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I am setting up a vault in SolidWorks PDM for Composer files. My question is will Composer files need a workflow to manage files?
Some may argue this with me, or disagree because we don't have Composer, but I would not make a separate vault for composer files. I would put them in the same workflow as the rest of your engineering documentation. I would also make sure there is a reference to the part(s) or assemblies that the composer file was made from. This way, the engineer/designer that is making any future revisions can also decide if the composer file needs to also be updated. So if PDM doesn't make the reference automatically, I would use paste as reference to make that reference.
Thanks for your response. After your comment I contacted our reseller tech. support line. They also agree that the Composer files should be in the same vault with the SolidWorks files. The Composer files have linkage of some kind. We are new to Composer and have not gone through training yet but wanted to get our PDM system setup for Composer. I still have some additional research to do as far as how Composer works inside PDM but at least I know what to do with the files.
Thank you again.
We use Composer with PDM. We make an SMG from the SLDASM file and give them the same file name (abcd.sldasm and abcd.smg). Then Copy/Paste as Reference so the files are “linked” in PDM. That becomes the Master SMG file of which one copy is made for tech pubs and one copy is made for manufacturing instructions. The two copies are given new names and each linked to the MASTER SMG using Copy/Paste as Reference. This allows us to use Where Used and Contains in PDM to tie everything together. We use notes when checking in to tell what version each file is made from or updated to. JW