Harness Connections

Connections describe the fundamental electrical paths within a harness. They are used to describe how connectors, terminals, and other endpoints are electrically connected. In addition, you can optionally add a conductor (wire or cable) to describe their physical medium of conductance.

Creating a Connection

  1. Create or Open a Harness
  2. Click the 'Connections' tab on the left
  3. Click the 'Create New Connection' dropdown
  4. Specify a 'From' and 'To' endpoint for a new connection
  5. Click 'Add Connection'. This automatically updates your:
    • List of Connections (on the left)
    • Top Level drawing
    • Bill of Materials
    • Wiring Table
    • Cutlist
  6. Click 'Create New Connection' to add more connections, or
  7. Double Click your Connection to edit it

Editing a Connection

  1. Double click an existing Connection (or right click and select 'Edit')
  2. Update the properties you wish to change
  3. Click 'Save Changes'

Highlighting a Connection

Highlighting a connection will show the connection's complete path as routed through your Harness. The connection will also highlight in the color as specified by the wire/cable that is used as its conductor.

To highlight a connection, you can simply click the check box next to the connection on the far left. Note that this highlighting state will be used when printing your harness and saving your design to a PDF.

Reversing From/To Endpoints

You can quickly reverse (switch) the From / To endpoints of each Connection. To do this, right click on the Connection, and select 'Reverse From/To'.

Deleting a Connection

To Delete Connection, right click on the Connection, and select 'Delete Connection'.

Reusing a Cavity

If you have a harness where you want to put two or more connections / wires into a single Connector Cavity, you can choose the option 'Reuse Cavity' when specifying your second endpoint.

Connection Properties

Name Description
From Endpoint The originating source of the electrical path. See Connection Endpoint Types below.
To Endpoint The terminating source of the electrical path. See Connection Endpoint Types below.
Conductor (optional) The physical medium of the connection and can be specified as: Unspecified, Wire, Cable Wire, or Cable Drain Wire
Twisted with (optional) If a single Wire is used as the conductor, you can specify how additional wires are twisted together.
Connection Notes (optional) Text to describe the connection or add signal information.

Connection Endpoint Types

Name Description
Connector Cavity An individual pin/socket on a connector (ex: C1.A)
Connector Reuse Cavity Same as 'Connector Cavity', but allows user to re-use a pin/socket that has already been populated.
Connector Custom Cavity Allow a custom 'Connector Cavity' that is not specified in the Connector design.
Connector Housing The housing/body of a connector.
Connector N/C Terminated near a connector but not electrically connected to anything. Usually used to specify extra wires that are trimmed near a connector.
Splice A junction between 1 or more endpoints. Can optionally be used with a part number to specify a physical splice part.
Loose Wire End A wire that is left unterminated. Can only be used once per connection.
Resistor Connected to either the POS or NEG terminal.
Diode Connected to either the POS or NEG terminal.
Ferrule A single terminal, with an optional part number.
Ring Terminal A single terminal, with an optional part number.
Spade Terminal A single terminal, with an optional part number.
Quick Connect Terminal A single terminal, with an optional part number.

Further Questions?

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