Data Management and PLM

With the growing complexity of modern products, machinery and equipment, it’s imperative that all engineering disciplines communicate and coordinate activities along the engineering process.
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DS-2: Data management for PCB and electrical/fluid engineering

The traditional practice of mechanical, electrical, and electronic engineers working in silos – then consolidating efforts late in the development process – is no longer viable for successful companies. Zuken offers a portfolio of scalable domain data management solutions for PCB and electrical/fluid design plus a range of solutions that integrate design and domain data management into the PLM and ERP world.

Zuken’s DS-2 is a mature, cross-disciplinary engineering data management platform developed in partnership with more than 3,000 leading companies worldwide. DS-2 has evolved from an electronics data management product into a technology platform capable of managing electronics design data from CR-8000 (using DS-CR) and electrical data from E3.series (using DS-E3) embedded into their respective ECAD environments.

DS-2 library and data management engine

With DS-2, Zuken provides a domain-specific data and process management solution for electrical and electronic engineering. It manages and consolidates CAD component libraries, material information, schematic and designs data in a controlled release and revision process. DS-2 is open for integration with all major PLM and ERP systems via SOA-based plug & play connectors to enable a true electro-mechanical data model.

Library and materials data management

Design data management

Configuration management

Change management

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DS-2 Platform Key Features

Find out more about Zuken's advanced library and design data management solutions

DS-2 provides a single-source environment for all component information within the engineering process.

Track component versions through the component lifecycle enabling component updates throughout the product lifecycle, with full tracking and transparency.

Manage design data, related documents, simulation data, enclosures, parts lists & CAM data.

A built-in change management process provides a detailed documentation of each design or document change, such as modifications to the specification, customer change, and obsolescence.

By unifying all engineering data into one environment and controlling synchronization to local or international development teams, DS-2 provides a single source of truth in a global environment.

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Just some of our satisfied DS-2 customers

Zuken’s DS-2 (DS-CR) data management software offered everything we needed. As the Surface™ portfolio of products grew, data management for electrical design became an increasingly critical element of our process, and we were excited about the opportunity DS-2 provides to better integrate supply chain optimization directly into design decisions right at the engineer’s desktop. We are in the second phase of deployment managing our component library, and so far we are very pleased with the results,

Erik von FuchsDirector of Engineering, Surface Products, Microsoft

As the demand for our highly disruptive eye diagnostic and measurement products accelerate, scalability is a priority. A key driver in selecting Zuken's E3.series was the ability to add integrated electronic design and data management solutions as we grow. We compared other systems in the market and found Zuken gave us the flexibility and scalability we were looking for.

Dr. Omkar JoshiSenior Electronic Engineer, Eyoto

Zuken and Aras see a future where the electronic and mechanical design processes are coordinated more effectively to enable true systems engineering. We believe that by working together we can provide a more holistic approach to support the business of engineering.

Peter SchroerCEO of Aras

This distribution of engineers’ time needs to improve for companies to continue to be successful; for optimized development processes leading to increased productivity. In every design project a huge amount of data is generated and, with growing product complexity, this will only increase. So design engineers need access to solutions that allow them to manage large volumes of data and retrieve up-to-date information when it is needed.

Verena BunkSenior Analyst at techconsult.

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Check out our latest webinars, white papers, blog posts, tech tips & more

  • Webinar
August 18, 2021
Managed Services: Running your Engineering IT Environment in the Cloud

As more organizations look to move their engineering IT to the cloud, we will present our essential guidelines and lessons learned to help you define your strategy to achieve your desired goals and plan for a sustainable migration.

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July 09, 2021
Digital Continuity - Engineering PDM and PLM Integration Strategy

Zuken supports a best-in-class approach to enable a flexible digitalization strategy. In this presentation we will provide an introduction of Zuken's PDM and PLM integration strategy and an overview of certified process integrations with leading PDM environments.

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  • Webinar
July 09, 2021
Defining and Implementing a Configurable Product Architecture - Webinar

A methodical approach to defining an optimal degree of variance before committing to detailed design in Zuken’s CR-8000 and E3.series.

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  • Webinar
July 09, 2021
PCB Design Change Workflow with CIM Database, CR-8000 and DS-CR

In this webinar, you will learn how a change request initiated in Contact Software flow through into CR-8000 and DS-CR then back to CIM Database

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  • Webinar
July 08, 2021
PCB Version Control and PLM with Zuken DS-CR and PTC Windchill

In this webinar, you will learn how a change request initiated in PTC Windchill will trigger a modification of the wiring harness design in CR-8000 and DS-CR

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July 08, 2021
ELECTRICAL Engineering: Cross-disciplinary change management with Zuken DS-E3 and PTC Windchill

In this webinar, you will learn how a change request initiated in PTC Windchill will trigger a modification of the wiring harness design in E3.series and DS-E3

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Recent DS-2 Blog Posts

  • Blog
September 06, 2021
Digital Continuity in Product Development

Today's smart and connected products require the interaction of different components and systems. Their elements are developed in different engineering disciplines and departments. These disciplines speak different engineering languages and require unique views of the same product. The storage of these different versions in the respective departments leads to disconnected silos in terms of processes and data - but digital continuity is here to help!

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  • Blog
June 17, 2021
Managing Complexity in PCB and Wiring Design with a Modular Product Approach

A modular product approach is an established way of improving the calculating and realizing the value of investment goods. Yet modular product initiatives often fail to live up to expectations because of poor coordination between engineering disciplines. To deliver on the promise of a modular product architecture strategy, companies need to create a number of prerequisites in organization, process, and infrastructure.

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  • Blog
May 21, 2020
Singing from the Same Page

In the race to industry 4.0 consistent data is vital for successful digitalization. One of the biggest threats are data silos. Data silos describe the storage of data that remains under the control of one department. Therefore it is typically isolated from the rest of the organization or lives on network folders that have no access control, read-and-write or version control. 

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  • Blog
May 17, 2018
Data - The Secret of Success Under Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0, a.k.a. the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR), is a hot topic because most of us are either taking our first steps in this world, or we’re preparing to. Clearly, earlier industrial revolutions were all about making better use of resources (e.g. burning coal to make steam), people (e.g. workers in factories) and, latterly, electricity and computer-controlled automation. For each revolution, the companies that did well were early adopters of the technology and practices of the day, and they recognised waste when they saw it.

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Industry 4.0, a.k.a. the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR), is a hot topic because most of us are either taking our first steps in this world, or ...
  • Blog
May 02, 2018
Zuken Pulling Ahead in Automotive PCB Design

Zuken has been developing PCB design tools for the automotive market for years. With automotive electronics worth over $200 billion globally, and growing every day, Zuken is preparing for a brave new world of smart cars, and autonomous and electric vehicles.

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Zuken has been developing PCB design tools for the automotive market for years. With automotive electronics worth over $200 billion globally, and ...
  • Blog
March 29, 2018
Controlling the Release Points for Your PLM/PDM System

There is one thing that all design engineers will agree on: creating and gathering all the required data for PLM is error-prone and can be a royal pain. We all understand the value of releasing our design data to the corporate PLM system but our design process dictates multiple release points, and each one has a different purpose and data requirements.

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There is one thing that all design engineers will agree on: creating and gathering all the required data for PLM is error-prone and can be a royal...

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