3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 5, 2015 4:01 PM by James Spellman

    Equations falling over - Pack & Go from EPDM

    James Spellman

      Hi

      We currently utilise pack and go up to 30 times a day from files within the EPDM environment for product template files.

      We are in the process of having updated our templates to increase the use of equations to better automate our assemblies by ~70 equations.

      An issue which has been submitted to SoildWorks as a bug when pack and go from the SolidWorks environment is as follows

      1     -     Files are checked in EPDM land. (Read only when opened for Pack & Go.)

      2     -     Open assembly file which may contain 3 subassemblies with parts in each, and anywhere between 10 - 60 equations in total depending on product template.

      3     -     Pack and Go (not checked out - don't want to either as multiple people may want access to the same templates at the same time) files to new location.

      4     -     Open new top level assembly and equations have not updated during pack and go process. (the old file name from the template has not updated to the new filename in the equation manager box.

       

      Now repeat the same steps with template files checked out. All new files update correctly as when checked out their is full read/write access.

       

      However, this is not a viable solution when we pack and go so many times and not to mention the purpose of EPDM to protect files, have multiple users access the same files not to mention 30+ seats of SolidWorks and EPDM invested in the company.

      Has anyone come across this before or suggestions?

      James

        • Re: Equations falling over - Pack & Go from EPDM
          Jeff Sweeney

          I tested with Copy Tree (the tool IMHO is significantly better than Pack and Go when working within EPDM). The template was checked in, but when I opened the checked out copied files, the equations were updated.

           

          If you are doing that much automation with that many equations for that many users, I gotta think DriveWorks would be an easy ROI for you.

            • Re: Equations falling over - Pack & Go from EPDM
              James Spellman

              Hi Jeff

              Thanks for the reply and have read your article. I know you are convinced but I am not so sure yet about the copy tree. I need to use it again and see am I missing something as I have not used it much. Our reseller tried the copy tree and it also falls over. The issue seems to be not having complete read write access and is now submitted to SolidWorks as an issue. Driveworks /Tacton were a possibility but because we would need 20 templates the cost is enormous.

               

              We have the technical know how and we believe that by us doing it we can evolve the templates, we use a lot of derived sketches from a driving file  which is complex design table driving equations, scale factors and many more features in 10 different configurations, each used in different assemblies depending on their position within tooling on a machine.

              • Re: Equations falling over - Pack & Go from EPDM
                James Spellman

                Hi Jeff

                I tried the copy tree within EPDM but it does not work. Equations fall over. When I say equations its the global variables that fall over and I have quite a few that drive values for turning on and off features/parts.

                Not sure if you have any more thoughts on this?

                Thanks

                James