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Post subject: Cabling Software
Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:16 pm
Joined: Tue Oct 17, 2006
Hi I am looking for a cable and harness software. What I
am expecting from the software is the sofware can
generates list of interconnections when we input the
starting and end point.
Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 10:47 am
Joined: Tue Dec 26, 2006
I am not sure I exactly understand your question. However
many years ago, back in the days of DOS (Does Operate
Sufficiently) I used Orcad 4 for all schematic work. I did
all the wiring harness schematic in Orcad.
actually put the contacts for each connector on the
schematic, as well as things like TB1-3 for barrier strip
1 position 3.
Then set Orcad to put out the netlist
as "wirelist". It is was a nice human readable printout
that would show
P3-8 TB1-3 AWG 22 white, irrad poly
A4C2-18 TB1-3 AWG 22 white, irrad poly
It was easy
to put this file output into a spreadsheet. (I haven't
gone anywhere near Orcad since the 90's so I have no idea
what to do today.)
To find all of your
'interconnections' you would only have to use the
spreadsheet search function to find all instances of
"TB1-3". (Since in my case A4C2-18 would only have one
wire attached, but TB1-3 could have many.)
this list to the technicians and they checked off each
wire as it was put in the harness (they measured the
length of each wire the first time and we manually put
that in the spreadsheet). So if they were out one day
someone else could pick up exactly where they left off.
I also then took the appropriate columns from the
spreadsheet, the start and end terminations, and printed
them to printable heat-shrink.
Each piece of
heatshrink would say something like
Pull this piece of heatshrink off the tractor feed
carrier strip, cut it in half and then we had the wire
identification ready to go on each end of the wire.
Regular old dot matrix impact printer using a ribbon. The
print would smudge very badly until it was heat-shrunk.
Then the ink became permanent and smudge proof.
memory works we were using Alpha brand F.I.T. printable
heatshrink. Never tried this with ink-jet printers.
Another advantage after this was all done was that it
would occasionally save a tech from looking so many
schematics. If he was troubleshooting a circuit on A4
connector C2-18 he could just look at this chart and see
that the wire went to barrier strip 1 position 3. Less
chance of making a mistake than trying to follow lots of
lines around a schematic (had 141 wires in some of those
harnesses, most connectors were only 6 to 8 pins)
Antiquated ? Yes.
Undocument Feature ? Yes.
it worked well. I got good at it since we had revisions
after every 2 to 4 systems manufactured.