May 29, 2006
SolidWorks Announces PDMWorks Enterprise
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SolidWorks Corp. unveiled new software that will make it easy for large product development teams to securely share and manage enterprise data and engineering documents while ensuring version control. PDMWorks Enterprise enables large or geographically dispersed design teams to work concurrently on product designs.
PDMWorks Enterprise is the latest product data management (PDM) software from SolidWorks to help engineers and product managers work more efficiently in teams while automating workflow. "As a large company, we have design and manufacturing teams scattered around the region," said Steve Moses of Tigercat Industries. "Teams in different locations have to collaborate daily, and we can't afford to have version control issues or inefficient access to data. PDMWorks Enterprise allows us to work with SolidWorks and other data as if we were in the same office, without worrying about errors that affect production or waiting hours to download large files."
PDMWorks Enterprise provides:
While PDMWorks Workgroup delivers CAD data management to typically smaller engineering workgroups, PDMWorks Enterprise helps larger organizations better control each design project while streamlining development.
"Large medical device manufacturers, global retail consumer product makers, and industrial manufacturers are just some of the enterprises that can have teams of hundreds of employees working on any of 50 or more projects a year," said SolidWorks CEO John McEleney. "Seamlessly managing all project information is critical to delivering better products that are delivered on time and within budget. PDMWorks Enterprise provides the automated processes and granular management of a project throughout its lifecycle to help companies compete more effectively in a global economy."
by Jeffrey Rowe, Editor
file access and revision controls enabled by the PDM software. PDM addresses issues such as control, quality, reuse, security and availability of engineering data, and offers new functions for the engineering environment.
So what makes engineering data so difficult to deal with anyway? Well, for starters . . .
Ideally, a PDM system should reduce:
If successfully implemented, PDM systems should reduce:
How successful PDM systems really are depends on whom you ask.
We spoke with Joy Garon, PDMWorks Product Manager for SolidWorks, and she said that PDMWorks Enterprise was introduced specifically for geographically dispersed workgroups who do need PDM, but not necessarily PLM (however you want to define what PLM is). These users have different needs than those using PDMWorks WorkGroup, issues primarily related to workflow. When asked what percentage of SolidWorks users were using any type of PDM, she speculated that 50%+ are, but some of these users include those using Windows Explorer and SolidWorks Explorer as a PDM system. This indicates that there is plenty of opportunity for PDM.
SolidWorks is serious about PDM because a few years ago John McEleney, SolidWorks CEO, was astounded by how relatively few customers were actually using a PDM system to manage an extremely valuable asset - design data. This concern, however, is improving as an increasing number of users understand and appreciate the importance of PDM systems, and are implementing them.
Admittedly, implementing a PDM system can be a challenge. In the beginning companies implementing PDM systems were medium to large companies. They included engineering and construction companies; discrete manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, electronic and mechanical engineering industries; and food and pharmaceutical companies. Today, PDM systems make sense for virtually all product development and service companies, regardless of scale.
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