Data management system for electrical harness design

December 03, 2013 // By Nick Flaherty
Zuken has set up a joint venture with a German company to develop its first native data management solution specifically for electrical cable harness designs.

The E3.EDM (Engineering Data Management) tool builds on Zuken’s E3.series and uses the CIM DATABASE EDM platform from Contact Software in Munich to provide data and process management integrated into E3.series for wire, harness, cable, control system and fluid design.
Using the native data simplifies the workflow and design processes in key areas and allows harness designs to be more efficient. This helps reduce the weight of a harness which is a significant part of a system design in vehicles and aircraft.
Zuken tried to modify its existing PCB data management tool but found that electrical cable harness design has specific requirements for data and process management The joint venture with Contact Software closes a significant gap in the engineering process and thus helps boost productivity and design quality.
Faymonville, a European manufacturer of special vehicles, is using E3.EDM as part of a pilot program: “We are convinced the capabilities offered by native management of our electrical design data will bring significant improvements in our change and variant management process, and in the re-use of existing designs”, said Roland Fuhrmann, Head of IT at Faymonville.
For electrical engineers, the data and process management capabilities of E3.EDM are a seamless extension to the existing E3.series work environment. By using the native E3.series data model, designs are managed on a sheet and device level, enabling engineers to work the way they prefer to work, rather than adapting their work process to the EDM tools. Also, engineers can immediately see which parts are being used in which design.
Project managers benefit from integrated engineering workflow support, resource management and project management capabilities. IT managers are provided with a solution which can be integrated into their existing PLM and ERP systems, and is scalable to the unique and dynamic requirements of each company.
E3.EDM has been developed by Zuken Contact, a joint venture formed specifically for developing engineering data management software solutions but is