PDM Fundamentals: Improved Collaboration

Last Updated on by DesignPoint Team


One of the fundamental benefits of any PDM system is improved design collaboration. Here are some examples on how collaboration is improved with a PDM system:

  • More than one user can work on the same assembly, but different components concurrently.
  • Users can work faster on designs shared on the network and network traffic is reduced.
  • Incremental and major release changes made by team members are tracked and can be retrieved for review.

SolidWorks offers two levels of PDM systems. Workgroup PDM (WPDM) is an entry-level system. It offers basic tools such as check in/out functionality that improves concurrent design, synchronized client and server data for a faster network environment, and basic revision commenting to track changes. Enterprise PDM (EPDM) offers these capabilities and more. EPDM has version and revision commenting, full audit history capabilities, electronic workflows, and notifications triggered by state changes. These capabilities can significantly streamline daily activities and allow design teams to communicate more efficiently.

For more information, watch the short demonstration video below on EPDM or contact a DesignPoint Solutions representative.


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