E3.series - addressing the design challenges of the railway industry
With passenger numbers up every year, the passenger rail industry is moving from strength to strength. However, with continuing changes in the industry, there is no time to sit back and enjoy the success. Old rolling stock needs replacing, new high speed trains travelling upwards of 400km/h (250mph) and their supporting infrastructure need to be built – all in a deregulated world.
Where once stood large state funded train companies, there are now many smaller companies all fighting for business. The influx of smaller companies is driving the market toward a more cost-effective approach to production with new modular designs and an almost off-the-shelf approach to train production. This has made the larger organizations look to improve their processes to compete in a changing world.
We enjoy working with E3.series because it best fulfilled our electrical design needs compared to all other software programs. The multi-user functionality enables us to easily create functional group-oriented complete circuit diagrams, which can be readily checked using German standards (FSF) for the design and production of railway vehicles. Also the integration between various departments and external suppliers can be easily realized using the COM interface.Frank Hahn, E3-Support, Voith Turbo Locomotive Technology
Railway industry design engineers usually have only one chance to get the design right, without the safety net of prototypes. What is designed in the engineering department is precisely what is built for production; placing increased importance on the design phase.
E3.series has been adopted by many in rail production, with benefits including reduced cycle times and minimized errors. New rail-specific functionality has been added to meet the particular challenges faced by this industry.