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Solid Edge Harness and Komax

Im going through some difficulty in finding a good CAD Schematic software to implement alongside a Komax machine and Solid Edge. I have been looking at Zuken, Promis-e and Eplan. Any help? 

 

i have also looked at SE 2D but did not care for it as it was generically built, not with electrical in mind.  We are planning on using SE ST7 with Wire harness routing.  It seems to be the best thing out without going through the trouble of converting.

 

I am using a Komax version on a komax machine that converts a Wirelist format into  machine code.  The requirements for the Wire processing are basic, wire gauge, wire color, pin terminal, strip lengths, pulloff length(insulation), and labeling on terminal ends and middle.  I found that this format is not really a holdup as much as the schematic software that is usable and friendly to accept this information.  For Length information we use Solid Edge as our mechanical group already uses them for 3D drawings.  They offer 3D wire harness software that enables bundling and dimensioning, saving us time doing it in a digital world opposed to cut measure and produce. Early work flow is Schematic to Solid Edge for wirelengths etc.  And Schematic and lengths to Komax formatter(macro).

 

We have looked at 3D panel layout tools  in ECAD programs but everyone stumbles on the files that are used in SolidEdge.  They are not able to convert them properly and would require placing each and every piece of 100s in a panel that is all ready designed.  (hence why it is important to stay with SolidEdge for the time being).

 

Incase you are curious here is WPCS format that is standard in wire cutting machines for one wire:

 

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; WPCS CODE FILE FOR ZETA 633
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[DeleteArticle]
ArticleKey = 403511 Test A1
Name = "403511 Test A1"

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[NewArticle]
ArticleKey = 403511 Test A1
NumberOfLeadSets = 8
Name = "403511 Test A1"
BundlingInfo = 1

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[NewLeadSet1]
Name = "Wire-1"
WireKey = CWC F22021 YEL
WireLength = 438.3024
FontKey = 22 AWG STD
StrippingLength = 4.572,8.3058
PullOffLength = 1.27,1.27
WeldingLength = 0,0
TerminalKey = 2-87523-3,2-36154-2
CutBundling = 0

[NewMarkingTextWire1-2]
MarkingTextBegin = 25.4,"P101:1:8"
MarkingTextEndless = 40,"403511 Test A1 Wire-1"
MarkingTextEnd = 25.4,"P202:8"

 

 


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 Any thoughts, comments, would be appreciated.

 

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Re: Solid Edge Harness and Komax

I know you said you need to stay with Solid Edge but have you looked at the NX Electrical package and how that integrates with ECAD? NX and SE read each others parts.

 

I'm not an expert on the NX SE combined environment but I've been told it is a very workable environment.