I am having trouble finding a way to associate a specific PIN part number with a specific CONNECTOR part number. My thoughts are that this would be done in the Manufacturer parts manager. Any help would be appreciated.
Taking a stab in the dark here - are you trying to do this to make the pins that go with a particular connector easier to find? If so, there's no specific link to associate one mfr part with another, but what I've found works best is to include the text "FOR USE WITH [PartNo]" in the description of the pin part. This will makes it so when searching for pins I can set the Type to Auxiliary and type in the part number of the connector I'm interested into the description field in the search bar.
Your idea would make a fantastic enhancement request though! It'd be awesome if you could just select an associated part from a dropdown list after selecting the base component.
Currently there are no dedicated ways for completing this task as Tim mentioned earlier.
One way of you are not using too many connectors is to set-up Macro with the parts already set-up and bring that in so you don't have to bring then in again and again.
I have used another workaround, using the mnemonic field available in Parts to associate the appropriate Contact/Pin number in the connector to the corresponding pin. After doing that, I modified the Bill of Materials to search the entry from the Mnemonic field in the Manufacturer parts library for all component in the project.
Thanks guys for the replies. I had thought that an SWE sales engineer had demonstrated to me a way to perform this action, but, I must have been mistaken. The idea would be to make it easier to select the correct pins for a given connector, and as an error check. We know this info at the time we put a connector into SWE parts manager, and many of us have experienced a time when an engineer has selected the wrong pins, and not discovered the issue until production is making up the cable. Better to catch these issues at the design phase.
Just to revisit this: The "Super Part" (actual name TBD) feature of 2017 answers some of these questions. You can add many manufacturer parts to a "super part" which acts as a configuration of sorts. Selecting that super part attaches all the normal manufacturer parts (shell, terminals, seals, dust cap) in one click. You still need an engineer to properly assign pins for your application.
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