We save our PP-files as "named references" in TC:
We save e.g. 4 files:
With a special workflow-process we can export this files into your DNC-System. Quite simple.
I'm aware that we are working in managed mode, but from what Siemens has told us, we can't feed the post processor file from Teamcenter directly to the CNC machine, so we do need an external location to store them.
Not true (I'm wondering who told you that?)
A Siemens partner (A+B Solutions) sells a product called "Shop Floor Connect" that does DNC from TC.
USA partner/VAR is Hylasoft.
Create your NC program parts as separate MENCMachining items.
There is a CAM configuration that will auto-import PTP files into TC as (named references or datasets) when you save/close your part (assuming user selects them in the appropriate dialog).
Production: NX10.0.3.5 MP16/TC11.2
I'd rather be e-steamed than e-diseaseled
This is all confirming my belief, that we need an experienced CAM with NX/Tc integration guy to come in, and help us with our system setup!
You can have a Teamcenter workflow to transfer the post processed file (.ptp) from Teamcenter to known folder on common location. From this common location, your DNC software can then transfer files to CNC machines.
As Jobe mentioned in his answer/image, the post processed file is stored under root_activity and as named referance. Ask your Teamcenter implementation/development team to develop an automated task under a workflow where you status your MENCMachining item and specially 'release' status when its finally released for production.
You may need to justify the cost to develop this workflow against the benefits. Capture the manual efforts to do this task to see the benefits. Main benefit is error proof 'released' NC code available for production.
Revisiting this topic, as it came up again. Up until now, the CAM users have found the location the .PTP file is being saved in the temp directory, but we would like to put them into TC.
Edit --Options -- General -- Item Revisions
In the right side of window,
Select Item Revision Type -- MENCMachining Revision
Select 'root_activity' and click on '+' sign to add it to Shown Relations window."
I was looking at this, and I'm not seeing the "root_activity" portion. Most likely operator error Any hints?
Also, this is what I see in TC, so I'm feeling that the "root_activity" is not turned on.