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Windchill BOM compare: Missing expand all levels button

Windchill BOM compare: Missing expand all levels button


Hello PTC,

In "Structure" tab, under tools: when using the BOM Compare feature in Windchill, it's impossible to view all the differences in all BOM levels since there's no "expand / explode all levels" button as there's only the "collapse all levels"...

this is very frustrating since this feature become irrelevant if we have to explode each BOM level manually.

Please your assistance with support adding this command button.

thx. in advance,

Mazor Robotics.

9 Comments
JeffZemsky
17-Peridot

Amir,

This is something we will look at in the future.  It is not there due to potential performance implications.

However, you might consider selecting the Show Only Differences button.  This will only show items in the structure that have differences.  (Note if there is a lower level difference the intermediate nodes will be shown too)

show_differences.png

arinat
1-Newbie

Thank you so much

gscorpil-2
6-Contributor

Once you click Show Only differences there is no ability to expand to a lower level.  Your comment makes it sound like that should be available.  " (Note if there is a lower level difference the intermediate nodes will be shown too)"

JeffZemsky
17-Peridot

Greg - I do not understand your comment.  Selecting "Show Only differences" has no effect on the ability to expand nodes.  That is if you have a difference 2 levels down you can expand to show that.  It is just that any node without differences is not shown.  However if there is a difference say 4 levels down we show the intermediate nodes as if we did not it would filter that out.  Note that all of those intermediate nodes are flagged that there is a child difference.

gscorpil-2
6-Contributor

Here you can see the example.  Show all lets me expand levels when show differences is picked the ability to expand disappears.

Inline image 1

JeffZemsky
17-Peridot

Greg - I can't access your video, but I'm putting a video example of how it works.

Video Link : 7581

gscorpil-2
6-Contributor

Its not a video just a picture of the expand arrows that disappear.

ScottMorris
17-Peridot

We use this functionality a lot when comparing PCBA variants. Variant 1 is set up with its Substitute replacements and when Variant 2 is created, we need to compare V1 to V2 to determine which Substitute replacements will carry over and which ones will not. Its a tedious process, but Alternate replacements is not an option due the wide use of components in the PCBAs.

To make the process a bit faster, we use Replacement Status and Replacement Type in the Structure table view and the Part Structure Compare table views to identify and sort by the Replacement status.

The only piece we are missing is the Expand All action, so you don't have to manually click through the Part Structure Compare report to see them all. In most cases, there is not more than a few hundred items in the BOM and ~25 Substitute replacements. For us it would not be a performance issue, but I can see how a large product structure could be an issue.

olivierlp
Community Manager
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