Machinery and automation are among the most important innovation drivers in the global economy – and the most competitive – with every company pushing delivery times and squeezing margins. Major challenges are created by a shift towards electronics and software, away from mechanical engineering, and a need to ensure flexibility and profitability through the adoption of modular product architectures.
Machinery & Automation
Supporting best practice in product development
Zuken’s mission is to secure a competitive edge for companies in Machinery & Automation industries by consistently keeping our solutions ahead of the curve and anticipating future requirements. Challenges around interdisciplinary product development, options and variants, and integration into existing enterprise IT architectures cannot be addressed by a single vendor. Our open CAD and data management products put us in a unique position to provide integrated, end-to-end solutions supporting best practice in product development.
We can help you with
Database and constraint-driven CAD tools
Our CAD tools are built on industry standard databases containing comprehensive component specifications to drive online design-rule checks, actively avoid errors and ensure adherence to constraints.
We are committed to open data exchange between electronic, mechanical and software engineering.
Modular design and configuration
Our CAD and engineering tools are architected to support modular and hierarchical design methodologies. Upfront planning tools enable the optimization of product architectures before detailed design and implementation. Tightly integrated library and design data management solutions manage revisions and design variants, providing up-to-date reliable information for change and configuration management.
Controlling complexity is a constant challenge for the machinery industry. Significant improvements can be achieved by integrating electronic and electrical engineering into an interdisciplinary electro-mechanical product development process. This can be achieved through the adoption of Zuken's object-oriented engineering data management solutions that integrate seamlessly into existing PDM/PLM and ERP environments.
Our satisfied customers
The Weidmüller Configurator (WMC) developed in a three-year collaboration with Zuken, alongside the Klippon Connect® series of terminal blocks. can streamline the process of selecting, planning and ordering terminal rail components enhancing the efficiency in the engineering process by up to 75%.
Kellenberger develops and produces numerically-controlled precision grinding machines and systems for sectors such as automotive, medical devices and industrial machinery. The Swiss-based manufacturer recently introduced Zuken’s E3.series to automate the generation of schematics for customer-specific machine configurations, cutting the time taken by more than 90%.
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.
ARM Automation designs, builds and supports custom automated manufacturing systems for a wide range of industries. The electrical design of these systems can be complex, running up to several hundred drawing sheets. Using E3.series intelligent schematics to drive the electrical design process, the company has reduced their development time by two-thirds.
Flexible and flexi-rigid PCBs are integral components within many of Renishaw’s products, and detailed signal integrity analysis is needed to ensure high speed digital signals can be transmitted with minimal distortion. Renishaw migrated to Design Gateway and Design Force, part of Zuken’s CR-8000 PCB design suite, primarily to help with the design and analysis of next-generation flexible PCBs.
Müller Martini supplies highly flexible, customized print processing machines to the graphics industry. The Swiss-based company recently took the replacement of an end-of-life CAD installation as an opportunity to re-engineer established procedures in electrical engineering and handover to production.
When Pantec Automation’s customers faced pressure from low-cost counterfeit machinery, they realised the best way to fight back was to help customers reduce their own costs. Through wholesale efficiency improvements achieved by expanding its use of Zuken’s E3.series and integrating it into its ERP/PPS, Pantec Automation enabled its customers to better serve end-users.
With PCB data and process management solutions from Zuken, Endress + Hauser has standardized development and manufacturing processes across five geographically-distributed operations, enabling company-wide parts standardization, design-reuse and increased engineering productivity.
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Building on the webinar “Electrical and Fluid Engineering in the Internet of Things Era,” this webinar examines the specific requirements of the plant and machinery sector and shows examples of best practices.
This webinar follows our first webinar “Wire Harness Design Automation Basics I” where we have seen the logical part of the design process. Now we will look at the physical part of the wire harness design process.
This webinar covers the logical part of the wire harness design process consisting of creating the wiring diagram and the topology design.
E3.series is a true concurrent electrical engineering environment supporting advanced requirements for electrical documentation, cabinet and wire harness design and manufacturing outputs.
CR-8000 is a System-Level PCB & IC Package Design software including 3D Multi-board, Analysis and MCAD Integration
Data management for PCB (DS-CR) and electrical/fluid engineering (DS-E3). DS-2 is a mature, cross-disciplinary engineering data management platform developed in partnership with more than 3,000 leading companies worldwide.