Mechanical CAD Interface
E3.3D Routing Bridge
To help strive for right-first-time design and to support full digital mock-ups Zuken have developed links between E3.series and all major MCAD vendors. Using the E3.3D Routing Bridge, schematic and connection information from E3.series can be interfaced to all major MCAD systems. Collaborating between E3.series and your chosen MCAD tool allows concurrent design. Mechanical engineers and electrical engineers can work independently or collaboratively.
- Transfer component information to MCAD (connectors, pins, splices)
- Transfer to-from data to MCAD (inc’ gauge, colour, type)
- Check for clash detection in MCAD
- Check for bend radius
- Calculate length of wires and segments in MCAD
- Transfer lengths and segments back to E3.series
- Automatic creation of manufacturing documentation in E3.formboard (dependant on MCAD system)
The following 3D Harness Design Systems are supported:
- CATIA V5
- Solid Works
- PTC Creo Parametric (formerly Pro/Engineer)
- Autodesk Inventor
- Siemens NX
- Solid Edge
- NX I-deas
Additional integrations available upon request.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.