Handling of Jumper Wires in Automatic Cable Manufacture
Original Publication Date: 1983-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-08
A method and an algorithm for generating a feasible path for an automated cable harness system is described. Cable harnesses may contain jumper leads, i.e., leads going from and to the same device. The design data for such a lead often specifies its end points, but not a path. For automatic manufacture of cable harnesses, the jumper leads must be positioned so that they are contained within the body of the cable, i.e., the jumper leads must be included in sections that are laced or tied. Our method generates a path from cable design data for the jumper lead that satisfies the following constraints: 1) The lacing is done no closer than a specified distance (call it JMIN) from fan-out points. 2) We try to avoid wasting too much wire.