What’s new in E3.series 2015

This latest version contains enhanced automotive collaboration, design change improvements for the machinery sector, plus across-the-board productivity enhancements.




General Enhancements

Generate signal name automatically

Whenever a new signal is created in a project, the signal name can be automatically generated based on the sheet and grid location, and the attributes of the device pin. The automatic generation can be switched on and off by the user and the signal tree shows the current signal setting using colors.

Sorting and structuring the variants/options tree

E3.series variant optionsE3.series is enjoying increasing popularity across a broad range of industry sectors that need to handle options and variants. The growing number of options and variants offered for the automotive, industrial machinery and equipment sectors in particular means that additional management functions for schematics are necessary.

Options can now be sorted in ascending or descending order, as well as grouped by option packages and configurations. Structuring the variant/option tree by arranging options below folders with user-defined names enables the user to assign, re-assign, find and structure options according to their intended use.



New dimension standards

E3.series new dimension standardsDimensions can now be defined with a single reference to describe an entire group of dimensions comprising several dimensions in one line. These running dimensions are definable in several directions.



Improvements in core management

E3.series core managementDefining and changing core connections is now easily accomplished by selecting source and destination pins. This saves a large amount of time when re-assigning core connections. In addition, the wire routes of a specific signal can be manually optimized when reordering existing connections using drag & drop.

New cabling table

New cabling tables simplify the task of editing cable connections. The table representation also helps identify unconnected or partially connected cable connections. Manufacturing information can be assigned to the cables in the tabular overview. The cabling table offers a range of functionality including:

  • Search using wildcards
  • Filter columns
  • Connect/delete cables
  • Swap conductors
  • “Jump to” commands to all objects of the connection
  • Change attributes
  • Add new columns
  • Mark non-cable connections to be ignored and display non-cable connections as colored.

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New interface module E3.PLCBridge

E3.PLCBridge allows standardized communication between E³.series and various PLC programming tools. The initial data transfer, as well as the powerful update functionality, shows the currently used components, PLC addresses, comments and I/O settings. The engineer receives an overview of the changes made, along with the old and new contents, and can decide which fields should be updated.

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Enhanced support for 3D design with E3.panel

3D view in E3.panel – new toolbar

Multidirectional orientation is available, as well as isometric and diametric views. With one click the user can switch the orientation of the panel design in 3D.

Transparency and visibility in 3D with E3.panel

E3.series transparencyWith a single mouse click objects can be made transparent or invisible, making working in 3D much easier.

  • Transparent and invisible objects are considered with collision checks
  • Commands can be executed on all objects in the uppermost level
  • Transparent view of parts is available in the panel design. transparent parts are ignored during work (except collision checks)

This new functionality makes working with complex 3D assemblies much easier as walls or components can be faded out when, for example, multi-level cabinets are being designed. 

Multiple 2D views for manufacturing drawings

In E3.panel 3D design can be used to create 2D manufacturing drawings of every side of the cabinet. The 2D projection of the 3D design is created as an intelligent view. All modifications made in the 2D projection are reflected automatically in 3D, and vice versa.

Easier referencing in E3.panel

Referencing in E3.panelText nodes allow referencing between E3.schematic and E3.panel. “Reference to Panel” view shows all positions on which the model is displayed, while “Reference to Schematic” view shows positions of all master symbols.

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Highlights for the Transportation Sector

Enhanced automotive collaboration

Improved connectivity is now available between E3.series and E3.HarnessAnalyzer, a powerful new collaboration tool for viewing and analyzing harness drawings in the standard HCV container data format, which combines KBL (physical data model) and SVG (vector graphics) data.

The graphical view and the physical data model reflected in various tables are now linked together. The whole harness can be analyzed and checked regarding of bundle size, wire routing, used components, option assignment, weight and cost.

Automatic pin terminal functionality in E3.cable and E3.formboard

E3.series pin terminalsConnector pin terminal symbols represented in a cable or formboard drawing are switched automatically when exchanging a component or updating in the project.

If design changes are made and the connector pin terminals differ, the correct symbol defined for the connector pin terminal is placed.

In addition, the attributes of the pin terminals are displayed in the text nodes and tables on the drawing. This leads to more detailed and focused documentation.

Automatic wiring improvements

E3.Wiring Diagram Generator is used for automatic generation of wiring diagrams, e.g. to create standardized service documentation using engineering data. More readable diagrams are now created as the generator is able to sort devices and pins according to their connections and prevents unnecessary crossing throughout the diagram. The new separate routing grid and spacing definitions minimize manual finishing off of drawings.

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Enhanced manufacturing support

Finished designs in E3.series contain all the necessary manufacturing information to build a cabinet or wire harness. In E3.series 2015 standard manufacturing outputs have been improved. The interfaces to strip, cut and mark machines (e.g. Komax) and to drilling and milling machines now contain additional information, such as data outputs for automatic bundling and labeling of wires, as well as the wire-end treatment (e.g. partial/complete stripping, crimping , ultrasonic welding, tin coating).

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