From what I understand, CAD (EPM) Documents in PDMLink must be unique by filename and number across
the database. The CAGE Code (or WTOrganization Object) value has no impact of uniqueness. We have the
Aerospace and Defense module installed, but it doesn't seem to work for CAD Documents. Wondering if somebody
is doing something clever of if we have missed something here.
If you're not familiar with CAGE Codes, their purpose is to help identify parts from different vendors but with
the same part number, unique.
Wondering how y'all handle conflicts that would otherwise be avoided were the CAGE Code actually make
files unique? If you have to make rename the filename and/or number, kind of makes the CAGE Code useless, doesn't it?
Thanks in advance!
In Reply to Tom Hogan:
From the BINCS website https://www.bpn.gov/bincs under FAQs:
"A CAGE Code is a five (5) position code that identifies companies doing or wishing to do business with the Federal Government. The format of the code is the first and fifth position must be numeric. The second, third and fourth may be any mixture of alpha/numeric excluding I and O. All positions are non-significant."
"The code is used to support a variety of mechanized systems throughout the government. The code provides for a standardized method of identifying a given facility at a specific location. The code may be used for a Facility Clearance, a Pre-Award survey, automated Bidders Lists, pay processes, source of supply, etc. In some cases, prime contractors may require their sub-contractors to have a CAGE Code also."
Depending on how unique a number should be, the same manufacturer's part number could be linked to any number of CAGE Codes - Sherwin- Williams has over 1200 because the US Government often buys its paint locally.
The DOD side often uses the CAGE Code of the facility they contract with, such as the corporate offices, but suppliers sometimes mark the parts with the CAGE Code where the item is fabricated, which is subject to change.