Updating Existing Inventor Custom Content and Design Data
Stahl Truck Bodies had amassed thousands of parts and assemblies from previous versions of Inventor. They were using a 10 year old custom program to populate iProperties in their design files. But, the implementation of a new ERP system shifted their needs. The new system required different properties from the old process. They needed a process that could migrate existing iProperty information, and populate new properties on existing and new parts and assemblies. They needed a flexible system.
Project Goals Primary:
Project goals were identified as follows: 1) Eliminate the need to manually update Custom iProperty information for thousands of parts and assemblies. Update drawing Title Blocks and other related standards. 2) Enable Inventor Bill of Material (BOM) information to be properly imported to a new ERP system. 3) Create a system that could be maintained and altered by its users as the process evolved over time.
Consulting, Training, and Mentoring were provided to create and update custom content center parts and items, create and configure sheet metal rules, update drawing resources, and update existing drawing Title Blocks. Automation services using iLogic were created to enable rapid migration and creation of iProperties, drawing exportation, push of drawing properties down to assembly files, export of .dwgs to specified network location, and migration of existing drawings to the defined standard.
Stahl was able to automate the updating of Custom iProperties of thousands of parts and assemblies, drawing templates and related standards to allow Inventor Bills of Materials to be imported into Acumatica. Automating these tasks increased efficiency and eliminated errors that might have resulted if this information was updated manually. Stahl users were also trained in the workflow needed to make future changes eliminating the need to have changes made programmatically.
MESA’s services replaced an obsolete program with current tools (iLogic) to eliminate time-intensive, error-prone operations, while still being flexible and adaptable to future needs. The training and process optimization consulting was provided to ensure Stahl has the knowledge, capabilities and capacity to succeed in deploying a new ERP system compatible with Inventor BOM. This was done to make Stahl self-sufficient, saving the company hundreds of hours required to make changes manually.
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