Wire Harness Testing

Discussion in 'Electronics Resources' started by Decibel, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. Decibel

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Hello all,

    I currently work for a company that specializes in building wire harnesses for aircraft and other assemblies. My specific job is to test them (continuity, resistance, low and high voltage parameters, and overall functionality).

    In order to test them, I have to manually create a wirelist from the customer print. This can be tedious as some harnesses have over 1000 connections. Is there any software out there that will allow me to retrieve the wirelist from the electronic print (CAD) and translate it into a format which can upload into my testers?

    I appreciate any help and/or comments.

    P.S. Happy Halloween!
  2. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004
    What kind of data does your tester accept? What is the tester?
  3. AlexR

    Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Obviously it will depend on the capabilities of your tester and of the customer CAD software but most CAD packages can produce a "netlist" file that describes all the interconnections. In fact netlist files are regularly used by PCB layout software to create the circuit boards but you will need to find out whether your tester supports them.
  4. Decibel

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    We use the Cirris Touch 1 testers to test our harnesses. The customer provides the drawing in Bentley format, so we cannot extract any data from it.