I’ve been preparing some training materials around on-boarding new Administrators to Autodesk PLM and have not one, but two tips today! First, I’m going to dig up one of my very first blog posts from almost 4 years ago (time flies!) and remind folks that you can see the tab type right in the URL. Check it out: Tip Tuesday! Tab: Not just a retro soft drink.
The add-on to this is that you can see what the tab used to be named in the Workspace Manager, as well as revert back if desired. You can also rearrange the tabs (except for the Item Details one – you can rename, but not move that). Something else to bear in mind – only the tabs that are available via permissions added to a role given to a group will be visible.
Following last year's Accelerate conference in Boston, we received tons of feedback from goers that they would like the opportunity to hear from other PLM users year-round. Since September, we've held two user groups, featuring 5 different companies, covering 3 overall topics. The hope is to help our customers learn best practices, tips and tricks, and new ways to use (and enhance their experience with) PLM - not from us, but from fellow PLM 360 users. Next month we'll be holding user group no. 3. Come hear from Behlen Mfg. Co.- Shane Wemhoff will talk processes (workflows) in PLM, followed by live examples showing their integration of PLM and ERP from Trenton Earley.
More than 150 new car models are planned to be introduced by 2018. With the increased complexity in vehicle technology and shorter time-to-market deadlines, the automotive industry faces relentless pressure. Suppliers are also challenged to manage critical quality control processes such as FMEA, APQP, CAPA and PPAP.
How can PLM help with recurring bottlenecks, and to differentiate from competitors? Check out the video below, or get signed up for our upcoming webinaron April 27th!
Today’s tip is hot off the presses from a recent Discussion Forum post. There was a question about adding Classification fields to the BOM Views on the BOM tab. While this currently isn’t possible, there’s a great workaround to achieve the desired result (and this can also be displayed on the Item Details page). It’s covered in detail in an Autodesk University class from last year, Keep Your Tenant Cutting Edge, Part 2: Advanced PLM 360 Classification Techniques. I'll include another example in this post as well...
The Classification information can be used to drive the description field.
For background – here’s a look into the Classification Manager set up for this class:
This is done by concatenating the values from the classification along with some text:
Last year we highlighted PLM 360 customer Automatic Labs, maker of a connected device that helps you to improve driving with real-time data, find your car in the parking lot, decode engine issues, and more. He shared his journey of moving from Excel to a PLM tool.
Needing to get those details out of Excel and into a product lifecycle management tool, DeJesus found that the BOM-management solution in Autodesk PLM 360 offered the functionality to manage a wide range of revisions. For example, if an engineer orders a wrong part because he or she doesn’t know that the team has moved on to an entirely new revision, that sets the whole process back. “Stabilizing the manufacturing process by getting it out of Excel into PLM 360, I knew that would happen,” DeJesus says. “But the SKU proliferation is also manageable now.”
A big time saver when working with Bill of Materials is to add affected items. If you have a significant BOM structure, you can grab parents and children all at once. This eliminates errors and serves as a catch all, as well as provides an understanding of what your proposed changes might do to corresponding parts and assemblies.
I’ve recently been spending time teaching some folks how to fish – i.e., how to be a PLM 360 Admin. One thing I like to teach is how to reuse existing scripts and techniques in the default tenant – ones like the library scripts ‘isOwner’ or ‘createNewItem’ can be employed as you develop new workspaces. Another great resource is the Scripting Examplessection of the Help Guide. I know, I know… reading a Help Guide isn’t as riveting as most novels (kinda like reading the phone book – no plot, just lots of characters). However, there are a lot of great examples and code snippets in there and my tip today is to make sure you know it’s there and peruse it a bit.
Any particular examples you’d like to see added to the Scripting Examples? Let me know!
If you’re reading this, I assume it’s because you enjoy PLM 360 tips! Join me next week for PLM Talk– I’ll be going over some End-User Tips, Tricks, and Training information. In addition to covering some of my favorite tips I share when training end users, we’ll talk about developing end-user training materials.