Zuken E3: Wire/Cable Harness Design

Have you ever wondered if there is a better and easier way to design wire and cable harnesses? Look no further!

Cable harnesses are a challenge in product design, as they require mechanical and electrical information. Yet, creating a harness design has generally been relegated to whatever drawing tool was available within the design team. In many cases, either mechanical CAD or schematic capture tools (which were developed to create PCBs) have been used to create harness and cable designs. As a result, these drawings are typically 'dumb' drawings, without intelligent data, nor are they easily manipulated to accommodate changes.

What if you are designing machinery in which there are literally dozens of cables? What if the physical layout of those cables must be understood for the mechanical and electrical teams to constrain their designs? To add to this complexity, consider that there could be numerous subsystems that need to be interconnected. The E3.series solution by Zuken was developed to handle these great cable harness design efforts. Mil/Aero, automotive, robotics, and heavy machinery companies have turned to E3.series to take cabling and system engineering design beyond static drawings. To add to this, E3.series can also effectively handle the design of hydraulic and pneumatic systems and electrical, so that an entire system design can be achieved in one design environment.

The E3.series presentation will cover the various capabilities of the E3.series solution including:

  • Creation of Schematics and Interconnection Diagrams
  • Rapid creation of cable connections
  • Use of "objects" to define different views of the interconnections, e.g., interconnect diagrams, wiring diagrams, manufacturing documentation
  • Seamless integration between schematics, cable, and formboard designs
  • Integration to 3D Mechanical Design tools for cable routing
  • Auto-generation of reports, including BOM's, Cable Lists and Connection Lists

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