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Assembly File Missing References

Question asked by Charles Culp on Mar 6, 2014
Latest reply on Nov 6, 2017 by Bill Bothe

We have many assembly files that are completely missing their referenced components. If you open up the assembly in SolidWorks, there are 10 parts in the assembly. If you look in the "Contains" tab, EPDM only sees 4 components. This error is due to a bad import into the vault when we first imported all of our legacy data last year.


Today, we have files that were improperly imported, reviewed and revised by engineers, submitted for approval, and are now in an approved state. They are still referencing some files out of the vault, because SolidWorks is able to look out of the vault and find them, and EPDM does not recognize that those files are components in the assembly.


Does anyone know of a tool to re-associate these missing files with the assembly? The "Update References" tool only works when EPDM recognizes that the assembly has components to begin with. I need a way for SolidWorks to tell EPDM that those references exist to begin with.


As you can imagine, this is becoming a very large headache for us, because the EPDM "Contains" tab is unreliable, and often incorrect. I find this to be an unacceptable condition for a PDM system.