ENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX
ENOVIA® Collaborative Design for NX provides a multi-site NX design data management solution for the extended enterprise.
ENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX allows designers to effortlessly access, manage, share, and store NX data without leaving their preferred environment. ENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX facilitates process workflow, increases data integrity, and improves configuration management. From NX, users can search and browse the ENOVIA system, and lock and checkout design or drawings to their local drives. After modification, users can upload changes to ENOVIA.
- Maintain accurate representations of the intended design in the PLM database
- Achieve centralized management of all CAD files
- Control work-in-process, engineering changes, data, documents, and dynamic configurations
- Give non-engineering personnel direct, task-specific access to current CAD data
- Reduce the possibility of redundant, inaccurate, or out-of-date product information
- Increase information sharing while protecting intellectual property from unauthorized access
- Achieve ISO compliance
- Improve design control and business process management to realize truly functional product development and delivery
Microsoft Windows Explorer-based Interface for Workspace ManagementA Microsoft Windows® Explorer-based interface lets users access their local workspaces to perform lock/unlock, open, update, revert, copy, move and delete operations. Access is also available to ENOVIA workspaces and folder content, “My Locked Objects,” “Collections,” and “Recently Checked-in Files”. All ENOVIA managed data is represented to the user as if it is stored locally on the client. Users are able to utilize standard Explorer user interaction techniques to perform lock/unlock and open designs operations.
Product Structure Data IntegrityThe combination of ENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX and ENOVIA Designer Central provides a powerful solution in maintaining the integrity and timeliness of NX data in the ENOVIA system. ENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX controls the relationships between NX entities and how they are presented in the database. When a drawing is created, it becomes the parent by the very nature of the internal reference to the part. Another example is when a structure is being checked out for loading in the CAD application. ENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX controls what must be checked out for proper assembly in the CAD application while ENOVIA Designer Central capabilities provide the user interface and business process accesses for the operation to be performed. Once files are checked out, data integrity issues may occur prior to checking the file back in to ENOVIA. ENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX provides an auto-recognition capability that gives the user confidence that on check-in the file will be associated with the same revision/version stream from which it was checked out. Another aspect of maintaining data integrity is the synchronization between the CAD designs and the objects stored in the PLM database.
Product Driven DesignsUtilization of ENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX and ENOVIA Engineering Central allows the automatic synchronization of a CAD design structure to an Engineering Bill of Material (EBOM). This link is critical to the correct representation of the intended design. While saving designs to ENOVIA, there is an option for users to automatically create and associate an engineering part to the corresponding CAD design. An additional aspect of the synchronization process is the automatic transfer of drawing balloon numbers directly to the EBOM as “Find Numbers.” The CAD design is available immediately to the engineering community as a specification to the engineering part. Engineers may view a graphical representation of the associated specification. The graphical representations stored with the 3D model may be of many different formats and they are stored when the design is saved to ENOVIA. The “derived output” formats are controlled by the user. When saving to ENOVIA, different formats may be selected for each type of design. For example, PDF files may be generated for drawings, while IGES or STEP files for 3D models could be generated for broader access to the design data without the CAD application.
Quick AccessENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX has been designed to allow users to manage their CAD files with minimal effort. The user interface allows users to remain in the context of the CAD application while performing daily routine tasks that interface with ENOVIA. During a save operation, the user is presented with only preselected new and modified designs, which eliminates the need to traverse the structure to locate the desired items. Additionally, users may update multiple designs attributes from a single display/operation that lists all mapped attributes of new/modified designs, eliminating the need to open and update each NX design individually before saving to ENOVIA. Opening designs is also easy. Users may search ENOVIA, or access workspace folders and stored collections directly from the “Open” dialog. In order to encourage users to frequently update the system with their latest design versions, ENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX maintains a list of recently accessed designs that users can quickly reference from the “Open” dialog for future download and provides a “Quick Save” command that saves the active in-session design without any further display or user interaction.
Exploring in ENOVIAWith the “Explore in ENOVIA” command, users may quickly review related parts and associated drawings, perform “where used” and “lifecycle” operations, and interrogate associated Engineering Change Orders (ECOs).
Baseline StructuresENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX provides a baseline capability that permits users to preserve a specific configuration of a structure. Baselines can be created from the CAD application or ENOVIA for any stored configuration of a design. A baseline may be retrieved at any time for further investigation or used as the design’s final representation for release.
Product Structure MaintenanceENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX represents and maintains accurate, complex product structures throughout the product’s lifecycle. The product maps and maintains relationships among assemblies, parts, and other application-specific items as users check-in and checkout items, or users browse the ENOVIA Designer Central vault contents. In addition, ENOVIA Designer Central can store previous configurations to permit baselines and rollbacks. This also allows for virtual structure management through direct access to previous revisions/version combinations stored in the database. Users often utilize configurations of designs or families of parts in their structures. These instances of designs streamline the user development process through the reuse of similar existing geometry. ENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX manages and tracks the associative relationships of these instance designs.
Revision ControlOrganizations can maintain multiple revision trees of designs within ENOVIA Designer Central without manually creating new subdirectories or changing filenames. When ENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX users create a new revision, ENOVIA Designer Central automatically saves it as a new business object, adds the sequential revision code to the item name, and relates it to the previous release. There is no need to propagate name changes interactively in the CAD application across files that reference the revised item.
Design Team CollaborationENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX provides the critical connection between the mechanical CAD process and effective product development. By uniting the management power of ENOVIA Designer Central with the design and engineering power of ENOVIA Collaborative Design for NX, users are provided real-world control of the work-in-process product design environment. ENOVIA Collaboration Design for NX benefits from the following collaboration features in ENOVIA Designer Central: - CAD structure and EBOM synchronization validation - Advanced CAD structure management in ENOVIA - Design data workspaces - Quick access to most-recently used design data - Mixed design flows between mechanical and electrical disciplines - Notification of design modifications of interest - Automatic update of out-of-date designs - Online collaboration meetings - Web-based design visualization without native CAD tool. To ensure that designers that do not overwrite each other’s work, it is possible to query for the status of locally referenced designs from the context of the CAD tool. This display shows the design’s type, name, current revision, current version, latest version available, and the user that has the design locked. Right mouse button commands allow users to lock, unlock and display design properties. Once this window is activated, it may stay on the desktop while the user continues to work in the CAD application. When a user changes work designs, the PLM status window may be ‘refreshed” to update the display with the current active design status. In addition to this status display, users may also update their in-session design through the “Global Refresh” action. Any designs that are out-of-date are updated with the latest version available in ENOVIA without closing in-session design files.
The Role of ENOVIA V6 and PLM 2.0ENOVIA Collaboration Design for NX supports PLM 2.0, product lifecycle management online for everyone, and the ENOVIA V6 values, which are: Global collaborative innovation Single PLM platform for intellectual property (IP) management Online creation and collaboration, ready to use PLM business processes Lower cost of ownership.