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Mechatronic integration for wiring harness development and manufacture
14 June 2013
In cooperation with Intec Industrie-Technik GmbH & Co. KG, Aucotec has developed a link of its wire harness design system Engineering Base (EB) Cable with Catia V5. This significantly facilitates the interaction of mechanics and electrics as it allows both sides to start the design process in parallel and enables them to synchronize their information at any time.
Aucotec and Intec developed a sample project that illustrates the time- and error-saving capabilities of the new link. The core element of the solution is the shortening of the design process for wiring harnesses as those involved in electronics/electrical systems and mechanical systems can start their work independently of each other.
After one of any possible data synchronizations, all changes are displayed and the responsible employee in that case decides which changes are adopted. These decisions are also recorded in a traceable manner.
The Catia plug-in Harness Integration Manager (HIM) that enables this close interaction was developed by the Austrian Engineering Center Steyr, which is part of the Magna group. At the start of this year, Aucotec AG exclusively assumed all related rights and obligations. Intec takes care of the national and international support for future users of this link.
By means of the HIM, Catia V5 receives the electrological definitions—the specification of electrical components—from EB Cable. HIM transfers the wiring harness data that is processed in 3D (topology, length, protective material) back to EB Cable. The routing of the individual wires takes place there and the 2D wiring harness conductors and follow-up documentation are generated automatically, for example, form board drawings, calculations of working hours, etc.
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This cooperative solution permits consistent wiring harness engineering for any type of harness design without data discontinuities due to system transitions, without duplicate data entries or manual additions. This eliminates sources of error and the quality increases with significant savings of time.
Aucotec AG develops engineering software for the entire life cycle of machines, plants and mobile systems. The solutions range from flow diagrams via process control and electrical engineering for large-scale plants to modular harness design in the automotive industry
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