Attn: CATIAHotline PLM’er,
The weather here in Seattle has been the type of weather that makes living through the 7 Days of no power in December so worth it. But that is not why I’m sending this out. I was pondering what to write about this week and it hit me. How about Service Packs!!! What one to load and why? So that is what I’m going to write about.
1st thing I’ll try to explain is what is a service pack. Most of you know what that is so you can just kind of skim over this. To the less informed here it is. When Dassault releases a version of CATIA they try to test it as much as possible. But as with most everything in our Have it NOW society there are bugs. So we have service packs.
Most times DS releases the Service Pack before the Code is available. The reason for this is that they have already packaged CATIA up for the General Public, or General Availability (GA), and are getting the boxes ready to ship. Service Pack are available to the CATIA Public on line at the IBM/CATIA Site. You can order them via CD from there or Download them.
So now the question is this. Which Service Pack should you install? Well if you are a supplier to a company that requires you to use CATIA and (this is the important part) have to send Data to them then you should no NEED to stay at the level that they require. For Example a Large Aircraft Company in the Seattle area is at V5R17 Service Pack 1 Hotfix 10. (Hotfixes are customer specific fixes) So that means that if you are a this Companies Supplier then you NEED to be on V5R17 Service Pack 1 Hotfix 10. If you are not then there is a strong chance you will not be able to view there data if you are on an earlier release. If you are on a later release then when you send the Data back to them. Now if you only receive data from them and never send Data back to them then you can be on the latest release you wish.
So that leads to this subject. What if you do received any data from someone or you send data out to companies to get work done. You then have the option to be on any release you wish. So here is my recommendation. Stick to the latest release of CATIA (Right now that is R17) but test the latest service pack before committing it. Ensure that the processes that your company relies upon stay intact with the release and also ask around. Look on the COE Forum. Email your Business Partner. Ask an Application Engineer what they are using. Look on the IBM/CATIA Supplier list to see who is using what. But most importantly Test it. Once you have decided that you are able to work with the release that you have then and only then distribute it to your user pool.
One last thing to mention before I sign off for the week is this. Never ever ever use the GA Code with out a Service Pack. It is just to Buggy.
Well thanks for reading and have a great week. Till next week.