If I have 2 assemblies, say A and B, to share the same part and I only check out assembly A and bump the rev. of the share part up. When I check in the assembly A, How to up date the assembly B so it's linked to the new rev. share part?
If you change a part that is used in multiple assemblies, all assemblies will be updated to use the new revision when you check in the part. If your modified part is visually different enough from the previous revision, you may need to open the assembly drawings in order to update them.
There is no need to manually open each assembly in order for it to use the new revision of the part though.
After checking the shared file back in at the new rev level, just check out the assy B, open it then check it back in at a new rev level. When checking in Assy B, clear the box for checking the shared part back in (it may or may not have been checked for new checkin) so it does not up the rev again.
THis should be hard for us because we have some parts which are shared by 5 to 10 assemblies. For each rev. changed ,we have to check out all the assemblies. If we miss one, we're screwed ! if there a way to find out all the assemblies which the part is linked to?
In the vault listing, right click the part and select "Document Info" tab. One of the headings is "where used". This sometimes misses, but it is pretty good at finding them.
i have a similar concern with revising parts that are used in multiple assemblies. some revised part will not necessary work on all the assemblies. is there are method to specify which revision goes with which assembly?
I would highly suggest assigning a new part number if the part is not interchangeable in all of the assemblies. Numbers are cheaper than rebuilding physical assemblies.
this sounds like the most reliable soluition. thanks for the suggestion.
Jeff is spot on.
Rule of Thumb:
If you can place a changed part into a bag with all previous revisions of the part, blindly reach in and pull any one of them out and it can be used anywhere it is specified, then a revision is acceptable to document the change.
However, if the change results in the part NOT being able to be used anywhere it is specified, then a new part number and separate file are called for.
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