Ever since we integrated Flatter Files to work with EPDM, we have often gotten the question of why should an existing EPDM user add Flatter Files to their implementation. This blog post will specifically outline the major benefits, which includes access to your content for everyone and everywhere, all content in a central location that is searchable, assembly views, and shared links.
Once everything is set up, all content is available by anyone within your organization that has an internet connection and a web browser at no additional charge. In addition, a free mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android can be used to access the content on your mobile devices. This means that you no longer need EPDM view licenses for everyone that simply needs access to the data (managers, salesman, purchasers, etc...). In addition, companies have found that the amount of training and maintenance for employees that only need access to the drawings is also much lower when using Flatter Files.
An unlimited amount of content can be uploaded to Flatter Files. Thus, no one ever has to wonder where the drawing is kept or ask the CAD team to find a drawing for them. They will simply go to Flatter Files and the drawing will be there. All property data associated with the drawing is uploaded and searchable. Making it super fast to find the drawing you need.
If your models consist of quite a few assemblies then Flatter Files can save you a lot of time. The Uploader app not only creates and uploads a PDF of each drawing but it also uploads the bill of materials data. Once the data is uploaded, assembly views are then automatically created. An assembly view contains all of the individual parts and sub assembly drawings needed to make a specific item. Many companies spend many hours creating a PDF that contains all of the drawings in an assembly. With Flatter Files these PDFs are automatically created. In addition, as revisions are created to the individual drawings the assembly view PDFs are automatically updated.
Flatter Files also provides a really convenient way for drawings to be shared with vendors or other partners outside your organization. Instead of emailing a PDF or drawing file, you send a link. This link provides password protected access to the content, which can include multiple drawings and/or assembly views. Optionally the CAD files and previous revisions can be included. Once the link is created, it doesn't change. Meaning that as you create new revisions the vendor can simply return to the same link and the latest version is always available. This can save your purchasing department a lot of time if you work with lots of outside vendors. At any point the link can be deleted removing access to the content. You can also track the number of times each person is accessing the link to ensure it is properly being used.
Those are the main benefits for existing EPDM users. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]