In part one of Talking Vault ‘Two Men and a Vault’ we compare and contrast Vault with it’s biggest rival, Windows Explorer. Mike and Matt take you through some of the data management pain points which are felt regularly in the world of design and how Vault seeks to solve and overcome some of these issues.
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Hello and today we are Talking Vault
We are going to initially look at the pain points associated with the day to day workflows of an engineer and the sort of questions that get asked.
- We can’t find the file
- How do I record the changes?
- We manufactured to an older version
- Has the change be implemented yet?
- Can we appropriate access to the data at the right time?
- Who was it that actioned the change?
Vaults main competitor, as seen by most is, Microsoft Explorer, however this method for filing, recording and tracking AutoCAD, Inventor and other CAD files is not sufficient.
With AutoCAD and Inventor files, every part could have multiple components, connected workflows and general arrangements. With an Inventor file, the difficulty is that it can be used in multiple locations in multiple designs and changing that part could affect and have a knock on effect on numerous different files, parts and assemblies that if changed could cause lots of problems for those designing and manufacturing etc. Autodesk Vault provides more information about where that file is used and ultimately what other designs will be affected as a result.
What happens when you open up other peoples drawing, make changes, save over it and overwrite copies of the file (ultimately changing the file forever) with no traceability of what change was made and what impact it has had elsewhere in the business…..?
Flexibility of Autodesk Vault
Vault no longer just stores DWG files. It can host a hold range of files which relate to your design. Anything that can be put into Windows Explorer can be put into the Vault.
The Design Engineering challenges which make Vault an important tool include:
- Recreating misplaced data
- Copying similar designs into a new project
- Chasing approvals
- Moving data between WIP and Approved folder
- Tracking earlier revisions
- Second-guessing which revision is current
- Investigating access, amendments and reasons why