Yes, we ran into the very same issue a few years ago when we first started implementing Design Reuse. We concluded that we really needed TWO reference designators, one for our engineering folks and one for the Manufacturing/MRP/PDM/Documentation folks.Originally posted in cdnusers.org by cdavies
The Engineering ref des would preserve the hierarchical nature of the design and would be very intuitive to the engineers in showing the inherited relationships in the design.
The other ref des would meet the needs of the other downstream systems that have restrictions on character length.
We have communicated this need to Cadence. I'm not sure if this is still on their radar screen to implement. I would certainly invite you (and others) to join the party and request this!
In the mean time, the engineers in our company have to sacrifice for the sake of the other systems.