Document Cable and Harness Assemblies

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Document Cable and Harness AssembliesTopics in this section About this tutorial Create Part and Wire Bills of Material Create Wire Run List Reports Create Custom Reports Create a Nailboard Drawing Move the Harness Arrange the Harness Segments Arrange the Wire Stubs Automatically Arrange Wire Stubs Arrange the Label Change Segment and Wire Line Display Dimension the Nailboard Add Properties Add Properties on a Single Object Add Tables Place Connector Views Create an Assembly Drawing Change Fan State and Displays Summary

Use the sample file provided to generate a simple bill of materials report for the parts and wires in the harness design.CategoryRouted SystemsTime Required45 minutesTutorial File UsedEnclosure_Assembly.iam saved from previous tutorial.Part_Splice_Wire_Cable_BOM.cfg, Wire Run List.cfgNote:Click and read the required Tutorial Files Installation Instructions at Then download the tutorial data sets and the required Tutorial Files Installation Instructions, and install the datasets as instructed.Objectives Generate reports. Create nailboards. Manipulate the harness. Change nailboard displays. Annotate nailboard drawings. Print nailboards and drawings.Prerequisites Perform the previous tutorial, Ribbon Cables, and save that tutorial file for use in this tutorial. Know how to navigate the model space with the various view commands. See the Autodesk Inventor Help topic Fundamentals and the New User tutorials for further information.Navigation Tips Use Next or Previous at the bottom-left to advance to the next page or return to the previous one.

Create Part and Wire Bills of MaterialCreate a BOM report for HarnessAssembly1. Before you begin, verify that the harness assembly is saved and updated (Updatecommand is not active).Note:You can also create a complete bill of materials and parts lists using standardAutodesk Inventorfeatures.1. OpenEnclosure_Assembly.iamfrom the Cable & Harness subfolder. It is the same assembly you used in the previous tutorial.2. Double-clickHarness Assembly1to activate it for editing.3. ClickCable and Harness tabManage panelReport.4. On the Report Generator dialog box, clickCreate Report.5. On the Create Reports dialog box, clickAdd File to List. Then navigate toTutorial Files\Cable & Harness\Report Generator\Part_Splice_Wire_Cable_BOM.cfg, and clickOpen.An output fileHarness Assembly1_Part_Splice_Wire_Cable_BOM.csvis added to the list at the same time as the selected configuration file. It is located in the same directory as the associated harness assembly by default.6. Double-click the output file name in the list, enterPart_Splice_WireCable_BOM1and clickOpen.7. ClickOKin the Create Reports dialog box.The report and the output file generate with the specified name and location. The report displays in the Report Generator document window.The path of the last selected configuration file is the default path for subsequent file add operations.

Create Wire Run List ReportsModify the sample wire run list report to include more information, including link types.1. If Report Generator is not already open, on the ribbon, clickCable and Harness tabManage panelReport.2. On the Report Generator toolbar, clickEdit a configuration (.cfg) file.3. SelectTutorial Files\Cable & Harness\Report Generator\Wire Run List.cfg, and clickOpen.4. On theInfotab, click in the input area before the existing text. EnterModified, followed by a space, at the beginning of the text.Note:This information is included in the report only ifPrint headeris selected on theFormattab.5. On theFiltertab, verify thatWireandCable Wireare selected as the objects.6. On theTabletab, scroll to the right. Columns 5 - 10 use link types to get the RefDes and pin name for each wire end.7. Leave the settings on theFormattab as they are. Then clickOKto display the Save As dialog box. Name the fileModified_Wire Run List.cfg, and then clickSave.8. On the Report Generator toolbar, clickCreate Report.9. On the Create Reports dialog box, clickAdd File to List. Then navigate to theModified_Wire Run List.cfgfile in the Report Generator directory, and clickOpen.10. ClickOK. The report is displayed in the Report Generator.

Create Custom ReportsCreate a custom report by first creating a configuration file from a blank configuration file.1. If Report Generator is not already open, on the ribbon, clickCable and Harness tabManage panelReport.2. On the Report Generator toolbar, clickEdit a configuration (.cfg) file.3. Enter the name of the new configuration file ascustom_partbom.cfg, and clickOpen.4. On theInfotab, enterCustomized Part Bill of Material, no quantity.5. On theFiltertab, inSelect objects to report, selectPart.6. InObject filters, selectAllfor both theProperty NamesandProperty Values.7. Click theTabletab then clickInsert Columntwice to add two columns. Insert each column beforeColumn 1.8. Enter the values in the columns, as indicated in the following table. To enter data, click in the input box, and then enter the value. If an arrow displays, click the arrow and select from the list.The first column lists the reference designator for the part, followed by the part number.You can configure each column, and display any property.Column1Column2

Column headerREFDESPartNumber



Column width1515

Subtotal functionCOUNTNONE

Property data?YESYES



Print units suffix?NOYES

Print column?YESYES

9. On theFormattab, enter2as the first column to sort.10. Select the following print options if they are not already selected:Print filter informationPrint headerPrint informationPrint column headers11. ClickOKthen clickSaveto save the new configuration file.12. Generate a report using this configuration file to view the resulting output. Each of the parts in the design display in an individual row.13. Close the Report Generator.14. Return to the top-level assembly and save all files.

Create a Nailboard DrawingView the default display settings for the active assembly and create a nailboard drawing.1. Create a drawing using the Standard.idw template.2. On the Ribbon, clickPlace Views tabCreate panelNailboard.3. On the Nailboard view dialog box, verify that the File is set toEnclosure_Assembly.iam.4. Click the Nailboard View drop-down and select Harness Assembly1. ClickOKto create the view.The nailboard drawing view is created and the nailboard sketch is active. The harness is placed in the drawing as shown.

5. Right-click in the graphics window, and selectFinish Sketch.6. Save your work using the file nameHarness Assembly1.idwin the Cable & Harness subfolder.

Move the HarnessMove the entire harness to a new location on the drawing. For a move to occur, no pivot points can exist.1. On the ribbon, clickNailboard tabEdit panelEdit.2. Click the harness segment, and then drag the cursor to the location shown in the illustration.3. Release the mouse to complete the move.The harness is moved and redrawn in the selected location.

4. Undo to return the harness to its original position in the center of the drawing.

Arrange the Harness SegmentsTo arrange segments use Pivot to fix segment points, and then click and drag the ends of the segments around that pivot point.Arrange the harness segments in vertical and horizontal directions. Use grid snap for precision placement.1. Make sure that you are still editing the nailboard sketch.2. In the active nailboard drawing sketch, clickNailboard tabEdit panelPivot.3. In the graphics window, click the junction point for the harness branch.

4. Click the point at the left end of the segment, and then drag until the segment snaps to the vertical position.Note:Snap is enabled by default. To disable snap, in the graphics window, right-click in the background, and then selectDisable Snapfrom the context menu.

5. Return the segment to its original position.

6. Right-click, and selectFinishfrom the context menu to remove the pivot point.

Arrange the Wire StubsManually rearrange individual wire stubs.1. Zoom in on the end of the branched segment to see the distribution of the wire stubs.2. Click and drag each of the wire endpoints to change their positions as shown.A pivot point is not required when rotating wires about a segment endpoint.

Automatically Arrange Wire StubsUse the Fan In and Fan Out commands to arrange wire stubs automatically.1. Right-click the segment endpoint or any of the four wire endpoints, and then selectFan In/OutFan In.The wires are displayed using the color and diameter of the segment and the length of the longest wire.

2. Right-click the segment point or end point of longest wire, and then selectFan In/OutFan Out.3. In the Fan Out Wires dialog box, clickOK.Note:Right-click a wire in the fanned out state. SelectFan Outfrom the context menu to change the sorting direction or angle between the outermost wires.

Arrange the LabelSet the label to show in the nailboard. Then manually rearrange individual labels by dragging.1. Verify that the browser is set to Cable & Harness. If it is not, clickModelat the top of the browser and selectCable & Harness.2. In the browser, right-clickHarness Assembly 1, and then selectNailboard Settings.3. On the Nailboard Settings dialog box, underVirtual Parts, click theShow Labelscheck box, and then clickOK.

4. Click and drag the text box to change its position as shown.

Note:Label and font size can be adjusted on the label definition in the Cable and Harness Library.5. For this exercise, change the default label display setting back to hide. Right-click the harness assembly, selectNailboard Settings, on theDisplaytab, clear theShow Labelscheck box.

Change Segment and Wire Line DisplayBy default, nailboard wires and cable wires are set to display as thin lines. Segments are set to display as actual diameter.Change the segment display.1. In the active nailboard drawing sketch, select any of the segments to change.2. Right-click, and clear theDisplay as Actual Diametercheck box.The segment changes.

3. Right-click again, and click theDisplay as Actual Diametercheck box to return the display to the actual diameter.

Dimension the Nailboard1. On the ribbon, clickNailboard tabDimension panelHarness Dimension.2. In the graphics window, click the point at the right end of the horizontal segment, and then click the segment point at the branch.3. Drag to display the dimension, and then click to place as shown.Note:Your dimensions can differ, depending on your placement of the segment and segment points.

4. Dimension the other two segments as shown, then right-click and selectDone.

Add PropertiesUseProperty Displayto view and display harness properties for wires, cable wires, pins, splices, and segments displayed on the drawing.Add properties to pins, parts, and a selected wire.1. In the graphics window, zoom in on the harness.2. On the ribbon, clickNailboard tabManage panelProperty Display.3. On the Property Display dialog box, underSelect Filters, clickAll Pins.4. In theProperty Namelist, selectPin Name.5. UnderDisplay Options, selectValue Only, and then clickApply.6. In the graphics window, a rubber band line appears from the property text box, which attaches the cursor to the associated object. Click to place the property as shown.

All properties are automatically placed based on this selection.

7. To place the part properties, selectAll Parts, selectRefDesandPart Number, then selectValue Only, and clickApply.UseCTRL+ click to select multiple items in the list.8. In the graphics window, click to place the part properties.

9. To place the splice properties, selectAll Splices, then selectRefDesandValue Only, and clickOK.

10. UseCTRL+ click to select theLTPandJ12properties, and drag them closer to the end of the branched segment.

Add Properties on a Single ObjectPlace properties for a single object.1. On the ribbon, clickNailboard tabManage panelProperty Display.2. On the dialog box, selectObject, and then click the wire shown in the following image.

3. On the dialog box, scroll in the property list to selectWire IDandWire Name.4. ClickName and Value, and then clickOK.In the graphics window, the property appears on the opposite end of the segment, and not on the branch segment where the wire was selected.5. Press the spacebar to switch the property to the branch end of the segment, and then click to place.

6. To see the associativity between the harness objects and the associated properties, drag the wire to a horizontal position.When the wire moves, the properties associated to the wire also moves, keeping their original offset and relative position.7. Return the wire to the previous position.

Add Tables1. If the nailboard sketch is active, right-click in the graphics window, and selectFinish Sketch.2. On the ribbon, clickNailboard tabCreate panelCreate Table.3. On the Table dialog box, underSelect View, clickBrowse.4. On the Open dialog box, browse to and select thePart_Splice_WireCable_BOM1.csvfile, clickOpen, and thenOK. The default location is:\Tutorial Files\Cable & Harness\.5. To place the table, click in the upper left corner of the drawing.

Place Connector ViewsPlace two connector views using default display settings and then override the default display settings for the other connector.1. In the drawing view, clickNailboard tabCreate panelPlace Connector Views.2. In the connector list, clear the check box forLTP:1, and then clickOK.The selected connectors are placed using the default display settings.

3. ClickPlace Connector Viewsagain.4. UnderOrientation, click the arrow to selectISO Top Rightfrom the list, and then clickOK.

5. Save your work.To change the views after placement, right click the view to change, and selectEdit VieworEdit View Orientation. To delete a connector base view, right-click the view and selectDelete.

Create an Assembly Drawing1. ClickNew.2. In the Create New File dialog box, click the Templates folder and selectStandard.idwunder the Drawing category, and then clickCreate.3. In the drawing view, clickPlace Views tabCreate panelBase.4. On the Drawing View dialog box, ensure thatEnclosure_assembly.iamis selected. The file is located in\Tutorial Files\Cable & Harness.5. Click to place the view as shown, then right-click and selectDone.

6. In the browser, expandVIEW 1andEnclosure_assembly.iam.7. Right-clickHarness_Assembly1, and then selectInclude CenterlinesWires.The centerlines for all wires are displayed.8. Right-clickHarness_Assembly2, and then selectInclude CenterlinesCables.

9. Optionally, add dimensions and other annotations.10. Save the file as Enclosure Assembly1.idw.

Change Fan State and DisplaysCreate a nailboard view of the harness assembly from an open drawing, and change the fan state and display behavior.1. ClickNew.2. In the Create New File dialog box, click the Templates folder and selectStandard.idwunder the Drawing category, and clickCreate.3. On the ribbon, clickPlace Views tabCreate panelNailboard.4. On the Nailboard View dialog box, ensure that theFileis set toEnclosure Assembly.iamandNailboard ViewisHarness Assembly2.iam.5. Click theDisplaytab, and selectFan In.6. UnderAppearance, clickDisplay as Longest Wire.7. ClickOKto create the nailboard view.8. Right-click and selectFinish Sketchfor a better view of the cable wire stubs.

9. On the ribbon, clickNailboard tabEdit panelEdit.10. In the browser, right-clickHarness Assembly2, and selectNailboard Settings.11. On the Nailboard Settings dialog box, clickDisplay as Segmentin the Fan In Display area.12. ClickOK.

Note:This technique is the only way to change the fan in the display once the nailboard drawing is created.13. Close the drawing file without saving changes.

SummaryIn this tutorial, you: Generate reports. Create nailboards. Manipulate the harness. Change nailboard displays. Annotate nailboard drawings. Print nailboards and drawings.You have completed the successive tutorials for the Cable and Harness functionality. Go on to the next tutorial to learn about interoperability between Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical.


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