SOLIDWORKS ENTERPRISE PRODUCT DATA MANAGEMENT — PDM vs EPDM
What is Product Data Management (PDM)? Organizing, controlling and finding company files and information. Sharing information effectively with other departments. Keeping track of project or product changes and history. SOLIDWORKS PDM lets you and your project or product team members access, store, change, and approve design data.
How PDM help? Increases team productivity, reduces errors and frustration, increases visibility, increases security and saves money.
P R O D U C T D A T A M A N A G E M E N T — P D M W O R K G R O U P
PDM Workgroup uses SolidWorks Explorer, files are stored in a local cache. Project and file hierarchy and file names must be unique.
E N T E R P R I S E P R O D U C T D A T A M A N A G E M E N T — E P D M
EPDM is a Windows Explore extension uses regular folder structure. Can manages complex projects. Unique file names is an option.
S O L I D W O R K S P D M & S O L I D W O R K S E P D M
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a document management product offering included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium versions, that is based on the same architecture used by the current SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. This makes SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard 100% compatible with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, which allows you to easily upgrade from Standard to Professional at any time. PDF files will be able to be managed in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, however since Tasks, Add-ins and API support is not included, no automated creation of PDFs will be possible. In addition, viewing PDF files will not be possible via the View File menu or in the Windows Explorer Preview tab.
SOLIDWORKS EPDM Multi-site replication allows the sharing of data across multiple locations. This functionality can ensure that all locations have the latest versions of files. EPDM allows the automation and standardization of creating documents, such as ECO’s. Templates can also automatically create a predefined folder structure and automatically name these folders. For example, a folder could be named after project number or customer. EPDM Multiple Workfolws allows a separate workflow for different products, departments and divisions and unlimited Workflow States allows the creation of a workflow that accurately represents a company’s product lifecycle.