Electrical Cable Design Software
E3.cable - Cabling Design and Documentation
E3.cable is a superset of E3.schematic and is used for designing and documenting cable plans and harness layouts. Individual conductors are combined together in the design to form new cables or harnesses. Shielding and twisted-pair structure can also be added to the cables and automatically shown in the schematic.
“E3.cable is built on standard relational database architecture. This gave us an open tool box to work with. This is not what we were seeing from the old names [in software solutions].”
– Mike Brown, Former Chief Information Officer
E3.cable supports block functionality, blocks can represent components, rack equipment, black boxes, PCB’s and through hierarchy whole systems and sub-systems. Connector pins are dynamically added to the blocks and signal information is displayed alongside.
Views allow alternate documentation of devices such as single-line diagrams, wiring diagram and cable plans. For example connectors can be represented as single pins in the schematic and then as the complete connector in the cable plan. Changes to any of the views, immediately updates all other views, ensuring all documentation is synchronized.
Links to External Data
Blocks can be integrated with PCB design data created internally or by the supply chain. Externally facing connector and signal information from the PCB system is dynamically added to the blocks in E3.series, changes to the PCB are re-imported into the block and all information is updated. E3.cable supports most PCB formats and has bi-directional integrations with Zuken’s CR-5000 and CR-8000.
Blocks can represent Hierarchical systems and sub-systems, users can tunnel down into blocks to the level below and signals and connections can pass between levels and sub-levels. Hierarchy enables top-down and bottom-up design, promotes design reuse and provides managers with a system level overview.
Extended Connector Handling
E3.ExtendedConnectorHandling automatically creates special representations of connectors as used in the aerospace and automotive industries. Various options exist.
- Automatic merger of connector graphics
- Backshell functionality
- Connector gender display
- Pin usage tracking
- Split connector continuation lines
- Split block continuation lines
- Block-side pin display
Re-use of PCB Design Data
With E3.cable the entire electrical and electronic system is documented. During the development predefined elements are used, which are either manufactured in-house, or purchased from a supplier, where their I/O behavior is documented. The complete system is a result of the predefined elements, such as PCBs, actuators, sensors and the connections between them.
PCB design data can be imported directly in E3.cable, where a function block is generated, the interface connectors are placed and the signal definition and additional attributes are imported. Using this functionality the data flow between PCB design and system design is done with just a few clicks.
This saves a lot of time-consuming work and prevents mistakes while manually inputting. The data is transferred via an E3.series standard format, a very simple CSV file or using specific E3.series interfaces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stone Aerospace is a partner in NASA’s Europa Clipper mission concept.
Kässbohrer Transport Technik Achieves 60-90% Reduction in Electrical Documentation Turnaround for Customer Specific Vehicle Configurations
Turnaround cycles for special projects were reduced by 60 to 90%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mecalac (Formerly Terex GB) Cuts the Time Taken to Develop Right-First-Time Cable Harnesses for Its Heavy Plant Vehicles
Mecalac Construction Equipment UK is a global manufacturer of compact plant machinery, providing market-leading solutions that maximize return on investment.
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.
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%.
E3.series 2017 brings improved automatic routing for making connections by adding automatic connections between selected items.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.