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Improving Electromechanical Design Collaboration

Enabling effective collaboration is critical for increasing productivity and delivering a robust design. With modern computer-aided design (CAD) tools and intelligent software, designers are able to synchronize their data more efficiently and collaborate between domains more effectively on critical items, thereby ensuring the design intent is properly implemented. This enables engineers to do what they do best: innovate

Facilitating cross-domain collaboration spurs innovation.

Today’s demanding customers expect more “intelligence” and functionality in their products, regardless of the industry. Because of this, the use of electronics in traditional mechanical devices is increasing at an unprecedented rate, and all of these electrical signals must be physically connected throughout devices. Sensors are being added to practically everything in an effort to connect devices and create a “smart” world. Signals from sensors are carried via wires to embedded control boxes, actuated components and antennas. Then wires are bundled into harnesses. As a whole, these electrical distribution systems create the nervous system of today’s products.

The result is increasingly complex electromechanical systems, in which electronics and software control the mechanical aspects of a design. Unfortunately, complexity is rendering previous best-practice processes ineffective and, ultimately, obsolete, with designers having a hard time keeping up with the fast-changing demand. The days of throwing designs over the wall for implementation, and then waiting for physical prototypes to be built to see if the product works as intended, are gone. Engineers are being asked to work outside their normal domain with mechanical engineers often dealing with electrical requirements, and vice versa.

Solid Edge Wiring and Harness Design

Using Solid Edge Wiring and Harness Design helps resolve the challenges of electromechanical design. Supported by industry-leading electrical software from Mentor Graphics, now part of Siemens Digital Industries Software, the tightly integrated solution enables co-design across domains. And coming from a single vendor, Solid Edge Wiring and Harness Design provides an intimate integration that is not possible with third-party and private-labeled add-ons. When used with Solid Edge 3D CAD, the capabilities of Solid Edge Wiring and Harness Design allow companies to design and develop electromechanical systems quicker and more cost-effectively.

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