Automatic connection and routing functionality
Electrical Schematic Design Software
E3.schematic - Design and documentation of electrical schematics
E3.schematic provides electrical engineers with an easy-to-use solution for designing and documenting electrical control systems including schematic diagrams, terminal plans and PLCs. E3.schematic is core to all E3.series modules. It manages all design data, including affiliated documents such as bill of materials, connection lists, assembly instructions and datasheets. Its object oriented data structure ensures manufacturing instructions always match the design data.
Active error avoidance with logic and electric checks
Online functionality for terminal plans, PLC and signal cross-references
Hierarchical modular projects including options and variants
Electrical Schematic Design
E3.schematic manages all design data including affiliated documents, such as bill of materials and connection lists or assembly instructions and datasheets. Its object-oriented data structure ensures manufacturing instructions always match the design data. An intelligent component-based parts library ensures only real parts are used and helps drive the design with automatic part selections.
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E3.schematic Key Features
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Scalable schematic creation
E3.schematic provides electrical engineers with an easy-to-use solution for designing and documenting electrical control systems including schematic diagrams, terminal plans and PLCs. As the core module of all E3.series modules it can be extended with a comprehensive choice of applications for cable diagram, cabinet layout and wire-harness design.
Automatic and parallel connections
An intelligent component library provides the basis for the automatic generation of connections. Signals can be routed following user defined criteria after placement of components, by wiring or by signal Information. Connection patterns are maintained and updated whenever compoents are moved.
Online terminal plan
Terminals added to the schematic are linked to a terminal plan. Changes made in the terminal plan are immediately reflected across the design.
Variants and option management
Options and variants can be represented and selected in the feature tree to enable representation and documentation of customer specific configurations.
Design data management
E3.schematic manages all design data including affiliated documents, such as bill of materials and connection lists or assembly instructions and datasheets. Its object oriented data structure ensures manufacturing instructions always match the design data.
Interfaces to terminal configurators
Many suppliers of electrical components offer additional software tools, from electronic component catalogs to terminal configuration programs which are able to build or verify terminal strip configurations. Within E3.series these terminal strips can be ordered and used as pre-assembled parts. Terminal strips used in E3.series are transferred to the terminal configurator where they are verified and processed. Terminal strips completed by the configurator can be back annotated to E3.series, in addition, pre-assembled terminal strips can be used directly within E3.series.
PLC Data Exchange
PLC data can be exchanged between E3.series and PLC programmin software. PLC data held in the schematic is read into excel, where changes are applied and fed directly back into E3.series. PLC functions, addressees and location information can be managed centrally and then updated with a simple easy to use interface. In addition the tool checks for duplicate addresses and allows users to export data in the required PLC format.
Automatic Wire Numbering
E3.series enables you to configure the wire numbers in the project based on circuit functionality and signal classification. The utility is also configurable for a number of additional industries, including machinery, rail and power.
Options and Extensions
The following options can be added to extend the functionality of E3.schematic
E3.PLC Bridge enables parallel development of electrical, fluid engineering and PLC software by providing a direct exchange of relevant data between E³.series and SPS programming environments.
E3.eCheck identifies errors at the development stage and avoids costly iterations. It automatically ensures the schematic of DC control systems is functionally accurate and that wires and fuses are within the acceptable tolerances.
E3.Revision Management ensures all changes are tracked and documented. Alternate revisions of a design are compared against each other and any changes are reported and stored in both graphical and textual formats. The resulting documentation can be fed back into the production process ensuring all changes are implemented.
E3.topology takes logical designs into the physical world. Topology sheets created at any scale can be added to the overall E3.series project.
Find out more via our webinars, blogs, press releases and more.
The Austrian manufacturer of vehicle Transporters, Kässbohrer Transport Technik, achieved a substantial improvement in process reliability in the generation of individualized assembly instructions and schematic documentation by implementing E3.series. Turnaround cycles for special projects were reduced by 60 to 90%.
Kellenberger develops and produces numerically-controlled precision grinding machines and systems for sectors such as automotive, medical devices and industrial machinery. The Swiss-based manufacturer recently introduced Zuken’s E3.series to automate the generation of schematics for customer-specific machine configurations, cutting the time taken by more than 90%.
Specialist fire rescue and emergency vehicle manufacturer, Emergency One UK Ltd, uses E3.series software for its electrical harness design. This has enabled the company to produce wire harnesses to standardize the design and manufacturing process reaping, cost savings and reliability benefits, while also delivering flexibility through modular based customization.
ARM Automation designs, builds and supports custom automated manufacturing systems for a wide range of industries. The electrical design of these systems can be complex, running up to several hundred drawing sheets. Using E3.series intelligent schematics to drive the electrical design process, the company has reduced their development time by two-thirds.
This webinar will cover the design of large electrical projects. A vital element of the design process is the tracking of nomenclature, device and cable functions, assignments and placement.
When selecting panel components, it’s often impossible to tell if they are correct until the manufacturing process begins. With a direct connection between the circuit diagram and panel layout such errors are recognized much earlier and thereby avoided.
This webinar covers the logical part of the wire harness design process consisting of creating the wiring diagram and the topology design.
E3.series is much more than a single tool for us. Everything we do relies on us having accurate, live data – and that’s what E3.series feeds into virtually all of our processes
Martin PricePurchasing and IT Director, BCA Leisure
With such a compressed timeframe for the ACCEL aerospace initiative, speed is everything. E3.series was selected because of its ease-of-use, flexibility, and output capability for all data needed to manufacture wiring harnesses, including bills of materials.
Stjohn YoungmanElectroflight’s Programme Manager, Electroflight
We chose E3.series because it was best able to meet our design requirements. As our needs have evolved, so has E3.series. With each new version, Zuken gives us the functionality we need for higher productivity and quality
Sami KiviojaEngineering Manager, ABB Process Automation
We wanted a flexible, highly integrated electrical design solution which would help us improve our existing system and establish new design processes, ranging from the capture of a vehicle’s functional electrical topology, through detailed design, to the creation of harness manufacture data.
David AlexanderGroup Engineering Systems Manager, Alexander Dennis
Recent E3.series Blog Posts
Feumotech’s fire trucks are custom made and highly specialized. This usually equals immense development efforts. By using Zuken’s E3.series electrical engineering software, the Swiss manufacturer was able to significantly reduce the development effort per vehicle. At the same time, they were able to increase the quality of their electrical design documentation.
Due to the pandemic, the annual SPS automation trade fair will not take place physically. However, there will be an online-alternative: the SPS Connect, starting on the same day.
Assembling a wire harness is a complex process. Zuken, in concert with our customers and partners, is tirelessly working to simplify the harness manufacturing process. As a matter of fact, the common theme in most customer requirements is to reduce the gap between quoting and delivering the project. Seeing that, Zuken’s primary goal with Harness Builder for E3.series is to empower harness manufacturers to achieve their goals.
An immature design or manufacturing process leads to excess complexity. Smart manufacturing options driven by intelligent design solutions provide a repeatable and efficient path to simplify manufacturing processes.
Taras Wallace joined Zuken in 2019, having come from a mechanical background. Based in Deptford, New Jersey, USA, Taras recently took some time to sit with me and chat about his experiences here.
The best and the most exciting part of what’s new in E3.series 2020 is hands-down the sheer breadth of topics. E3.series 2020 is the best release yet!
E3.cable extends the functionality of E3.schematic enabling individual conductors to be combined together in the design to form cables and harnesses.
E3.panel allows engineers to layout components inside panel enclosures in both 3D and 2D. Intelligent automatic snapping points allow parts to be easily placed in their correct location. Clashes can be prevented with keep-out and height restrictions.