Configuring EPDM Dashboard in Office2PDM

EPDM Dashboard is a very interesting part of the Office2PDM package – it provides a quick look into the status of files in your SolidWorks Enterprise PDM vault.  Despite its obvious usefulness, configuring the tool requires a few pieces of information, and following a couple of simple steps.  Here are the basics of getting EPDM […]

Searching Tip: Context

Are you ready to take your search capabilities to the next level?  If you’re like many professionals today, you’re inundated by information at work, and sifting your way through it can be challenging.  You probably already use Google, Bing, or some other search engine for the Internet.  And maybe you even use the search tools […]

Oracle Database Report for SmarTeam

For those of you running an Oracle database as your repository for SmarTeam, check out this helpful utility.  The SmarTeam Database Oracle General Report tool is a collection of plain text files containing batch commands and SQL statements that can generate a detailed HTML report of key Oracle statuses and settings.  The tool is available […]

ENOVIA SmarTeam .NET Problems

Multiple ENOVIA SmarTeam versions are currently experiencing problems as a result of a series of Microsoft Windows Updates published earlier this year.  Specifically, the problems are related to several SmarTeam executables, including SmarTeam Editor, the SmarTeam Workflow Service, and other SmarTeam executables.  The core problem is that Microsoft appears to have changed their implementation of […]

Gotcha with Oracle 11g for SmarTeam

For those of you planning to move to Oracle 11g with SmarTeam V5R20, watch out for this one.  With 11g, Oracle has introduced a feature called Deferred Segment Creation.  Generally speaking, this is a nice feature because it saves space in exports and eliminates unneeded storage allocation in many databases.  It can create problems with […]

EPDM Document BOMs vs. EPDM Item BOMs

A lot of people in the SolidWorks Enterprise PDM community were excited when EPDM Item BOMs were introduced, but the EPDM Item Explorer and its related features still cause some confusion about how to use both EPDM Document BOMs and EPDM Item BOMs.  Unfortunately, it’s impossible to definitively settle the question of whether to use […]

Swapping Models in SolidWorks

Design Automation is very powerful when creating unique “same as, but” models for new jobs. But in many cases, people are doing configure-to-order (CTO) just as much as they are doing engineer-to-order (ETO). Configure-to-order means utilizing standard components and using the automation to determine the logic for which component, or which size of a component, to put in an assembly. Configuring […]