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It is estimated that 75 percent of all SOLIDWORKS customers are not using any Product Data Management (PDM) software. By using PDM, companies reduce the time involved with finding and reusing existing designs, managing versions and revisions, and controlling document approvals.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (formerly SOLIDWORKS Enterprise Product Data Management (EPDM)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM has been renamed to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional in the 2016 release to maintain consistency in the product line and to provide a path for a potential Premium product in the future. This is a full-featured PDM offering for both large and small organisations, enabling them to get their design data under control.

Securely store and index your design data for fast retrieval, eliminate concerns about version control and data loss, and even share and collaborate on designs online with people outside your organisation. With SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional you can substantially improve the way your teams manage and collaborate on design.

The capabilities of PDM Professional are well proven in a variety of industries, including mechanical machine design; electronics; medical; alternative energy; consumer products; heavy equipment; mould, tool, and die; and power and process. Therefore, the main target market for EPDM is any multi-seat SOLIDWORKS CAD customer who needs to effectively find and share design documentation and manage document versions.

The software is easy to implement, requiring little IT support, and can be customised to your project workflow. With tight integration to SOLIDWORKS design software, the design team can focus on product development and innovation, improving productivity, no matter what the size and distribution of the organisation.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a new document management product offer that is based on the same
architecture used by the current SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM (EPDM) product. This makes SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard 100% compatible with SOLIDWORKS EPDM, which will enable it to be easily upgraded if and when a customer’s needs require it.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is available with the general release of SOLIDWORKS.

 


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Key Benefits of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

  • Easy to implement, easy to use
  • Create Audit Trails
  • Co-ordinate non CAD data
  • Indexed central store holds all CAD models and supporting documents
  • Logically organised data makes retrieving data using multiple attributes and interfile relationships easy
  • Tracks all versions and revisions so no files are accidentally overwritten
  • Uses Windows Explorer so has virtually no learning curve for end users
  • Tight integration with SOLIDWORKS and other CAD applications provides status reports of all design files
  • Full control to force updates and create appropriate revisions, or allow changes to be ignored
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional supports many file formats including Autodesk, PTC and Siemens data files
  • Search tools help quickly pinpoint data you want across a variety of file types, using a range of search criteria – name, data, metadata, workflow status
  • Tools to increase teamwork between design groups across different locations throughout the world
  • Tracks progress ensuring the right people have access to the right files at the right time
  • Robust reporting provides manages with summary of the project's workflow to assist process improvements and maximise profits

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric London Taxis Lead the Way Towards Cleaner Air for London - Now, That's Intelligent!

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Intelligent Energy Ltd

The Company

Intelligent Energy is a leading power technology company with a globally scalable business, commercialising its proprietary fuel cell technologies with business partners across the motive, stationary power and consumer electronics sectors.

Their achievements include the world’s first manned fuel cell aircraft, in collaboration with Boeing; the world's first purpose built fuel cell motorbike, the first fuel cell vehicle to achieve whole vehicle type approval and most recently the formation of a joint venture company in Japan with the Suzuki Motor Corporation, to develop and manufacture fuel cell systems for a variety of industry sectors.

Intelligent Energy Ltd has been judged, by The Guardian's  “CleanTech 100”, to be one of Europe’s leading private companies, which is actually making a beneficial environmental impact. It is no surprise therefore, that as part of the European Union's Hytec programme, they are part of the consortium introducing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Taxis onto London's roads in the summer of 2012. This will help significantly in making the capital a leader in the deployment of fuel cell vehicles and in the implementation of hydrogen transport refuelling infrastructure, leading ultimately to reduced carbon emissions and cleaner air for London!
 
The design work for these projects has been carried out using SOLIDWORKS software. Simon Nicholas, Design Manager for Intelligent Energy, says, “The business has grown using SOLIDWORKS and the 3D capability enhances the work through better visualisation for our designers and customers.” Simon adds, “What increasingly benefits us is the demonstrated flexibility of SOLIDWORKS.”

Intelligent Energy Ltd now operates 26 SOLIDWORKS  Office Professional seats, with maintenance for these coming from NT CADCAM Ltd, due to their competitive and proven support package. 
Simon comments, “We are most likely to require assistance when installing new programmes, or a revision update. So, we simply log a call, and within 30 minutes we have a member of NT CADCAM’s support team competently guiding us through the solution we require. The service is excellent!”

SOLIDWORKS add-ins are utilised by Intelligent Energy’s engineers, such as COSMOS for structural design of the fuel cells and PhotoWorks for illustration of the fuel cell system with the drive mechanism of the vehicle or plane to be powered, for example.
Simon states, “Intelligent Energy have been able to shorten design concept & detail modelling lead times because we can check interfaces of components within the digital model. 3D technology makes so many tasks simpler, faster and more precise.”

Another example of improved working methods can be found in the ease and speed of communication with contracted machine shops. Extensive drafting of manufacturing drawings has become almost obsolete, now that eDrawings Professional and 3D models can be adopted straight into the machine shop CAM systems.

As the demand for Intelligent Energy expertise continues to grow rapidly, Simon adds, “We are looking at enrolling new employees on NT CADCAM’S training courses and utilising more of the SOLIDWORKS capabilities for greater design and system control.”

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Results

  • Enhanced work through better visualisation for both designers and customers
  • Increased benefit from demonstrated flexibility of SOLIDWORKS
  • Shortened design concept and detail modelling lead times
  • 3D technology makes many tasks simpler, faster and more precise
  • Improved working methods in the ease and speed of communication with contracted machine shops.
  • Extensive drafting of manufacturing drawings has become almost obsolete.
“We are most likely to require assistance when installing new programmes, or a revision update. So, we simply log a call, and within 30 minutes we have a member of NT CADCAM’s support team competently guiding us through the solution we require. The service is excellent!”
Simon Nicholas
Design Manager