EPDM and FDA Compliance

One of the common misconceptions about 21 CFR Part 11 (the body of law that governs medical device makers in the United States) is that there are software packages available that can make companies compliant with the law.  Being compliant with these regulations requires that your process be compliant, and even the best software can’t really make you 21 CFR Part 11 compliant.  However, software can certainly provide enablers and automation to allow for faster, more efficient, better integrated, and easy-to-use processes.  SolidWorks EPDM has some functions and tools built-in to help companies conform to the FDA requirements.  Continue Reading

Selecting or Customizing Variants in TactonWorks

There are two extremes when driving components in design automation systems: on one end of the spectrum, you can allow users to only select pre-defined components (Configure-to-Order) and on the other end of the spectrum, you can let users create their own parts by driving the dimensions and features of the parts with infinite flexibility (Engineer-to-Order).  Which of these models is TactonWorks following with variants?  Are we just selecting variants, or are we customizing them, or are we doing both?  Continue Reading

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 from Dassault’s support site by searching for QA00000002533.  Continue Reading

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 some garbage collection code in all versions of the .NET Framework, and this code is fundamental to a number of applications like SmarTeam.   Continue Reading

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 ENOVIA SmarTeam, however.  Continue Reading

CATIA V5 UUID Uniqueness

Given that UUID stands for Universal Unique Identifier, it may seem strange to talk about uniqueness in this context.  But it comes up more often than users might like inside of CATIA V5.  It isn’t simple to determine the UUID of a CATIA V5 file, nor is it easy to manipulate the value.  With a little bit of information though, it isn’t too hard to avoid some basic CATIA V5 UUID problems.  Continue Reading

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 EPDM Document BOMs, EPDM Item BOMs, or both, in a short article.    However, there are some general rules of thumb worth considering in determining whether EPDM Document BOMs or EPDM Item BOMs best fit a company’s business strategy:  Continue Reading