Cadonix adds Formboard tool and back-annotation in Arcadia 1.1



Cadonix Ltd, the Cloud based automotive wiring harness CAD specialist, today announced version 1.1 of Arcadia, including a new Formboard tool for harness manufacturers. The new release, available immediately and free to existing customers, also includes closer integration of the Schematic Design and Harness Professional tools and enhanced manufacturing reports. Arcadia is the world’s first cloud based CAD tool for automotive electrical wiring design, analysis and documentation.


Commenting, Andrew Armstrong, CEO of Cadonix, said, “The improvements in version 1.1 are based on customer feedback, and will help OEMs and harness manufacturers alike further streamline their design and manufacturing processes. With these changes, automotive electrical designers will find it even easier to achieve the optimal design quickly and take it through to manufacturing.”


Formboard is a new tool within Arcadia alongside Schematic Design and Harness Professional. It provides a complete solution for creating 2D harness drawings for manufacture. The Formboard view provides a complete 2D view of the harness defined and includes both electrical and non-electrical components. A Synchronize Harness feature is available to automatically update not-to-scale harness layouts to full size Formboard details in preparation for manufacture.


Cadonix has also implemented back annotation between the Schematic Capture and Harness Professional tools, giving customers the option to reflect changes made during the harness design process in the original schematic. It has also added a number of new manufacturing reports, and improved some of the existing reports.


Arcadia CAD is an easy to use, groundbreaking software tool offering schematic design, animated circuit simulation and analysis, electrical networking, harness design and full design rule checking for wire harness layout and manufacture. Using the integrated simulation capabilities, engineers can be assured that their design intent is carried through into the physical implementation. Arcadia interfaces with the most popular 3D MCAD and enterprise wide PLM and ERP tools, allowing projects to transition easily and smoothly into manufacture. A particular strength of Arcadia is real-time animated simulation which paints a clear virtual picture of the electrical system and how it will behave in deployment.


Using Cadonix patented cloud based technology customers can access Arcadia from any HTML5 compliant web browser once the license has been activated on the server. Customers have the option of hosting the tool on their own internal server, or accessing it securely from a Cadonix geographically collocated server.