As I posted some of the challending topics in my previous posts. This topic is also on the radar for a long time. Wondering is this something possible with Creo.
We would like to collect the parametric BOM balloons qty across the drawing sheets and match them with the BOM table in the first sheet. Currently there is no direct API avilable.
I would like to hear more feedback.
I've done this manually into Excel for the same reason - to validate that all the balloons are accounted for.
In my case I include the sheet and zone information for an index to show that each PL item has a purpose. Auto balloons aren't that good at locating two screws assembled into the same hole, or that in only nine of ten places screws are flagged to be assembled with locking compound - yes, note flags are also included in the list.
David, Can you please let me know - how do you capture or export the BOM balloon qty information to the spreadsheet.
Your best bet is to use a detail symbol with variable text instead of BOM balloon functionality. The API's relating to manipulating symbol instance text are well defined and there are a lot of examples in the user manual. Variable text of the symbols should be link to component level or model level paramters depending on if modification of parts/subassemblies is allowed. The same set of parameters should be used in BOM table instead of rp.index and rpt.qty ( there are a number ofTPI articles on PTC support site). API's related to parameter manipulation are well defined as well. Dealing with the quantities per sheet/view - I would use simplified representations either unique to a sheet or to a view - Pro/Toolkit app to count components andtomodify variable text in balloon symbol instance.
In Reply to Murugadoss Balasubramanian:
RH and all,
Feliks and all,
Thank you all for the suggestions and feedback. I need to go back to our standards team and recommend some of them and if possible, change the way we create the BOM information on the drawing.