ECAD Automation Tools

Using Automated ECAD Tools When Quoting Wire Harnesses

Generating quotes for manufacturing can be a complicated and cumbersome process. It’s a complaint I’ve heard often across many industries. While precious resources are dedicated to tracking parts, long lead items, part costs vs. labor, etc., the manual process leads to gaps, errors and delays. This will hurt your bottom line across the board.

Electrical Computer Aided Design (ECAD) tools offer many advantages over traditional manual processes, such as:

  • the ability to select parts from a vast database of smart components
  • synchronization with business systems like ERP to drive a complete quotation based on design

ECAD tools can accelerate the design process by using intelligent drawings with smart components and automating mundane tasks like generation bills of materials (BOM), wire lists and splice details. The manufacturing/commissioning process is streamlined thanks to formboard drawings, on-demand MCAD integration and design rule checks to ensure top-notch quality every time. What’s more, an ECAD system provides the ability to drive your production workflow by connecting with industry-leading automated test and harness manufacturing machines.

Ready to learn more?

We’re hosting a live webinar on Wednesday, May 30 that will cover this topic in depth. You can register here. If you’re unable to attend the live webinar, register anyway and you’ll be the first to know when the on-demand version is available.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • The relationship between 1:1 formboard drawings and ECAD
  • Creating BOMs and wire run lists with the click of a button
  • Quotations with lead time and assembly time factored in the cost of harnesses
  • The most efficient process for the sizing and placement of cable protection
  • Linking to manufacturing equipment automatically from a smart ECAD tool
  • Documenting designs to enhance design intelligence and provide clarity with intelligent reporting

The webinar will be most useful to engineering directors, strategic thinkers, technical/manufacturing/electrical design engineers, engineering managers, product managers, quality assurance/testing engineers and managers, electrical technicians and printing specialists.

Register now

Written by

Sanu Warrier has been a product leader in the Electrical industry working with multiple solutions over the last decade. He has been helping customers find effective solutions to their design challenges, drawing from R&D experience in software, hardware and solutions development. He is a self-professed foody and loves to dabble in gastronomic alchemy as often as possible. The main focus for Sanu continues to be Eliminating inefficiencies, improving design processes and reducing costs to improve your competitive advantage.

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