One of our engineers would like to replace a component with another. We can do a "Where used" to search for where the file is used, but it is an extensive list. Is there any way to do this in bulk?
Can't you just use the "Replace..." command when RMB on the file you wish to replace and search across your entire vault?
Disclaimer: I don't have PDM so I am referring to Windows Explorer options, but I thought they were basically the same.
Paul - that replace command is actually from SW explorer, and would work if this wasn't an EPDM question.
Charles - I don't think there is an out of the box way to do that, primarily because you would need to make new versions of all of the assemblies, and I would guess at least a few of them are in state(s) that would prohibit that.
Jeremy - I know it is a SW Explorer thing, but I thought EPDM had that option too. Isn't Jason's screen shot from an EPDM vault (looks like it to me), because that is exactly what I was thinking was there?
nope - if you have both EPDM and SW explorer installed, you will still see the command, but it will not be able to update any assemblies you do not have checked out on that computer.
Yes, We would have to first transition the files to an in-work state and check out all of the assemblies in question. But having a way to do that quickly would be very beneficial.
I'm imagining looking at the "Where used", selecting every assembly, then Tranisition>Check Out>Run a "Replace" command.
Looks like this needs to be put on the wishlist for EPDM!
ok - so once you get everything in a usable state and checked out, if you has SW explorer installed, it should work. if you don't have SW explorer installed, you probably can add it with a repair/modify of the SW install.
(if you haven't used SW explorer before, you will want to go through its options to make sure it is looking in all the right places to find all of the assemblies. and depending on the # of files in those folders it can take a WHILE for it to build the list - I usually planned for 90 minutes when I had to use it back before EPDM for where used searches)
You should have the option to replace with RMB SolidWorks/Replace.
Forgive me if I missed something but, can't you just modify the part that needs to be replaced and check it in? This should change it where ever it is used. Open the Latest version of the assemblies and ensure they rebuild, mates and such.
I believe this particular issue is to replace some individual dash numbers, with an already existant single part (with dash configurations).
So this will replace:
With XXXX.sldprt, which contains the above dash numbers. All the files already exist in the vault.
Ahh, Thanks, sorry I don't have a solution either. I just did this but resorted to saving over top of the existing part with the new part, tedious but I think I'm done. Would like a similiar solution if I ever need it as well.
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