names have been changed to protect the innocent,
I have a part called 'ring segment' I insert it into an assembly called 'temp ring' In the assembly I pattern the ring segment then insert a new part called 'fused ring' with a join feature than joins all of the patterned 'ring segments'. This part 'fused ring' has multiple configurations i.e. small extrusions added after the join feature that change it's shape
I have another assembly: 'master assembly', I insert several instances of the part called 'fused ring' into this assembly and carry on.
Later I need to create a copy of 'master assembly' and all it's components. This is difficult to do because neither find references or sw explorer will 'see' the connection to the 'temp ring' assembly. I have to manually manage this relationship by copying and renaming files.
If you have a better technique or some other insight into this issue I would be pleased to hear about it!