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Product Development

Model-Based Engineering (MBE) is the implementation phase of product development.    The model artifacts and associated architecture must seamlessly transition to detailed design.  The process must always preserve the connection between ADE and MBE.  A disconnected model negatively impacts ROI.

Digital Engineering for Product Development

Benefits of Model-Based Engineering

Eliminate documents. The model is connected to the design process eliminating the need for document generation.

Design envelope. The model provides engineering with an implementation “design envelope,” providing freedom and guidance to the development team.

Eliminate errors. Verification events defined in the model assure the consistency between the design and implementation.

Traceability. The model history provides traceability eliminating the “how did we get here” experience.

Model-Based Engineering Fundamentals

Connecting to Detailed Design

The model provides a relationship approach to product definition that is not possible with documents. The more robust the product definition, the fewer design errors.

Model Relevancy

The model must be connected and utilized by the implementation and test teams. Model relevancy throughout the product life cycle is key to success.


As products become more complex, the risk of design intent and implementation divergence becomes more real. Verification events provide consistency checks throughout the product life cycle.

Transition to Detailed Design

The biggest challenge today for model-based design is transitioning to implementation or detailed design. The design envelope for each subsystem or component is directly transferred and exposed to the design teams for implementation.  The model remains connected to the design process.

Transition to Detailed Design


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Connected Wire Harness Design

The GENESYS Connector provides a direct link between the model and E3.series for wire harness design. Model artifacts are directly transferred and exposed in E3.series creating a design envelope for the implementation team.

Connected 3D PCB Design

The GENESYS Connector will provide a direct link between the model and CR-8000. A PCB subsystem architecture model is transferred to CR-8000 while exposing other model artifacts. Upon architecture validation, the model enters a 3D multi-board PCB design process.

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Design Verification Events

Verification gates or events are placed at critical design phase boundaries that include architecture, release to manufacturing, first article inspection, and subsystem test.  Each gate contains verification requirements for evaluation and the model updated with a status. These gates ensure that the implementation is consistent with the model.

Features and Benefits

Model-Based Engineering supports Digital Engineering methods.  MBE utilizes a model-based approach as opposed to a document-based.  The product model is used to drive wire harness and PCB detailed design.

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The product model is constructed in GENESYS using system engineering methods.  The product model or system context includes the product ecosystem.  An example of the product ecosystem is the operating environment.

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Model-Based Engineering supports a connected model design process. A model created in GENESYS is used to pass a design envelope to the development team for wire harness design and PCB design.

Model-Based Engineering provides product model access to diagrams, requirements, and parameters for viewing by the design team. The design team can access a particular component or subsystem.

Using the GENESYS Connector the component or subsystem architecture is directly transferred to E3.series for wire harness design.  The design envelope is accessible providing diagrams, requirements, and parameters.

GENESYS provides the ability to create verification events composed of verification requirements. Each verification event provides a design process checkpoint to assure model consistency with implementation.  An example of a verification gate would be a design review prior to manufacturing.

Smart manufacturing and digital engineering are equal partners in digital transformation.  Smart manufacturing depends on data that is gathered by IIOT and analyzed using big data.  Providing the manufacturing floor with design data ready for machine consumption is an important output of MBE.

Digital Engineering eBook

This eBook describes an MBSE based process for Electrical and Electronic design. The eBook begins with model content and structure with the purpose of implementation and the need for a “design envelope”.

The biggest challenge in MBSE gaining broad adoption is making the model relevant through the product life cycle. Learn how you can overcome this daunting hurdle while maintaining the model as the single source of truth.

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