,

              row materials are allocated in PDM

              finish is allocated in PDM

              Dxfs are generated programmaically

              drawing pdfs are generated programmaically

              and a job release/BOM entry to ERP is automated.


              Can EPDM cope with this complexity with add-ins?


              Many thanks,