I was curious as to how people are handling configurable assemblies and standard cables?
We sell rack based test equipment (ATE) and have a lot of configurable components inside the rack and we use a lot of standard cables. So what ends up happening is we reuse the same cable to go from component 1 to component 2 as well as from component X to component Y
Curious as to how others are handling this situation in terms of actual CAD workflow/design as well as BOM management. We use Creo 8 and Windchill (but not as a PLM, and no WTParts)
What I have been doing is creating a cable assembly with a skeleton of the system rack, the connectors are constrained to coordinate systems that are offset from the default csys and have also intermediate locations in the cable driven that are using cable assembly coordinate systems, and then assemble in the cable to default constraint, and using flexibility to move the connectors and cable around within the system.
So far it works well if you set up the skeleton pretty well, but wondering if there are any other ways to do this easier or more efficiently
We are also considering right now getting the Options Modeler license, so curious to see how this approach works within the Configurable Product