Currently we have many (read that as MANY) Inventor files with the same part number. These are bin item parts that are modeled with different shapes depending on the assembly needs (i.e. RTV that needs a custom shape, wires with different lengths or shapes). We need to balloon them (by themselves and not as an attachment to an existing part that has been ballooned), hence assigning a part number and not using virtual parts.
We have already assigned a DOC or empty Inventor IPT to the Item but every time we assign an assembly that contains one of these wires or RTV shapes Vault wants to create a secondary link which locks the file. If we have to change the shape of the wire or RTV for a particular assembly we have to change the Item to WIP which unlocks the Primary linked file and also bumps the Items revision (we prefer to leave this setting as is).
It would be helpful if we could choose to make these components Standard Component Links during the Assign Wizard (possibly adding a checkbox as well for default behavior - if Item already has Primary and Secondary links then by default create Standard links. Or have Vault look for a custom property in Inventor files to flag it as a standard component). My tests using 2011 show that these links allow the file to be checked out and edited. Right now I would have to turn off Bump Revision, change the bin Item state to WIP, and change the component link type after EVERY single assembly Item assignment. Very tedious.