E3.series Resource Library

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Webinar: Process Optimization in Electrical Engineering: Plant and Machinery Industry

Building on the webinar “Electrical and Fluid Engineering in the Internet of Things Era,” this webinar examines the specific requirements of the plant and machinery sector and shows examples of best practices.

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Webinar: Electrical and Fluid Engineering in the Internet of Things Era

This webinar examines the changing role of electrical and fluid engineering in product development and examine approaches to providing an end-to-end electrical and fluid engineering process that is tightly integrated with mechanical and software engineering.

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Webinar: Wire/Harness Design Automation Basics I

This webinar, part 1 of a 2-part series, covers the logical part of the wire harness design process. At the end of the design flow of the logical part we use the topology and wiring path to assign wires and cables to a harness.

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Webinar: Wire Harness Design Automation Basics II

This webinar follows our first webinar “Wire / Harness Design Automation Basics I” where we have seen the logical part of the design process. Now we will look at the physical part of the wire harness design process.

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Webinar: Avoid Design Errors with a Connected Circuit Diagram and Panel Layout

Please join us for this interactive technical webinar where panel design will be discussed and demonstrated. Learn how to avoid electrical panel design errors by using a connected circuit and panel layout solution.

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Webinar: Detect Wire and Component Tolerance Violations

Please join us for this interactive technical webinar where tolerance failures and detection will be discussed and demonstrated. Insure that the maximum permissible current is not exceeded by the connected load. Verify the maximum voltage for correct operation is not exceeded. What happens when a switch is operated or when a relay is activated?

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Webinar: Streamlining Electrical System Design through Mechanical and Electrical Collaboration

In a typical scenario, electrical and mechanical engineering departments have a tendency to work independently, communicating in a limited and often uncoordinated fashion, which can lead to costly, time-consuming errors.

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Webinar: Functional Block Diagrams to Detailed System Wiring Diagrams – A New and Integrated Approach

In the area of System Design, System Engineers have accomplished their design tasks using an array of different tools including spreadsheets, diagramming programs and “dumb” graphics.

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    White Paper: The Modular Approach: A Guide to Multidisciplinary Success

    The white paper takes a look at the resulting tasks form an electronic, electrical and fluid engineering perspective and presents a pragmatic solution approach.

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    White Paper: Electrical Engineering Data Management

    In this white paper, you will find numerous tips and suggestions to achieve a future proof product development process (PDP).

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    White Paper: Domain-specific Domain Management

    This white paper considers the importance of data and process management for modern product development, and shows why electrical CAD data are best managed in a domain-specific environment that provides a basis for integration into enterprise-wide PLM and ERP environments.

      Free E3.series Viewer: Distribute E3.series Projects as Original Data

      Free E3.series ViewerE3.viewer allows you to distribute E3.series projects as original data. This ensures accurate exchange of data with production, service, suppliers and customers, while providing powerful E3.series functionality, e.g. Search, Jump, Device Properties.

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      KRONE Integrates ECAD, MCAD and ERP to Enable Integrated Design and Sourcing

      KRONE, a major brand in the agricultural machinery market, implemented an interdisciplinary product development process. Using Zuken’s E3.series they linked ECAD, MCAD and ERP to develop an integrated digital engineering and sourcing process, achieving sizable benefits for both sourcing and service. With an integral representation of mechanical and electrical product information, KRONE was able to make solid progress in implementing its major business optimization strategies: Industry 4.0 and Farming 4.0.

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      Müller Martini Enhances Variant and Option Handling and Reduces Manufacturing Costs by Moving to an Object-oriented ECAD Environment

      By introducing E3.series,up to 80% off all Müller Martini's machine configurations can now be selectedfrom the feature tree of one single E3.series project.

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      Stone Aerospace Saves 12 Weeks in Cabling Design using E3.series

      Stone Aerospace is a partner in NASA’s Europa Clipper mission concept.

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      Weidmüller Achieves Reduction of up to 75% in Cabinet Engineering

      Weidmüller is a global leader in electronics and automation products, solutions and services for industrial applications in the power, signal and data sectors.

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      Emergency One Controls Wire Harness Design Complexity and Slashes Delivery Lead Times with Standardized Design and Manufacturing Process

      Specialist fire rescue and emergency vehicle manufacturer, Emergency One UK Ltd, uses E³.series software for its electrical harness design.

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      Bruker Raises Documentation Quality and Design Flow Efficiency for Precision Instrumentation with E3.series

      To improve the quality of its electrical documents such as wiring diagrams,and to raise its design efficiency, Bruker AXS GmbH Karlsruhe implemented Zuken’s E3.series at all stages.

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      ATK Increases Cable Design Productivity for Space Shuttle Booster Replacement using E3.series

      ATK was tasked by NASA with designing the wiring harnesses for the booster rockets powering the replacement for the Space Shuttle while employing a team that is significantly smaller than that used on the now-cancelled Ares I project.

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      ARM Automatioon Achieves Two-Thirds Electrical Design Time Reduction by Switching to E3.series

      ARM Automation designs, builds and supports custom automated manufacturing systems for a wide range of industries.

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      Alstom Improves Productivity and Planning by Adopting a Modular Methodology for Electrical Design

      After acquiring various companies around the globe in the 1990s, Alstom needed to integrate these new elements into its international corporate structure in a meaningful way.

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      BCA Leisure Stays Responsive and Competitive using E3.series to Design and Manufacture Cable Harnesses for Caravans and Motorhomes

      Through close integration with the company’s ERP and by sharing live data, E3.series is enabling BCA Leisure to remain extremely competitive. This despite customers all requiring harnesses around the same time of year, and a supply chain complicated by long lead-time items, material shortages and fluctuating currencies.

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      Pantec Automation Cuts Machine Manufacturing Turnaround Time by Around 50%, Reduces Product Costs, and Helps Protect IP for Its Customers using E3.series

      When Pantec Automation’s customers faced pressure from low-cost counterfeit machinery, they realised the best way to fight back was to help customers reduce their own costs. Through wholesale efficiency improvements achieved by expanding its use of Zuken’s E3.series and integrating it into its ERP/PPS, Pantec Automation enabled its customers to better serve end-users.

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      Kellenberger cuts time taken to generate customer-specific schematics by up to 90% by implementing options and variants in E3.series

      The Swiss-based manufacturer recently introduced Zuken’s E3.series to automate the generation of schematics for customer-specific machine configurations, cutting the time taken by more than 90%.

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        Datasheet: E3.Toolbox

        E3.Toolbox empowers designers to maximize production value by helping create precise documentation without spending time with customization for different use cases. 

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        Datasheet: Harness Builder for E3.series

        Harness Builder for E3.series 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 nail-board/peg-board documentation.

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        Datasheet: E3.series Overview

        Electrical wiring, control systems and fluid engineering design

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        Datasheet: E3.cable

        Cabling and design documentation

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        Datasheet: E3.3D Routing Bridge

        Spatial Planning, Routing and Collision Checks in 3D

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        Datasheet: E3.series Viewer Family

        E3.view, E3.viewPlus, E3.redliner

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        Datasheet: E3.topology

        Distribute components and generate harnesses automatically.

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        Datasheet: E3.Functional Design

        From concept to detailed wiring plan

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        Datasheet: E3.Harness Analyzer

        Smart collaboration for the automotive industry

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        Datasheet: E3.formboard

        Manufacturing documentation (formboards) for producing cable harnesses.

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        Datasheet: E3.Harness Flattening

        Fully integrated electrical and mechanical harness design

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        Datasheet: E3.Revision Management

        Manage Different Project States and Document Modifications

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        Datasheet: E3.panel - Layout and Wiring

        E3.panel is completely integrated with E3.schematic and the ideal solution for the placement and wiring of devices in panels and on mounting plates.

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        Datasheet: E3.schematic - Control Design and Documentation

        E3.schematic provides a comprehensive, Windows® based, solution for the design and documentation of today’s complex electrical power and control systems.

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        Datasheet: E3.fluid

        Creation of hydraulic & pneumatic circuit diagrams

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        Datasheet: E3.Wiring Diagram Generator

        Automatically create wiring diagrams.

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        Datasheet: E3.eCheck

        DC Functional analysis and circuit checks for E3.series designs

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          Tech Tip: How to Smart Dock and Pin Your E3.series Windows

          Pinning your windows will save you screen space and allow you quick access to some of your most used windows.

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          The Irony of Green Technology and Engineering Departments

          Zuken’s E3.series is a leading electrical design tool that can significantly help reduce errors and design while increasing collaboration across multiple teams. The efficiency and automation capabilities are virtually unmatched across multiple domains. In addition to the design tools, the E3.series suite has powerful redlining and other digital manufacturing assistance technologies to push your design to manufacturing efficiency to the next level.

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          Tech Tip: Creating Wire Groups in E3.series

          In Zuken’s E3.series, wire groups can be made up of a number of wires with identical characteristics but different part numbers. One group may contain all the available types of one specific manufacturer or one specific color.

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          Why Working with the Best in Motorsport Keeps Us 'Race Fit' as Engineers

          E3.series takes a unique, object-oriented approach to component creation, so you can find graphics, tables, and metadata all within a single component. Instead of simply being a symbol, E3.series components are purchasable parts. In practice, this means a component can flag the connector it needs to mate to – avoiding mating errors. The library contains comprehensive information for all relevant component data: connectors, backshells, terminals and terminal seals.

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          Tech Tip: How to Define Database Search Configurations in E3.series

          To make the process of locating components in your E3.series library easier and quicker, you can set up search fields in the library database window, where field entries quickly narrow to show available components for selection. For more detailed instructions, see the video below.

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          A Record-setting Zuken Innovation World Americas

          Zuken Innovation World Americas 2018 took place recently in San Diego and was record-setting!  This was by far the largest ZIW event held in the Americas based on registrations, partners and international visitor attendance. Customer participation also set a record with over 25% of the sessions being delivered by customers. But, breaking records is only part of the story.

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          Tech Tip: Use the Component Table in E3.series' Database Editor to Modify Multiple Library Components in One Window

          Using E3.series’ Component Table empowers users to make multiple changes to their library components faster and easier. It’s a very powerful and useful tool.

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          Tech Tip: How to Join Model Pins to Schematic Pins in E3.series

          In order to use components more effectively in your E3.series project, you can associate a model to that component. You can describe the logical characteristics of your component using Component Wizard. However, it’s best create a model of that component to describe its physical characteristics.

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          Tech Tip: Creating New Terminals for Your Connectors in E3.series

          This video tech tip illustrates the process of creating a new terminal to be used with your connectors in Zuken’s E3.series. It covers the attribute information that can be applied to this model, and the model needed for the correct terminal for any given wire size.

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          Why Are Automotive Wiring Systems Experts Getting Excited about the Digital Twin?

          While the concept of a digital twin has been around since the early 2000s, it’s only thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) that its time has come. It was recently named one of Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2018.

          Simply speaking, a digital twin is a virtual model of a process or product, which is paired to the physical world. This approach allows the analysis of data and creates a wide range of new technical and commercial opportunities.

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          Tech Tip: How to Use Blocks in Zuken's E3.series

          System design can be complicated and difficult to track across the entire design. Blocks inside Zuken E3.seriesgive the users an easy way to manage multiple systems of varying complexity in a seamless environment.

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          Use Your E3.series Context Menu to Access Your Most Frequently Used Commands Faster

          Using the Context Menu will increase your design speed and make E3.series easier to use. The video below explains how to use and add your most popular commands to the Context Menu.

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          Tech Tip: Creating Off Sheet Connections in E3.series

          This process comes in handy if your schematic sheet gets too crowded or your signal continues to another part of the schematic. When you assign off sheet connectors, the system understands that the signal continues onto a different sheet(s).

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          Electrical Design and Yummy Green Chicken

          The burning question here (no pun intended) must be, “What does chicken have to do with electrical design?” and in truth, the answer is absolutely nothing! The thought of Green Chicken came to mind because of the warm days in the middle of winter – I wanted to fire up the barbeque. Many of my camping trips and barbeques would have been less memorable without the inclusion of this dish. If I am going camping with my friends, it is automatically expected that Green Chicken will be on the menu. Having said that, there are some great parallels to be drawn between cooking and design, give this recipe a try and let me know how it turned out.

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          Tech Tip: Create Your Own Custom User-Definable Toolbars and Keyboard Shortcut Commands in E3.series

          This will make E3.series easier to use and work faster by creating your own toolbars and keyboard shortcuts with the commands that you use most.

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          Tech Tip: How to Make Configurable Electrical Designs in E3.series

          The automation or configurability of designs is a goal every team wants to achieve, but most teams haven’t seen success mainly due to not having the right tool to get the job done. Electrical design tools that were once used by a vast number of companies originally came as extensions of mechanical design tools, or were very often just basic drafting tools. The ability to create exceptional designs without errors and do it in a fraction of the time required by other tools is the major reason why E3.series is so effective in helping design teams.

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          Zuken Helps French Automotive and Special Vehicle Supplier Increase Global Turnover while Maintaining Quality

          Several years ago, automotive supplier EFA France realized they were expanding at a rate beyond which their current electrical design setup could manage. With plans to increase their global turnover, while maintaining the high level of quality in their products that had caused their business to prosper in the first place, they needed a new solution.

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          E/E Design Process Evolution with MBSE

          This is an exciting time in the product development world. Increasing product complexity is driving the need for a design process evolution. Not long ago the detailed design process was the centerpiece of product development. But the need for functional and physical design accuracy is forcing the product development process to evolve. In response, the product development process is both converging and expanding.

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          Tech Tip: Accelerated Electrical Designs with Excel and E3.series

          We are all looking to gain productivity in our design cycle to save time and reduce costs. A good method to get a head start is to use Excel or a .csv file to get the design started and load devices into you project.

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          Tech Tip: Setting up Shared Sheets in E3.series

          Shared sheets are real spaces created to scale that fit in a standard drawing border and help you design large systems in separate spaces while keeping them connected. The master drawing/sheet can be a whole system with different drawings/sheets becoming the sub-systems. The shared sheets are important in many applications where the size of the system is bigger than any one drawing can hold, but at the same time the scale and topology of the entire drawing is best maintained together.

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          Tech Tip: How to Set-up Autorouting in E3.series

          E3.series 2017 brings improved automatic routing for making connections by adding automatic connections between selected items.

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          Things to Consider Before Investing in a New Electrical Engineering Tool

          The growing number of E³.series applications and options reflects the growing complexity of the electrical engineering process itself. The engineering process has become increasingly concurrent: activities that once were performed one after another can now be carried out simultaneously. In a certain sense, with its object-oriented architecture that enables parallel development of schematic planning, fluid cable planning, and even cabinet and harness layout, E³.series was one of the first engineering software products to fully embrace the trend of concurrent engineering.

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          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.

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          E3.series Integration with Creo, CATIA and NX for Wire Lengths and Harness Structures

          Electrical and MCAD integration, if you’re not already doing it, has the potential to save you a good deal of time in the electrical product development process. On the most basic level you can cut out the prototype stage needed for calculating wire lengths. If you’re also working with E3.formboard, as well as the basic module (E3.cable), then you can obtain the entire harness structure.

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          Seamless Wire Harness Design with E3.series and Solid Edge

          Zuken and Siemens connect electrical design and mechanical CAD systems, helping engineers ensure electrical harness design accuracy. This technical solution brief from Design World explores how electrical wire harnesses designed using Zuken’s E3.series can be imported into Solid Edge for routing around a mechanical assembly.

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          Another Automotive Supplier Chooses E3.series for Harness Design and Manufacturing

          Hot on the heels of Racetech and Teepee Electrical, another autosport supplier has recently opted for E3.series to design their harnesses. I’d like to introduce HCI Systems and the man behind the operation, Mike Tickner. Why E3.series… and why now, was the basis of our chat last week.

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          eCl@ss, CMAP Classification and Product Description to Lighten the Load of Managing Libraries in E3.series

          Managing libraries is an industry wide requirement – it’s got to be done, and done right, or the design migraine kicks in. This is why, today I’m pointing the spotlight on this fundamental part of the design flow. Making library management easier and quicker, is why we created the Zuken Component Manufacturer Alliance Program, so that E3.series users can benefit from ready-made libraries. We’ve combined this with the eCl@ss Advanced reader to allow an even greater amount of suppliers to add their components with no effort, important for paving the way for future growth of the library components.

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          How to Save Time Managing Options and Variants in Wire Harness Design

          The majority of electrical designers have to contend with options and variants and the resulting harness families and derivatives. Today I’m going to investigate the source of these differences and explain how you can save time in updating the associated data.

            Introduction Movies

            E3.series - Get Back to Making Cool Stuff

            Optimizing System-level Wire Harness and Electrical Design Processes

            Industries

            Aerospace and Defense

            Plant, Machinery and Automation

            Automotive

            Features

            Option Enhancements with Configurations and Packages

            Connector Pin Functionality

            Automatic Wire Numbering

            Component Search Dialogue

            Connector Table Functionality

            3D Routing Bridge Integration with Solid Edge