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Controlling Product Data

Where Is Information Managed?

First, let's learn where information is managed in Windchill PDMLink.

Windchill PDMLink provides two locations, or contexts, where you can store data to manage product information: Product and Library. In addition, when Windchill PDMLink and Windchill ProjectLink are installed together, a third location, Project, becomes available.

In Windchill PDMLink, you see tabs for each of these items, which are described next.

Contexts for Managing Information

  • A Product is a logical storage location for parts, documents, part structures, CAD models, and baselines associated with specific end items. This information is authored and managed by role players on the product team, and can be made available to others inside and outside the company according to access rules.
  • A Library is a logical storage location for parts common to several enterprise products, along with general or departmental documents. This information can be made available to others inside and outside the company, according to access rules. A library has all the capabilities that a product has, but is intended to manage common information for an enterprise.
  • A Project is a logical storage location for parts, documents, project schedules, CAD models and other information associated with a specific project. You can use a project to manage activities such as reviewing a set of design ideas with a customer or planning a complicated change request with a partner and suppliers. A project can include people inside and outside the company. Unlike products and libraries, a project can be used to manage ad hoc processes and involve people who typically might not have access to all of the information for a product or library.

In addition to the Product, Project, and Library tabs, the Change tab provides a central location where you can find, manage, and update change information.

Change Information

We've covered the places where you can store information in Windchill PDMLink. Now let's learn what types of information you can manage.

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