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 low priority 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 with a 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.
Capture and document schematic information and manufacturing documentation
Minimize errors and reduce time-consuming tasks by automating the capture of all relevant system information, such as the schematic design, virtual prototype, or manufacturing documentation.
Fully automate your routing so you can quickly determine the optimum path for manufacturing, cost, and serviceability
Ensure design rules and schematic logic rules are enforced through specification-driven design
Increase design speed through the reuse of standard symbols, connectors, and fittings contained in a customizable library
Reduce costs and design time by eliminating the need for physical prototypes, made possible through virtual interference checking and automated manufacturability verification
Enable cost-effective manufacturing through accurate documentation, such as isometric drawings, bend tables, and BOMs
Capabilities and specifications
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.
Accurate and efficient routing of pipelines and fittings:
Automate the creation of 3D routes from 2D schematics
Leverage intelligent schematic information for design reuse
Create piping routes faster using lightweight representations
Automate fitting placement based on schematic information while adhering to design rules
Concurrently route pipelines in a multi-user environment
Asynchronous piping settings let you change the pipe shape, bend radius, corner type, or line stock on the fly
Manipulate existing pipelines easily with an intuitive dashboard user interface, shortcut menus, and dynamic dragging
Comprehensive suite of tools for fitting insertion:
Search for fittings that meet the specifications of your project so you only work with the correct pipes and fittings
Automatically display the correct fittings based on schematic information
Automate the placement of gaskets, flanges, elbows, and other components
Preview the placement of the object to achieve full control over the insertion
Reinforce predefined rules through violation detection:
Maximums and minimums of the bend radius
Minimum branch separation and branch angle
Placement and missing fittings
Complete control over flow directions:
Automatically set initial flow direction based on routing
Easily change flow direction for a series or pipeline
Automatically reverse directional fittings with change of flow direction
Verification of piping routes to prevent errors:
Electronically verify 3D data—compared to logical data—to detect missing fittings and other common missteps
Check for design rules, such as missing gaskets, in the model
Create automatic cut lists, bend tables, and BOMs
Easily extract information from the design
Bend machine and detailed fitting reports available
Schematic consistency check
Communication of piping system layout and detail in the form of isometric, installation, and pipe spool drawing
Output to CNC bending machines
Creo PCX gives you the power to extract logical information from 2D schematics while automating 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.
Improved Bundle Representation
Realistic depiction of shrink-wrap tubing with bundle transitions
Automate cabling routing
Improved realism in bundle display and better downstream use of cable design information:
Model tree with extensive information cables, cable contents, and wires
Ability to select a single wire
Highlights in display
Wire parameters displayed
Electronically document the entire design process:
Automatically flatten 3D harnesses for manufacturing documentation
Automate the creation of fully defined 3D harnesses:
Automate harness routing by referencing 2D logical information
Digitally define complete 3D harnesses with connectors and components
Modify cabling networks faster with drag handles and on the fly editing capabilities
Automatically route ribbon cables and cable shields
Create ribbon cables faster using automated capabilities
Implement engineering changes to the assembly, confidently knowing that Creo Parametric associativity will automatically update the cabling routing
Calculate mass properties and perform clearance evaluations
Concurrently route harnesses in a multi-user environment automate the flattening of 3D harnesses for manufacturing:
Quickly flatten 3D harnesses to create accurate 2D harness documentation with intelligent dimension, BOMs, and pinouts
Create fully associative, customizable lists and tables containing all information necessary to create the harness
Detail the flat harness drawing with parametric notes, dimensions, symbols, and tables
Enable more effective enterprise communication:
Produce fully associative detail drawings for 3D and flattened harnesses
Create complete documentation, including intelligent dimensions, BOMs and pinouts
Share schematics, documentation, and harnesses with the entire product development team using the Creo View™ visualization tool
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