Wire Harness Design Software

Harness Builder for E3.series

Harness Builder for E3.series is a wire harness design software that supports the custom wire and cable harness market. This E3.series integrated module is designed to be used by harness manufacturers for the accurate quotation/estimate and full creation of nailboard/pegboard documentation.

Harness Manufacturers can now easily create their harness documentation from drawings and/or a wirelist in a short amount of time. Data sheets can be easily added to documentation. Pricing information, lead time and assembly time can also be calculated automatically.

What's New in Harness Builder 2018

Highlight Wires from Connection Row
Wire Table Highlight

It’s now possible to highlight wires in your designs by selecting the connection row and using the “Highlight Wire” option. The highlight can be run internally via the button or externally by running a script (available with your download).


  • Easy to find/review system drawings
  • Can be run from internal and external sources
Disable Wire Table Pin by Class
Disable Pin by Class - wire harness design software

Streamline Information Displayed in Wire Table Reports

Harness Builder 2018 empowers users to select the classes of parts to hide pin numbers in wire tables. Options to select only project classes or classes are available in the library. This control is most commonly used for terminals and contact/connector inserts.

Cut Mark and Strip
Harness Builder 2018 software Supported Formats and Machines

Harness Builder 2018 supports multiple machines for a wider variety of automation settings. Adopting a standard data-driven approach enhances automation and design ROI.

Artos Unity format
KappaWIN 2xx series
TopWIN for Kappa 3xx series
TopWIN for Crimp by Crimp
TopWIN for Zeta/Omega
TopWIN with block loading
Schleuniger Cayman format
Test machine mating connector
Wire Table Display Colors
Dynamic wire display colors

Wire colors can now be displayed directly in formboard tables, template symbols and to devices in project mode.


  • Accelerate assembly time by increasing readability of harness layouts
  • Update dynamic wire colors with the press of a button
  • Catch errors in wiring earlier in the design process
Advanced Wire Table Settings
  • Excel Output and Row Settings
  • Wire Length Calculation Settings
    • Fine tune lengths information with standard length addition for wires and cables based on individual company standards.
  • Report Layout Settings
    • Disable pins by class.
  • Wire Color Options
    • Including text type selection for position and wire color display
    • Color mapping
    • Text type mapping
Test Machines
Harness Builder 2018 software Testing Machines

All leading test machines are now supported for direct export. DIT-MCO format is applicable for multiple machine families.

  • DIT-MCO test format
  • Cirris test format
  • Dynalab test format
  • Cami Research test format

Features and Benefits of Wire Harness Design Software

Define the manufacturing length of any segment in full-scale drawings
Bill of Materials (BOM) and wire schedules reflecting all changes and additions

Dynamic dimensioning

Automatically or manually assign wires directly in connection tables
Addition of cable protectors (shrink tube) and fasteners
Online cost estimates of parts used
Long lead time items flagged
Assembly time calculation
Direct link to crimping and terminating tools
PDF datasheets hyperlinked from parts
Easy addition of nail points and branch attributes
Automated splice heat-shrink selection and documentation

Datasheet: Harness Builder for E3.series

Harness Builder for E3.series supports the custom wire and cable harness market.

Comprehensive Intelligent Library

Harness Builder for E3.series wire harness design software comes with a comprehensive set of component libraries containing thousands of components. The intelligent parts make it possible for a layout builder to select and match wire sizing and optimize terminal selection.

Automatic creation of connector tables, manufacturing and displayed wire lengths are enabled, while applying logical stretching and compression routines. Rotation of complete cable branches is also supported. As with all other modules in the E3.series suite, the displayed view data of an object in a project is always consistent with the schematic and documents. Bill of materials and wire listings are always up to date.

Accurate Cost Estimates

Select and place connectors, terminals, wires and cables and have Harness Builder for E3.series deliver a detailed documented list for design time, while highlighting long lead-time items. Export a user-defined comprehensive quotation for the total cost to build. Parts are also hyperlinked to tooling parts and stockroom locations can easily be added.

Accurate Cost Estimates
Intelligent Bill of Materials

Components, wires, cables, looming parts and symbols are linked to give direct BOM output and item definition that can be placed on the drawing sheet or exported directly to a user-defined Excel file. Wires, cables and loom are quantified based on length to provide accurate results. Additional parts to the connectors are associated and easy to add to the BOM without searching through OEM or supplier documentation for part numbers. Parts are also linked to PDF documentation for information about sizing and terminal insertion.

Intelligent Bill of Materials (BOM)
Splice Documentation for Sonic Welders

Splicing is recognized as an integral part of the wire harness design software and manufacturing design. Harness Builder for E3.series will provide direct output including barcodes for the ultrasonic welders. Left and right side welds are thoroughly detailed with the correct size heat-shrink selected for the fabricated weld.

Direct Import/Export from/to Manufacturing

Once a harness is designed within Harness Builder for E3.series it can be directly exported to wire cutting and labeling machines from such vendors as Schleuniger, Komax and Argus. The labels can also be printed on all popular label machines such as Brady, Brother and Hewlett Packard. Output user format is easy to create and deploy. An Excel from/to list can be used to directly import the wiring list. Parts will be automatically selected from the library and wires and cables attached. Design rule checking will notify the user if the correct terminal pin to fit the connector has been selected.

Video Help

Extensive videos are available directly from within Harness Builder for E3.series detailing tasks to design the harness. These videos guide the user through the steps required to estimate, build and output the harness.



Webinar: Top 5 Harness Manufacturing Challenges

A discussion about the Top 5 challenges in harness design and manufacturing has been long overdue. Harness manufacturing is growing driven by the electrification across industry lines. The challenges are consistent across industries for the most part without a consistent solution. We have heard pretty much all the challenges and worked on solutions with customers for over 40 years.


An In-depth Look at Zuken's Harness Builder 2018 for E3.series

Harness Builder 2018 for E3.series is packed with new features and customer-driven enhancements with a focus on the manufacturing side of the process with the addition of new direct driving exports and documentation. New enhancements include an innovative way to display the wires on front or back images of connectors and within the tables located next to connectors on the formboard drawings. This assists the assembler with visualizing which colored wires go into the designated connector cavities and can greatly increase harness build speed while limiting errors.


Zuken Extends Quoting and Order Processing Capabilities for Wire Harness Manufacturing

Harness Builder 2018 for E3.series has been enhanced to provide extended control and processing capabilities for wire harness manufacturers. Harness Builder for E3.series is a packaged solution that enables harness manufacturers to read in connection lists from 3rd party toolsets, assign components from a comprehensive library and generate detailed manufacturing drawings and outputs in Zuken’s E3.series environment.


Zuken USA Launches eCommerce for eTraining

Zuken USA now allows users to purchase eTraining online and begin your course immediately. The new purchase process allows you to create and manage your eTraining account directly. Companies can now more cost effectively purchase a block of eTraining courses and allocate them across the organization.


Webinar: Why Use Automated ECAD Tools to Quote Wire Harnesses?

ECAD offers many advantages over traditional manual processes with the ability to select parts from a vast database of smart components and synchronization with your business systems like ERP to drive a complete quotation based on the design.


Webinar: Smart Tools for Power Industry Electrical Design

Designing that infrastructure with accuracy and speed is an essential element of the strategic outlook. A design in the generation and distribution space requires careful attention to detail in every aspect from concept all the way through to documentation.  A smart tool approach can double your productivity. This webinar will contrast and explore the smart tool approach with current practices.


Estimate Harness Costs with Harness Builder for E3.series

What presents itself as an apparent manufacturing quoting tool can quite effectively be used in all sections of the engineering and manufacturing process. From the initial quoting stage, right through to the final output on a formboard, 1:1 drawing can be printed directly from the application.


Webinar: What's New in E3.series 2017

We will demonstrate workflows that help designers take the next leap in productivity in various industries like aerospace, harness manufacturing, industrial machinery etc. The attendees will have a chance to ask questions and learn about the latest developments towards fully automating your design workflow.


Webinar: How to Detail a Harness to Reduce Manufacturing Costs and Time

This webinar will outline the best practices for creating harness manufacturing drawings. The overall cost of designing and manufacturing a harness can be drastically reduced by following a few simple steps. These cost reducing best practices are applicable to both in-house and outsourcing manufacturing.


Webinar: Wire Harness Manufacturing from Cost Estimates to Testing

Join Zuken and Cirris for this joint webinar. Wire harness manufacturers need a simple and quick process to create the wire harness design, estimate cost and generate quotations with manufacturing build documentation.


Webinar: Concurrent Design of Power Generation and Distribution Schematics and Panels

This webinar will cover the design of large electrical projects. A vital element of the design process is the tracking of nomenclature, device and cable functions, assignments and placement. This is for the accurate generation of complete Bills of Materials, Cabling Schedules and all documentation such as labels, manufacturing files and test data.