Consistency of all design phases through object orientation
E3.series - System, Wiring Harness and Fluid Design
The E3.series platform is widely used for the design of specialized (off-highway) vehicles. With its electrical simulation and MCAD integration, E3.series enables the design of wire harnesses, fluid power, and cabling systems. It encompasses functional design, detailed schematics, wiring, and complete manufacturing documentation.
E3.fluid is the solution for designing and documenting all fluid systems, such as hydraulic, pneumatic, cooling, and lubrication systems. Stand-alone fluid schematics or combined electrical schematics can be developed, allowing mixed fluid and electrical design.
What E3.series can do for you
Powerful automated operations and electrical checks
Comprehensive outputs for manufacturing and documentation
Native format library and design data management
E3.series Features & Solutions
More than a CAD Tool
E3.schematic is the core module of the E3.series suite that enables the creation of schematic diagrams for electrical control systems.
E3.fluid is the solution for designing and documenting all fluid systems. It is a complete, easy-to-use solution with core functionality optimized for developing hydraulic, pneumatic, cooling, and lubrication systems.
Development of standalone fluid schematics or combined with electrical schematics to provide a mixed fluid and electrical design is available.
E3.ReportGenerator is a tool for creating customized reports from E3.series projects in simple steps. These reports can be configured according to various parameters and exported in different formats.
E3.formboard is a complete solution for creating cable harness drawings for manufacturing. Different sheet sizes can be used for manufacturing. Automatic functionality makes the placement, arrangement, and dimensioning of the harness and its segments easier.
E3.formboard is integrated with E3.cable. The logical interconnection data defined in E3.cable is used directly in E3.formboard, and any changes made in either module are automatically updated.
The Component Cloud for E3.series complements its database. The libraries are provided directly by the manufacturers of the respective electronic components.
Components and symbols can be created with all additional components like terminals and seal as well as defining signals to all error-free ‘drag-and-drop’ functionality.
E3.Revision Management ensures all changes are tracked and documented. Alternative revisions of designs are compared and checked against each other, and any changes are reported and stored in both graphical and textual formats.
Specialist Vehicles Case Studies
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.
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%.
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.
Electrical Design For Specialist Vehicles
Engineers working on new designs or updating existing systems rely on accurate, reusable data and information. An intelligent, component-based parts library that ensures only the latest parts are available helps drive design with automatic part selection and simple drag-and-drop functionality.
Objects such as power sources, fuses, switches, complex devices, and loads require simulation to facilitate functional testing. Switches and contacts within the design are controlled by the voltage and current passing through the circuit, simulating real-life operation. As current passes through to the load, the voltage of objects such as lamps or motors can be checked, and success or failure information is fed back to the user.
Specialist Vehicles Design with MCAD Integration
E3.series enables the creation of a digital twin by seamlessly synchronizing data between ECAD, MCAD, and other enterprise IT systems. The versatile workflow in E3.series helps design teams work independently or collaboratively to meet project requirements.
Electrical engineers can collaborate with mechanical designers through a bi-directional interface between MCAD and ECAD. Flattening options simplify the use of a 3D harness model to create formboard drawings for manufacturing.
Hydraulic, pneumatic, cooling, and lubrication systems driven by electric motors or pumps require integrated fluid and electrical design. Engineers need details and the ability to document their hydraulic and pneumatic designs. These can be developed either independently or fully integrated with electrical control systems within E3.series.
The right-first-time ethos creates a requirement for multiple design rule checks. Design reuse with predefined sub-circuits and automatic assignment of quick connectors to hoses and tubes helps eliminate sizing errors.
Wire Harness Design
Wire harness designers need 1:1 wire harness layout drawings that include connection tables, clips, heatshrink and convoluted tubing. E3.series’ ability to automatically determine wire lengths and calculate the outer diameter of harness segments and branches speeds up the design process.
Automatic selection of connector views and correct terminal selection, including associated items such as seals, backshells, and blanking plugs, are necessary to reduce time and cost and enable a right-first-time approach. Automatic generation of reports, such as bills of materials, helps reduce mundane tasks, automating the process and allowing designers to focus on engineering.
Intelligent Manufacturing Work Instructions
To optimize efficiency, the tedious task of managing and creating work instruction packages to outline the construction process must be simplified. Using customizable work instruction templates ensures consistency across multiple projects.
Auto-actions can trigger repeatable custom automation routines to assemble relevant assembly instructions. The combination of accurate design data and configurable reports improves quality and increases productivity.
Bills Of Materials and Wire Lists
Automatic generation of estimates, quotes, bills of materials, wire lists, and many more reports to drive upstream and downstream processes is the best practice today.
Reports can be used for costing purposes or by manufacturing to calculate bills of materials. Intelligent report generation tools help users create customizable reporting templates. Reports can be exported directly to leading PLM and PDM solutions to create a seamless data transfer between departments.
E3.eCheck is an extension to E3.series that enables users to functionally analyze their electrical schematic circuits and check designs for fuse and wire sizing errors.
The E3.ReportGenerator is a free tool for creating customised reports from E3.series projects in a few simple steps. These reports can be configured according to various parameters and exported in various formats. The tool requires no licence and can be launched directly from within E3.series.