Has anyone tried to use workgroup pdm as a routing library? If not is there a quick way to create permissions for who can edit the routing library so things do not get changed mistakenly.
through some trial and error, I have found this to be a terrible idea. Everytime you try to drag in a new component an error pops up or sometimes the software does not work correctly.
If you search online you'll see that it used to be advised against using workgroup PDM with routing. However I have never tried it myself so didn't dare to voice an opinion.
VAR's tend to suggest that using the enterprise PDM version shouldn't be a problem. So far we've been able to get away with it without having a PDM system. The main problem we have without it is keeping versions prior to revision.
Except for pdm systems there is no real way I can think of, or found that you can make routing items available to all while also making it so that they can't alter them. The only thing for it is having collegue's that know and respect the bounderies of what they are permitted to change and what not, which is of course easier in a company with only a handful of draughtsmen then in a big corp.
The only thing I can advise you if it is a problem is to have a secure copy of your routing library so that if and when something get's snafu'ed you can just overwrite it with the original. Be very careful tho' about keeping track of legit changes as well as not ending up with multiple different routing libraries.
Why don't you keep them in Design Library or routing library and set them to read only.
Can you explain to us how you do that and still are able to work with Routing ?
Can't we keep the routing components (like valves, fittings, etc.) in a similar way we keep toolbox parts. I'm sure we can keep them in a folder and set the files to read online. By doing this one can drag drop them in their routing assemblies.
Regarding the pipes and routes, it might be hard to handle them via PDM.
I haven't tried lately but the last time we tried to do that (2009) it was clear within seconds that having routing fittings in a read only state didn't work because of the way the routing module uses them. That's why I was kind of surprised by your suggestion and thought that perhaps something had changed that I didn't know of.
Seems like this weekend I've some work to do.
I have all of the Pipe/Tube Routing Library components set to Read Only (except the pipes if I remember correctly), and everything is working just fine. [SolidWorks 2011 SP 5.0] Unless they broke something in 2012/13 Deepak's idea should work for everyone.
Take the weekend off Deepak.
Thanks for the confirmation Cameron and saving a weekend
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