Recommended Methodology for Working with ENOVIA V5 VPM and VPM Navigator

The recommended methodology for working with ENOVIA V5 VPM is:
To ensure seamless integration:
  • In CATIA, click the Connect User to ENOVIA V5 icon ( ) to establish the connection between CATIA V5 and ENOVIA V5 VPM.

Creating a Product in ENOVIA

At the top level of the ENOVIA product hierarchy is the product class root. This is the highest entity in a product structure and is used to group products. Products can be created directly under this level or under an intermediate level called the product class depending on how you want to structure your data. It is not necessary to create product classes, but the product class root and product must always exist. This is the product that will be sent to CATIA and is mapped to the CATIA document root.

  1. In the ENOVIA home page, open the Engineering Life Cycle folder and double-click the Product Classes folder.

  2. In the Product Class browser, click the New Product Class Root icon in the topmost toolbar.

  3. Enter a meaningful name for your product class root in the Product Class ID field and then click Add.

  4. Right-click the product class root you have created and select New > Product.

  5. Enter a meaningful name for your product in the Product ID field and then click Add.

  6. Don't forget to click the Save icon in the topmost toolbar to save the structure in ENOVIA.

Note that after creating the PCR, you can leave ENOVIA V5 VPM.


Sending an ENOVIA Product to CATIA

  1. To send the product to CATIA:

    • In CATIA, click the Connect user to ENOVIA V5 icon ( ) in the ENOVIA V5 toolbar. The ENOVIA Logon dialog box is displayed:
    • Enter your User Name, and your password.
    • Select a role as well as a workbook and click OK.
    • Click the Search ENOVIA icon (). The VPM Search dialog box is displayed.
    • In the Objects scrolling list, select the Product option.
    • Enter the Owner's ID.
    • Click OK when done. The Product ID is displayed in the Result window.
    • Double-click the product.
    • Right-click the root product or the part instances and select Open. The Open Modes dialog box is displayed. Leave the default settings and click OK. The CATIA view is displayed.

Saving CATIA Data in ENOVIA

  1. In the Product Structure workbench of CATIA V5, click the Save in ENOVIA icon in the ENOVIA V5 VPM Navigator toolbar.

  2. The Save in ENOVIA V5 dialog box appears showing objects to be saved and set to the correct save mode and save options.

    The dialog box below shows the objects.

  3. Click OK in the dialog box.
    A Save in ENOVIA V5 progress bar lets you monitor the progress of the operation.


If the CATIA Document Root is Not an ENOVIA Product

  • Save your work temporarily.
  • Create a product class root and product in ENOVIA.
  • Send the ENOVIA product to CATIA.
  • Insert the components (Insert > Existing Component) containing the work you saved temporarily above.
  • Save your work in ENOVIA.
For more information, see the CATIA / ENOVIA Interoperability User's Guide and the appropriate ENOVIA V5 VPM guide.