Just CGM Hot-spotting vs. Wire-tracing.
CGM file format is the standard CAD diagram format for the
S1000D and while there are many automated hot-spotting tools
for labels or component tags in a CGM schematic diagram, there
are only a few true wire-tracing tools on the market today.
Also many automated hot-spotting tools claim automation since
they generate unique identifiers and insert the structured tag
elements for hot-spotting that a user manually selects on the
CGM diagram. Wire-tracing
does employ the hot-spotting utility of the CGM format and
that is the only similarity to other Hot-spotting tools. The
big difference is the complexity of the effort to wire-trace.
Wire tracing involves the need to not only identify components
and circuit types but inter-link those elements with hot
spotted lines that cross many components and diagrams. This
complexity often involves hundreds if not thousands of
diagrams that must be inter-linked with one another so a
circuit can be traced across any number of diagrams! The
number of lines and components ranges from thousands to
millions of elements on CGM diagrams that must be identified,
hot spotted, colorized and inter-related. But, not only must
these millions of components and circuits be inter-link there
must be some structure to a final result of the schematic
diagrams that can navigate the systems and subsystems as well
as provide queryable data and generate S1000D
Using a manual selection process where a tool automates the
generation of a unique identifier and inserts the CGM hot spot
tag element falls woefully short of providing a wire-tracing
solution cost effectively.
the massive amounts of data that must be identified and hot
spotted a much more sophisticated tool must be used to do the
job. Atlas Dynamics' Wiretrace Studio is specifically designed
to automate the process of identifying components,
generalizing circuits as power,
signal or ground,
and providing the detailed resolution of circuit inter-linking
between components and diagrams, building up a queryable
database, as well as assisting with the quality
generating S1000D wiring modules and can publish the entire
package in a viewer that can be installed on any laptop or
look at some of the important phases of the wire-trace
identification, Wiretrace Studio automates the entire
process of hot-spotting all components and circuits of a
diagram, without the user having to select each element.
All component or circuit labels are identified and are
generalized to some standard component or circuit type such
as a diode,relay, plug, pump, valve, power, ground or
signal as well as colorized for each component or circuit
type. Wiretarce Studio can do this kind of automated
identification without any parts reference or user
inputting to some kind of string expression tool. It
literally can read the component labels and identify the
element as a part type right off the schematic diagram
which CGM lines on a diagram are circuits. Wiretrace
Studio can figure out which lines of a diagram are
representing components and which are lines representing
circuits, no human intervention is required.
circuit lines with components and bridging plugs,
jacks, relays, diodes, etc is automated.
circuits across diagrams is automated. Wiretrace
Studio finds the corresponding elements across diagrams and
inter-links the circuits without a user manually building
the links or associations.
assisted QA processes. Wiretrace Studio provides an
auditable QA process for each and every circuit, component
and cross diagram link. In fact, Wiretrace Studio's
work-flow management monitors if a diagram's QA has been
management, Wiretrace Studio has built in work-flow
management. No need to add any third party tools to do the
job. This includes generating reports that describe the
degree of completion for each and every diagram across each
of its processes.
wiring modules, Wiretrace Studio can generate the
S1000D wiring modules from the data scraped off the
schematics, no manual entries of circuit or component data
Wiretrace Studio can publish the final processing results
to a viewer that can integrate with
any of the commercial IETM viewers
on the market today.
maintenance of diagrams. Wiretrace
Studio can automate the updating of diagrams, no need to
have an illustrator manually update a diagram with hot
spots or have to update databases.
that you know the difference between just hot-spotting labels
and wire-tracing you can employ Wiretrace Studio and its
workflow to effectively make a solid estimate to your customer
as to the effort and cost to deliver an S1000D
wiring compliant solution.