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Ever thought of a usecase where it would be great to have a clean, stable, fast and simple way to communicate with Windchill from any kind of other application?

 

The first approach for something like this would be to make use of the InfoEngine and its possibility to define tasks and webjects etc.

You can then communicate using XML over the network - you need to send and receive this XML and it's quite specific to the type of InfoEngine tasks you're using. Maybe not always the most generic way to tackle communications?!

 

We gave the thing some thought and defined a way to talk to Windchill PDMLink using a modern, state of the art web API. A very small and lightweight extension on the Windchill Server which communicates over plain HTTP - all within the authentication realm and permissions of Windchill!

 

Just send a simple request and get the results with the information you need. No additional hazzle with setting up any InfoEngine tasks or other configuration. Just send your request and get the results.

 

Requests can be of several types - they typically retrieve information. But you can also send some information to create, update or add any kind of information to objects managed in Windchill.

 

With this kind of API, it becomes possible to create powerful applications leveraging the latest developments in web-applications. Check out our other posts in the blog here or take a look at some of our videos on youtube:

 

 

Don't hesitate to contact us in case of any interest... we're here to get it done: simple access to complex information!

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With nexiles.finder integrated into the Pro/ENGINEER or Creo Parametric User Interface, you can easily find models, materials, UDFs, Symbols and much more by just typing away. Use the results as they are being listed together with their preview, Creo View and Details Page.

 

With the found results you can open, assemble or apply the content to your CAD session!

 

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To make it easier for users to actually find content in PDMLink, sometimes it's just enough to have something like a Google-style portal to give people access to their needed content.

 

The following video shows an approach featuring a simple to use UI with a single search field allowing users to type away and seeing results live as they turn up from PDMLink. All results can be used with additional functionality to investigate e.g. the objects dependencies graphically or maybe to compare two objects with each other.

 

 

The shown solution leaves a minimal footprint on the PDMLink installation and works really fast! All functionality is provided through the web and no installation is required on the client side.

 

Just leave us a not on www.nexiles.com if you're interested to find out more about the possibilities to find content in PDMLink.



MichaelSchilling

MichaelSchilling

Member since: Apr 6, 2011

Some ideas, concepts and thoughts about how to work with information managed in Windchill PDMLink.

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