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E3.cable - Electrical wiring design software

E3.cable is a powerful electrical wiring design software, used for designing and documenting cable plans and wire harness layouts. Extending the functionality of E3.schematic, it enables individual conductors to be combined together in the design to form cables or harnesses. Shielding and twisted-pair structure can also be added to the cables and automatically shown in the schematic. E3.cable is ideally suited for industries developing power and wire harnesses for the automotive, off-highway and special purpose vehicle, and aerospace industries, or those developing field cabling for plant and machinery.

An integrated design solution for interconnecting devices and designing cables and wire harnesses

Intelligent block functionality enabling the representation of dynamic equipment

Hierarchy functionality for flexible top-down or bottom-up design approach

Multiple views of devices for design and documentation purposes

Block functionality

E3.cable supports block functionality for electrical wiring design: blocks can represent components, rack equipment, black boxes, PCBs, and through hierarchy whole systems and sub-systems. Connector pins are dynamically added to the blocks and signal information is displayed alongside.

Views allow alternate documentation of devices such as single-line diagrams, wiring diagrams, and cable plans. For example, connectors can be represented as single pins in the schematic and then as the complete connector in the cable plan. Changes to any of the views, immediately update all other views, ensuring all documentation is synchronized.

software for wire harness design

E3.cable Key Features

Block diagrams

E3.cable supports block functionality for electrical wiring design: blocks can represent components, rack equipment, black boxes, PCBs, and whole systems and sub-systems. Connector pins are dynamically added to the blocks, and signal information is displayed alongside.

Multi-view functionality

Views allow alternate representations such as single-line diagrams, wiring diagram and cable plans. Connectors can be represented as single pins in the schematic and then as the complete connector in the cable plan. Changes to any of the views, are immediately updated all related views.

Hierarchical design

Hierarchical systems and sub-systems can be represented as blocks. Signals and connections can pass between levels and sub-levels. Hierarchy enables top-down and bottom-up design, promotes design reuse and provides project leaders with a system level overview.

Links to PCB data

Blocks can be integrated with PCB design data. Interface connector and signal information from the PCB system is dynamically added to the blocks in E3.series. Changes to the PCB are re-imported and updated in the block. E3.cable supports most PCB formats and has bi-directional integrations with Zuken’s CR-8000.

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  • Case Study
March 13, 2020
Hydro-Québec

Hydro-Québec simplified design process for power distribution network substations by implementing Zuken’s E3.series

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Improves Power Distribution Substation Design Productivity by 100%
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November 22, 2018
Kässbohrer Transport Technik

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%.

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achieves 60-90% reduction in electrical documentation turnaround for customer specific vehicle configurations
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November 22, 2018
Bruker

To improve the quality of its electrical documents such as wiring diagrams, and to raise its design efficiency, Bruker AXS GmbH Karlsruhe implemented Zuken’s E3.series at all stages. The manufacturer of X-ray analysis systems uses E3.series from concept and production to service.

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raises documentation quality and design flow efficiency for precision instrumentation with E3.series.
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November 21, 2018
Stone Aerospace

Stone Aerospace faced the pressure of a tight schedule in designing a one-of-a-kind underwater autonomous vehicle (AUV). The time needed to design the wiring harness for the AUV was reduced by around 12 weeks and $20,000 was saved by using E3.series to automate many aspects of the design process, while integrating the logical and physical design on a single platform.

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Reduce cabling design time by 12 weeks through using E3.series
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November 21, 2018
Emergency One

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.

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controls wire harness design complexity and slashes delivery lead times by using a digital design process.
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November 21, 2018
Alstom is adopting new modular methodology for electrical design

After acquiring various companies around the globe in the 1990s, Alstom needed to integrate new elements into its international corporate structure in order to improve productivity and planning. This also meant creating a standardized software landscape that would cover all divisions of the group.

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Alsthom improves productivity and planning by adopting a modular methodology for electrical design.

Satisfied customers

E3.series will allow us to increase the quality and performance of our harness designs for manufacturing. And because E3.series is aimed at specialists in electrical architecture it supports our overall design process, right up to the generation of production orders.

Christophe VergneaultCEO of Techno MAP

In the same way that our vehicles are highly customizable, so is the functionality within E3.series that allows us to realize this.

Graeme ShieldsDesign Manager at Emergency One

E3.series’ ability to generate top-quality, detailed schematics has been exceptionally beneficial for us. Customers have already noticed the improvements in electrical quality.

Graeme ShieldsDesign Manager at Emergency One

The detailed schematic reduces the time we spend answering customer questions as a result of the quality of documentation, which has allowed us to reduce costs associated with customer support. We also anticipate reduced downtime involved in repairs due to the superior quality of the schematics.

Graeme ShieldsDesign Manager at Emergency One

Recent E3.series Blog Posts

  • Blog
October 22, 2020
Feumotech delivers custom made fire trucks ahead of schedule

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.

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  • Blog
October 13, 2020
Discovering new possibilities with SPS connect

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.

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  • Blog
October 08, 2020
Simplify Harness Manufacturing with Augmented Reality Solutions

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.

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  • Blog
October 01, 2020
Driving Smart Manufacturing with E3.series

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.

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  • Blog
August 27, 2020
Meet Our People: Taras, E3.series Application Engineer

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.

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  • Blog
August 06, 2020
What's New in E3.series 2020: Part 2

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!

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