Use Case 3: Reconciling a Sub-Assembly Using ENOVIAVPM


The scenario described below aims at illustrating the reconciliation of a sub-assembly.
Note that this scenario can only be performed using ENOVIAVPM . When working with ENOVIA V5 VPM, only the whole product can be reconciled.

  • The OEM creates an assembly (1), a skate board, and wants his supplier to create a sub-assembly, the back wheels in this scenario.
  • To do so, he sends the workpackage (2) and the working context (3) to his supplier.
  • The supplier modifies the workpackage (4) and sends only this modified workpackage back to the OEM (5).
Before performing this scenario, make sure you have:
  • activated the cache system (Tools->Options->Infrastructure->Product Structure->Cache Management->check option Work with the cache system)
  • have invoked the reconciliation option (View->Toolbars->Reconcile)
  • have activated the ENOVIAVPM  toolbar (View -> Toolbars->ENOVIAvpm)
  • have connected to the ENOVIAVPM  database (click the Connect to VPM icon)

To perform this scenario, you will need the following documents:


  1. Open the Board.CATProduct file.

  2. Insert a component that will be used by the supplier to create the back wheels. To do so, from the Insert menu, select the New component command. The new component is added to the specification tree.

  3. Right-click the new component in the specification tree and select the Properties command. Rename the new component into WorkPackage. Click OK when done.

  4. Send the files to the supplier.

    The supplier designs the back wheels and returns the Hub2.CATProduct file to you, the OEM, looking as follows:

  1. Click the Connect to VPM icon to connect to your ENOVIA V5 VPM database.

  2. Open the Hub3.CATProduct and rename it into Workpackage.CATProduct.

  3. Click the Launch Reconciliation icon .
    The Reconcile window is displayed.

  4. In the Actions toolbar, select the Destination PDM: ENOVIA  VPM  V4 (if necessary).

  5. Click the Workpackage root in the Objects to reconcile tree and select the Query by object ID in the Query scrolling list.

  6. Click Query, enter work* in the Query window and click OK to launch the query.

  7. The workpackage stored in the VPDM is displayed in the VPDM Objects view.

  8. Click the Overwrite icon to replace the old workpackage with the one sent by the supplier.

  9. Click the Apply button to apply the simulation.

  10. Close the Reconciliation transaction and from the File menu, select the Save in ENOVIA command.