Manage a released part

Once the part record iteration has been released, you'll notice that much of the data that you could previously modify is now locked. In particular, the information that gives the part record its unique identity (the owner, part type, number, revision and lifecycle) is now permanently established.

A specific part record iteration is released only once, and can be a used until canceled. A released part record can appear on any number of non-implementing change forms (such as a change proposal or stop ship) as necessary.

  • If any product families have been specified for the part record, then some attributes can be modified by members of the product team even after the part record has been released. Your administrator decides who is a product team member in the Product families collection. If you want to modify the "product team attributes" of a released part record iteration, you must explicitly unlock it by selecting Unlock Object from the Edit menu.

  • If the released part record's essential identifying elements (such as owner, type, or number) must be changed, or interchangeability is affected by revised product documentation, then you should create an entirely new part record. The easiest method is to open the current part record, then select the Snapshot Duplicate command from the Edit menu, and make your modifications to the newly-created copy.

  • If the modifications are less significant, such as making minor changes to the part record attributes; BOM, source or reference; or attaching an updated file to the Files tab's Revision Files list, then you should create a new iteration of that part record.

    For details, see the Revising a released part topic.

  • Finally, if you discover a clerical error that requires a minor "off the books" correction, your administrator can edit certain fields specified by the Administrator Override user preference.

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