E3.series Release 2020

E3.series 2020 delivers significant enhancements for tabular editing, document embedding, and 3D PDF support
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E3.series is used by global leaders in the manufacturing industry to generate large, complex electrical cabling, control cabinet, and wire harness designs for advanced applications in the machinery, power, automotive, transportation, and aerospace and defense industries.

In addition to numerous improvements for easier operation, E3.series 2020 features significant enhancements in the areas of tabular editing, the embedding of office documents, 3D cabinet layout, and 3D PDF support.

General Enhancements

New User Interface

The E3.series 2020 release features an updated user interface with new technology and icons. While harmonizing all Zuken tools, the unified layout and icons enable all users to quickly find their way around the Zuken environment. The new interface is based on a new library, the BCG ControlBar.

Embedding of OLE Objects

A major innovation in Release 2020 is the embedding of OLE objects (Object Linking Embedding). A new or existing OLE object can now be directly inserted on a schematic sheet. The Microsoft Office programs are particularly common here. These projects can be opened or edited via Drag&Drop.

Users can visualize calculation sheets from Excel files on a schematic sheet. All Excel functions are available and users can manipulate the data from within E3.series. Include or exclude embedded objects in the printout as needed.

Tabular Search, Filtering, and Editing

Tabular Editing

In release 2020, the comprehensive tabular editing capabilities of E3.series have been extended to include additional listings. Tabular editing is a hallmark of Zuken’s E3.series as it enables consistent search, modification and update of designs without having to navigate through multiple sheets. In the new release, the tabular representation, filtering and editing capabilities of E3.series now include active pin terminals and wire seals. Additionally, previously separated search operations are combined into one single Boolean search function covering multiple device, sheet, and connection lists.

Global Search with Boolean Expressions

Another new feature is the global search with Boolean expressions. A powerful and fast search function available in device table, sheet table, pin table, connection table, and translation table (DBE). Users can enter a search term via the context menu and quickly determine whether a term is contained in Description in Component Code, in the function text, or in another column.

Information Where You Need It

Permanent Properties Window

A new permanent properties window opens upon selecting a component, providing instant visibility of all device properties on the schematic.

3D Preview

Rotate and zoom the object in the preview window to show any component ranging from a simple connector to a complete control cabinet.

3D Cabinet Layout

Multiple Component Placement Directions

To support the requirements of cabinet planning and building, the component placement functionality of E3.panel, the 2D/3D cabinet layout application of E3.series, now includes multiple component placement directions.

With E3.panel electrical engineers can add comprehensive electrical intelligence to imported 3D panel geometries (STEP format), including component placement and wire routing. Place mounting rails and terminal blocks in any direction to add mounting slots in a 3D-representation both on the inside and the outside the cabinet enclosure. For documentation purposes, engineers can flatten the 3D views to 2D drawings and combine them on one single sheet.

Dynamic Contours  in Cabinet Layouts

Create and edit cut-out areas, drill holes, and restricted areas directly in the project, independent of the database model definition, to enable efficient planning of customized or small production batch cabinets.

3D PDF Documentation

Export E3.panel designs to fully interactive 3D PDF models to enable the digital documentation of 3D cabinet layouts for reference and service purposes. Models include device structure information that can be interactively manipulated, measured, and interrogated.