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Cabling Design and Documentation

E3.cable is a superset of E3.schematic and is used for designing and documenting cable plans and harness layouts. Individual conductors are combined together in the design to form new cables or harnesses. Shielding and twisted-pair structure can also be added to the cables and automatically shown in the schematic.

An integrated design solution for interconnecting devices and designing cables and harnesses

Intelligent block functionality enabling the representation of dynamic equipment

Hierarchy functionality for flexible top-down or bottom-up design approach

Multiple views of devices for design and documentation purposes

Block functionality

E3.cable supports block functionality: blocks can represent components, rack equipment, black boxes, PCB’s and through hierarchy whole systems and sub-systems. Connector pins are dynamically added to the blocks and signal information is displayed alongside.

Views allow alternate documentation of devices such as single-line diagrams, wiring diagram and cable plans. For example connectors can be represented as single pins in the schematic and then as the complete connector in the cable plan. Changes to any of the views, immediately updates all other views, ensuring all documentation is synchronized.

E3.cable key features

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Block diagrams

E3.cable supports block functionality: blocks can represent components, rack equipment, black boxes, PCBs and whole systems and sub-systems. Connector pins are dynamically added to the blocks, and signal information is displayed alongside.

Multi-view functionality

Views allow alternate representations such as single-line diagrams, wiring diagram and cable plans. Connectors can be represented as single pins in the schematic and then as the complete connector in the cable plan. Changes to any of the views, are immediately updated all related views.

Hierarchical design

Hierarchical systems and sub-systems can be represented as blocks. Signals and connections can pass between levels and sub-levels. Hierarchy enables top-down and bottom-up design, promotes design reuse and provides project leaders with a system level overview.

Links to PCB data

Blocks can be integrated with PCB design data. Interface connector and signal information from the PCB system is dynamically added to the blocks in E3.series. Changes to the PCB are re-imported and updated in the block. E3.cable supports most PCB formats and has bi-directional integrations with Zuken’s CR-8000.

Extended Connector Handling

E3.ExtendedConnectorHandling automatically creates special representations of connectors as used in the aerospace and automotive industries. Various options exist.

  • Automatic merger of connector graphics
  • Backshell functionality
  • Connector gender display
  • Pin usage tracking
  • Split connector continuation lines
  • Split block continuation lines
  • Block-side pin display

Re-use of PCB Design Data

With E3.cable the entire electrical and electronic system is documented. During the development, predefined elements are used, which are either manufactured in-house or purchased from a supplier, where their I/O behavior is documented. The complete system is a result of the predefined elements, such as PCBs, actuators, sensors and the connections between them.

PCB design data can be imported directly in E3.cable, 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 is done with just a few clicks.

This saves a lot of time-consuming work and prevents mistakes while manually inputting. The data is transferred via an E3.series standard format, a very simple CSV file or using specific E3.series interfaces.

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Satisfied customers

Using a configurator with E3.series means we can do our work not just much faster but with fewer mistakes too. Preparations are also underway for us to start using the E3.series various integration options.

Jens FrickeGroup, Manager for Wiring Diagrams, Alstom

In the same way that our vehicles are highly customizable, so is the functionality within E3.series that allows us to realize this.

Graeme ShieldsDesign Manager at Emergency One

E3.series’ ability to generate top-quality, detailed schematics has been exceptionally beneficial for us. Customers have already noticed the improvements in electrical quality.

Graeme ShieldsDesign Manager at Emergency One

The detailed schematic reduces the time we spend answering customer questions as a result of the quality of documentation, which has allowed us to reduce costs associated with customer support. We also anticipate reduced downtime involved in repairs due to the superior quality of the schematics.

Graeme ShieldsDesign Manager at Emergency One