|This section tells you what you
need to know about catalogs. Users often need a way of storing and
classifying the many objects they have at their disposal, whether they be
screws, ball bearings or computer parts. These objects may number tens of
thousands, each with its own specific characteristics such as shape, color,
size, diameter, length, standard, etc.
To facilitate fast and easy retrieval of such objects thus avoiding time-wasting redesign, Version 5 offers the possibility of creating catalogs (identified by the .catalog extension). These can either be created from scratch or through the conversion of CATIA Version 4 libraries.
For details about creation from scratch see Creating a Catalog Using the Catalog Editor or Creating a Catalog in Batch Mode. To find out more about the conversion of V4 libraries see Converting CATIA Version 4 Libraries into Version 5 Catalogs in the CATIA - V4 Integration User's Guide.
|Note that Dassault Systemes does not guarantee downward compatibility for Version 5 catalogs.|
|A Version 5 catalog is in the
form of a tree structure made up of:
The example shown below and elucidated in some of the following tasks is a generic family comprising bolts, i.e. a chapter ALL_FASTENERS referencing end chapters (SCREWS and NUTS) which, in turn, reference entities. The entities referred to by the end chapters can be described using keywords such as Diameter, Length, Designation, etc.
After catalog creation, two functions facilitate and expedite navigation:
Obviously, the more criteria you use the easier it is to narrow down the search for as satisfactory a result as possible.
You can of course define more levels in the catalog's tree structure than shown above.
There are two important points to bear in mind:
Finally, catalogs can be incorporated into the Team PDM database. For more information about this product, see the Team PDM documentation.