Hi all I would like to get some ideas. What are your opinions on putting the toolbox and standard library parts into the vault or outside the vault. PDMWorkgroup? And what are the pros and cons? Thanks, Daniel
Toolbox parts can not be put into the vault because they can't be
We have our own hardware library that is in the vault. But it is protected
and can only be touched by administrators.
Scott, Toolbox parts can be put into the vault. You have to turn on the option in PDMAdmin. I would not recommend toolbox parts be put in the vault, and most would probably agree. The more users you have, the higher the burden if you check toolbox files in. Best off to have a good network location and have everyone using it.
I did not know that. I was always taught because they can not be revision
controled they can't go in. I mean they show up in the vault as a reference part
but not actually in there. At least the vaults I have worked on.
But like you said, why would you want to? Best and safer to have your own
either in the vault for others to see or a secure network location.
i would check them in, i.e. revision controlled.
the only exception would be inserts for plastic, pems for sheetmetal or anything else along those lines.
the biggest drawback when NOT checking in is being able to edit properties (i.e. description).
users tend to forget about this and once an assembly has been checked with a non-revisioned item the only way the non-revisioned item can be edited is to;
- delete the assembly the user just checked in
- edit the library/toolbox part
- then check the assembly back in
of course if no one notices the library/toolbox part having an inaccurate description and other users have this library in other assemblies and these assemblies get checked-in, well, you're stuck. unless you want to delete all the assemblies and check them back in.
the bottom line, when using non-revisioned parts make sure you're happy with the description and any other properties you might be using.
Yes, to Ken's point that is valid. If your toolbox is well organized, and your users are trained this shouldn't be an issue. It does require a well thought out setup (as does PDMW)
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