Migrate the Few or Migrate the Masses: Import What You Need, How You Need to Autodesk PLM 360

Another request we hear often is to migrate existing items to Autodesk PLM 360, bringing them in at whatever workflow state they are at—which more often than not is further down the line than the initial state. This is common when you want to migrate existing Change Orders, for example.

What is XML?

What is XML? Maybe you’ve found yourself asking that question at some point in time. To some, it’s just another meaningless acronym. To others, whether knowingly or not, it’s a key technology that they use every day. Today we’re going to give you the skinny on XML. Not just that, we’re also going to fill […]

Dealing with Timezones in a Global Environment

Global collaboration can be tricky for a number of reasons.  For instance, when developing an application that is shared between users in two or more time zones, an important item to consider is the accuracy of time and date calculations.  When making decisions based on dates and times, differences in time zones can substantially affect […]

Basics of Aras Mark-up Language and NASH

Aras Innovator has an underlying mark-up language it uses for all of its database transactions. The language is referred to as Aras Mark-up Language, or AML. Aras also provides a sandbox interface for developing and running AML, called NASH. Here’s a short primer for getting familiar with AML and NASH. 

EPDM Dispatch for File Renaming

SolidWorks’ Enterprise PDM (EPDM) system contains what some might call a “poor man’s API” known as the Dispatch Tool.  The Dispatch Tool allows non-programmers (those who don’t write formal code in Visual Studio.NET) to create basic programs, scripts, and functions within EPDM without having to learn a programming language.  The tool is limited in functionality […]

Design Automation with SolidWorks Macros

The new Design Automation (DA) tools for SolidWorks are wonderful. DriveWorks, TactonWorks, and a host of others all give you the power to drive SolidWorks models…within reason. However, there are times when you want more control than the tool is willing to give you. Recently, a client asked us to remove instances from a linear pattern through […]

SmarTeam Workflow API Dynamic Assignment

SmarTeam Workflow’s API engine offers tremendous flexibility for manipulating processes on-the-fly.  The object model, and the combination of nodes, users, and events make it easy to perform fairly advanced operations with workflow.  As an example, let’s use the API to dynamically assign a user to a node based on their participation earlier in the workflow. 

No Fear! (of Programming)

Whether it’s automating something in SolidWorks, adding functionality to your PLM implementation or increasing the computing power and flexibility of an automated process, we engineers stop short of programming. Why? There’s no reason to fear the code. Here are some secrets to help anyone start to program.