SOLIDWORKS Distributed Collaboration
Drive collaboration throughout your organization, whether it’s in just one place or around the world. SOLIDWORKS PDM (PDM) provides the tools and capabilities that your enterprise needs to keep people connected, up to date, and working on the same set of data, regardless of their location. This global connectivity supports the distributed collaboration that is essential for compressing engineering cycles and accelerating time-to-market.
Organizations with multiple locations—either domestically or internationally—can use SOLIDWORKS PDM to manage distributed collaboration through:
Centralized Storage with Automated Vault Replication
Create and maintain a single data location and vault that can be accessed by users worldwide to store and retrieve files. In addition to preserving a secure backup of product design data, secure file vaulting eliminates multiple “silos” of information, duplicate files, and unsynchronized revisions. Maintain the convenience of local access to files directly from your workstation, and only use the network to check-in or check-out files as needed. Vault replication provides users access to files that are stored on local servers so they can be accessed via a local area network (LAN) instead of over a wide area network (WAN).
Configure the SOLIDWORKS PDM system to automatically notify users when documents have progressed through various states or stages in the electronic workflow you establish. Users can configure their own automatic notifications to be triggered by events, such as when a file is checked in or added to a certain location. Users can be alerted automatically when a file remains in a workflow state longer than a specified time, which helps avoid potential project delays.
Automated Neutral File Creation
Automatically create many types of neutral file formats from SOLIDWORKS files, including:
- SOLIDWORKS eDrawings® files and PDFs for redlining and quoting
- Common 2D and 3D formats for CNC machining
- SOLIDWORKS Composer files for supporting technical publications
Create neutral files either on demand or automatically via workflow actions. Link neutral files to source files, as well as copy attribute information from the source file, retaining important information like part numbers and material specifications.