Alexander Dennis selects E3.series

Bus and coach giant Alexander Dennis selects Zuken’s E3.series

8 January 2013 – Munich, Germany and Westford, MA, USA – Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), Britain’s largest bus and coach manufacturer, has recently adopted Zuken’s leading electrical and fluid CAD software, E3.series.

Alexander Dennis chose E3.series after an extensive selection process which focused on their desire to create a fully-integrated electrical design process and a unified project and data management environment. They will use E3.series to help drive process change for electrical system and harness design.

A key factor in Alexander Dennis’ decision was E3.series’ object-oriented architecture, which will enable the company to create smart drawings which feed all stages of the design process, including manufacturing and purchasing. Additionally, Zuken’s PDM adaptor (ZPA) will integrate electrical design and part data with Siemens TeamCenter, Alexander Dennis’ chosen PLM tool.

David Alexander, Group Engineering Systems Manager at Alexander Dennis, said: ”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.”

An additional factor was E3.series’ built-in capacity for design process evolution; as process needs change, the system can be developed to keep up with new requirements.

E3.series will enhance the accuracy, consistency and availability of Alexander Dennis’ data, helping them meet the future challenges of competitive product development and manufacturing.

Every minute of every day ADL buses carry 25,000 passengers in 20 countries around the world, covering 2.5 billion miles per year. ADL is the fastest-growing bus business in the western world, having tripled turnover in the past five years to £500m, extending its reach with build partnerships, joint ventures and acquisitions in territories such as Hong Kong, China, Australia, New Zealand and North America.


About Alexander Dennis

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), Britain’s biggest bus manufacturer, produces the UK’s market leading range of single and double deck bus chassis and bodies. Other key markets include the Asia Pacific region and North America. Principal manufacturing centres are Guildford (chassis), Falkirk and Scarborough (body). Equally important are ADL’s customer support operations, employing some 300 people.

ADL is an innovator, particularly in low floor double deck and midibus technology, having originally pioneered these market defining concepts. Recent developments include being first to market with a revolutionary hybrid drive system for single and double deck buses, plus launching the world’s first high capacity hybrid double deck.

Related stories
A diagram showcasing how the use of PLM can improve functionality, as was the case with Haulotte integrating Zuken's E3.series
  • Blog
February 20, 2024
Delivering on the Promise of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) stands as a cornerstone in enhancing product development and operational efficiency, offering a comprehensive approach to navigating the complexities of modern manufacturing. Discover the strategies for effective PLM integration on our blog.

Read now
Haulotte's integration of E3.series with ARAS PLM, highlighting improved engineering processes, efficiency, error reduction, and PLM integration, supporting Haulotte's innovation and success in aerial work platforms.
  • Case Study
January 16, 2024

Haulotte's choice of Zuken's E3.series solution has enabled the optimization of work methodology and a more serene and effective projection towards future developments

Read now
The integration of the E3.Series and DS-E3 solutions with the ARAS PLM fully meets the needs expressed by the engineering department at Haulotte.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles: Are they a Sustainable Automotive Innovation?
  • Blog
January 15, 2024
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles: A Sustainable Automotive Innovation

The fuel cell is indeed a clean and sustainable energy technology, primarily due to its ability to generate electricity with minimal emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants. However, its wider diffusion faces several challenges. Learn more on our blog.

Read now
MLC Technologies' sailboat, powered by Zuken's E3.series design tools, showcases advanced maritime technology in action for the blog on innovative off-grid solutions.
  • Blog
November 20, 2023
MLC Technologies Introduces E3.series for the Design of Maritime and Off-Grid Technologies

MLC Technologies Ltd, a fast-growing electrical engineering business specializing in delivering complex mission critical electrical and electronic solutions for data acquisition, mission control, power distribution, and navigation applications in maritime and off grid environments, has introduced Zuken’s E3.series ECAD software for the design and validation of their electronic and electrical systems and wiring harness designs.

Read now