I would like some inputs on how you use Pro-Piping with Windchill. It
looks like Pro Piping may have issues with Windchill. When creating a
pipe solid feature pro piping creates a new part to place the solid
feature in. Pro Piping will not use the same part file again to create
solid pipe features in. If pipe solid fails, which they sometimes do
and you ever delete the pipe solid, pro piping will force to create a
new part file number to place the new solid pipe feature in. Windchill
tracks all part names and will not let you create a pipe because part
name is in use. You have to create a new part name. This can be a real
problem for configuration management and drawings! You cannot delete
the pipe solid part from Windchill, if it is on someone's workspace
etc..., deleting a part in Windchill is basically impossible.
My question is why does Pro-piping not
just give me a warning, "pipe solid part already exist,
overwrite/update? Yes, No" Any better work around or config options out
there would be appreciated?
I am facinng this issue now, How to replace all that in windchill existing part?
Could anyone help with this to fix?
I definitely understand the issue and I concur there should be a better way to handle this situation. I'm not sure what the solution is but there is a way to work around the issue. It's a bit of a chore but it does alleviate the problem if you're willing to do the extra steps.
Assuming you already have a piping assembly with solid pipes that have been saved and checked in, try this procedure to fix failed pipes (or to Erase them and re-Solidify them later):
Once you've completed this process, Check in your work. The new pipe will now replace the old pipe in Windchill and in your piping assembly. As I said, this is a bit of a chore but it does work. You can reuse the same pipe names over and over again without making useless pipes that stay in Windchill forever.
I hope this makes sense!