1. Describe your environment: What is your industry? What is your role in your organization? Describe your stakeholders. Towing and recovery equipment (car carriers, wreckers and so on.) I am a design engineer that designs and models our products for in-house or customer validation.
2. What version of Creo Parametric are you currently running? We are running 188.8.131.52
3. Describe the problem you are trying to solve. Please include detailed documentation such as screenshots, images or video. We are trying to switch from Solidworks CAD software to all PTC owned software. We are having a difficult time giving up our ability to control product variations and alternate position that we could easily control with the Solidworks ConfigurationManager. Family Tables in Creo does what we want but the forced action of creating new part numbers for every product variation and alternate position of a top-level item is causing a problem for us. An example: we have a top-level assembly that has hydraulic cylinders. We have to verify the design by extending or retracting a cylinder (alternate position). It is easy to control that with a family table but the new position is considered a new part number (which it is not a new part, just an alternate position). The way a family table drives top-level and lower-level items is counterproductive to validating designs.
Also, if you were to make family tables better, give a family table cell the ability to have drop down abilities if a family table member column is referencing an item that has lower-level family table members. Also, don't limit the length of a family table name.
It is all hard to explain but I'll boil it down to this: look at the Solidworks ConfigurationManager then, make Creo Family Tables just like that. You would have more happy customers and probably bring in more customers.
4. What is the use case for your organization? Product variants and alternate positions.
5. What business value would your suggestion represent for your organization? Better and faster productivity. We can design a full product using Solidworks with production drawings in 1.5 hours. With Creo, at least a full workday to do the same thing.
Did I mention do it like Solidworks? It sure would be cool if you did.