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Part Instance Structure Tab
The Structure tab within the part instance information page contains tools for displaying and editing part instance structures. The tab is divided into two sections, the actions toolbar, and the part structure panes. The areas are described below.
Actions Toolbar
The actions toolbar appears just below the part instance identity and Actions menu. The actions in the toolbar are divided into sections called action sets. Click the action sets in the image below to go directly to help for that group of actions.
More space for structure information can be made available by collapsing the toolbar. Click the collapse icon on the right and just below the toolbar.
The following table provides an overview of the actions available in each actions set in the toolbar:
Action Set
Includes the Copy action that allows you to copy selected parts from the part instance structure to the Windchill clipboard. Copied objects can be pasted into other operations as desired.
Actions that change the information displayed in part instance structures.
Show/Hide allows you to select related information to display in the part structure. Select one or more parts in the structure pane and click the Show/Hide icon to display the Show/Hide Related Information window. From this window you can select:
Part Instance Documents
Replacement Parts
Distribution Targets (with Windchill ESI installed)
Click OK to see the related objects displayed directly beneath the related parts in the part structure.
The Show/Hide Related Information action is also provided on the right-click menu for a selected part.
The Views icon provides the ability to change the columns displayed in the structure pane. Select a previously defined view from the drop-down list or create a new view using Manage Structure Views. For more information, see Customizing Table Views.
The Display icon provides the ability to change how parts are displayed within the part structure. The following actions are available in the drop-down menu:
Select All selects and highlights all parts displayed in the structure so that other actions may be performed.
Parts that are not expanded and visible in the structure are not selected.
Refresh – Re-displays the part instance structure showing the base part and the first level child parts.
The Sourcing Contexts menu allows the sourcing context to be changed and display supplier part numbers in place of the original equipment manufacturer numbers. This menu only appears when Windchill Supplier Management is installed.
Add To
Contains actions that add selected parts in the structure to packages or projects.
Add to Package – Adds a selected part plus collected objects to an existing package. For more information, see Adding Content to a Baseline
Add to Project – Adds one or more selected parts plus collected objects to an existing project. For more information, see Using the Add to Project Action.
Actions to view and edit the filters used to display the part instance structure. For more information, see Filter Action Set - Part Instances.
Compare the part structure of two part instances using the Compare action. For more information, see Comparing Part Instances.
The Export action provides the ability to export the part instance structure information to your workstation in the file formats contained in the drop-down menu.
Use the following procedure to export part instance structure information:
1. Expand the part instance structure to display the branches you wish to be included in the exported file.
The exported file will contain only the part instance structure branches and attribute values that are displayed.
2. Click the export list to file icon and select a file format from the drop-down menu.
3. You will be prompted to open or save the exported file by your browser. The prompt you receive depends on the browser that you use.
The name of the exported file is derived from the top part in the part instance structure.
Part Structure Panes
The area below the toolbar is divided into panes. The left pane displays the part structure for the part instance structure.
The part structure of a part instance can allocate child part instances. When a child part instance is not allocated the part master icon is displayed.
The attributes displayed in columns to the right of each part include:
Part Instance – Contains the name of the base part instance or allocated child part instances. Click on the entry in this column to go to the part instance information page for the part instance.
Start Incorporation – The date when the part instance was assembled.
Trace Code – The traceability associated to each node within the part instance structure. For example, when a child part in the part instance structure is traceable by serial number this column will contain the entry Serial Number.
The part instance and assembly parts within the part instance structure are expanded one level at a time using the expansion arrows to the left of each assembly row.
The right pane contains tabs of information about the part that is selected in the part instance structure pane. The following table describes the tabs and the information they contain:
Displays important attribute information about the part. For more information about the attributes displayed in this tab, see Part Attributes.
Shows the classification attributes associated to the part. This tab is only available when Windchill PartsLink Classification and Reuse is installed. For more information, see Working with Classification Administration.