E3.series has been adopted by many in rail production, and new rail-specific functionality has been added to meet the challenges faced by the industry.
E3.series is a design engineering solution that provides the ability to design and build better products through automated design functions. Design projects contain all the data from schematic to bills of materials to production information. Its object-oriented architecture ensures that all design elements, attributes and changes are immediately reflected from design through to production.
We have recently introduced Zuken’s E3.series solution and already it has brought about great improvements in our design process over our previously used schematic design systems. EMD anticipates that with this software we will significantly reduce cycle times and minimize errors in our circuit designs.
Timothy Kaptur, Supervisor, Electrical Schematics, ElectroMotive Diesels
In an environment where prototyping is impractical, it is important to be able to generate digital mockups. With the increase in mechatronic design, representation of the harness information is required in the mechanical model. Zuken’s E3.3DRoutingBridge transfers the connectivity and harness information from the electrical schematic into the mechanical design system. Simulating the vehicles’ functions is becoming more important. For this, E3.series links to Saber, from Synopsys – a leading tool for simulation of mechatronic systems.
In an environment with a large number of design iterations, reliable change management is vital. E3.redliner and E3.RevisionManager, when used together, manage the electrical change process. The change information generated can be fed directly into the Engineering Change Order (ECO) process.
Twenty thousand wires, 7,000 devices, 1,000s of sheets of schematics and dozens of engineers all working simultaneously – this sounds like a logistical nightmare. However, this is made straightforward with E3.multiuser. The proprietary multiuser server manages all the changes made by individual users and feeds them directly to all other users in real time. This ensures all item designations are unique and keeps track of all contact usage to prevent errors. Additionally, it provides built-in workflow and access control functions.
Data for physical manufacturing
Transferring logical schematic detail to the physical installation can be complex, and many companies have invested heavily to streamline this process, often developing in-house tools. To help manage this process, E3.series provides tools such as E3.panel with its built in segregation capabilities, E3.topology for specifying component locations and evaluating harnesses and sub-harnesses, and tabular data entry. All methods allow for the separation of logical and physical attributes, but ultimately provide the required physical manufacturing data.
As an established supplier to the global rail sector, E3.series supports all required standards including EN 15380 parts I, II, and III based upon the IEC 81-346. Its multilingual capabilities allow you to work in your local language and produce the project data in the required language. And, in addition to the standard reports provided by E3.series, an open Application Programming Interface (API) enables the creation of custom outputs and formats to meet your specific needs.
With a centralized shared parts library which also stores modular sub-circuits, E3.series is optimized for design reuse. The modules can be used in multiple projects and managed independently. This functionality, coupled with the API and comprehensive variant and option functionality, enables you to automate your product lines and support new modular design trends.
The powerful 3D interface from E3.series to CATIA helps us maximize productivity for developing the manufacturing plans of cables.
Klaus Heimke, Manager for New Technologies and E-Business at Alstom LHB