What are the Benefits of Implementing a PDM Solution?

Product data management solutions are vital, especially in the instance of a computer or program crash. When the worst happens, you want to know that you haven’t lost your hard work or the progress already made on your projects. Using such solutions properly ensures that your files are securely stored in a “vault” computer, so you can rest assured that your data is safe.

With SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM), you know your files are neatly organized, easily accessible, and secure.

Why Use SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management?

As you already know, one of the most common reasons as to why you might investigate SOLIDWORKS PDM is to ensure that your files will be securely stored away in the event of a gnarly computer or program crash. But there are so many other reasons!

Here’s a list of a few other reasons why a data management solution would be a welcome ally for your projects:

  • Project Control: with SOLIDWORKS PDM, you’ll have better control over large data sets and other typical issues, including keeping track of versions and edits.
  • Collaboration: using PDM software, there is a single access point where the latest versions of files can be found so all project participants can access them.
  • Team Productivity: when everyone can access files and knows which version to work from, it’s easy to manage tasks, stay productive, stay on track, and get things done.
  • Data Management: having everything in one place makes for easy, value-added tracking and reporting
  • Certification and Compliance: the process is simplified so that meeting regs (FAA/FDA/ISO/TQM, for example) and security requirements (like ITAR) are easy and standardized.

SOLIDWORKS offers a product data management solution that makes managing and streamlining your project, nearly effortlessly.

The Time-to-Market Challenge and How PDM Can Help You Beat It

One of the biggest engineering challenges of today is the demand for concurrent engineering processes. Several engineering functions need to be able to work on the same project at the same time—without absolute chaos ensuing. Even though it can make for a file and data management nightmare without a good process in place, a right PDM solution can easily save the day.

CAD files, CAM files, data sets, drawings and plans, technical and training manuals, product specs, and project scope documentation all need a place to call home. In the past, this would be a physical room filled with file cabinets and one or two people who knew how to find things in there. Then, if that person or those people ever left the company, that storage room became a rarely traversed, misunderstood, and messy part of the office, little more than a dusty pile of relics.

Thankfully—with the help of a good PDM software—file storage, access, data tracking, and version control are all happening in one digital place that many people know how to use. This significantly reduces the energy it takes to manage your projects, while also enabling the concurrent processes and collaboration that today’s engineering requires.

With a SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management solution on your side, you’ll be able to slay time-to-market expectations, eliminate errors, and say sayonara to single points of failure!

How to Succeed with SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM software is an incredibly helpful tool, but you’ll need to know how to use it well for the highest probability of success.  Here are some excellent tips to keep in mind:

  • Add comments when checking in your files after editing. Though not required, this helps users quickly see what has changed and generates an easy-to-track record of who’s done what.
  • Read the pop-up dialog boxes closely when checking in your work. New users can quickly lose their work simply because they weren’t reading the instructions in dialog boxes.
  • Release “ownership” of files after you’re done working with them so that other users can clearly see which version is the latest and greatest.
  • Check-in your work frequently to save it. Security is the main benefit of having a PDM system in place to begin with, so remember to save often to get maximum value in the event of an oopsie.
  • Train new users adequately so that they know how to use the system well. This helps to prevent issues, mistakes, and lost work right from the start.

Transforming Your Data Management Efforts

If you’re ready to level up your next project and increase your productivity and efficiency using SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management solution, contact us!  DesignPoint is here to help you streamline and transform your PDM efforts by implementing the right software solutions for your project.