Aircraft electrical design projects tend to be very large and extremely complex. The challenges associated with managing the sheer number of wires (required for avionics systems, engines, sensors, in-flight-entertainment etc.) is frequently compounded by the distances some signals must travel within the airframe, passing through several harnesses on route. For example, an Airbus A380 – with its wingspan of almost 80m and a nose-to-tail length of almost 73m – allegedly has around 480km (300 miles) of wiring.
The only thing I like more than a good win-win situation is when there’s a win-win-win. That was the conclusion I drew when I discovered how Pantec Automation, which designs and manufactures control systems for machines, used E3.series to almost halve its manufacturing times.
Electrical and MCAD integration, if you’re not already doing it, has the potential to save you a good deal in the electrical product development process.
eCl@ss, CMAP Classification and Product Description to Lighten the Load of Managing Libraries in E3.series
Managing libraries is an industry wide requirement – it’s got to be done, and done right, or the design migraine kicks in. This is why, today I’m pointing the spotlight on this fundamental part of the design flow. Making library management easier and quicker, is why we created the Zuken Component Manufacturer Alliance Program, so that E3.series users can benefit from ready-made libraries. We’ve combined this with the eCl@ss Advanced reader to allow an even greater amount of suppliers to add their components with no effort, important for paving the way for future growth of the library components.
The majority of electrical designers have to contend with options and variants and the resulting harness families and derivatives. Today I’m going to investigate the source of these differences and explain how you can save time in updating the associated data.