There are two ways to look up components within the Anekonnect application:
1. Menu Bar > Cataloged Parts
If you want to lookup components outside of the Anekonnect editor, click the Cataloged Parts button in the Menu Bar.
From the Parts catalog, you can Search Parts using the search bar or select one of the 8 Parts category (Connectors, Cable, Locking Sleeve, Split Junction, Penetrator, Instrument, Accessories, Overmolds) to explore further.
Navigating Parts Catalog
Once you click on a Parts category (in our example we'll be using Connectors), you will see the following layout:
Click Add Filter to filter the Parts category for specific variables like Connector Manufacturer, Shell Style, and Voltage Rating to name a few examples. The filter variables available depends on the Part category you select. Then click Apply to narrow down the parts according to your filter settings.
Total Parts in Category & Search Bar
Directly under filter the Parts category is listed with a number in brackets. That number displays how many parts are in the catalog for that category. In this example, there are 607 cables in the Parts catalog.
On the right-hand side you will also find a search bar so you can easily search parts by part number or other identifying variables.
The Manufacturer section contains the manufacturers for that Parts category contained within the Parts catalog, so you can easily narrow down a large selection of parts to a single manufacturer.
Add New Part
You will find the Add New button underneath the Manufacturers section. If you can't find the part you need listed within the Parts catalog, you can add a new part to the database. Please see the Add New Part article that dives deeper into this process.
The last section on the Parts catalog page is dedicate to the Parts gallery. This section lists all parts that fit your filter or search results, with the following information:
- Part Name/Part Number
- Image of the Part
- Bookmark Icon -Bookmark part so you can quickly find it later.
- Share Icon -Share party by link or email.
If you hover over a part, the image will transition to show important part features. For example, cables show the number of cores and a cable core summary.
And if you click on a part you can access even more information about the part. For cables you'll find Commercial Data, Manufactured By, Cores information, and Cable Physical Properties. The information available on a specific Parts page depends on the Part category.
2. Anekonnect Editor > Add Component
The Parts catalog is a great resource, but sometimes you may not want to leave the workflow of the editor or you already know a lot of specifics about the component you want to lookup. To search components from the Anekonnect editor, click the Add Component button on the left-hand side.
Click Connectors to expand a drop-down menu where you can choose between the 8 Parts categories (Connectors, Cable, Locking Sleeve, Split Junction, Penetrator, Instrument, Accessories, Overmolds).
Alternatively you can Search all components by entering a part number or other identifiable information.
The white box is where all of the parts information is contained.
The top line in this section is primarily used for navigation, with the following options:
- Select Manufacturer - reveals that the information contained in the following lines is a list of manufacturers
- Navigate Back - if you want to back out of a search list, click this button to return to the previous search results. For example, if you click the GISMA manufacturer but can't find what you need, you can click Navigate Back until you return to the Connector Manufacturer page.
- Show All - removes all filters or subdivisions to show a single list of parts
- Reset Parameters - if you want to start with a fresh search, click Reset Parameters to return to the starting page
- Parametric Filter - use the parametric filter to set a series of specifications that you want the results to meet
The other lines of this section is reserved to display the results of your searches. If you end up with a search that has many pages (notes Pages 5 of 336 in the top-right hand corner in this example), you can use the blue arrows located on either side of this section to navigate to new pages.
Once you identify the part you are looking for, you can just click on its name to add it to your assembly drawing.