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I’ve been asked recently for my thoughts about where custom data should be stored in Teamcenter. Should it be stored on a Master Form or in object properties? So, I thought I’d write something on the subject. I also would like to hear what other TC developers are using and what pros or cons they’ve encountered.
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If you work with BOMs in Teamcenter you have probably seen the terms Precise and Imprecise BOM structure. Even if you only use one type of BOM you need to understand the difference between them.

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Previously when I discussed creating a custom autotranslate function to assist in NX data migrations, I recommended that you should unit test the function with an external program and I mentioned that I wrote my test harnesses in Python. Today I thought I’d show some examples of what that looks like.
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If you’re going to migrate very much NX CAD data into Teamcenter, even if you’re going to do it manually[1] by using NX’x File → Import Assembly into Teamcenter… there’s one customization you should very seriously consider: a custom Autotranslate function.

A custom Autotranslate will give you the the ability to automate how native file names are translated into Teamcenter IDs, alleviating the need to have users manually enter them in. It can be used whether you’re importing data using NX’s dialogs or their command line utility, or if you’re developing your own program to handle the migration for you.
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Rich Client view of datasets showing their object_type
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Magritte's "The Treachery of Images" (1928-9) or "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not a pipe").

Without the label this would just be a painting of a pipe

Have you ever found yourself talking to a user on the phone who has no idea what a BOM View Revision is, so you end up trying to describe the icon they’re looking for? It’s the one with the three colored boxes that looks a bit like a two pronged fork….

Or how about datasets? Most of them use the generic icon of a gear and the default name is the Item Revision’s ID. There’s nothing like having three objects datasets with the exact same name and icon that you know are actually different types. Oh, and those two that do have custom icons — you can’t remember what the icons mean.

Yes, A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes. But sometimes a few words would be a lot more useful. So today, if you’re using Teamcenter 8.1 or higher, we’ve got a tip for you to add a few descriptive words to your Teamcenter interface to make things a bit more clear. And best of all, you don’t have to write any custom code to do it.
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