2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 1, 2012 11:05 AM by Brian Lindahl

    Duplicate Part Numbers

    Tony Villanova

      I have a numbering system in Solidworks according to customer and part. For example: SMS-1402, SMS-4506, etc. How can I get Solidworks to prompt me if I accidently duplicate a part number???

        • Re: Duplicate Part Numbers
          Troy Peterson

          Use PDM Workgroup, it is free with the Pro and Premium versions and it will let you know if the number is already in the system, plus it will track your revisions too.

          • Re: Duplicate Part Numbers
            Brian Lindahl

            If you can't implement a PDM, which would address the issue as noted above, try a filing structure that would prevent duplicate file names.  For example, try something like

             

            Z:\CAD_Vault\ABC

            Z:\CAD_Vault\...

            Z:\CAD_Vault\SMS

            Z:\CAD_Vault\...

            Z:\CAD_Vault\XYZ

             

            If there are too many files within the "SMS" directory, use sub-directories like "...\SMS\1" for files "SMS-1*", and "...\SMS-2" for files "SMS_2*", but be consistent.  Either always or never use these sub-directories.

             

            If the file tracking is manual (you don't have a PDM) then the file location should also be logical, and the file name should imply the correct filing location.

             

            My opinion, I guess.