Here’s some good news for a common nightmare in the CAD world
As I sit in my office and overhear the latest technical support call, I feel it’s time for me to take “pen to paper” on a common frustration in the CAD world: document management.
We’ve all found ourselves in the gut-wrenching predicament where someone has saved over all our hours and hours of hard work! It’s the dreaded “he who saves last, wins”.
Whenever you are sharing or working collaboratively on a document, this is bound to happen without proper data management processes in place.
Especially for us in the manufacturing space, how many times have you found yourself in a panic from sending an outdated drawing to the shop floor? That heart-dropping realization that you were too late to catch the error in time.
You run out to the shop and witness the machine spitting out hundreds of the wrong part, or that bending machine folding the wrong sheet metal covers.
After everyone goes home for the day and the shop is quiet, you stare dejectedly at the pile of wasted material in the corner.
Then the anxiety sets in as you realize that you have to call your client tomorrow because their delivery is going to be late…
But, there is good news! Technology has advanced so quickly and is offering some life-saving tools to permanently wave goodbye to scenarios like these.
Most mainstream CAD tools come with some type of data management solution. Most designers already own these tools but have not taken the time to implement them, or have had poor implementation service that has cost them hours with no success.
These CAD document management tools are usually included with your existing CAD maintenance/subscription. So, why not take advantage of the software you are already paying for?
Regardless of what CAD system you are using, take the time to see if a data management solution is part of the tool set.
If you are not sure what or where to look, visit the vendor’s website or you’re welcome to give me a ring – I would be happy to point you in the right direction.
Take a little time to see what is included with your CAD package and save hours upon hours of time and money in the long-run.
For my Autodesk friends and clients, Autodesk Vault is an integrated data management system that Autodesk includes with most of their CAD manufacturing products.
Having the tool is only half the solution, having the tool properly implemented and used is the second half.
Be sure to work with a service provider that has proven success in Vault implementation and user training.
Training and implementation needs to be customized to your environment. Be wary of generic packages – the “one-size-fits-all” mindset is a disaster in data management space.
Take advantage of the Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG), if you’re based in Ontario. You can get up to $10,000 in government support per employee for training with a recognized service provider.
If you’d like us to handle your training, we’ll guide you through the submission process.
Feel free to contact me if you need any insight on how to leverage Vault – I would be happy to help.
I wish you continuing success!