E³.series - addressing the design challenges of the automotive industry
The dynamic and demanding automotive industry launches new products to the marketplace each year. It’s a constant challenge to design and manufacture new models while consistently improving vehicle quality and performance, and at the same time optimizing processes. To meet these demands, manufacturers introduce new initiatives each year to reduce the amount of vehicle wiring and limit the number of electronic control units (ECUs). Cars are also increasing in complexity and sophistication, with more electronic and embedded software incorporated into each new model.
To gain a competitive edge, many companies are working globally using a platform-driven philosophy. Platforms contain data sets, such as chassis or security systems that are designed with multiple vehicles in mind. The workload can then be shared internationally.
Fossil-fuelled vehicles are still the mainstay of production, but manufacturers have a shrinking window in which to develop their versions of hybrid and fully electric vehicles.
Since 2003, electrical systems in Mercedes-Benz cars have been developed using Zuken’s E³.series. Our continued relationship with customers like Mercedes-Benz is validation of our dedication to keeping E3.series at the forefront of electrical design.Steve Chidester, Head of International Marketing, Zuken.
The Automotive industry faces many challenges including; Options and variants, global diversity, sourcing software tools, supply chains, digital mockups and creation of service documentation.
Zuken is at the forefront of the automotive market and our E3.series tools benefit from years of development and collaboration with our automotive customers.