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SOLIDWORKS PDM

Product development teams can manage and collaborate more efficiently with SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM) solutions.

SOLIDWORKS PDM: Why Choose It?

Improve the quality of your products by managing your data files and documentation. SOLIDWORKS PDM helps teams store and index design data, track versions, and collaborate on designs remotely.
Why choose SOLIDWORKS PDM
TPM Quick Vault

TPM SOLIDWORKS PDM Quick Vault

TPM’s PDM Standard Quick Vault leverages years of PDM implementations and real-world engineering document control experience to provide an out-of-the-box solution that requires only 16 hours (2 days) to deploy. This enables companies to begin using the system quickly.

  • Increase user efficiency by eliminating double entry and minimizing manual operations
  • Improve data consistency and standard practices
  • Improve design reuse through search capabilities
  • Minimize errors and rework due to incorrect documentation
  • Allow information to be accessed by groups outside of engineering

What Is the Best SOLIDWORKS PDM Package for You?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is easy to use and upgradeable to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. It is ideal for small single-site SOLIDWORKS enterprises. SolidWorks PDM Standard utilizes Microsoft SQL Server Express as part of its Standard Edition.
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

Using Microsoft SQL Server Standard for performance and scalability, SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional is an all-inclusive, high-performance solution. Additionally, PDM Professional integrates with third-party CAD programs and Microsoft Office applications.
SOLIDWORKS Manage

SOLIDWORKS Manage

SOLIDWORKS Manage is a data management system that can be used and distributed throughout your company. It offers global file management and application integrations that extend the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional.

Package Comparison Matrix

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

SOLIDWORKS Manage

File Management

Organize and control all your product development data. Using SOLIDWORKS PDM, you can establish and maintain a central data vault for users to access and retrieve files. SOLIDWORKS PDM updates all file references automatically when you move or rename a file. This functionality eliminates broken references and the time spent finding and fixing them.

Design and Reuse

Reduce costs and save time by finding and reusing existing design data. Creating a framework allows you to find and reuse existing design data quickly. SOLIDWORKS PDM tools can help you locate prior designs fast instead of spending time searching shared drives or local workstations.

Revision Management

Keep track of design changes, and avoid manual errors by tracking all changes made to a design. PDM gives users a revision history to reference a design’s changes throughout its lifecycle.

Secure File Vaulting

Protect sensitive product information by creating a secure file vault. SOLIDWORKS PDM allows users to retrieve data from a single location while keeping it safe, up to date, and easily accessible.

Save on development costs and time by eliminating duplicate work. Create and assign individual or group user rights easily. SOLIDWORKS PDM products offer an easy-to-use flowchart interface for representing the product development process.

Revision Control

By using revision and version control, you can ensure you are always working with the most up-to-date version of a design. Manage document revisions, maintain document history, and customize file names to eliminate manufacturing errors.

Audit Trail

Keep a record of your product design, engineering, and development activities for reporting and auditing.

Integrated Search

Using powerful PDM searching tools, you can quickly find needed data across various file types and reduce development costs. Search for files using various search criteria (name, date, metadata, and workflow status) and locate documents based on multiple data types (CAD files, MS Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, Outlook emails, and image files).

eDrawings Preview

SOLIDWORKS PDM provides eDrawings support for SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, and eDrawings documents.

Engineering Change Management

Streamline your design approval and Engineering Change Order (ECO) processes. An easy-to-use flowchart interface allows you to represent the product development process graphically. With SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, engineer change documentation and approvals become entirely electronic.

Bill of Materials (BOM) Management

Support downstream applications and systems by maintaining, manipulating, and leveraging Bill of Materials (BOM) information. Using existing CAD file structures, you can create individual BOM objects that automatically update with the evolution of the CAD model, eliminating manual updates. You can easily update BOM information in other business enterprise systems by connecting your CAD data to ERP and MRP systems. Using customizable templates, you can display BOM information in multiple formats or format it according to a user’s or group’s needs.

Regulatory Compliance

Comply with government regulations and industry standards. Users can meet several regulatory requirements with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, including FDA, RoHS, ISO 9001 and 14000, ANSI, and others.

Distributed Collaboration

Maintain collaboration throughout your organization while keeping everyone up-to-date and connected. Users can store and retrieve files from a single data location and vault that they can access worldwide. You can configure SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional so that it automatically notifies users when documents progress through various stages of an electronic workflow. From SOLIDWORKS and other types of files, create neutral file formats automatically.

Enterprise Scalability

Integrate your enterprise’s design data needs. Maintain a single data storage and retrieval vault that users can access worldwide. Secure file vaulting prevents “data silos,” duplicate files, and unsynchronized revisions, in addition to providing a secure backup of product design data. With SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, you can customize many aspects of your PDM system to meet your organization’s specific needs.

Advanced Search and Favorites

Create “favorites” for commonly used search criteria so you can access them instantly.

Multi-Document Preview

Users can view multiple documents simultaneously with PDM’s Preview window.

Scalability

No matter how many contributors work from different locations, you can easily connect the design data requirements of your entire enterprise. Data can be stored and retrieved in one convenient, vaulted location with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. Managing millions of files is possible due to efficient file storage and retrieval.

Automated Neutral File Creation

Automate the creation of neutral file formats in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional to save time and effort when communicating.

Custom Configuration

Users can map a variable to a predefined property (like Title and Author) and a custom property in SOLIDWORKS files. SOLIDWORKS files that contain configurations appear in the datacard as tabs. The corresponding tab displays configuration-specific values.

Automated Data Import and Export

In SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, users can import variable values from XML files. At specified points in the file workflow, existing files or items that match import criteria acquire values in the vault. Using SOLIDWORKS PDM BOM variables, create an export rule that imports into ERP systems.

Serial Number Generators

You can use serial numbers to name files and folders automatically, identify items, or assign running values to cards. There is no limit on serial numbers you can set up in each vault. PDM generates unique item IDs by default by using serial numbers for item numbers.

Distributed Design Teams

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional enables you to keep your enterprise connected and working with the same data regardless of location. As a result of this global connectivity, you can shorten engineering cycles and reduce the time-to-market.

Remote Access

Various connected devices, including smartphones and tablets, can be used to contribute through web-based portals.

Automated Approval Process

Facilitate parallel transitions for multiple required approvers.

Email Notifications

If a predefined event occurs in a file or folder, the logged-in user can receive an email message by adding a SOLIDWORKS PDM Notification from the Local Vault.

Project Management

Focus teams on essential tasks by providing vital information and a better understanding of resource capacity. Keep track of project stages, timelines, milestones, and resource utilization. Track progress automatically with user tasks and timesheets.

Process Management

From marketing and sales to support and production, streamline business processes, automate document creation, and bring stakeholders together. Establish states and decision points for all types of business processes, including Engineering Change Requests (ECR), Orders (ECO), Notices (ECN), transmittals, and approvals.

Item Management

Associate items, files, and free text to create, edit, and compare complete bills of materials (BOM). Adapt products to a variety of use cases and applications. Use system data to drive SOLIDWORKS importing bill of materials and item numbers.

User Tasks

Utilize tasks and calendars to help users work more efficiently.

Dashboards and Reports

Display critical information using continuously updated interactive graphical dashboards on community monitors. Publish reports automatically or on demand according to company standards.

Microsoft Outlook Integration

Based on the information in Microsoft Outlook emails, including attachments, create new records, such as Cases. Make a copy of emails for reference and add them to existing records.

Technical Support

The Best Technical Support in the Industry

We at TPM have extensive knowledge of SOLIDWORKS and can assist you in achieving success using the software. You can count on our industry-leading team for assistance with any task you may need.

Customer Service

Quick Response Customer Service

Providing you with quick and accurate customer service is a priority of TPM’s Customer Experience team. We are here to help you no matter your business goals, whether it’s a question about your subscription or services.

Training for Manufacturers

SOLIDWORKS Training

TPM offers SOLIDWORKS training online and in person, taught by certified SOLIDWORKS instructors. TPM provides SOLIDWORKS certification preparation materials and a Course Completion Certificate to each student upon completion.

  • Open enrollment courses or specialized courses
  • Instructors who are certified in SOLIDWORKS
  • Smaller and more focused classes