Wire harness manufacturing documentation

Connection tables and dimensioning information for wire harness production

E3.formboard

E3.formboard is a complete solution for creating cable harness drawings for manufacturing. On any sheet size, one or more manufacturing drawings can be created. Automatic functionality makes the placement, arrangement and dimensioning of the harness and its segments easier. E3.formboard is fully integrated with E3.cable. The logical interconnection data defined in E3.cable is used directly in E3.formboard, and any changes made in either module are automatically reflected.

Create comprehensive manufacturing documentation

Automatic calculation of wire lenghts and bundle diameters

Dynamic connector tables with pin, wire, cable, signal, gauge, color, and target information

Control and adjustment of wire lenghts

Satisfied customers

Switching to E3.formboard – and using E3.Routing Bridge and E3.eCheck – is enabling us to be more productive as engineers and more competitive as an OEM of construction vehicles.

Carl WorthingtonPrincipal Electrical Engineer at Mecalac

E3.formboard – Optimized formboard creation

Formboard designs include connection tables, clips, heat-shrink and convolute. Wire lengths are automatically determined and a packing algorithm calculates the outside diameter of the harness segments. To fit to paper size, harness branches are rotated about any point and special print functionality allows individual sections to be reprinted.

 

 

e3 formboard - manufacturing documentation creation

Wire harness documentation

Standalone formboard design

Connectors added to the harness sheet automatically include connection tables, while connect lines added between the connectors define the branches of the harness. Wires added to the pins in the connection tables are automatically routed through the shortest or pre-defined harness segments.

Integrated schematic and formboard design

With E³.formboard’s integration with E³.cable, the logical interconnection data defined in E³.cable is used directly in E³.formboard. Any changes made in either module are automatically reflected in the other.

E3.formboard functionality overview

E3.formboard provides a complete solution for creating cable harness drawings for manufacturing.

Manufacturing documentation creation

E3.formboard drawings provide a view of the cables and harnesses as defined in the schematic diagram.They comprise both electrical and non-electrical components including connector placement, wire segments, protective coverings, clips, labels etc.

Automatic calculation of wire lenghts and bundle diameters

Wire lengths are automatically determined and a packing algorithm calculates the outside diameter of the harness segments. To fit to paper size, harness branches can be rotated about any point and special print functionality allows individual sections to be reprinted

Dynamic connector tables

Configurable connector tables can be placed in the drawing to display pin, wire, cable, signal, gauge, color, and target information. These tables are dynamic, meaning that a wire can be added to a pin displayed in the table and connected to a pin in another table and Formboard will automatically route the wire from pin to pin through the harness segments.

Control and adjustment of wire lenghts

Harness segments can be highlighted when the length displayed on the sheet does not correspond to the manufacturing length defined for each segment. These ‘out-of-scale’ segments can be automatically adjusted to display the correct manufacturing length assigned to the segments of the harness.

Integrated schematic and formboard design

E3.formboard is fully integrated with E3.cable. The logical interconnection data defined in E3.cable is used directly in E3.formboard and any changes made in either module are automatically reflected in the other.

Digital manufacturing

Manufacturing data can be extracted from the design in the form of wire lists, which include route and length information. Modules interface E3.panel to manufacturing equipment such as Komax wire preparation machinery and Perforex drilling, punching and cutting tools.

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