How to Share Data
The sharing of system information is as simple as sharing a file. In the directory where the 217Plus™ tool is installed, there are ".RSE" files. These files hold the information as it relates to a specific system. All the information (i.e., which process grade set has been applied, the order of components, the breakdown of the assemblies, etc.) is stored in this file. To share this information copy the file into a publicly shared directory (i.e., on a file server) or attach the file to an E-mail. The recipient then must copy the file to their local machine to open and use the file.
The building block of a system file is the component. Sharing component level information (i.e., Industry Part Number, OEM Number, Component Category, Component Type, etc.) can be done with some coordination. Using "Export Component Library" from the File drop down menu, the non-proprietary contents of a user's library can be extracted to a text file. These same entries can then be added to another user's library file using the "Import Component Library" function on the File drop down menu. Note: Experience information is not exported.
It is possible to create a separate component library for each system. Prior to adding any components to the component library, the "CL.GDB" file must be copied from the 217Plus™ tool installation folder to a safe directory for later retrieval. After completing the system and adding the components to the library, the library file should be renamed. The copied "CL.GDB" file then should be copied back into the original folder. Note: 217Plus™ requires the component library file it is using to be named "CL.GDB."
Sharing systems and component libraries is most efficient when it is done using a system coordinator who will act as a data administrator for compiling data to be added to the library. Each user will rely on this data administrator/coordinator to act as the custodian for a composite library. If users add components, change component information, or remove a component, they would need to advise the data administrator so that the composite library can be updated.
If users have added the components to their systems without adding them to the library, simply sharing the system with the data administrator will allow a library update. The data administrator would open the system and using the 217Plus™ tool's "Add All to Library" function, add to the component library. The composite library can then be added to each user's library using the steps previously mentioned.
Additional information on sharing system files and component libraries can be found in the 217Plus™ User's Manual Appendix B. This appendix also illustrates best practices for implementing 217Plus™ usage in team environments.
For more information on 217Plus™, feel free to contact the 217Plus™ team by phone (315-351-4202) or by E-mail (inquiry@theRIAC.org). To obtain additional information including a demo version of the software, go to (http://theRIAC.org/ProductsAndServices/Products/217Plus/index.asp).