Practically a month ago, Zuken announced significant enhancements for the automotive and special purpose vehicle industry in E³.series 2012, its electrical and fluid CAD software.
The major goal of the release is to reduce the number of iterations between manufacturing engineers and design engineers, leading to reduced design time and improved quality. With E³.series 2012, users across the vehicle industries – from trucks and tanks to buses, cars and motorcycles can benefit from the improved integrations between design and manufacturing.
E³.series is Zuken’s Windows-based modular, scalable and intuitive system for the engineering, design, documentation, and manufacturing of wiring, harnesses, cable assemblies, control panels, hydraulic and pneumatic systems. E³.series’ core object-oriented architecture supports the entire engineering flow from concept to manufacturing and eliminates the need for data transfer between different modules. This reduces errors, increases quality and allows engineering changes to be completed much more effectively. E³.series can also be smoothly integrated with existing applications and processes through standard and customizable, bidirectional programmable interfaces.
The new release includes fully automated connector pin terminal handling. Any modification to the wire gauge will result in automatic selection of the correct connector pin terminal; regardless of where changes are made in the design flow.
This means connector pin terminal selection, cavity seal selection and environmental terminal selection are now fully automatic, leading to fewer errors and more streamlined design flow. Designers will spend far less time considering how to configure connectors.
Another improvement offers improved option handling with configurations and packages (a collection of functional additions to a vehicle). Anyone working with the numerous configuration choices in vehicle industries understands the complexity of the design process and the need for speed and accuracy when compiling design specifications.
This benefits those working with options and variants as engineers can quickly access the specifications for different vehicle configurations and analyze the effects of alternative design scenarios. In keeping with E³.series’ object-oriented functionality, selecting the configuration automatically creates the relevant data for all departments involved in the production process.
E³.series 2012 enables you to configure the wire numbers in the project based on circuit functionality and signal classification. The utility is also configurable for a number of additional industries, including machinery, rail and power.
For more information on new features in E³.series 2012, visit www.zuken.com/e3series-2012.