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Zuken is a global leader in computer aided design (CAD) and engineering (CAE) and data management solutions (EDM) for PCB, panel, wire harness and fluid engineering.

  • Our electrical and fluid design tools have a proven track record across diverse industries. Machinery and industrial equipment design makes up more than 50% of this user community.
  • Zuken’s object-oriented architecture provides an integrated and consistent design approach to help eliminate errors, improve quality and reduce design time.
Plant and Machinery

Established expertise in the Machinery sector

The experience gained from working with major companies in the machinery and industrial equipment sector is fundamental to the development and direction of our electrical, electronic and fluid design solutions.

This has allowed us to develop a deep knowledge of the challenges and requirements of this sector, and to develop solutions for emerging challenges in a partnership approach.

Quality assurance is a central part of the Zuken culture. We are certified to ISO 9001, giving customers confidence from both system integration and financial investment perspectives.

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Don’t just take our word for it!

Zuken has a long history of working in partnership with plant and machinery companies. We asked some of them about their experience with us.

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  • On-demand technical webinars
    • Electrical - including schematic, panel and cabling design
    • Electronics - from design architecture and design creation through to PCB design and data management
  • Articles and brochures
    • Success Story: ARM Automation - ARM Automation achieves two-thirds electrical design time reduction and increases project ROI
    • Success Story: Bruker - Design efficiency increased significantly through automated production of manufacturing drawings
    • Success Story: Rohde & Schwarz - manages variants with increased efficiency using Zuken’s CR-5000 suite
    • Brochure: Electrical and fluid design software for the machinery market
    • White Paper: Electrical Engineering Data Management - A practical foundation for a true mechatronic data model
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Solutions for Machinery and Industrial Equipment

Maintaining a competitive advantage

Machinery and automation are among the most important innovation drivers in our economy. Securing and developing a competitive edge for companies in these industries requires continuous growth of the industry’s R&D capabilities.

Electrical and electronic engineering play a pivotal role in this endeavor, seen by a rapid increase in patent applications in this area over the past decade.

As electrical and electronics engineering drive innovation in the industrial equipment sector, companies in this market are working to address a number of challenges to help maximize their capabilities and gain a competitive edge.

Typical challenges faced within the industrial and machinery market place include:

The flexible, customer-specific approach adopted by many leading industrial equipment manufacturers undoubtedly gives these companies, and their customers, a competitive edge. However, the challenge in spanning all disciplines to create a seamless, end-to-end experience – integrating requirements definition with engineering, sourcing and production – should not be underestimated.


Industrial and Machinery Challenges

Change Management

Interdisciplinary product development

The flexible, customer-specific approach adopted by many leading industrial equipment manufacturers undoubtedly gives these companies, and their customers, a competitive edge. However, the challenge in spanning all disciplines to create a seamless, end-to-end experience – integrating requirements definition with engineering, sourcing and production –
should not be underestimated.

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The main challenge in this approach lies in the fact that dividing engineering tasks across the different disciplines creates a number of breaks and inconsistencies in the overall product development process. Change management is time-consuming because transaction data and libraries of electronic and electrical components are often managed manually.

As a result, errors are often only identified after the design has been sent to production, resulting in painful risks, delays and unnecessary costs.

 
Architecture Design

Electromechanical product development

Although not a new requirement, finding a pragmatic way of integrating both mechanical and electrical disciplines continues to be a challenge. A product must be represented digitally in its definition phase, including all planned options and variants or destinations, by collecting both mechanical and electrical components into a consistent data model – the mechatronic bill of materials (BOM).

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The growing complexity of products and processes, as well as the need to faithfully represent the full product, makes the availability of a useable electromechanical data model an urgent requirement. The key to meeting these challenges is the ability to manage the data models in electrical and electronic engineering, which are infinitely more complex than the corresponding mechanical data models that are currently managed in today’s PLM systems. Only this way can the basic requirements for an integrated development process – from the specification to part and component-level – be met.

 
Building Blocks

Modularization and configuration

For manufacturers to react to individual customer requirements quickly and flexibly, they need product architectures that support configuration and customization from the outset. This means meeting a number of conditions from the outset in product development.

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Product structures in mechanical, electrical, fluid, and electronic engineering need to be represented in a modular way that accommodates interdisciplinary dependencies. Supporting CAD and data management environments must handle modular entities that are mutually interdependent.

Systems should represent the product configuration logic, including all dependencies, options and variants and feed downstream CAD-applications with relevant configurations.

 

 

Zuken is the leading partner for innovation in electrical and electronic engineering

At Zuken we understand that all challenges around interdisciplinary product development, options and variants and integration into existing enterprise IT architectures cannot be addressed by a single vendor.

However, there is arguably no other vendor who has a more comprehensive understanding of the specific requirements of electrical and electronic engineering than Zuken. With our CAD and data management products we are in a unique position to provide a valuable contribution to an integral, end-to-end solution to support a best-practice approach to product development.

Muller Martini Our philosophy of customer and solution orientation requires a high degree of flexibility in the engineering workflow. Changes need to be followed through quickly and consistently across all operations. This means we have to constantly find ways to shorten our turnaround times from concept to delivery. And finally we need to harmonize engineering processes across our different lines of business to enable a seamless flow of information between departments, engineering disciplines (mechanical, electrical, software development and assembly) and geographical locations.

Markus Husner, Head of Control Systems Technology, Müller Martini Electronic AG


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    Rohde & Schwarz manages variants with increased efficiency using Zuken’s CR-5000 suite. In a sophisticated design flow, the schematic provides a master data set that drives all PCB assembly variants.

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    ARBURG is one of the world‘s leading manufacturers of injection molding machines. Through its central development and production processes at the company’s headquarters in Lossburg, Germany; they guarantee the high quality standard for which ARBURG products are famous the world over. That‘s why they use the best tools, such as Zuken‘s CR-5000 software, in the development department.

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    ARM Automation achieves two-thirds electrical design time reduction by switching to E3.series

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    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.

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    Bruker raises documentation quality and design flow efficiency for precision instrumentation with E3.series

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    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.

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