I don't think you are asking too much. I have used and implemented this solution in EPDM for controlling and managing office documents and CNC g-code:
Automate engineering change (ECO):
- Automatically create the office document creation using EPDM templates
- Auto-populate the office document from the data card upon opening
- Attach referenced drawings the ECO is applied against as a reference so it appears in the contains tab
- Status ECO's as they travel through their workflow either through saved searches or dashboards
Automate the transition of g-code data to the machine shop and machine shop vendors:
- Engineering creates g-code and zips up all the necessary reference data for machining and put the file into the same folder as the source CAD data
- Transition data zip file into a vendor access state and enable visibility for the vendor on this state
- Share the data zip file from this folder into a "Vendors" folder inside EPDM where the vendors can access only that folder in EPDM using the web portal
This works great.
Hope this helps,
Tim Webb CEPA
That's really interesting Tim. Let me ask you (since you've dealt with the situation before),do you treat G-code files like documents or do you treat them like assets?
Hmm, don't know that I classify them exaclty.
They are the product input which is a packaged, sanitized, approved, and compiled output that is externally visible representation of a product to be delivered. Very much like a PDF, IGS, or STP file.
Valuable enough to ensure these have a definite life cycle with controlled permissions for legal reasons in supply chain.
We use it all the time for various office programs as well as visio, pdf, AutoCAD, etc. One thing to keep in mind is how you utilize your variables using different blocks and file extensions as appropriate - assuming you are planning to use EPDM to interact with these documents and not just store them.
This is good to hear from actual users, as I am always leery of using a new system.
Same here, we manage project files of many different types, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, images, videos, PDFs, etc. We also have a heavily customized (via add-ins) ECO system in ePDM that manages all ECO related documents.