The extension is designed to assist the users in post analyzing the effect of a Change.
Changes can make many types of alterations to Structures and Parts and although this information is available by looking at the before and after views it is not easy to interpret. This extension uses an innovative approach of combining the before and after data into a single view and adding visual clues to show quickly and easily the changes that have been made.
The Windchill PDMLink Change Analysis Tool is a new way for engineers to understand exactly what happened to the affected and resulting items in a change. It is available as an annotated tree view of the product structure indicating the revise, add, remove and moves that took place for each part. It combines the before and after views and uses icons and annotations to highlight the modifications. It is an intuitive and easy to understand the visual representation of the changes including substitutions.
The user interface can be added to a Change Notice or a change, there are two options
These are new tabs that can be added to the change
All change tables show the standard options to expand or collapse the tree
The items that have not changed can be hidded with the following control
The change analysis tree is a combined tree table, meaning that it displays both the before changes (affected) and the after changes (resulting) on the same tree. It will mark changes with icons and annotations to illustrate the modifications that occurred. Changes are shown to 1 item level but will include all substitutions.
These are separated views showing the changed from the perspective of the system before the change occurred and afterwards. This is can make it easier to analyze complex changes.
The icons are used to quickly identify the type of changes the first set is to denote where the item has been found in the change
After this the next information is if the item has beed added, remove or left unchanged
Finally various changes are detected.
The tool tips on these icon will show the detail of the change