Automotive Engineering Solutions

Managing Complexity in Automotive Engineering

Paving the way for smart cars and electric vehicles

Zuken is helping its customers prepare for the smart cars, autonomous and electric vehicles, and special vehicles of the future. More than 40% of the global automotive sector use Zuken tools/autmotive engineering solutions for their electrical schematics.

Through decades of close partnership with our automotive customers, we have the experience to understand individual requirements and the expertise and technology to implement a tailored solution.

LEADING AUTOMOTIVE CUSTOMERS

With as many as 70 electronic control units (ECUs) and 2,000 cables connecting in-vehicle modules, automobiles are among the most advanced and complex electronics products on the market. Manufacturers and suppliers are challenged to manage more requirements, configurations and change processes than ever, all in an increasingly sophisticated engineering design environment.

Our Automotive Engineering Solutions

ECU-Design for advanced applications

CR-8000 is used by numerous automotive OEMs and tier 1 suppliers for the development of engine and chassis management systems and connected driving. CR-8000 applications span the entire PCB engineering lifecycle: from architecture planning through system level engineering and optimization, to physical implementation and manufacturing.

Cabling and Wire Harness Design

With CR-8000 and E3.series the Zuken product portfolio covers the entire electrical and electronic system. PCB design data can be imported directly in E3.series, where a function block is generated, the interface connectors are placed and the signal definition and additional attributes are imported. Using this functionality the data flow between PCB design and system design can be done with just a few clicks.

Wire Harness Design Collaboration

With E3.HarnessAnalyzer Zuken enables 3D, barrier-free collaboration between automotive OEMs and harness suppliers. E3.HarnessAnalyzer 2018 supports the import of industry harness data standard formats KBL, VEC and PLMXML, visualizes them in 2D and 3D, and automatically compiles schematic drawings

Our satisfied customers

Piaggio Group previously used a generic rather than wiring harness-dedicated 2D design tool for cabling design, but it was unable to meet stringent new cost effectiveness, global parts unification and time efficiency targets. We selected E3.series after benchmarking several CAD tools.

Luigi BaracchinoElectrical Engineering Manager, Piaggio

We looked for a tool to give an end-to-end design path from schematic capture to physical design. One of the reasons E3.series stood out is its inbuilt electrical intelligence. This will help us reduce rework and add digital prototyping into our engineering design process to satisfy challenging time-to-market and quality demands.

Luigi BaracchinoElectrical Engineering Manager, Piaggio

Zuken is among the top performers within the 80 companies we have audited so far; it is uncommon for a software supplier such as Zuken to achieve Automotive SPICE certification to this level. This result shows Zuken to be a robust and reliable partner for the automotive industry supply chain

Achim HoenowHead of Software Supplier Quality Management at Continental Automotive

With motorsport one of the key things is flexibility and being able to do things quickly, which is why we chose E3.series.

Mark AitkenDesign Engineer at M-Sport

Our objective three years ago was to reduce the electrical architecture design cycle for a new car by 20% requiring no extra resources, just improved process and product development integration. E3.Wiring Diagram Generator is proving to be instrumental in making this possible.

Mr PuiattiManager, Engineering and Design at Fiat Group Automobiles

The important first step that Fiat has taken in partnership with Zuken will result in a complete automation of the low-value processes (eg. scm-drafting) involved in the full harnessing of a complete-car design.

Mr PuiattiManager, Engineering and Design at Fiat Group Automobiles

We can help you with

Managing change in a controlled process

For automotive electronic/electrical systems, change triggers numerous quality and time issues. As the car’s central nervous system, the wiring system is the component subjected to the most design changes.

With our industry leading native electrical and electronic data management solutions, we provide visibility and up-to date engineering information to enable fully documented and detailed change and configuration processes

Modular wire harnesses

Typical time savings of 50% and beyond can be achieved by taking the digital electrical design flow beyond basic schematic and cable design into more complex option and variant management. Cost savings naturally follow, due to productivity benefits.

With E3.HarnessAnalyzer we provide a solution to manage modular wire harness configurations for customer-specific harnesses (KSK) to enable sharing of the comprehensive harness design model and documents with internal or external project teams.

Managing wire harness complexity

Tight control of electromechanical data is one way all stakeholders in the value chain can control product complexity and contain costs. Manufacturers frequently offer 100+ configuration options for the electrical equipment of a vehicle. Electrical systems are therefore often developed in a modular approach. These options & variants may be untested in a particular configuration, making up-front analysis and design-checking imperative.

With E3.HarnessAnalyzer we provide a solution to manage modular wire harness configurations for customer-specific harnesses (KSK) to enable sharing of the comprehensive harness design model and documents with internal or external project teams.

Engineering and manufacturing collaboration

With E3.HarnessAnalyzer Zuken enables 3D, barrier-free collaboration between automotive OEMs and harness suppliers. E3.HarnessAnalyzer 2018 supports the import of industry harness data standard formats KBL, VEC and PLMXML, visualizes them in 2D and 3D, and automatically compiles schematic drawings

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