Altium Designer Wire/Cable Harness Design & Zuken E3 Series



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 the world of product design, as they require both mechanical and electrical information, yet the creation of 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 for the creation of 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.

It may surprise you to know that Altium Designer can be used to create intelligent cable drawings. This can be useful in situations in which a handful of cables are needed for test beds or to interface one PCB to another PCB or computer. However, this requires a deep knowledge of the library, the Altium schematic tool and its limitations.

What if you are designing machinery in which there are literally dozens of cables? In addition, what if the physical layout of those cables must be understood in order 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 large cable harness design efforts. Mil/Aero, automotive, robotics, and heavy machinery companies have turned to E3.series in an effort to take cabling and system engineering design beyond static drawings. To add to this, E3.series can also effectively handle design of hydraulic and pneumatic systems along with electrical, so that an entire system design can be achieved in one design environment.

Whether you are looking to push Altium Designer an extra mile or you are in need of a cable/hydraulic/pneumatic design solution to help you design your next product, Nine Dot Connects invites you to our webinar on cabling on May 28th.

In Altium Designer, we will demonstrate:

  • Foundation of a cable library component
  • Discuss the method of cable creation through examples in the schematic editor

The E3.series presentation will be provided by Geoff Lydon, E3.series Solutions Manager, at Zuken, who will walk you through 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