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How to Optimize Performance of Solid Edge with Effective Use of Teamcenter Preferences

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In this article, you will learn how to use Teamcenter preferences for Solid Edge to optimize performance. Out of the box, we deliver these preference with default values. Depending on your specific needs, you can change the preference settings to get optimized performance.
We will go through four of the Teamcenter preferences today to outline what the purpose of each is, as well as how to configure them.

1. SEEC_ItemTypeList_* -

In the Teamcenter preferences list we have some preferences that start with SEEC_ItemTypeList_ (refer to Screen Shot 1)

With this preference, you can specify list of item types you want to use for dataset type. For example, in Screen Shot 1, preference ‘SEEC_ItemTypeList_SE Part’ lists out Item types that can be used for the part dataset. So the part dataset can be created with item types SE9_IR70mapped, Item, MFKItem1, NR9NRItemRev or NR9NamingRule.

There is a separate preference for each dataset type. For example, For Draft dataset preference is SEEC_ItemTypeList_SE_Draft.


Screen shot 1



Effective use –

Generally, we use specific item types for specific datasets. If you do not use certain item types for your datasets, there is no need to load that item type. With these preferences, you can control which item types should be loaded when you launch Solid Edge. Hence it is recommended to use this preference to load item types that you really use. If not defined Solid Edge will load every item type available on server and result in performance hit.


2. SEEC_Image_Generate_3D –

This preference governs the generation of JT files for Solid Edge part (.par), Sheet metal (.psm) and legacy weldments (.pwd). Default value for the preference is TRUE. If set to TRUE, a JT file is created and uploaded to Teamcenter along with Solid Edge files. (Refer to Screen Shot 2)


Screen shot 2



Effective use –
Creation of a JT file is a time consuming operation. The JT file is mostly used for visualization purposes in Teamcenter. If you do not wish to use Teamcenter visualization or you don’t need JT files on Teamcenter you can turn this preference OFF. You can set the value of the preference to FALSE, and it will not create and upload JT files. This can improve performance for save and upload operations.


3. SEEC_BOM_Syncronize –

When this preference is set to TRUE, on opening an assembly in Solid Edge Teamcenter BOM changes in product structure are synchronized with Solid Edge assembly(Refer to Screen Shot 3). This is useful when you make changes in the BOM from Teamcenter. On opening the assembly environment, these changes are synchronized.


Screen shot 3


Effective use –
BOM synchronization involves cost time-wise. If you are not changing the BOM from Teamcenter then you can turn OFF this preference. It will save time required for BOM synchronization.


4. SEEC_Property_Synchronize and SEEC_Property_Syncronize_FullCache –

If the SEEC_Property_Synchronize preference is set to TRUE, (refer to Screen Shot 4) whenever a linked document is downloaded to the local cache, document properties will be synchronized. If a linked document is already in the local cache with a status of up-to-date, then property synchronization is decided by preference SEEC_Property_Syncronize_FullCache (Refer to Screen Shot 5). If this preference is true, properties will be synchronized for linked documents which are already present in the local cache with a status of up-to-date.


Screen Shot 4



Screen shot 5



Effective use –
Property synchronization is a time- consuming operation. If you are not going to change Solid Edge mapped properties from Teamcenter, then you can turn off these two preferences to get performance gain while opening a Solid Edge document.


Now you know how to use the Teamcenter preferences to optimize performance in Solid Edge. Give it a try and let us know the results in the comments below! Or, if you have other great tips to optimize performance in Solid Edge, please feel free to share those as well.