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About Cabling Cosmetic Features
The three types of cabling cosmetic features are tie wraps, markers, and tape. Each is described below.
When creating cosmetic features that represent tie wraps, markers, and tape, you can only select cables and locations that belong to the active harness.
Tie wraps, markers, and tape features have feature parameters. You can assign user-defined colors to the cosmetic features. Use the Appearances Manager dialog box to change the colors of the cosmetic features. By default, all cosmetic features are assigned the system color, Sheetmetal. You can access all tie wrap and marker feature parameters in Drawing report tables through the &asm.mbr.cblprms category.
Tie Wraps
A tie wrap is used to hold one cable or several cables together. The representation for the tie wrap is as follows:
In centerline cable display, a circle with a circumference that corresponds to the length of the tie wrap.
In thick cables environment, a cylinder that shows the appropriate circumference, thickness, and width.
Tie wraps have no required parameters. However, if you specify a name during tie wrap creation, it is implemented as a parameter in the parameter file. You can also assign user-defined parameters to tie wraps using the Electrical Parameters dialog box.
Tape Feature
Use this cosmetic feature to show where wires are taped to a thicker portion of the harness in the cabling assembly. The tape feature is located at a single location whereas tape sheathing is wrapped around entire bundle segments of the harness.
As in other cabling features, each tape feature has its own set of feature parameters. Tape features have three required feature parameters:
Markers represent shrink wrap tubing that is placed on a cable during the manufacturing process to identify the cable for assembly, maintenance, and repair purposes. Markers are represented as cylindrical features around the selected cable with a name tag to identify the marker. The tag switches on and off with the display of the datum point.
The only required feature parameter is NAME. The value of this parameter is automatically included in the parameter file when you specify the name of the marker during creation. You can also assign user-defined parameters to markers.
Marker dimensions are assigned when you create the markers.