Do any of you manage Toolbox in EPDM?
Are you satisfied with that? Do you face any problems? What are the pros/cons?
We have customers that are implementing EPDM and not yet using Toolbox at all, they need to make a desicion on how to work with Toolbox - and as you know, this desicion will be hard to change later on...
My team and I thought of 2 working methods:
1) Manage Toolbox completely in EPDM (assuming all of the engineers have SW Professional).The user inserts fasteners to the assy directly from Toolbox in the task pane.
2) One/more user(s) are generating fasteners using Toolbox (which is installed localy), and saving them to the vault as regular part (in special folder and workflow, of course). The users inserts fasteners to the assy using "insert component" and/or by using EPDM search.
Method 1 can be considered to be more "friendly" to the user - they simply use Toolbox (EPDM is "transparent"). The parts are created on the fly, within the assembly.
On the other hand, here are some points that are pro method 2 (and againt method1):
1. In method 2 - user can use data cards to enter properties (input formula etc...)
2. In method 2 - user can use data cards to perform smart search (followed by inserting the part to the assy), and use search favorites
3. In method 2 - company has more control over the fasteners that are created (their amount, their properties)
4. In method 2 - not all engineers have to have Professional license - only the ones that are generating the parts.
5. For assys that contain customized Toolbox parts - method 1 is suffering from SPR 602855 - the wrong parts are opened. (Hopefully, this should be fixed in 2012 SP3).
I was hoping to hear from your experience - what is your working method?
What would you recommend to a new customer?
Thanks in advanced,