KBL Implementation Guidelines

The VDA / PSI recommendation Harness Description List (KBL) defines an information model, a data dictionary, and an XML schema derived from and compliant to the model. The intention of the model was to cover a wide range of use cases and application scenarios. For this reason the specification had to be kept generic in some degree and in some aspects. However, for specific scenarios and / or use cases a more detailed description on “how the different pieces fit together” is possible.

To avoid dialects in the different KBL implementations, further guidelines or recommendations are necessary. This collection of implementation guidelines contributes to the unambiguous interpretation of the KBL standard. For various wiring harness definition or electrical system aspects and scenarios the correct instantiation is shown and specific hints for correct usage are given.

Contributing and Proposals

If you find any bugs in the implementation guidelines or if you have a request for a specific topic, or if you would like to contribute your own tutorials please drop us an issue on the PROSTEP JIRA. If you don’t have an account there yet, see here for the procedure to get one.

Additional Resources

Currently Under Review

The following table contains pages currently under review.
Title Latest Content Addition / Commit Created Changed
Sealed Ring Terminals KBLFRM-631: Added guideline for ring terminals and overlapping wire protections.
Latest Commit: Incorporation of additional review comments.
2020-05-29 2022-08-24
Specification of Splices KBLFRM-1026: Added guideline for the distinction of parallel and end splices.
Latest Commit: Incorporation of additional review comments.
2021-05-19 2022-08-24

Latest Changes

The following table contains lately changed pages, sorted descending by last change.
Title Latest Content Addition / Commit Created Changed
3D B-Spline Representation KBLFRM-923: Added clarification for the usage of B-Splines in KBL.
Latest Commit: Incorporation of additional review comments.
2020-05-04 2022-08-24
Supplier Parts and Supplier Part Selection Latest Commit: Incorporation of additional review comments. 2020-05-26 2022-08-24
Sealed Ring Terminals KBLFRM-631: Added guideline for ring terminals and overlapping wire protections.
Latest Commit: Incorporation of additional review comments.
2020-05-29 2022-08-24
Multiple Cavity Parts KBLFRM-950: Added implementation guideline for multiple parts at a contact point.
Latest Commit: Incorporation of additional review comments.
2020-06-16 2022-08-24
Specification of Splices KBLFRM-1026: Added guideline for the distinction of parallel and end splices.
Latest Commit: Incorporation of additional review comments.
2021-05-19 2022-08-24

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