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  • 1.  AX2009 - Engineering drawings and documentation

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Oct 23, 2019 12:10 PM
    Hi everyone!

      Our engineering department is looking to move our engineering drawings and documentation into an electronic system. Does AX2009 have this ability to store documents along with revision functionality? If no, are there ISV's that we could look at?

    Thanks in advance!

    Dave

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    David Vezmar
    ERP/Supply Chain Project Lead
    Dentsply Sirona
    Milford DE
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  • 2.  RE: AX2009 - Engineering drawings and documentation

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Oct 23, 2019 01:38 PM
    OOB:
    Most companies handle revisions using product dimensions (Color, Size).  Document handling (Attachments) makes a lot of sense for documents.  In one of our companies an archive is set up for drawings and different note types are used to determine the drawing type (Assembly, Installer instructions, Engineering)

    ISV:
    Bluestar appears pretty competent with a very robust PDM solution which uses AX as the vault

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    Richard Wehmeyer
    PlayCore
    Chattanooga TN
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  • 3.  RE: AX2009 - Engineering drawings and documentation

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Oct 24, 2019 10:13 AM
    Thanks Richard, I'f I'm reading you correctly, you are referencing document handling as attachments to existing data (i.e. items, routes, etc.) I'm looking at independent documents where our engineering team can house their drawings and other documentation for machine parts used to repair our machines. they would not be attached to any existing data, more of a separate module (?) for the engineering team.

    Thanks again for your assistance!

    Dave

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    David Vezmar
    Project manager
    Dentsply Sirona
    Milford DE
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  • 4.  RE: AX2009 - Engineering drawings and documentation

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Oct 24, 2019 12:13 PM
    Edited by Richard Wehmeyer Oct 24, 2019 12:13 PM
    If you don't have any existing referential data in your ERP then that may not be an appropriate location to store the data.

    In 2012 R2+ there is a service module which does an OK job of handling servicing information for sold products (service agreements) and internal items and work collection.  Without using service or projects(?) to manage the information you wont have anything to reference.

    We used projects to collect maintenance information related to internal work so a project or activity may provide that framework but without further requirements for this functionality that may be a long stretch for a small benefit.

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    Richard Wehmeyer
    PlayCore
    Chattanooga TN
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  • 5.  RE: AX2009 - Engineering drawings and documentation

    Posted Oct 24, 2019 01:09 PM
    David,

    For your inquiry for separate document handling feature Bluestar PLM did a wonderful job on Connecting Item product master with AutoCad drawings. These drawings were reviewed and approved through Workflow, They did a good job for Security over different companies defined. I would rather suggest you to go over with them if your engineering team design all the drawings in AutoCad.

    Thanks,

    Asad Javed

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    Asad Javed
    AXGuru
    Dothan AL
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  • 6.  RE: AX2009 - Engineering drawings and documentation

    Posted Oct 24, 2019 06:35 PM
    I've seen demos of Bluestar and ​am impressed! We use WindChill as a PDM and it is quite difficult to synchronize revision control with AX (we are not using the WindChill / AX interface). We've customized BOM versions slightly to assign a Rev & ECN number, but there isn't much that checks that this is the current WindChill version.

    So, if you have a chance, DO investigate Bluestar.

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    Mark Prouty
    Programmer / Analyst
    ANGI Energy Systems
    Janesville WI
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