SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM

SOLIDWORKS product data management (PDM) solutions help you get your design data under control and substantially improve the way your teams manage and collaborate on product development.

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SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM (EPDM) is a full-featured data management solution for organizations large and small. It lets you find and repurpose files, parts and drawings, share design information, automate workflows, and ensure manufacturing always has the right version.

Don’t let its name fool you: SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM (EPDM) is the premier data management choice for SOLIDWORKS Users regardless of your size. With the incredible advantage of being based on Microsoft SQL Server, Enterprise PDM has enormous flexibility in how it can be configured. From simple revision management and search all the way to full blown engineering change control and companywide document management, Enterprise PDM can be what you want it to be.

Conventional wisdom dictates that a system with this much flexibility would be incredibly difficult to configure and integrate into your company, however the exact opposite is true with EPDM. Hawk Ridge Systems can have Enterprise PDM installed, configured and running at your site in as little as 1 day.

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM

Benefits of SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM


Intuitive Interface

Adoption of a new system can be a difficult task – however, Enterprise PDM relieves that burden by providing users with a familiar, easy to learn windows explorer interface. Files can be opened or saved in Enterprise PDM by using the command in the program you are working with. To browse for a file, you can simply open Windows Explorer and browse your local computer or use the built in searching interface to find files even faster. By eliminating the need to learn a separate interface, the user adoption time is greatly decreased.

Automate Business Processes

With Enterprise PDM you have the flexibility to map your own processes into the system. By creating the step-by-step workflows you wish users to follow, you ensure a controlled, repeatable environment with less risk for human error. In addition, the workflows in Enterprise PDM can automate the creation of PDF documents, electronic signatures, email notifications and more.

Centralized Data Storage

By storing all your data in one, centralized vault, you are assured that everyone in your company always has access to the most current information, even if they are in different offices. This single storage will dramatically increase your engineering departments efficiency by making it easy to find and reuse existing data. Enterprise PDM also controls more than just SOLIDWORKS documents – so if other departments in your company are looking for a secure, easy to use vaulting solution, you can easily open up the Enterprise PDM vault to them.

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM

Viewing STL files in the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Preview Tab

Viewing STL FilesNavigating through your hard drive, you click on an STL… only, there’s no thumbnail preview. What gives? I’ve experienced this a few times. It’s always hard for me to remember what a part looks like just by the file name. Sometimes file names are obscure, or specific to a part number – things like P32324.STL – and I have a terrible time remembering what the file looks like. Windows Explorer isn’t much help – it just gives me the stock .stl thumbnail on every single STL file.

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The Future of SolidWorks Workgroup PDM

SolidWorks Enterprise PDMThere has been a lot of chatter in the SolidWorks community recently into what the future holds for Workgroup PDM. Since I don’t work for SolidWorks, I don’t know exactly what the answer to that question is but I thought I would share some pretty valuable insights to help users come to an educated conclusion.

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Why Manage Your Music Files, but Not Your SolidWorks Files?

iTunes LibraryAt SolidWorks World this year, I heard Paul Giaconia of SolidWorks use an analogy that really struck a chord. Why do people spend so much time organizing and using management tools for their multimedia files, yet spend almost no effort organizing and using management tools for their critical design files?

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