Basic Tasks

Managing Product Structure: Introduction

Here are some basic rules you should know before handling the different types of files available in the Product Structure workbench:

  • No distinction is made between assemblies, subassemblies, and components in the description of the product structure. However, you can associate a geometric representation to one component only.
  • If two instances of the same component are used in an assembly, there is only one reference component for both instances, i.e. any modifications to the reference affect every instance, except name, representation activation and design mode visualization.
  • An assembly is contained in a unique CATProduct file. The references of components and subassemblies can be contained in the same file as the assembly or in different CATProduct files.
  • If the reference is contained in the same file, the component can be used only in this assembly or in larger assemblies containing this assembly.
  • If the reference is contained in a different file, the component can be used in any assembly, but this file is then dedicated to this component only.
  • When you use a file as a representation, i.e., a .model, .cgr or .ncgm document, assembly data i.e. the part number, the definition, etc. is saved in a different CATProduct file.
  • A CATPart file contains the assembly data related to the part and the reference of this component.

Entering the Product Structure Workbench
About Modified Status when editing a CATProduct
Selecting Products only
Selecting Modes
Inserting a New Component
Inserting a New Part
Inserting a New Product
Inserting Existing Components
Inserting CATPart/CATProduct Documents from a Catalog
Loading Components
Unloading Components
Using the Selective Load
Setting up the Design Mode
Setting up the Visualization Mode
Deactivating / Activating Node
Deactivating / Activating a Terminal Node
Managing Representations
Reordering the Tree
Isolating Part
Deactivating / Activating a Component
Defining Contextual Links
Using Flexible Sub-Products
Moving the Components of a Sub-Product in the Parent Product
Applying Overload Position on Reference during "Rigidification" command
Reusing your Product Structure
Replacing a Component
Editing Components
Modifying Component Properties
Managing Graphic Properties in products
Naming or Renaming a product
Generating Numbering
Saving a CATProduct As Text
Displaying the Bill Of Material (BOM)
Managing the BOM
Capacity not to take into account a component in BOM Extraction
Searching on BOM Attributes
Managing a Resource thanks to Resource Modeler
Interoperability with Knowledge Expert