Design Automation


New data-centric wiring system design tool

19 November 2003 Design Automation

A new software tool for the design of electrical wire harness systems has been released by Mentor Graphics. The tool automates the generation of schematics, significantly minimising the chance for errors and reducing engineering time on a task that used to take more than one-third of an engineer's time, according to the company.

The company's new Capital Logic tool is the latest addition to the Mentor Graphics Capital Harness Systems (CHS) data-centric design flow.

"The design of wire harnesses for modern electrical systems is becoming extremely complex while the competitive pressures facing manufacturers continue to multiply. Designers today are looking for ways to automate segments of the design process that allow them to adhere to strict time-to-market deadlines," comments Martin O'Brien, general manager of the Mentor Graphics Harness Systems business unit. "Capital Harness Systems was designed to address these issues and the Capital Logic tool delivers with the first modern, inherently data-centric solution created specifically for wire harness design."

In contrast to file-based systems commonly used for wire harness design, the company says that the Capital Logic tool addresses complex data management requirements via the inclusion of Capital Manager, a relational database and ECAD data management system that is the foundation to all new CHS tools. The tool is also the first CHS application to employ a new Mentor Graphics view synthesis technology which greatly enhances design re-use and overall productivity by generating graphical views directly from underlying data, thus removing the need for costly and error-prone redrawing tasks.

Mentor Graphics developed CHS based on the specific requirements of the electrical system and wire harness design environment to provide an integrated, data-centric solution that manages the inherent complexity and change management characteristics in these flows, thus allowing OEMs and their suppliers to minimise overall design time.

For more information contact Kobus van Rooyen, ASIC Design Services, 011 315 8316, kobus@asic.co.za



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