That would be a wonderful tool, and I'd like to hear the suggestions that come through. I've spent years studying this, and the difference from one person to the next is unreal, in my research.
those questions and request are as old as CAD usage is here.
The better question will be: "What will You measure?"
The time a certain part is opened on screen?
But what if the user is out of the office, are on phone and will not do anything with that opened part?
Or must there be a "mouse meter", analyzing wether or not, the mouse is in move?
What if there are batch jobs, opening those parts.
Should this time also be put into calculation?
I think, there already are addin for SE, writing the time, a part is on screen into a file.
But can You use this time as real value?
That's the question?
This reminds me of an experience long ago where we were using a mainframe based CAD system which did monitor your mouse/keyboard click activity. A user who wanted to look busy decided to set a stapler on his Enter key and left for the day. Failed for him big time as the repeated key events eventually overwhelmed the system and it crashed. Needless to say, everybody found out he was stealing the company time that day...
Yes I agree, great answer Wolfgang.
The closest I have found for time is in Properties Manager but that only registers start time and the time it was last saved. This gave me a bisis to work on some of my time in assemblies but not all.
There are plenty of third party Windows applications available that will monitor your time and activity of actually working in various software windows. Surely these types of tools would be better suited as they only record your activity when in the software. One such application I have used in the past is RescueTIme:
But then again, as Wolfgang says, should you only record the time the file is being used or the time the file is open? What happens if the user stops working for an extended period with the file open but the user is busy sketching or calculating on a scratch pad? Is that still the design activity time that should be associated to the Solid Edge file or is that separate design time? And then when the user leaves the file open but goes to a coffee break?
Unfortunately any such attempt at capturing working time through the file is fraught with pitfalls when placed under actual time management scrutiny.