Enterprise PDM Product Overview
SolidWorks Data Management solutions enable complete control over all design information, eliminating concerns about version control or data loss. Files are securely stored and can be quickly retrieved using a variety of search attributes, such as part number, description, or workflow status. Collaboration and data reuse are promoted reducing duplicate files and redundant work. Design processes are easily followed and with increased efficiency. You get more opportunity to innovate and improve products, and stop spending time searching for files and worrying about manufacturing having the right design information.
Enterprise PDM Advantages
Centralized storage is the heart of data management. SolidWorks data management solutions utilize an indexed central repository of all your CAD models and supporting documents. With your data logically organized, retrieving data using multiple attributes and interfile relationships becomes easy. All versions and revisions of files are tracked, so no files are accidentally overwritten. You eliminate redundant work efforts, reduce mistakes, and promote data reuse across your entire team, saving time and money.
Easy to Implement, Easy to Use
SolidWorks enterprise data management uses Windows® Explorer and has virtually no learning curve. You access the secure vault in the same manner as you would any directory. Tight integration within the CAD applications graphically show the status of all documents, so you can easily see which files are being used by peers.
Unlike other data management systems, SolidWorks Enterprise Product Data Management (EPDM) is extremely easy to deploy within your organization. Every license includes Microsoft® SQL server, and templates ensure that desired information is recorded with each file. The superior interface also extends to administration tools, so users, workflows, and permissions are easily defined and modified.
Clear Understanding of CAD Data
3D CAD data has many interfile dependencies. Changing one file can have a ripple effect, causing modification of many others. SolidWorks data management solutions understand these relationships and notify you of all changes. You have full control to force updates and create appropriate revisions, or to ignore the changes. You gain valuable understanding of how each change will propagate throughout a project, helping you make better design decisions.
The intimate knowledge of file relationships is not limited to SolidWorks software data. SolidWorks EPDM software supports many file formats, including Autodesk®, PTC®, and Siemens® data files. You get control over all documentation, no matter how complex your environment.
Communicate and Collaborate, Globally
SolidWorks EPDM solutions allow you to focus on increasing communication and collaboration between groups, even when they are in different locations throughout the world. With multisite replication, synchronized vaults keep data local and ensure all groups are working on the same version of the design, increasing efficiency. As you complete tasks, notifications are automatically sent to the right people on the right teams.
SolidWorks EPDM also enables sharing control of network resources, such as printers and devices. You can automate batch printing. File translations can be scheduled on shared resources to ensure CPU-intensive functions occur at off-peak hours. Teamwork increases, no matter how your company is distributed around the globe.
Promotes Best Practices
Using customizable flow charts, SolidWorks EPDM lets you easily manage the processes your company uses to get tasks done. It tracks progress, ensuring the right people have access to the correct information through all stages. Everyone on the team is notified when stages are completed so the overall project status is always known, and delays are addressed quickly. Robust reporting provides executives with a summary of the project's workflow, so processes can be improved and profits maximized.
Success with the entire family of SolidWorks Data management products is assured with SolidWorks support resources. Our highly skilled resellers provide technical support and training at a local level, addressing your specific needs. The software is thoroughly tested and improved with every release. Comprehensive online assistance, tutorials, and an active user community help you achieve the results you desire, no matter what your skill level.