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.
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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. www.alexander-dennis.com.