DriveWorks Pro 17: Using Autopilot [send feedback...]

Using Autopilot

The Autopilot task is used to allow DriveWorks Autopilot to begin listening for new specifications that are made, through any DriveWorks Pro module connected to the same group open in DriveWorks Autopilot.

When Autopilot is running (see Start DriveWorks Autopilot below) each task Autopilot performs is logged in the main screen.

The tasks Autopilot reports on include:

  • Specification processing
  • SOLIDWORKS model generation
  • Email sending
  • Triggered Actions

The logging of the above tasks is dependant on Autopilot being set up to perform that task. See Settings for more information.

Model Generation Order

DriveWorks Autopilot will give generation priority in the following order:

  1. Tags - Any components that have been tagged will be generated next.
  2. Date Released - The date a component set was released (oldest first) will be generated next.

Components Released before DriveWorks 15

Any components released before installing DriveWorks 15 will be generated before anything released after installing DriveWorks 15.

Import Specifications

Please see Import Specifications for more information.

Start DriveWorks Autopilot

To start Autopilot click the Start button on the command bar.

System Tray

Once DriveWorks Autopilot is launched it will appear in the Windows System Tray.

With a group open right click the icon and select Start Autopilot.

Stop DriveWorks Autopilot

To stop Autopilot click the Stop button on the command bar.

System Tray

Once DriveWorks Autopilot is launched it will appear in the Windows System Tray.

With a group open and Autopilot started right click the icon and select Stop Autopilot.

Edit Tags

Tags are relevant when two or more DriveWorks Autopilot machines are deployed.

Tags allow control over which DriveWorks Autopilot processes the information required for a specification.

Tags can be applied to:

The Tag Editor determines which Autopilots can process the tags set in each of the document types listed above.

Tag Editor

To launch the Tag Editor, from DriveWorks Autopilot:

  1. Select Autopilot from the task explorer.
  2. Click the Edit Tags button from the command bar.

The Tag Editor will open for adding tags to the tag lists.

The tag editor consists of two lists:

  • Priority
  • Blocked

The two lists are accessed from the drop down box at the top of the editor (Priority list is the default).

To add a tag:

  1. Select the required list from the drop down.
  2. Enter the Tag name in the text box under the list drop down.
  3. Click Add.

Priority List

By default a DriveWorks Autopilot machine will process all tags.

If a tag is added to this list then that tag will be processed before jobs with tags not in this list.

The order of the tags in this list matters. So if you add:

  • High
  • Medium
  • Low

then all jobs with High will be processed first, then Medium, then Low, then any other jobs (that don't have a tag in the blocked list)

The priority list allows tags to be added, removed, renamed and moved up and down the list.

Process Priority Tags Only

By default a DriveWorks Autopilot machine will process all tags

If the Process Priority Tags Only is checked then only the tags that are in the Priority List will be processed.

So if your Priority list has High and Medium and a job with a tag of Low is specified then this DriveWorks Autopilot machine will not process that job.

Blocked List

This dictates which tags this Autopilot will ignore.

Tags are case insensitive so "high" and "HIGH" will be considered a match
Conflicting Tags

If a tag is in the Blocked List and in the Priority List then a job with that tag will not be processed by that Autopilot as Blocked List wins over Priority List.

Clear Log

To remove all information from Autopilot click the "Clear Log" button on the command bar.

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