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Traditional mechanical products are becoming more and more complex due to their increased reliance on electrical and hydraulic technology. Control systems are also advancing at an astonishing rate, forcing product designers to pay much more attention to electrical and fluid requirements. All of this means that designers are now dealing with more complicated piping and cabling routings, which traditionally have taken a lowpriority during product design. To be successful, designers must make electrical and fluid design a higher priority and a more integral part of the detailed design process. Yet, as product complexity increases and schedules continue to shrink, where will you find the time and tools to design these increasingly complex routings?
Creo Piping and Cabling Extension (PCX) is the perfect 3D solution because it supports all types of industries and styles of piping and cabling, so you can streamline and accelerate the entire design process. Whether you’re designing products witha complex web of cables and harnesses, hydraulic or pneumatic hoses, high and low pressure tubing, copper work, or even large bore pipes, Creo PCX can handle the job, no matter how intricate.
Accelerate 3D routed systems design
Determining the routes of pipes and cables can be a difficult, time-consuming task. Beginning with the creation of a physical prototype and then manually routing the pipes through it, this long, tedious process is typically error-prone. Because of the time and effort involved, the engineer often must accept the first route that works—not necessarily the optimal one.
Even worse, when an engineering change is made to the design, it means the engineer must start over by recreating the physical prototype and rerouting the cabling or piping—thus wasting valuable time. Additionally, most companies that create the cabling prototypes don’t document the cabling routes, which make it difficult to service these products. To solve these issues, a company will often send a service engineer to the field, which can be very costly. With Creo PCX, these problems can be avoided.
Creo PCX enables designers to fully automate the pipe-routing process. Designers no longer have to build physical prototypes and struggle through the trial-and-error process; they can determine— virtually—the optimal paths of the pipes in the model. In addition, designers can create rules that are based on company best practices or corporate policies. By establishing rules, the software can then verify that this optimal path is compliant with established manufacturing rules. Plus, designers have access to a library of standard fittings, which can be reused from product to product, reducing time-to-market and increasing designer productivity.
The fully associative nature of Creo Parametric™ ensures that the pipe routing - and accompanying documentation - will automatically update whenever a design change is made to the model.
Creo PCX gives you the power to extract logical information from 2D schematics whileautomating your 3D cable routing. Not only can you determine a working route quickly, but you can easily find the optimal route that won’t interfere with the design. Plus, since it’s a Creo Parametric model, it has the advantage of full associativity; that means any change made to the model is automatically reflected in the cabling routes.With fewer (if any) physical prototypes and shorter design cycles, you’ll save significant time and money.
Automate cabling routing
Improved realism in bundle display and better downstream use of cable design information:
Electronically document the entire design process:
Automate the creation of fully defined 3D harnesses:
Concurrently route harnesses in a multi-user environment automate the flattening of 3Dharnesses for manufacturing:
Enable more effective enterprise communication:
• English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, and Russian.
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