Why You Should be Leveraging SOLIDWORKS Manage to Enhance Your Manufacturing Team's Data Management

[fa icon="calendar"] May 14, 2021 / by Mike DeKoning

Mike DeKoning

Keeping information up-to-date and managing data flow throughout the production chain is one of the biggest challenges for manufacturing businesses and teams of all sizes. Traditional data management practices are often narrowly focused, leading to extra data entry, errors, mismatching information, and a lack of complete visibility. SOLIDWORKS Manage provides increased visibility to all stakeholders, enables valuable insights when managing projects and processes, dashboards for analytics and resource management, process control with alerts and total visibility, and direct connection to engineering data. This blog will explain what SOLIDWORKS Manage is and why so many manufacturing professionals choose to utilize it to navigate these hurdles effortlessly.

What is SOLIDWORKS Manage?

SOLIDWORKS Manage is a unique set of advanced data management tools that leverages the file management capabilities of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. Check out our recent blog on SOLIDWORKS PDM detailing its functionality. SOLIDWORKS Manage adds powerful project, process, and item management capabilities with interactive dashboards and reports.

Dashboards and Reports


SOLIDWORKS Manage focuses on the specific analytics that your manufacturing team needs and cares about most. Having this pertinent information available at any time through Manage's dashboards and reports allows you to navigate the information you need effortlessly. Manage enables manufacturing teams to catch project issues early on and adjust to those issues as needed. Users also have the ability to view tasks assigned to an individual, get in front of problems, and evaluate risks within projects. The dashboards update automatically, keeping everyone up-to-date in an easily consumable and configurable graphical interface.


Project ManagementProject-Management

Manage's Project Management capability allows engineering project managers to oversee projects without the need for a separate, disconnected tool like Microsoft Project. Users can track changes on a specific project, which helps them avoid the errors they may experience while manually editing projects. You can assign tasks to users in different stages of your projects and determine how your design resources allocate across multiple projects. All while being able to relate SOLIDWORKS files and other documents to the project tasks.

Users can report time against the jobs, update their status, capture issues, track their resolution, and identify risks and their impact on the project timeline. Project management is always live with activity by all involved, not just the project manager. So, as users complete work, progress is automatically updated.

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SOLIDWORKS Manage streamlines your business processes, automates document creation, and brings together all involved stakeholders from sales and marketing to production and support for new products.

You can model an NPI (New Product Introduction) stage-gate process to determine how or if you will manufacture a new product. Along with its tracking functionality, SOLIDWORKS Manage maintains a complete, convenient history of a design's evolution. This history allows you to see each step of a product along its lifecycle.

Configure states and decision points for all types of business processes such as Engineering Change Requests (ECR), Orders (ECO) and Notices (ECN), transmittals, and approvals.

Advanced Bills of Materials advanced-bills-of-materials-graphic

SOLIDWORKS Manage allows you to maintain, manipulate, and leverage Bill of Materials (BOM) information to support downstream applications and systems. Utilize engineering BOMs from PDM to create manufacturing BOMs by adding items not modeled in PDM, such as consumables and manufacturing operations. This functionality eliminates the frequent manual updates required when using spreadsheets.

With Manage, you can use customizable templates to display BOM information in multiple formats or to format BOM information to meet the needs of a user or group. Relate components together as kits with their own part numbers. Create BOM variants to denote differences depending on where the manufacturing of products is occurring. Compare multi-level bills of materials with ease. You can also export BOM information for consumption by ERP or MRP systems.

Closing Thoughts

If your organization manufactures products, you owe it to yourself to take a look at SOLIDWORKS Manage. Manage provides you and your team the functionality to take your data management to the next level. Track changes, manage projects, and create bills of materials while leveraging documents in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. Doing so will streamline your operations and increase profitability.

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Mike DeKoning

Written by Mike DeKoning

Mike DeKoning is a TPM Technical Solutions Consultant that specializes in Data Management. Mike brings 14 years of SOLIDWORKS PDM administration and implementation experience to the table with over two decades of mechanical design experience.

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