2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 16, 2015 12:35 PM by Aaron Torberg

    How to combine rev letters and numbers, help please...

    Aaron Torberg

      Let me start by saying I am super new, and still learning EPDM so please be patient with me.


      We are setting up the EPDM database to take over for our previous system, and in our past we have built legacy data, some having rev letters and some having rev numbers (numbers are our current standard).  We also have customers that dictate weather the rev is a number or letter.  To add to the problem when the customer decides a job should use letters our standard devices that are used in conjunction with the new alpha rev parts will retain the number rev.  My question is how can I build a workflow to "release" all of the parts of an assembly if I expect some of them to increment by number and some of them to increment by letter?


      Some of my thoughts were to have an "_A" character at the end of the part number (ie: 1234567_A) that somehow tells EPDM that the part needs a letter rev instead of the rev number?  What would the workflow look like?


      Or possibly a data card variable of A or 1 to tell the system which path to choose?


      Can an assembly containing both the letter rev parts and number rev parts pass through the same workflow?  Sorry for the super noob questions I hope this makes sense...

        • Re: How to combine rev letters and numbers, help please...
          Michael LaFleche

          We have the same situation here.  You need to have two different revision schemes, one for letters and one for numbers.  It can be handled in one workflow.  You just need to have workflow states and transitions that use the appropriate revision scheme.  A data card variable could be one way of triggering which state to transition to.  We use a transition for Major Revs (Letters) and Minor Revs (Letter and Number) or Prototype Rev (Numbers)  at one of our sites without the need for a datacard variable triggering it.  Instead the user chooses the appropriate state.  See the image below:

          Eng Doc Workflow.png

          Then here is our settings for sending documents through the Major revision for example:


          Notice that the Revision _CIR_Alpha is being used.  The drop down list is available to choose any revision scheme.  I have it set to automatically pass through the state as well.


          I hope this helps.

            • Re: How to combine rev letters and numbers, help please...
              Aaron Torberg

              I have been working on this presumably in the time you were writing your response and I have been stumbling.  I need that choice to be made automatically (no user choices).  Your comment about having a data card variable to control it triggered me to realize why my workflow was stumbling.  Although I had the custom property in my files, the data card was not updated with a place for the variable.  I will try this!!!  Thanks.