My group is switching to Teamcenter which is a huge change from using Intralink 3.4.
For those who don't know, Intralink is more-or-less, a file/folder based storage organization structure.
My question is, how do other companies organize/sort/store all their CAD data in Teamcenter, and be able to call it up in the future without being able to 'browse' folders, and needing to search for specific names/part numbers without having them all memorized?
We are transitioning from Solidworks and it's vault, to NX and Teamcenter. To aid in this transistion, we have created a folder structure, which emulates the Vault. When a user creates an Item they can copy, or cut-n-paste it into this folder structure. I tend to only do it after I release the item.
This helps some users, that prefer to "browse" for things, and have not become comfortable with the search function. Personally, I never "browse" like this, but I was never a SW vault user.
Now, this is probably not a Siemens sanctioned method, and it does not help ween people from the idea of browsing, but it has helped ease the transition to TC for some users.
In Teamcenter each group is typically assigned a volume. When a user belonging to a group creates a file in a dataset, the file goes into the volume and a pointer is created in the database.
The volume file is managed by File Management System (FMS). All a user has to do is double-click the dataset in his Home folder which can be arranged logically to fit his needs.
It really depends on how your origination runs...
Buy this I mean "At our company we use projects". So when we used SW in Native, all the CAD data was structured into a hierarchy folder structure that was based on project numbers.
We have somewhat mimicked the same folder structure in Teamcenter, but only to allow people to browse if that is there thing. Most users find that a quick project number search is much faster. Once they have performed such a search a look-up in the Impact Analysis tab for references finds the folder or container.
Thank you for the reply!
We all got some very basic training and then got shoved off to use this system.
To clarify, our company makes tools and systems to repair and inspect stuff. That being said, we have around 250,000 parts, and assemblies, scattered amongst around ~150 different, unique systems. Previously (using intralink) we had a file folder organizational system something like this:
- ->Tool system a
- ->Tool system b
- ->Tool system c
That goes on for a while dosens and dosens of folders and sometimes sub sub folders filled to the brim with cad models and drawings.
so basically standard shared windows folder organization only with some loose revision control.
Now we have teamcenter, none of us know how to do anything but search. All of us have been using the browse method of searching for parts because Creo, formerly know as pro/engineer, limited cad part file names to 30 characters or something, and no spaces, so most of our files are named Block_brg_tp__TG_MTa instead of an actual part /item/drawing number for both part and drawing. so finding a top bearing block for maintenance tool system A is a pain in the butt due to the lack of ability to browse. we don't know what the systems are all named, nore do we have the top system assembly title as it is named in the cad system. looking for the drawing number associated with the system would be helpful, but we often dont have that, and sometimes the thing we are looking for is a tool or attachment that isn't actually on the system, but in the same folder, which makes finding that part or tool very difficult and time consuming.
I would LOVE to do this, only question is HOW/??
I have tried using projects, but i cant seem to make sub projects, so it would just be a mess.
the folders we can make in our home cabinet are for our own personal organization, so it only benifits the people who do it, and doesnt create a system wide folder set...
Sounds like a great idea. How exactly do i create folders? where do i create them, and will the rest of the group/network be able to see and access them?
As for attributes, that is the only way we have been able to search for and find anything.
We have a list of our old file folder names, and during the transition we got the transition team to add the folder abbreviation that we normally put as an attribute in Pro/E, to each item, so we can search for an entire folder and the results should show the folder, but it doesn't quite work 100% because not every part/assembly got that info put into it. so... no matter what we do at this point geting the system organized where we can efficiently find things will take time.
So, for the life of me, I can't figure out how to create folders in teamcenter, where i can add items to them. The deepest we go is about 4 sub folders. top folder->sub1->product family->product a, b, c etc...
I've tried using projects but it doesnt seem to be able to let me add any sub projects in any way...
keep in mind, i got enough training to revise, release, checkout, and deal with the errors involved... thats about it.