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Part Lists for Adjustable Tubes and Hoses in Solid Edge

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Adjustable tubes in assembly are now supported for drawing views and draft parts list in Solid Edge 2019. This allows you to create parts list for rigid as well as adjustable tubes. This makes it easy to determine uniqueness for rigid and adjustable tubes based on flat length and/or mass. In this post, we will go over the details of parts list for adjustable tubes workflow in Solid Edge 2019.


Tube centerline in drawing view:

Tube centerline in drawing view is shown along the modified path for the adjustable tubes and original path for rigid tubes. The tube centerlines shown in the drawing view represent the keypoint curves created in XpresRoute. Line type set in ‘Tube centerline style’ of drawing view is applied to tube centerlines. Use ‘Display’ tab of drawing view properties dialog to set the tube centerline style.




Tube uniqueness criteria in parts list:

Tube uniqueness criteria specifies the parameters to determine unique tube item of rigid and adjustable tubes. Tube uniqueness can be specified as flat length and mass of tube. Use ‘Options’ page of parts list properties dialog to define uniqueness criteria.




Flat Length specifies that tube uniqueness is based on flat length for tubes. When selected, two occurrences of same tube are listed as single item with quantity 2 if flat lengths are same. If flat lengths are different for both occurrences (i.e. one is rigid and other is adjustable), tubes are listed as two different items with quantity as 1 for each.


Mass specifies that tube uniqueness is based on tube mass with similar logic as flat length to decide unique parts list item.


Ambiguous values mark specifies that when there is more than one unique value for a cell, that it is marked with the character(s) in the text box. The default marker is an asterisk (*). It is possible that there are two items on the same row with values that are only slightly different. For example, when flat length value for row corresponding to 2 tubes (say one rigid and other adjustable) cannot be determined then ambiguity value marker is shown in that table cell.


Tubes component display in parts list:

Components display controls the display of components in parts list. When ‘Tubes’ option is selected, tube components are shown in parts list. Other components that can be shown or hidden in parts list are parts, pipes, pipe fittings and frame members. Use ‘Options’ page of parts list properties dialog to set component display settings.




Tubes for component type sort order in parts list:

Component type sort order decides the sort order of the components in parts list. Tubes are available as separate component for this type of sorting. Use ‘Options’ page of parts list properties dialog to define the sorting priority among available components. Set sort criteria as ‘Component Type Order’ on ‘Sorting’ page and components in parts list are sorted as per the priority defined.




‘Adjustable Tube’ column in parts list:

Tubes specific parts list column is available in parts list. Add this column for parts list from ‘Columns’ page. The Adjustable Tube column displays ‘YES’ value for all tubes that are defined as adjustable in the assembly and ‘NO’ for all rigid tube occurrences.


Parts list for tube assembly:

Tube is set as adjustable within a top-level assembly, rather than within the assembly in which the tube is created. That is, adjustable tube is present at sub-assembly level within top level assembly. For this reason, draft parts list needs to be created as ‘Atomic list (all parts)’ or ‘Exploded list (all parts and subassemblies)’ to work with adjustable tubes.


An example of flat length atomic parts list for rigid and adjustable tubes with preferences as:

  1. Flat length is specified as tube uniqueness
  2. Tubes components are displayed in parts list
  3. ‘Adjustable Tube’ column added in parts list



This creates draft parts list for rigid as well as adjustable occurrences of same tube. Parts list can be used to show same tube on a different row for each of its different flat lengths. This identifies the quantity of each length to be cut from the raw material, such as for rubber hoses and tubing. Also, both rigid and adjustable tubes can be included in the same parts list.