E3.series Customer Success Stories

Learn how Zuken's E3.series for electrical wiring, control systems and fluid engineering, has helped a variety of companies achieve their goals.

Success Stories

Alstom

Alstom improves productivity and planning by integrating their globally-dispersed rail design team using a digital design process

Alstom Germany is one of the major players in infrastructure for power and transport.

  • Faster work processes with improved quality achieved by using a configurator
  • Productivity boosted via 3D interface to CATIA V5 for calculating the production lengths of cables.
  • Digital design flow meant more efficient structure of design department which greatly improved integration with process planning, procurement and production.

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ARM Automation

 

 

 

 

ARM Automation achieves two-thirds electrical design time reduction and increases project ROI

ARM Automation develops machine design, systems integration and controls engineering solutions

  • Efficiency and competitiveness increased using E3.series, allowing ARM to bid on more projects with delivery confidence
  • Overall design time reduced by 66%
  • Hours of manual error-prone tasks eliminated, increasing project ROI and design quality

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ATK

 

 

 

ATK increases cable design productivity for space shuttle booster replacement by moving to a digital design process

ATK Aerospace Group produces solid rocket propulsion systems, military and commercial aircraft structures.

  • Feasibility testing timescale reduced from months to weeks using E3.series
  • Design team size cut significantly by using automated interface and smarter working
  • Automatic design checks achieved time savings and improved quality

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BCA Lerisure

 

 

 

 

BCA Leisure stays responsive and competitive using E3.series to design and manufacture cable harnesses for caravans and motorhomes

BCA Leisure produces wiring systems and electrical components for the caravan and motor home industry.

  • Design tasks reduced from days to minutes, along with minimized risk of errors.
  • Time and money saved helps maintain profitability despite varying exchange rates and volatile material costs.
  • Improved visibility of material requirements helps planning for long lead-time component ordering.
  • Swift and painless switching to E3.series: drawings look the same but are now backed up by real data.

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Bruker

 

 

 

 

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

Bruker manufactures analytical instrumentation systems

  • Time taken to develop an initial sample was slashed with E3.series, leading to a noticeable increase in productivity
  • Design efficiency increased significantly through automated production of manufacturing drawings
  • Improved quality of wiring and manufacturing drawings

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 Emergency One

Emergency One controls wire harness design complexity and slashes delivery lead times by using a digital design process

Emergency One (UK) Limited is a Scotland based manufacturer of firefighting equipment and related services.

  • Standardized design and manufacturing process resulted in cost savings and reliability benefits.
  • Bottlenecks were removed in electrical wiring installation by implementing test and verification at the design stage.
  • Lead times were slashed for delivery by giving more detailed information to the wire harness manufacturer.

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Kässbohrer Transport Technik
Kässbohrer Transport Technik achieves 60-90% reduction in electrical documentation turnaround for customer specific vehicle configurations

Kässbohrer Transport Technik, located in Eugendorf near Salzburg, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of vehicle transporters.

  • E3.series introduced to streamline electrical documentation of customer specific vehicle configurations
  • Detailed descriptions of all components used in the different vehicle configrurations provided in a central libary
  • Error free schematics are ensured by built-in electrical intelligence of E3.series
  • 60–90% time saving for the electrical documentation of customer specific vehicle variants.

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Kellenberger cuts time taken to generate customer-specific schematics by up to 90% by implementing options and variants in E3.series

Kellenberger develops and produces numerically-controlled precision grinding machines and systems for sectors such as automotive, medical devices and industrial machinery.

  • Time reduced for generating a set of customer-specific schematics by up to 90% (from 4-8 hours to 5-30 minutes)
  • Machine configuration process is simplified by enabling selection from several modules and a broad range of options.
  • Significantly reduced effort to generate a customized set of electrical documentation for each machine
  • Individual schematics can be generated automatically

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KRONE integrates ECAD, MCAD and ERP to enable integrated design and sourcing

Maschinenfabrik Bernard Krone GmbH & Co. KG is one of Europe’s foremost producers of agricultural machinery.

  • Generation of comprehensive wire harness manufacturing specifications for sourcing and contract manufacturing.
  • Cost savings for cable harness manufacturing through comprehensive digital specifications and bills of materials.
  • Improved fit and reduced lead times for cable harness sourcing thanks to ECAD/MCAD integration.
  • E³.series data used in assembly, quality control, technical documentation, training and service.
  • Best-in-class approach based on CATIA and E³.series.

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Mecalac (formerly Terex GB) cuts the time taken to develop right-first-time cable harnesses for its heavy plant vehicles

Mecalac (formerly Terex GB) cuts the time taken to develop right-first-time cable harnesses for its heavy plant vehicles

  • Greater confidence during the creation or modification of cable harnesses, irrespective of their complexity.
  • The automation of terminal and connector table selection saves time.
  • Fewer and shorter iterative process steps with greatly reduced risk of human errors.
  • Better collaboration between electrical and mechanical design engineers.

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 Muller Martini

Müller Martini enhances variant and option handling and reduces manufacturing costs by moving to an object-oriented ECAD environment

Müller Martini supplies highly flexible, customized print processing machines to the graphics industry

  • Up to 80% of variants are stored and retrieved directly in the structure tree of the project.
  • Costs reduced by using E3.series data to drill holes in the chassis sheet during cabinet manufacturing by eliminating processing during assembly.
  • Modularization of electrical product architectures
  • Smooth information transfer between engineering, production and sourcing.
  • Significant cost reduction achieved by carrying out cross-section and connection checks in the design stage, reducing errors.

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Pantec

Pantec Automation cuts machine manufacturing turnaround time by around 50%, reduces product costs, and helps protect IP for its customers, using E3.series.

Pantec Automation, a business unit of Pantec Engineering AG, is a leading designer and manufacturer of control systems for machines with a high level of complexity.

  • Up to 50% reduction in machine delivery time
  • Machine quotes supplied within days rather than weeks
  • Greatly reduced IP risk: OEM machines are less likely to be copied if they cost less
  • Modularity achieved by managing options and variants through a decision tree within a configurator tool
  • 95% of project work goes straight to assembly specialists with no design engineering intervention: quality and data is policed by E3.series
  • Results achieved using existing E3.series setup at no extra cost

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Stone Aerospace

Stone Aerospace saves 12 weeks in cabling design using E3.series

Stone Aerospace develops smart tools and systems for exploring extreme environments

  • Eliminated $20,000 in cable rework and expedited delivery costs
  • Design cycle reduced by 12 weeks
  • Effective design team collaboration created common nomenclature improving quality and cutting errors
  • Automated checks ensured correct connector selections.

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Weidmüller achieves reduction of up to 75% in cabinet engineering

Weidmüller is a global leader in electronics and automation products, solutions and services for industrial applications in the power, signal and data sectors

  • Zuken and Weidmüller collaborated closely to develop a next generation terminal block configurator
  • Using the tool, customers can achieve a reduction in cabinet engineering time by up to 75%
  • By separating the data and user interface the content can be updated at any time in a simple library update

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Testimonials

E3.series - Electrical wiring, control systems and fluid engineering software

 

ABB Process Automation

ABB Process Automation"We chose E3.series because it was best able to meet our design requirements. As our needs have evolved, so has E3.series. With each new version, Zuken gives us the functionality we need for higher productivity and quality."

- Sami Kivioja, engineering manager


Alexander Dennis

Alexander Dennis"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."

- David Alexander, Group Engineering Systems Manager


Alstom

Alstom"Using a configurator with E3.series means we can do our work not just much faster but with fewer mistakes too."

-  Jens Fricke, Wiring Diagrams Group Manager


ARM Automation

ARM Automation"The intelligence contained in the database of E3.series has helped reduce design time to about one-third of the time required in the past. These time savings have made it possible for us to bid on more complex systems without concern that the electrical design could not be completed within the project deadline. With the database keeping track of the components and signals, it's also more difficult to make a mistake which makes it easier to assemble and troubleshoot the system."

- Joe Geisinger, chief technology officer


ATK

ATK"In the past it might have taken us months to design the wire harnesses and agree to a POC (proof of concept). Now we can do a feasibility test in weeks by copying and making changes to the existing model. Going from months to weeks has not only made ATK more competitive, but has established us as a trusted partner of NASA. Besides these savings, we also have much more confidence that our designs are correct. Zuken has been an exceptional partner throughout this process and was there with us the entire way."

- Nathan Holyoak, Engineer PLM Processes


A-Tech Systems

A-Tech Systems"Since we’ve been using E3.series, our technicians find it much easier to work with the schematic output from E3.series which provides more detailed documentation. E3.series is exceptionally stable and has an open access API. This has allowed us to customize the solution to suit our design process."

- Chris Hatfield, technical director


Bruker

Bruker"One of the good things about E3.series is that it doesn’t dictate where you have to start. Within a project, users can start with the main assembly they consider most effective."

- Jürgen Fink, head of the electronics development department


Eclipse Aviation

Eclipse Aviation"E3.cable is built on standard relational database architecture. This gave us an open tool box to work with. This is not what we were seeing from the old names [in software solutions]."

- Mike Brown, former chief information officer at Eclipse Aviation

 


Emergency One

Emergency One"We have a very sophisticated and all-encompassing system with an advanced control system. With E3.series I am in control of this complexity and it has allowed me to create designs logically. It is the ultimate way to take what I have in my head and put it on paper. When working with a harness supplier, I can point out where things are wrong. It is fantastic to have the knowledge that E3.series can do everything I want. In the same way that our vehicles are highly customizable, so is the functionality within E3.series that allows us to realize this."

- Graeme Shields, Design Manager, Emergency One


Eyoto

Eyoto logo“As the demand for our highly disruptive eye diagnostic and measurement products accelerate, scalability is a priority. A key driver in selecting Zuken's E3.series was the ability to add integrated electronic design and data management solutions as we grow. We compared other systems in the market and found E3.series gave us the flexibility and scalability we were looking for.”

- Dr. Omkar Joshi, senior electronic engineer


FIAT Group Automobiles

FIAT"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."

- Paolo Puiatti, power and signal distribution manager


HARTING Electric (Part of HARTING Technology Group)

Harting Electric"Within the scope of the E3.series Component Alliance Program we are now able to make the data of our components accessible to our customers. We welcome the opportunity to make our contribution to a more rationalized optimized and shorter development process by using the benefits (or data) of our innovative product portfolio."

- Hartmut Schwettman, managing director


HCI Systems

HCI Systems"Different customers provide different levels and types of information at the beginning of a project. Some know the components they are using, others don’t. While another company may know the layout of the car, another might not. The way E3.series is structured with its database means that I can start the project either at the schematic phase or at the formboard."

- Mike Tickner, director


 
Honeywell

Honeywell"The days of non-intelligent drawing packages are over. We need better tools that can offer design reuse, bring about standardization, and can still deliver flexibility - like E3.series. We also need partners like Zuken who are willing to listen, learn, communicate and be proactive in regards to meeting our needs."

- Norman MacDonald, UK engineering director


M-Sport

M-SportWith motorsport one of the key things is flexibility and being able to do things quickly, which is why we chose E3.series. We are also looking forward to saving lots of time with the automatic checking features – no more poring over printouts checking wire connections!

- Mark Aitken, design engineer


Optima Group

Optima Group"The E3.series software is an integral part of the Optima Group's PLM strategy and supports the whole lifecycle of our plants."

-  The Optima Group



Piaggio

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. 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 Baracchino, electrical engineering manager


Racetech Harnessing Ltd.

Racetech Logo“We work on incredibly complex designs for customers in Formula 1, and E3.series gives us the confidence that we can meet the professional requirements and future challenges of this industry. E3.series also gives us the design turnaround speeds, quality and ECAD/MCAD integration we need to expand our business into the mainstream automotive, off-road vehicles and rail sectors.”

- John Truman, director


Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric"For a long time we searched for software that could provide automatic drawing generation. E3.series is very efficient software and we are now able to design complex diagrams much quicker than before. We are also very pleased with the technical support we receive."

- Tanongchai S., engineering supervisor, Schneider Electric Thailand


Stone Aerospace

Stone Aerospace"We achieved substantial productivity gains because engineers had a very clear picture of what one another were doing, and because of the automated checks performed by the software."

- John Harman, Electrical Engineer



Techno MAP

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E3.series will allow us to increase the quality and performance of our harness designs for manufacturing. And because E3.series is aimed at specialists in electrical architecture it supports our overall design process, right up to the generation of production orders.

- Christophe Vergneault, CEO of Techno MAP



Teepee Electrical

TeePee Electrical"Using E3.series will give us the ability to provide much more engineering design work for our customers. There’s also the added value in terms of manufacturing having access to a digital database of components that we can pull up on the shop floor. Overall E3.series will give us the platform for closer collaboration with our customers and reduce the time for providing new designs or design changes, in turn reducing lead times and costs."

Steve Clarke, managing director


Terex Corporation

Terex Corporation"In addition to showing their technical superiority during the search, Zuken’s business structure will support our own internal efforts to become one Terex."

Dr. Suresh Natarajan, Global Director, Electrical Systems



TVS Motors

TVS Motors"Since we started using E3.series almost two years ago we have reduced our design cycle by almost 40%, compared with our previous practice of wire harness design using non-automated tools."

- M. Amardeepkumar, R&D manager



Vossloh Locomotives

Vossloh Locomotives"With E3.RevisionManagement, we have the ability to verify our compliance with ISO certification and rail standard DIN EN 61082. In particular, the generation of a detailed and complete change history for our manufacturing documentation, the automated revision of parts lists and subsequent transfer to our production system, has led to significant time and economic savings. Moreover, the number of errors has been reduced within the revision workflow and which has been further optimized using error analysis."

- Heiner Morich, technical project manager


Windmöller & Hölscher

Theodor Determann, Managing Director at Windmöller & Hölscher"We realized that to continue to serve our global markets with leading-edge products, we needed to take our mechanical, electrical and software engineering processes to the next level. By integrating domain-specific development processes into an end-to-end mechatronic engineering environment, we will be able to offer our customers cost-efficient and customized solutions that cut their engineering lead time and overheads."

- Theodor Determann, managing director