Frequently, we get asked the question, “Can I customize ST workflows in Web Editor?” The answer is yes…and no. Web Editor does allow for some workflow customizations, but there are some limitations. We’ll cover these limitations, and go over some things to watch for when customizing ST workflow in Web, and deploying those customizations. Continue Reading
EPDM can be configured to use category-based logic to divide and sort documents inside the EPDM vault. Once a document is in a certain category, it can then be automatically sent into specific workflows. Continue Reading
Yup, I said it. Your company’s processes STINK. They are slow, inefficient, and have been around since the company started. Some are “organic” processes that have developed out of the need to get things done, while others have been implemented to fix a problem, prevent problems, or increase efficiency on getting products out the door. They still stink, trust me. I know. 6zrpgdcx74
I was pretty surprised recently while giving a SharePoint presentation at a San Francisco conference. Of the 60 attendees, only four used Workflow in SharePoint. My comment back to the audience was this: How can you have collaboration (which is what SharePoint is for) if you don’t have workflow? Most nodded their head in agreement. This exchange got me to thinking Continue Reading
From the last post on this topic, we’ve collected five basic “engines” at work in even the simplest Product Data Management (PDM) systems that manage CAD files:
- File vaulting
- CAD relationship interpretation
- Multi-document file vaulting
Longview Advisors recently held their 2009 Collaboration & Interoperability Conference in Estes Park, Colorado, wrapping up the event on May 20th. Derek Neiding of Razorleaf co-presented with Wes Shimanek of Intel and Don Richardson of Microsoft at the event’s Post-Conference Workshop on Mobility Technology. Each presented a topic relevant to the session’s mobility theme: enabling engineers to collaborate regardless of platform or presence. Continue Reading
Generations of children have stood in wonder on their first trip to a bowling alley, mesmerized by the smooth motion of the automatic pinsetters and the sight of brightly colored balls spinning up the ball return. The technology that makes a bowling alley operate isn’t magic – it just seems that way.
Behind the scenes AMF Bowling, a division of QubicaAMF , engineers a complex and carefully timed dance of moving parts to be both rugged and precise. AMF designs and fabricates most of the parts it uses and assembles everything from the ball returns to the laminates for the flooring. The pinspotter, for example, includes more than 3,800 different parts, all of which must be engineered to work smoothly without clashing.
Managing such complexity isn’t easy, as Brian Williamson, CAD-PDM Administrator and design engineer with QubicaAMF Worldwide, will be the first to admit. “When I got here four years ago, I think I spent more time trying to locate the designs for the parts in our machines than I did designing new ones,” he says. “CAD files were scattered all over the network and on local drives with very little chance of being found again so they could be reused.”