Alternate Method

We are looking into using alternate methods on some of our finished part numbers within the same manufacturing plant. Depending on the quantity ordered of a part number we use two different machines (single ply cutter or multiply cutter) during the manufacturing process.

During some testing with alternate methods we would make changes to the alternate method and it saves fine. But when changing the base revision it will overwrite the changes we made to the alternate method. It doesn’t seem consistent on when it overwrites details of the alternate method.

Is anyone using alternate methods? If so, what has been your experience? Any big watch outs to using alternate methods?

We use alternate methods and have been since E9. Currently 10.1.600.19. It works as advertised. The only thing is that if you have to make a change to any alternate method the whole revision is checked out and you have to be careful in the Engineering workbench in making changes.

Vinay Kamboj

When checking out the part into EWB, everything at that revision goes into EWB (i.e. main method and all alternates).
In EWB, mark as “approved” all methods you are not working on. This will keep them unchanged.
Once changes are complete, “approve” and “check in” everything.

Thank you for the replies.

There are hidden int fields on the operations and materials called things like “ParentOpr” or “ParentSeq”. If these have an actual number other than 0 in them, they tend to update when the matching operation or material of the original method changes. If Grant’s suggestion doesn’t help, try exposing those fields and setting them all to 0 on the alternate method. That will break the “link” between them and the parent.

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