(19)
(11)EP 3 708 434 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
16.09.2020 Bulletin 2020/38

(21)Application number: 20162036.6

(22)Date of filing:  10.03.2020
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B60R 16/02  (2006.01)
H01B 13/012  (2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 14.03.2019 JP 2019047602

(71)Applicant: Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
Minato-ku Tokyo 108-8224 (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • KAWASE, Kenji
    Tokyo (JP)
  • YAMAMOTO, Raifu
    Tokyo (JP)
  • AOKI, Katsuju
    Tokyo (JP)
  • KOBAYASHI, Takumi
    Tokyo (JP)

(74)Representative: Betten & Resch 
Patent- und Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB Maximiliansplatz 14
80333 München
80333 München (DE)

  


(54)WIRE HARNESS ROUTING SUPPORTING DEVICE AND WIRE HARNESS ROUTING SUPPORTING METHOD


(57) A wire harness routing supporting device configured to route a wire harness with a plurality of electric wires therein. The device is composed of identification marks fitted to one-ends of the electric wires, respectively, to identify the electric wires, a displaying control section configured to in turn display respective routing paths of the electric wires on a display device in accordance with a preset routing order of the electric wires, while displaying, on the display device, codes corresponding to the respective identification marks of the electric wires, respectively, to be routed, and a routing collating means configured to collate information in the respective identification marks having been read in by a reading-in means configured to read in the respective identification marks and the respective codes of the electric wires to be routed and information in the respective codes having been read in by the reading-in means.




Description

Cross-Reference to Related Application



[0001] The present application is based on Japanese patent application No.2019-047602 filed on March 14, 2019, the entire contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


1. FIELD OF THE INVENTION



[0002] The present invention relates to a wire harness routing supporting device and a wire harness routing supporting method.

2. DESCRIPTION OF THE RELATED ART



[0003] A vehicle wire harness is configured as an assembly unit (ASSY) by bundling a plurality of electric wires together configured to be connected to devices within a vehicle, with a tube or an adhesive tape or the like. In a wire harness routing operation in the vehicle, the use of the wire harness makes it possible to route the plurality of bundled electric wires at a time as the wire harness, and thereby enhance the efficiency of the routing operation, as compared to a case where the plurality of electric wires unbundled are individually routed.

[0004] For example, in a train vehicle such as a train or the like, a very long wire harness having a total length of several tens of meters is used, and in addition, it may also be necessary to route several thousands or several tens of thousands of electric wires in total number, so efficiently performing the routing operation is desired. In view of this, the present applicant has proposed a wire harness routing supporting device configured to in turn display the respective routing paths of the plurality of electric wires on a display device in accordance with a preset order of the wire routing operation of the plurality of electric wires (see Japanese Patent No. 6319486).

[0005] [Patent Document 1] Japanese Patent No. 6319486

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



[0006] Now, because, as described above, in a train vehicle such as a train or the like, it is necessary to wire a very large number of electric wires, such a human error as to cause a wire routing different from a wire routing indicated on the display device may occur.

[0007] In view of the foregoing, it is an object of the present invention to provide a wire harness routing supporting device and a wire harness routing supporting method that are configured to be able to more securely perform a routing operation.

[0008] For the purpose of solving the above-described problem, the present invention provides a wire harness routing supporting device, which is configured to be used in routing in a routing target a wire harness including a plurality of electric wires, wherein identification marks are fitted to respective one end portions of the plurality of electric wires or to respective connectors of the plurality of electric wires, to identify the plurality of electric wires or the respective connectors,
the device comprising:

a displaying control section configured to in turn display respective routing paths of the plurality of electric wires on a display device in accordance with a preset order of a wire routing operation of the plurality of electric wires, while displaying, on the display device, codes corresponding to the respective identification marks of the plurality of electric wires or the respective identification marks of the respective connectors, respectively, to be subjected to the wire routing operation; and

a wire routing operation collating means including a reading in section configured to read in the respective identification marks and the respective codes, and a collating section configured to collate information in the respective identification marks having been read in by the reading in section and information in the respective codes having been read in by the reading in section, respectively.



[0009] Further, for the purpose of solving the above-described problem, the present invention provides a wire harness routing supporting method, for performing a wire harness routing supporting in routing in a routing target a wire harness including a plurality of electric wires each including respective one end portions or respective connectors being provided on those respective one end portions,
the method comprising:

fitting identification marks to the respective one end portions of the plurality of electric wires constituting the wire harness or to the respective connectors of the plurality of electric wires on the respective one end portions of the plurality of electric wires, to identify the plurality of electric wires or the respective connectors of the plurality of electric wires;

in turn displaying respective routing paths of the plurality of electric wires on a display device in accordance with a preset order of a wire routing operation of the plurality of electric wires, while displaying, on the display device, codes corresponding to the respective identification marks of the plurality of electric wires or the respective identification marks of the respective connectors, respectively, to be subjected to the wire routing operation;

reading in the respective identification marks and the respective codes; and collating information in the respective identification marks having been read in by the reading in section and information in the respective codes having been read in by the reading in section.


Points of the invention



[0010] According to the present invention, it is possible to provide the wire harness routing supporting device and the wire harness routing supporting method that are configured to be able to more securely perform the routing operation.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0011] 

FIG. 1 is a schematic configuration diagram showing a wire harness routing supporting device according to one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a diagram showing one example of a display screen for a progress status.

FIG. 3 is a flow chart showing a control flow in a collating section.

FIG. 4 is a schematic configuration diagram showing a wire harness routing supporting device according to one modification to the present invention.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS


[Embodiment]



[0012] An embodiment of the present invention will be described below in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

[0013] FIG. 1 is a schematic configuration diagram showing a wire harness routing supporting device according to the present embodiment. As shown in FIG. 1, a wire harness routing supporting device 1 is configured to be used in routing in a routing target a wire harness 10 including a plurality of electric wires 11 therein, to support a routing operation. Herein, a case where the routing target is a train vehicle will be described. Although the wire harness 10 includes the plurality of electric wires 11, only one of the plurality of electric wires 11 is shown in FIG. 1.

[0014] The one electric wire 11 is configured as a linear shape conductor coated with an electrical insulating member around its outer periphery, but that one electric wire 11 may, as with a LAN cable, integrally be configured in such a manner that a plurality of the linear shape conductors are coated with the electrical insulating members around their outer peripheries respectively, and then covered together with an outer sheath therearound. Herein, the electrical insulating members are made of an electrically insulative resin and may be configured as one layer or a plurality of layers. The outer sheath may be formed by solid extrusion in such a manner as to impregnate the spaces between the electrical insulating members or may be formed in a tubular shape.

[0015] The wire harness routing supporting device 1 includes a work terminal 2 including a display device 2a, and an administrating terminal 3 including a display device 3a, which is being provided separately from the work terminal 2. The work terminal 2 is configured to be carried by an operator who performs the routing operation of the wire harness 10 during the routing operation, and be able to use a portable information terminal such as a notebook personal computer or a tablet terminal, or a smartphone or the like. Herein is shown a case where a tablet terminal is used as the work terminal 2. As the administrating terminal 3, for example, a personal computer can be used.

[0016] The wire harness routing supporting device 1 includes a displaying control section 21 configured to in turn display the respective routing paths of the plurality of electric wires 11 on the display device 2a of the work terminal 2 in accordance with a preset order of the wire routing operation of the plurality of electric wires 11. The displaying control section 21 is being mounted in the work terminal 2 and is configured as an appropriate combination of a computing element, a memory, an interface, a hard disk, a software and the like. Further, the work terminal 2 is mounted with a routing operation information storing section 22 configured to store the contents of the wire routing operation.

[0017] In the present embodiment, images 23 configured to indicate the respective routing paths of the plurality of electric wires 11 and the like are being prestored in the routing operation information storing section 22 of the work terminal 2, and the displaying control section 21 of the work terminal 2 is configured in such a manner as to in turn display the images 23 on the display device 2a of the work terminal 2 like a slide show in accordance with the preset order of the wire routing operation of the plurality of electric wires 11. The images 23 include an image of the vehicle (images of a frame, devices, and the like of the vehicle) and images of the routing paths (the respective routing paths of the plurality of electric wires 11) of the wire harness 10. For example, the routing paths (the respective routing paths of the plurality of electric wires 11) of the wire harness 10 are configured based on 3D data of the vehicle (a frame, devices, and the like of the vehicle) and a routing list (the devices to be connected together by each of the plurality of electric wires 11, types of each of the plurality of electric wires 11, lengths of each of the plurality of electric wires 11, and identification information on each of the plurality of electric wires 11). Note that the configuration of the displaying control section 21 of the work terminal 2 is not limited to the foregoing, but the displaying control section 21 of the work terminal 2 may be configured in such a manner that, for example, a wiring model of the wire harness is prestored in the routing operation information storing section 22 of the work terminal 2 as 3D CAD data, to display a three-dimensional image on the display device 2a of the work terminal 2 based on that 3D CAD data. In this manner, in the present embodiment, the display form with the displaying control section 21 is not particularly limited.

[0018] In the present embodiment, identification marks 12, which are configured to identify each of the plurality of electric wires 11, are being fitted to the respective one end portions of the plurality of electric wires 11, respectively, constituting the wire harness 10. Note that the plurality of electric wires 11 may be bundled together and may be fitted with an identification mark 12 on a bundled portion thereof as an area label indicating a wiring destination. In the present embodiment, the identification marks 12 are each made of a mark tape 121 with a respective two-dimensional code (a QR code (registered trademark)) 122 being printed thereon. Note that the codes to be printed on the mark tapes 121 are not limited to the two-dimensional codes (the QR codes (registered trademark)) 122, but that bar codes may be printed on the mark tapes 121, respectively. In addition, IC tags or RFID tags can be used as the identification marks 12, respectively. Furthermore, the identification marks 12 may be printed on the outer peripheries of the plurality of electric wires 11 (the outer peripheries of the outer sheaths of the plurality of electric wires 11) respectively.

[0019] The identification marks 12 (the mark tapes 121) are ones that are originally used in manufacturing the wire harness 10, and are ones that are fitted on the plurality of electric wires 11 respectively for collation during wire laying out operation to arrange the plurality of electric wires 11. In the present embodiment, the identification marks 12 are utilized to perform the collation of the plurality of electric wires 11 during wire routing operation (during rigging operation), which will be described later. Note that although not shown, the wire harness 10 may include connectors, which are provided on the respective one end portions of the plurality of electric wires 11 respectively. For example, when the connectors are provided together at the respective one end portions of the plurality of electric wires 11, the identification marks 12 may be fitted to each of the connectors, respectively. Further, when the plurality of electric wires 11 are bundled together, the collation of the identification mark 12 to be used as the area label (the identification mark 12 fitted to the bundled portion of the plurality of electric wires 11) may be performed.

[0020] In the present embodiment, the displaying control section 21 of the work terminal 2 is configured in such a manner as to display, on the display device 2a of the work terminal 2, codes 24 corresponding to the respective identification marks 12 of the plurality of electric wires 11 (or the respective identification marks 12 of the respective connectors of the plurality of electric wires 11), respectively, to be subjected to the wire routing operation. Herein is shown a case where, for each of the plurality of electric wires 11, a respective two-dimensional code is displayed on the display device 2a of the work terminal 2 as the respective code 24, but the respective code 24 may be a respective bar code. For each of the plurality of electric wires 11, the respective two-dimensional code 122 printed on the respective identification mark 12 and the respective code 24 displayed on the display device 2a of the work terminal 2 may not be totally the same, but, for example, may be the respective codes having a one to one correspondence such as the respective codes with the same contents partially contained in code information therein or the like. Herein, as one example, a case where, for each of the plurality of electric wires 11, the same respective two-dimensional code as the respective two-dimensional code 122 printed on the respective identification mark 12 is used as the respective code 24 will be described.

[0021] The form in which the respective code 24 is displayed on the display device 2a of the work terminal 2 is not particularly limited, but, for example, the respective code 24 may be displayed in such a manner as to be superimposed on a predetermined position (predetermined coordinates) on the images 23 indicating the respective routing paths of the plurality of electric wires 11 and the like, or, as the images 23, it is also possible to use the images with the respective code 24 being pre-embedded therein.

[0022] The wire harness routing supporting device 1 according to the present embodiment includes a code reader 4 as a reading in section, which is configured to, in the wire routing operation of each of the plurality of electric wires 11, read in the respective identification mark 12 and the respective code 24, and a wire routing operation collating means 5 including a collating section 31, which is configured to collate information in the respective identification mark 12 having been read in by the code reader 4, and information in the respective code 24 having been read in by the code reader 4.

[0023] In the present embodiment, the code reader 4 used as the reading in section is configured to be able to transmit the read in code information (the code information in the two-dimensional code 122 printed on the identification mark 12 and the code information in the code 24 displayed on the display device 2a of the work terminal 2) to the administrating terminal 3 by means of a wireless communication. As the code reader 4, e.g., a mobile phone equipped with a camera may be used. Note that the configuration of the code reader 4 is not limited to the foregoing, but that the code reader 4 may be configured in such a manner as to be able to transmit the read in code information to the administrating terminal 3 by means of a wired communication.

[0024] The collating section 31 is being mounted in the administrating terminal 3 and is configured as an appropriate combination of a computing element, a memory, an interface, a hard disk, a software and the like. At the start (or at the end) of the wire routing operation of each of the plurality of electric wires 11, the operator who performs the wire routing operation reads in, with the code reader 4, the two-dimensional code 122 printed on the identification mark 12 and the code 24 displayed on the display device 2a of the work terminal 2. In the present embodiment, the operator routes each one of the plurality of electric wires 11, and connects the one thereof to a device within the train vehicle, and thereafter reads in, with the code reader 4, the code 24 displayed on the display device 2a of the work terminal 2, and the two-dimensional code 122 printed on the identification mark 12. Note that the codes 24 and 122 of each one of the plurality of electric wires 11 may be read in both before the routing of the one of the plurality of electric wires 11 and after the connection of the one of the plurality of electric wires 11 to the device within the train vehicle. The collating section 31 mounted in the administrating terminal 3 is configured to collate the code information in the two-dimensional code 122 having been received from the code reader 4, and the code information in the code 24 having been received from the code reader 4, and make a decision as to whether both the code information in the two-dimensional code 122 and the code information in the code 24 are matching each other (or are in correspondence with each other). As a result of the code information collation in the collating section 31, if the code information in the two-dimensional code 122 and the code information in the code 24 are matching each other (or are in correspondence with each other), then the collating section 31 stores in the storing section 34 of the administrating terminal 3 the information indicating that the one of the plurality of electric wires 11 has been routed (the information indicating that the wire routing operation of the one of the plurality of electric wires 11 has been completed). In addition, each time the wire routing operation of the one of the plurality of electric wires 11 is performed, the collating section 31 stores, in the storing section 34 of the administrating terminal 3, a time at which the code information collation has been performed (for example, a time at which the collating section 31 has determined that the code information in the two-dimensional code 122 and the code information in the code 24 are matching each other).

[0025] In addition, the collating section 31 mounted in the administrating terminal 3 includes a storing means configured to, when the code information collation has been performed on all of the plurality of electric wires 11 of the wire harness 10, store in the storing section 34 of the administrating terminal 3 the information indicating that that wire harness 10 has been routed. For example, the storing means of the collating section 31 may be configured in such a manner as to, when the routing operation of the wire harness 10 has been ended, display on a display screen of the work terminal 2 the code 24 indicating that the routing operation of that wire harness 10 has been ended, and when this code 24 has been read in, store in the storing section 34 of the administrating terminal 3 the information indicating that that wire harness 10 has been routed. In addition, for example, the storing means of the collating section 31 may be configured in such a manner as to, when one of the plurality of electric wires 11 (a preset specific one of the plurality of electric wires 11) to be last subjected to the wire routing operation in the routing operation of the wire harness 10 has been routed, store in the storing section 34 of the administrating terminal 3 the information indicating that that wire harness 10 has been routed. The storing means of the collating section 31 also stores a time at which the wire harness 10 has been routed, in the storing section 34 of the administrating terminal 3.

[0026] Since, in the above described manner, the times at which the respective wire routing operations of the plurality of electric wires 11 have been started or ended are stored in the storing section 34 of the administrating terminal 3, it is possible to afterward know which of the respective wire routing operations of the plurality of electric wires 11 takes (take) time, so it is possible to take an effective approach to operation improvement to ensure improvement of the time-consuming wire routing operation(s). As a result, the operation efficiency of the routing operation of the wire harness 10 can be enhanced, thereby allowing the productivity of the train vehicle or the like to become high. In addition, by taking statistics of the times taken in the respective wire routing operations of the plurality of electric wires 11, it is possible to set respective standard routing times, which are respective standard operating times in the respective wire routing operations of the plurality of electric wires 11. By comparing these respective standard routing times and respective actual operating times, it is possible to determine whether the respective operations are faster or slower than usual.

[0027] In addition, the wire harness routing supporting device 1 includes a warning means 6 configured to, when, as a result of the code information collation of each of the plurality of electric wires 11 with the collating section 31, the code information in the identification mark 12 and the code information in the code 24 do not match each other, generate a warning to the operator performing the routing operation. In the present embodiment, the warning means 6 includes a warning section 32 configured to, when, as a result of the code information collation of each of the plurality of electric wires 11 with the collating section 31, the collating section 31 has determined that the code information in the two-dimensional code 122 on the identification mark 12 and the code information in the code 24 do not match each other, create a mail including alert information, and transmit that mail to a mobile phone (smartphone) 7 of the operator. The warning section 32 is being mounted in the administrating terminal 3, and is configured as an appropriate combination of a computing element, a memory, an interface, a hard disk, a software and the like.

[0028] Note that the warning method in the warning means 6 is not limited to the foregoing, but that, for example, the warning section 32 of the warning means 6 may be configured in such a manner as to use a mail function or the like to transmit the alert information to the display device 2a of the work terminal 2, and the display device 2a of the work terminal 2 may be equipped with an additional function of generating an alarm with sound or light, or a specific display, or the like when receiving that alert information. Further, the warning section 32 of the warning means 6 may be configured in such a manner as to transmit the alert information to the code reader 4, and the code reader 4 may be equipped with an additional function of generating an alarm with sound or light, or a specific display, or the like when receiving that alert information. Furthermore, the warning means 6 may be configured in such a manner as to include a warning device that is configured separately from the work terminal 2 and the code reader 4, and configured to generate a warning with sound or light or the like when receiving the alert information.

[0029] The provision of the warning means 6 allows the operator to recognize that the respective wire routing operations of the plurality of electric wires 11 are being performed in the correct wire routing order of the plurality of electric wires 11 unless the warning is generated. Note that the warning means 6 may be replaced with a collation result transmitting means, which is configured to transmit both matched code information and unmatched code information resulting from the code information collation of the code information in the respective two-dimensional codes 122 and the code information in the respective codes 24 of the plurality of electric wires 11 with the collating section 31. The collation result transmitting means may be configured in such a manner as to include, for example, a device or the like that is configured to generate two different types of sounds, a first type of sound configured to be generated when the code information in the two-dimensional code 122 and the code information in the code 24 of each of the plurality of electric wires 11 match each other, and a second type of sound configured to be generated when the code information in the two-dimensional code 122 and the code information in the code 24 of each of the plurality of electric wires 11 do not match each other.

[0030] In addition, the wire harness routing supporting device 1 is configured to further include a progress analyzing section 33 configured to analyze a progress status of the routing operation of the wire harness 10 based on the information (the collation results and the collation times) having been stored in the storing section 34 of the administrating terminal 3. The progress analyzing section 33 is being mounted in the administrating terminal 3, and is configured as an appropriate combination of a computing element, a memory, an interface, a hard disk, a software and the like.

[0031] The progress analyzing section 33 of the administrating terminal 3 is configured to display the progress status obtained by the analysis on the display device 3a of the administrating terminal 3 in real time. FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating one example of a display screen 331 for the progress status. As shown in FIG. 2, the display screen 331 for the progress status is composed of an overall progress information displaying region 332 configured to display overall progress information of the train vehicle, and an individual progress information displaying region 333 configured to display a progress status of the routing operation of the wire harness 10 currently being routed.

[0032] The progress analyzing section 33 of the administrating terminal 3 is configured to display in the overall progress information displaying region 332 to what extent the overall wire routing operation of the train vehicle has been progressing, based on the preset total number of the wire harnesses 10 to be routed in the train vehicle and the information on the routed wire harnesses 10 having been stored in the storing section 34 of the administrating terminal 3. In the example of FIG. 2, the overall progress information displaying region 332 in the display screen 331 for the progress status is configured to display therein the proportion of the number of the wire harnesses 10 having been routed to the total number of the wire harnesses 10 to be routed, the number of the wire harnesses 10 having been routed, the number of the wire harnesses 10 unrouted, the elapsed time from the routing starting time, and the preset standard routing time. Note that, as the routing starting time, a time at which the first collating has been performed may be used. Alternatively, the operator may read in their own operator identifying code at the start of the routing operation, so as to use a time at which that operator identifying code has been read in, as the routing starting time. Further, the operator identifying code may be stored in the storing section 34 of the administrating terminal 3 so as to be able to identify the operator having performed the routing of each wire harness 10.

[0033] In the example of FIG. 2, the individual progress information displaying region 333 in the display screen 331 for the progress status is configured to display therein the wire harness number (name or ID), the proportion of the number of the electric wires 11 having been routed to the total number of the electric wires 11 to be routed, the number of the electric wires 11 having been routed, the number of the electric wires 11 unrouted, the elapsed time from the routing starting time, and the preset standard routing time. Note that the display contents of the display screen 331 for the progress status can appropriately be configured, but are not limited to those shown in FIG. 2.

[0034] The wire harness routing supporting device 1 may be configured in such a manner that the analysis result of the progress status with the progress analyzing section 33 can be externally referenced via a network. This makes it possible to, for example, in a production factory of the wire harness 10, perform the production of the wire harness 10 in a timely manner in view of the progress status of the routing operation of the wire harness 10.

(Control flow in the collating section 31)



[0035] FIG. 3 is a flow chart showing a control flow in the collating section 31. The collating section 31 is configured in such a manner as to repeatedly execute the control flow of FIG. 3. Prior to the control flow of FIG. 3, the displaying control section 21 of the work terminal 2 displays on the display device 2a of the work terminal 2 the code 24 corresponding to the identification mark 12 of a first electric wire 11 (or a first connector) of the plurality of electric wires 11 to be subjected to the wire routing operation.

[0036] As shown in FIG. 3, first, in step S1, the collating section 31 makes a decision as to whether the code information (the information included in the code 24) has been received from the code reader 4. If a No decision is made in step S1, then step S1 is repeated. If a Yes decision is made in step S1, then, in step S2, the code information having been received in step S1 is stored as the first code information.

[0037] After that, in step S3, a timer 1 is reset and started, and subsequently in step S4, the collating section 31 makes a decision as to whether the code information (the information included in the two-dimensional code 122) has been received from the code reader 4. If a No decision is made in step S4, then, in step S5, the collating section 31 makes a decision as to whether the time in the timer 1 is longer than a predetermined threshold time T1, and if a No decision is made in step S5, then the flow returns to step S4. If a Yes decision is made in step S5, then the elapsed time from when the code information has first been read in is too long, so the flow returns to step S1.

[0038] If a Yes decision is made in step S4, then, in step S6, the collating section 31 stores the code information (the information included in the two-dimensional code 122) having been received in step S4 as the second code information. After that, in step S7, the collating section 31 makes a decision as to whether the first code information and the second code information are matching each other. Although herein the case where the code information in the code 24 is first read in and the code information in the two-dimensional code 122 is then read in has been described, the reading in order of the code 24 and the two-dimensional code 122 may be reversed. If a Yes decision is made in step S7, then, in step S8, the information indicating that the wire routing operation included in the code information has been finished (the first electric wire 11 has been routed) is stored, along with a time at which the first electric wire 11 has been routed, in the storing section 34 of the administrating terminal 3, and the flow returns (the flow returns to step S1 and the processing is continued). Note that, in the present embodiment, since the results of the code information collation in the administrating terminal 3 are not transmitted to the work terminal 2, it is necessary to switch the images (drawings) displayed on the display device 2a at the work terminal 2 end. Accordingly, the display device 2a of the work terminal 2 may be configured in such a manner as to display thereon switching buttons for switching the drawings displayed on the display device 2a, such as a forwarding button to display the next image (the next drawing) and a reversing button to display the previous image (the previous drawing). In the case where the results of the code information collation in the administrating terminal 3 are transmitted to the work terminal 2, the collating section 31 may be configured in such a manner that if a Yes decision is made in step S7, then the collating section 31 transmits to the work terminal 2 the information indicating that the first code information and the second code information have matched each other, and thereby allows the work terminal 2 to display the next image (the next drawing) thereon. In addition, the display device 2a of the work terminal 2 may be configured in such a manner as to, when the routing of all of the plurality of electric wires 11 has been completed, display an image (a drawing) with respect to the next wire harness 10 on the display device 2a.

[0039] If a No decision is made in step S7, then, in step S9, the collating section 31 notifies the warning section 32 that the first code information and the second code information do not match each other. The warning section 32 transmits a mail including alert information to a preset address (an address that is configured to be able to be received by the operator's mobile phone 7). After that, the flow returns (the flow returns to step S1 and the processing is continued). After that, the operator having received the mail including the alert information performs a check with another electric wire 11. Note that, if a No decision is made in step S7, then the flow may return to step S4.

(Modifications)



[0040] Although in the above embodiment, the case where the code reader 4 transmits the code information to the administrating terminal 3 has been described, the present invention is not limited to this, but may be configured in such a manner that, as shown in FIG. 4, the code reader 4 transmits the code information to the work terminal 2, for example, by means of a wireless communication such as a Bluetooth (registered trademark) or the like, and that code information is transmitted from the work terminal 2 to the administrating terminal 3 by means of a wireless communication such as a Wi-Fi (registered trademark).

[0041] Further, although in the above embodiment, the collating section 31 and the warning section 32 are being mounted in the administrating terminal 3, the collating section 31 and the warning section 32 may be mounted in the work terminal 2. In this case, the results of the code information collation in the collating section 31 are transmitted from the work terminal 2 to the administrating terminal 3, and are stored, along with the time at which the code information collation has been performed, in the storing section 34 of the administrating terminal 3. By mounting the warning section 32 in the work terminal 2, it is possible to display a warning on the work terminal 2 and thereby allow the warning means 6 to have a simpler configuration. In addition, in this case, the displaying control section 21 of the work terminal 2 can also be configured in such a manner that, when, as a result of the code information collation of one of the plurality of electric wires 11 with the collating section 31, the code information in the two-dimensional code 122 and the code information in the code 24 do not match each other, the displaying control section 21 does not perform the displaying of the next wire routing operation..

[0042] Further, the progress analyzing section 33 and the storing section 34 of the administrating terminal 3 may also be mounted in the work terminal 2. In this case, the information on the progress status is transmitted to the administrating terminal 3 and is displayed on the display device 3a of the administrating terminal 3.

[0043] Further, although in the above embodiment, the progress status is being displayed only on the display device 3a of the administrating terminal 3, the present invention is not limited to this, but may be configured in such a manner that the data on the progress status is transmitted to the work terminal 2 to display the progress status on the display device 2a of the work terminal 2. This allows not only the administrator but also the operator to proceed with the routing operation while checking the progress status.

[0044] Further, although in the above-described embodiment, the information on the plurality of electric wires 11 to be subjected to the wire routing operation is using the code information in the respective codes 24 having been read in by the code reader 4, the present invention is not limited to this, but may be configured in such a manner that the information on the plurality of electric wires 11 to be subjected to the wire routing operation is prestored in the routing operation information storing section 22 of the work terminal 2 or the storing section 34 of the administrating terminal 3 in the wire routing operation order of the plurality of electric wires 11. This makes it possible to read in only the respective two-dimensional codes 122 with the code reader 4, collate the code information in those respective two-dimensional codes 122 and the prestored information on the plurality of electric wires 11 to be subjected to the wire routing operation, and check whether the respective wire routing operations of the plurality of electric wires 11 are being performed in the correct order, and therefore makes it possible to enhance the operation efficiency of the routing operation of the wire harness 10. In this case, the function of displaying the codes 24 on the display device 2a of the work terminal 2 can be omitted.

[0045] Further, although in the above embodiment, the wire routing operation of each of the plurality of electric wires 11 is being performed by using the work terminal 2, the work terminal 2 can also be omitted. For example, the wire routing operation of the plurality of electric wires 11 can also be performed by using a paper sheet with a wiring diagram printed thereon. In this case, for example, the wire routing operation order of the plurality of electric wires 11 and the respective codes 24 thereof may be written on the paper sheet with the wiring diagram printed thereon, and the code information in those respective codes 24 and the respective two-dimensional codes 122 on the respective identification marks 12 of the plurality of electric wires 11 may be collated.

(Actions and advantageous effects of the embodiment)



[0046] As described above, the wire harness routing supporting device 1 according to the present embodiment includes the identification marks 12, which are configured to identify the plurality of electric wires 11 constituting the wire harness 10 (or the respective connectors of the plurality of electric wires 11 being provided on the respective one end portions of the plurality of electric wires 11), and which are being fitted to the respective one end portions of the plurality of electric wires 11 respectively (or to the respective connectors of the plurality of electric wires 11 respectively), the code reader 4 as the reading in section configured to read in the respective identification marks 12 of the plurality of electric wires 11, and the wire routing operation collating means 5 including the collating section 31 configured to collate the information in the respective identification marks 12 having been read in by the code reader 4, and the information on the plurality of electric wires 11 (or the respective connectors of the plurality of electric wires 11) to be subjected to the wire routing operation.

[0047] This makes it possible to proceed with the wire routing operation while checking whether each of the plurality of electric wires 11 to be subjected to the wire routing operation is correct, and therefore makes it possible to perform the more secure wire routing operation. As a result, it is possible to suppress the occurrence of such a human error as to cause an electric wire 11 routing different from an electric wire 11 routing indicated on the display device 2a of the work terminal 2. In addition, by storing the results of the code information collation of each of the plurality of electric wires 11, it is possible to keep track of the history of the wire routing operation, and it is also possible for the administrator or the like to know the progress status. Further, by storing the respective collation times (the respective wire routing starting or ending times) of the plurality of electric wires 11, it is possible to know the times taken in the respective wire routing operations of the plurality of electric wires 11, and it is therefore possible to analyze the respective wire routing operations of the plurality of electric wires 11 to thereby ensure the efficiency improvement of the respective wire routing operations of the plurality of electric wires 11.

(Summary of the Embodiments)



[0048] Next, the technical ideas grasped from the above-described embodiments will be described with the aid of the reference characters and the like in the embodiments. It should be noted, however, that each of the reference characters and the like in the following descriptions is not to be construed as limiting the constituent elements in the claims to the members and the like specifically shown in the embodiments.
  1. [1] A wire harness routing supporting device (1), which is configured to be used in routing in a routing target a wire harness (10) including a plurality of electric wires (11), wherein identification marks (12) fitted to respective one end portions of the plurality of electric wires (11) or to the respective connectors of the plurality of electric wires (11), to identify the plurality of electric wires (11) or the respective connectors;
    the device comprising:

    a displaying control section (21) configured to in turn display respective routing paths of the plurality of electric wires (11) on a display device (2a) in accordance with a preset order of a wire routing operation of the plurality of electric wires (11), while displaying, on the display device (2a), codes (24) corresponding to the respective identification marks (12) of the plurality of electric wires (11) or the respective identification marks (12) of the respective connectors, respectively, to be subjected to the wire routing operation; and

    a wire routing operation collating means (5) including a reading in section (4) configured to read in the respective identification marks (12) and the respective codes (24) and the respective codes (24), and a collating section (31) configured to collate information in the respective identification marks (12) having been read in by the reading in section (4) and information in the respective codes (24) having been read in by the reading in section (4), respectively.

  2. [2] The wire harness routing supporting device (1) as defined in [1] above, wherein the collating section (31) includes a storing means configured to store a time at which the collating has been performed, in a storing section (34).
  3. [3] The wire harness routing supporting device (1) as defined in [2] above, further comprising:
    a progress analyzing section (33) configured to analyze a progress status of the routing operation of the wire harness (10) based on the information having been stored in the storing section (34).
  4. [4] The wire harness routing supporting device (1) as defined in any one of [1] to [3] above, further comprising:
    a warning means (6) configured to generate a warning to an operator performing the wire routing operation, when, as a result of the collating having been performed, the information in the respective identification marks (12) and the information on the plurality of electric wires (11) or the respective connectors, to be subjected to the wire routing operation, are not matching each other.
  5. [5] A wire harness routing supporting method, for performing a wire harness routing supporting in routing in a routing target a wire harness (10) including a plurality of electric wires (11) each including respective one end portions or respective connectors being provided on those respective one end portions, the method comprising:

    fitting identification marks (12) to the respective one end portions of the plurality of electric wires (11) constituting the wire harness (10) or to the respective connectors of the plurality of electric wires (11) on the respective one end portions of the plurality of electric wires (11), to identify the plurality of electric wires (11) or the respective connectors of the plurality of electric wires (11);

    in turn displaying respective routing paths of the plurality of electric wires (11) on a display device (2a) in accordance with a preset order of a wire routing operation of the plurality of electric wires (11), while displaying, on the display device (2a), codes (24) corresponding to the respective identification marks (12) of the plurality of electric wires (11) or the respective identification marks (12) of the respective connectors, respectively, to be subjected to the wire routing operation;

    reading in the respective identification marks (12) and the respective codes (24); and

    collating information in the respective identification marks (12) having been read in by the reading in section (4) and information in the respective codes (24) having been read in by the reading in section (4).



[0049] Although the embodiments of the present invention have been described above, the above described embodiments are not to be construed as limiting the inventions according to the appended claims. Further, it should be noted that not all the combinations of the features described in the embodiments are indispensable to the means, which is configured to solving the problem of the invention.

[0050] Further, the present invention can be appropriately modified and implemented without departing from the spirit thereof. For example, the identification marks 12 may be configured in such a manner as to include character information along with the two-dimensional codes 122, and if the respective two-dimensional codes 122 printed on the identification marks 12 fail to be read in due to staining or wrinkling or the like, the collating operation may be performed by the operator inputting the character information recorded in the identification marks 12 into the code reader 4 (e.g., a mobile phone or the like).

[0051] Although the invention has been described with respect to the specific embodiments for complete and clear disclosure, the appended claims are not to be thus limited but are to be construed as embodying all modifications and alternative constructions that may occur to one skilled in the art which fairly fall within the basic teaching herein set forth.


Claims

1. A wire harness routing supporting device, which is configured to be used in routing in a routing target a wire harness including a plurality of electric wires, wherein identification marks are fitted to respective one end portions of the plurality of electric wires or to respective connectors of the plurality of electric wires, to identify the plurality of electric wires or the respective connectors,
the device comprising:

a displaying control section configured to in turn display respective routing paths of the plurality of electric wires on a display device in accordance with a preset order of a wire routing operation of the plurality of electric wires, while displaying, on the display device, codes corresponding to the respective identification marks of the plurality of electric wires or the respective identification marks of the respective connectors, respectively, to be subjected to the wire routing operation; and

a wire routing operation collating means including a reading in section configured to read in the respective identification marks and the respective codes, and a collating section configured to collate information in the respective identification marks having been read in by the reading in section and information in the respective codes having been read in by the reading in section, respectively.


 
2. The wire harness routing supporting device according to claim 1, wherein the collating section includes a storing means configured to store a time at which the collating has been performed, in a storing section.
 
3. The wire harness routing supporting device according to claim 2, further comprising:
a progress analyzing section configured to analyze a progress status of the routing operation of the wire harness based on the information having been stored in the storing section.
 
4. The wire harness routing supporting device according to any one of claims 1 to 3, further comprising:
a warning means configured to generate a warning to an operator performing the wire routing operation, when, as a result of the collating having been performed, the information in the respective identification marks and the information on the plurality of electric wires or the respective connectors, to be subjected to the wire routing operation, are not matching each other.
 
5. A wire harness routing supporting method, for performing a wire harness routing supporting in routing in a routing target a wire harness including a plurality of electric wires each including respective one end portions or respective connectors being provided on those respective one end portions,
the method comprising:

fitting identification marks to the respective one end portions of the plurality of electric wires constituting the wire harness or to the respective connectors of the plurality of electric wires on the respective one end portions of the plurality of electric wires, to identify the plurality of electric wires or the respective connectors of the plurality of electric wires;

in turn displaying respective routing paths of the plurality of electric wires on a display device in accordance with a preset order of a wire routing operation of the plurality of electric wires, while displaying, on the display device, codes corresponding to the respective identification marks of the plurality of electric wires or the respective identification marks of the respective connectors, respectively, to be subjected to the wire routing operation;

reading in the respective identification marks and the respective codes; and collating information in the respective identification marks having been read in by the reading in section and information in the respective codes having been read in by the reading in section.


 




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