What's New in Harness Builder 2022

Harness Builder 2022

What's New

Learn What's New in Harness Builder 2022

Harness Builder for E3.series 2022 introduces enhancements to accelerate the adoption of smart manufacturing, improve wire harness cost and weight estimates, and connect to leading 3rd part testing and manufacturing solutions. The cost and weight estimation options are improving the upfront engineering quality.

Combined with ‘work instructions assistant’ updates and the powerful dash number configuration, the new features eliminate manufacturing and assembly overheads. In 2022, the partnerships are expanding to new areas and improving existing partnerships to provide a holistic design and manufacturing solution. The expanded wire harness testing and manufacturing options cover most leading automated solutions.

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Wire Harness Weight Estimator

Harness Builder for E3.series introduces the brand-new wire harness weight estimator to empower wire harness engineers to track the weight of a harness throughout the design cycle. There are many factors influencing the weight of a wire harness. The estimator considers the weight of wires, tubing, cable protection, and all harness components in a formboard drawing. For instance, the estimate will include the weight of connector pins, coverings, seas, and other accessories to provide the most accurate estimate. The harness weight estimator handles multiple measuring units to handle a wide range of component and design types.

Wire Harness Weight Estimator

Datasheet with Connector-2

Built-in Datasheet Viewer

Harness Builder for E3.series simplifies access to datasheets with an intelligent built-in viewer. Datasheets are often the primary source of accurate information about the components in a wire harness design. Wire harness engineers are constantly flipping between their designs and websites, PDF viewers, and other sources to access information to help with their designs. For instance, a simple connector documentation reference multiple datasheets for housing, pins, boots, connector tools, and accessories. Upon selecting an item on the formboard drawing, the datasheet viewer displays information for all sub-parts of the selected component. The easy-to-use multi-tab viewer helps wire harness designers reduce the overhead of opening and tracking multiple datasheets.

Loom Report

Cutting and fitting tubes, coverings, and other cable protection materials is a mandatory task in the wire harness assembly process. Often designers measure and create a cut-list to pass to production. The process can be time-consuming and prone to errors. Harness Builder for E3.series now automatically produces a configurable loom cut-list from the formboard drawings. The configuration options enable the reports to show relevant information and manage the reporting template.


Cetec ERP

Cetec ERP

Cetec ERP is a transformational web-based ERP system providing an agile and consistent workflow from engineering to business and manufacturing systems. The connection between the Harness Builder for E3.series and Cetec ERP platforms creates a simple yet comprehensive solution in a traditional system-heavy ERP process.

The connection enables designers to seamlessly store project details directly in a secure location to eliminate the manual copy-paste process. The BOM connections help sync parts, wiring, and documentation seamlessly. The BOM supports multi-level BOM with versioning through the Harness Builder interface.

Enhanced Wire Harness Quoting Tool

The wire harness quoting tool is a key benefit of the Harness Builder for E3.series solution. The quoting tool helps wire harness manufacturers to estimate the loaded cost of producing a wire harness driven by the logical connectivity, components, and physical layout. The latest enhancements to the quoting tool provide a dedicated screen and dialog to visualize the quote better. The estimates are also more accurate with various improvements in time assignments for multiple tasks. In addition, the long lead items list helps designers identify the critical components to order early and avoid supply chain delays



New Testing Machines

The Harness Builder for E3.series 2022 release expands the list of automated wire harness testing machines covering nearly all leading solutions in the market. The enhancements to testing outputs enable users to use various new features to be more productive with the automated testing machines. Automating the testing routine is helping users adopt innovative smart manufacturing solutions knowing the data is accurate with impeccable production quality.

Automated Wire Processing Machines

Smart manufacturing is the key to gaining efficiencies and reducing timelines without losing product quality. Manual wire processing has many overheads, and an intelligent design paired with the latest automated wire processing machines has the potential to cut wiring overheads by more than 50%. The latest updates help further simplify automatic wire processing with new features and support for leading wire cut, mark, and strip machines.


Manufacturing Work Instructions

Wire harness work instructions are a customized mix of standards, best practices, testing routines, and assembly procedures to facilitate an efficient manufacturing process. Creating and managing work instructions is typically time-consuming, manual, and error-prone. Building on a solid foundation from the last release, the latest update helps manufacturing work instructions augment ‘harness assembly’, the last mile of the harness manufacturing process. The comprehensive smart manufacturing options in Harness Builder for E3.series help users reduce the gap between design completion and manufacturing. Generating the manufacturing work instructions from the same data improves accuracy, maintains consistency, and reduces manual rework.

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