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Advanced 2D and 3D Control Cabinet Design

Zuken’s E3.series is a leading single platform solution to take a design from concept to manufacture. Its enhanced busbar handling and cabinet visualization in 3D and 2D, E3.series empowers engineers to design control cabinets, panels, and cabling system designs. It encompasses functional design, detailed schematics, wiring, and complete manufacturing documentation. ​

E3.series transforms product development with electrical data management solutions seamlessly connecting to existing PLM and PDM systems. The enterprise-level options simplify collaboration between teams of all sizes working across the globe.

Advanced 2D and 3D cabinet design

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Machinery - Cabinet & Panel

Automotive - Systems & Wiring

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Schematic Design

E3.series uses an intelligent database-driven approach to design provides a consistent and up-to-date electrical schematic. The core built-in design rules check engine prevents errors, improves productivity, and improves accuracy for manufacturing. Automating common tasks reduces the time required to create a complete schematic. Intelligent connection options, online terminal plans, comprehensive reporting options, and support for industry standards empower all types of design teams.

Database components contain all required and optional parts, including predefined signals, ensure a accelerated but right-first-time design.

 

Electrical Schematic Component Cloud

Design in 2D for Results in 3D

E3.panel provides the game-changing ability to work in a familiar 2D environment while taking advantage of all the benefits 3D cabinet design offers. Electrical engineers predominantly create logical designs in 2D. Although designing in 3D has massive advantage, the overhead of learning complex 3D mechanical tools is a significant drain on productivity for cabinet designers.

The E3.panel unlocks substantial time savings with the most practical solution for electrical engineers. Any change simultaneously in the project occurs in 2D and 3D without forcing a rigid workflow. The option to produce complete 3D representations and multiple 2D views ensures clear and accurate documentation is only a click away.

 

Electrical Schematic Panel Design

Design electrical cabinets in 2d for results in 3d

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Interactive Placement and 3D Collision Control

Intelligent automatic snapping points help designers place parts in their correct location. The active design rule checks with keep-out and height restrictions to prevent collisions. Using JT, VRML, or STEP AP203/214, all 3D data is readily transferable to 3D mechanical systems.

E3.panel simplifies mechanical collision checks with the use of simplified models along with 3D models for enhancing visualization. This functionality enables full digital mock-ups to assess spacing requirements, clash detection, and error prevention.

 

Electrical Schematic Panel Design

Automatic Wire Routing

E3.panel+ enables automatic wire routing within the panel enclosure. Connectivity data from the control panel wiring diagram is automatically available in the panel design, and the shortest route algorithm routes the wires through cable ducts.

Segregation is standard where EMC and noise issues need to be avoided. E3.panel+ also adds DXF import into E3.schematic to view data, the ability to exclude certain devices from DXF, and drill-hole definition for duct and DIN-rail (set holes size and spacing).

The advanced algorithm with configurable options ensures consistent wiring to match the requirements of diverse cabinet applications. The 1:1 scale of the E3.panel provides accurate wire lengths and wire termination details to feed cutting-edge automated manufacturing processes.

 

Electrical Schematic Wire Routing

Automatic wire routing

Automatic BOMs and Wire Lists

Automatic BOMs and Wire Lists

E3.series produces bills of materials and wire lists automatically with the help of precise parts data in the library, a single source project with logical and physical connectivity and accurate wire lengths. The intelligent design processes automate wire, wire termination, and peripheral device selections.

The reporting options facilitate multiple reporting formats and configurations. For instance, it is easy to switch between representing cabinet assemblies as individual parts or combined assembly numbers. Multiple configurable reporting options empower engineering teams to produce a complete production and assembly package. Reports created are often used by purchasing teams or production engineers in the build process.

 

Custom Reporting Connected Manufacturing

Smart Cabinet Building

E3.series accelerates the digitalization in control cabinet building. However, improvements in overall productivity will only increase if consideration of each individual value-added process is addressed.

To achieve this goal, the companies Weidmüller, Komax, Zuken, Armbruster Engineering, and nVent Hoffman have founded the SMART CABINET BUILDING initiative.

The technology leaders from different areas of control cabinet building are connecting their expertise to provide comprehensive solutions for current and future challenges. This bundling of competencies considers all process steps from ECAD design of a digital twin to digitally assisted assembly and after-sales service and opens up new possibilities with an end-to-end seamlessly integrated solution. This opens up new possibilities with an end-to-end seamless solution

 

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Connect to PLC systems

Connect to PLC systems

PLCs are ubiquitous in automation and control applications. E3.series makes it easy to connect and manage these complex PLC systems. Connecting to PLC configuration solutions from manufacturers enables a streamlined digital workflow.

The initial and incremental communication options ensure up-to-date data across applications. The industry-standard communication options interface allows the engineers to connect logical wiring and PLC configurators to eliminate errors and avoid rework.

 

PLC Exchange Cable & Wiring

Auto-Sync schematic and Cabinet

The physical layout of the cabinet is a representation of the logical connectivity in the schematic and is not a disconnected artifact.

E3.series platform, with its connected single-source project philosophy automatically ensures consistency across multiple drawing types and views.

For instance, changing a terminal part number replaces the cabinet model automatically if the mounting and space allocation is valid. Any parts added in the cabinet are instantly available in the schematic to create logical connections. The versatility of starting design in the schematic, cabinet, or rough functional layout helps teams incorporate the best practices into current design processes.

 

Electrical Schematic Cable & Wiring

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Drilling and Milling Machines

Engineers require exact mounting and cut-out information to allow production to drive automated drilling and milling machines. Accurate 3D data from STEP models and detailed mounting descriptions would help users create high-quality cabinet layouts. Design rule checks would help validate the cabinet design’s form, fit, and function.

With intelligent design data being available to drive downstream manufacturing and assembly automation, connect to leading intelligent cabinet manufacturing machines.

Having the ability to connect production machines via a PLC configuration solution, manufacturers are enabled to streamline their digital workflow.

 

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E3.series FAQ

Zuken’s E3.series is a leading single platform solution to take a design from concept to manufacturing. It is a reimagined wire harness, control cabinet, switchgear, and cabling systems design solution.

E3.series encompasses all aspects of electrical design like functional design, detailed schematic, wiring diagram, cabinet layout, formboard, reports, and manufacturing documentation.

 

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