Managing ECN (Engineering Change Notice) Blueprints Database..any solutions?

pammesue

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It is like pulling teeth when a new ECN comes out with new blueprints. Whether it is brand new parts with new BOM's or whether it is just a rev letter change nothing runs smoothly.

Our current system blows. I hope I can say that, because Im not one to mince my words when I feel strongly!

So what we do now is this: New prints--get a PDF file and are put into a folder. We have an Access database that lists all the topline parts with a button to click to view that print and another button to view the Bill Of Material and from there you can click on all the secondary part prints as well as get a printout of the BOM. Well this database is OLD OLD OLD. You have to have Adobe 5 or lower open before you can view any of the prints.

Does anyone have anything better?

Also we have talked about something easier for our ECN process. We are a multi-site facility and to get signatures from each site and mailing back and forth is getting rediculous.

thanks so much
Pammy
 
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Marc

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#2
Is your system still working or is it a bottom line of needing more 'features'?

Are customers submitting .pdf files or are you rendering them from DXF files to .pdf files, or what?

Need more details.
 

pammesue

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our system does work, however it becomes problematic when we have kitted products. We buy 2 seperate parts, put them together to make a final part with a different part number. So on our list, it only lists the final saleable part, then It doesnt link up on the BOM to the purchased sub part, just the components of the sub part. Im not sure how to explain that.

The R&D guys convert the prints over to PDF files and that is what is linked in the database. I just think there is a better way out there to do this. Perhaps some web-based technology that would be easier for us to input all of this. The viewing is what is terrible with us needing the old version of Adobe. Maybe we should just update the database to a newer version of Access.

We make our own prints, Customers dont submit anything to us, or if they do, we convert thier print to our system and make the PDF.

Thanks for any suggestions.
pammy
 
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