Solid Edge

Simplify ECOs with Revision Manager

6 Feb, 2011 By: Russell Brook

On the Edge Solid Edge Tutorial: Employ the Where Used function to remove confusion from engineering change orders (ECOs).

Editor's Note: This tutorial courtesy of Siemens PLM Software.

How many times have you been given a change order to revise or make a part in an assembly, but you aren't sure where else it is used? With Solid Edge Revision Manager, the problem is solved. Before you make any changes, a quick Where Used check will show you all the places a part or sub-assembly is used, including other assemblies and drawings. This handy tool takes the guesswork out of doing ECOs (engineering change orders) — here's how.

  1. From the View and Markup application, open the part or assembly that you want to revise.
  2. Select the part to interrogate.
  3. With the part selected, simply click on the Where Used icon from the main horizontal toolbar.
  4. For faster results, you can narrow the path on your computer or network to be searched. You can also include none Solid Edge documents.
  5. Pressing the Next button performs a quick search, and returns the results.
  6. If another assembly or older version uses this part, create a new version rather than a revision to ensure spare parts are not impacted.

View and Markup allows you to search where parts, sub-assemblies, and drawings are used before making a revision.

View and Markup allows you to search where parts, sub-assemblies, and drawings are used before making a revision.

To learn more tricks like these, visit or read more Cadalyst Solid Edge tutorials. Until next time, good luck using Solid Edge.

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