Design engineers can define 150% composite designs from which buildable harness variants are automatically generated by derivative or modular decomposition. In a KSK flow, functional assignation algorithms identify modules based on codes assigned to the wires, then automatically identify and configure all related components to complete the definition of each module. In a derivative flow, Boolean option expressions on the wires are evaluated for inclusion based on the applicable options of each buildable variant and all required, related components are automatically determined.
Part selection routines automatically select wires, multicores, terminals, seals, cavity plugs, tubes, heat-shrink sleeves and other harness components to create a full manufacturing bill-of-materials. As a result of the applied style set, relevant part symbols such as different connector views, insulation line styles and special instructions are automatically added, thereby enhancing the graphical representation of design data.
Automated engineering functions can calculate manufacturing wire lengths, bundle diameters, optimized splice positions, taping quantities, harness weight and other quantities needed to define the finished product. Configurable real-time metrics provide engineers visibility of the impact of their decisions and facilitates rapid and systematic trade-off studies. Cost, weight and many other metrics can be compared between designs using a variety of graphical and tabular reporting formats, to guide engineering decisions.