active plane The plane in which you work when using Rotate, Flatten and Roll functionalities.
algorithm mode Determines how an electrical or geometrical bundle or a bundle segment will be flattened:
  • The Coarse Mode roughly straightens selected bundle segments, letting you view the segments on which you are working more easily. This is the default mode.
  • The Fine Mode respects the actual path of the bundle segments as it is in 3D.
angle mode Two angle modes are available in this workbench:
  • The Standard Mode keeps the actual angles between bundle segments as specified in 3D. This is the default mode.
  • The Regular Mode calculates regular angles and enables you to view bundle segments more clearly.


electrical bundle A document containing the wires routed through geometrical bundles.
extract Duplicates your electrical data for concurrent engineering and flattening operations. You can extract electrical or geometrical bundles with all the devices that are associated to them, such as connectors, back shells, shells, contacts and supports, from a 3D model.


fake length After the flattening step, the bundle segment geometrical length can be modified while the real length, imported from the 3D design, is stored on the bundle segment.
flatten Enables you to work on bundles in a 2D environment, as if working on a nail board. You can work with true or fake lengths so that bundles fit in. Bundles are automatically built in length mode.
flatten link A link between a component in the flattened view and the corresponding component in the the 3D harness model.
flattened view Typically the document containing the flattened model of a 3D harness. As a minimum, this document contains extracted electrical data.


geometrical bundle A document containing an assembly of connectors, supports and protective coverings, as well as the geometric representation of a harness.
green line A solid green line appears when flattening closed harness loops to inform the user where, for flattening purposes, the system had to open the loop. Mechanical and electrical links are broken at this location. The line serves as a reminder that a link exists.

A dashed green line visualizes the link between a bundle segment and a mechanical part.

GVS Generative View Style. Using GVS lets you store drawing options within the drawing document rather than in the harness flattening parameters and offers access to automatic dress-up capabilities.


harness An assembly of wires, connectors, supports and protective coverings manufactured together. Represented in CATIA by both geometrical and electrical bundles.
harness flattening parameters Define the active plane, the algorithm and angle modes and the minimum angle between two branches. These parameters are automatically applied to the other functions. However, when using any Electrical Harness Flattening functionality, the dialog box will systematically pop up -with these parameters already defined- in case you want to modify them.


length mode The building mode of the bundles will automatically be turned into length mode, so that the flattening process does not modify the bundle segments' lengths.


mechanical part A part located in a geometrical bundle that is not an electrical component nor a support.
multi-branchable document A set of branches, themselves containing bundle segments, composing the harness. It corresponds to a CATPart document.


roll Turns a bundle segment within the active plane of the flattened harness about a virtual point.

If the bundle segment is long enough, it turns around the virtual point entirely. If it is too short, it is not completely rolled round the point.

rotate Turns a whole bundle segment about one end in a specified direction. You can also rotate a part of a bundle segment only about an intermediate point.

Rotating lets you twist the bundle segment out of the active plane of the flattened harness.


scale Lets you work with fake lengths, so that the harness fits onto the board.
single bundle segment document Corresponds to a CATPart document containing just one bundle segment.
straighten Lets you to straighten out bundle segments. You can straighten a bundle segment either partially or completely.
synchronize Lets you update the geometry and the attributes of the flattened document to reflect changes made to the original document.