A new holistic E/E systems design approach is required, one that enables increased cooperation and data sharing as well as the capability to make iterative changes early in the design lifecycle. Electrification, autonomous driving, and the race to innovate are driving this requirement. OEMs and startups are searching for ways to bring feature-rich products to market more quickly and affordably across a variety of industries, including Automotive, Aerospace, Industrial, and Marine, without compromising on quality, safety, or innovation.
10 Key Capabilities of Siemens Capital Software Portfolio to Support Holistic E/E Systems Development
Figure 1. An open and integrated portfolio for truly integrated systems development.
However, it is not easy to get everyone involved in E/E design on the same page when it comes to collaboration. Different teams not only utilize different specialized tools, but they also frequently speak various languages, such as SYSML, ARXML, IR-drop, and others. This causes data silos, makes change management challenging, slows design cycles, and raises costs.
By utilizing a model-based systems engineering (MBSE) methodology, Siemens Capital streamlines and expedites the creation of E/E systems, providing deep connections into PLM, MCAD, and ALM technologies for a seamless workflow that enables collaboration and iterative design (fig. 1). Here are ten of Siemens’ open and integrated portfolio’s major capabilities for creating integrated E/E systems:
Web-based Access to E/E Data: Capital makes it possible for users across an organization to have online access to E/E design data without the need to install any software. By democratizing data access in this way, Capital eliminates a significant obstacle to productive collaboration.
Development of holistic E/E systems driven by systems: Developers can generate, evaluate, and report on performance indicators in real-time and use the results to optimize the design by utilizing Capital’s platform-level perspective of the E/E architecture. To offer physical context and show the impact of changes, modifications can be linked to mechanical data. This enables teams to identify issues earlier before they have an influence on time to market.
Verification with Design Rule Checks (DRCs): DRCs assist designers in ensuring that their designs adhere to guidelines and specifications for performance, quality, and safety. Capital offers immediate feedback on design flaws, and designers can build unique DRCs to compare concepts to industry best practices.
Generative design: Capital supports sustainability initiatives by providing generative workflows, fact-based decision-making, and strong optimization tools. This makes it simpler for designers to assess trade-offs in design, such as cost and weight, and minimize the carbon footprint.
Form board optimization: Capital avoids human error that can be introduced during data interchange with MCAD tools, improving quality and reducing manufacturing costs. This is accomplished by linking directly into the manufacturing cycle. Designers may relax knowing that their form board is optimized right away.
Interactive 3D modeling: Capital sets new standards for data and interactive 3D modeling, increasing technician productivity by up to 38%. With the use of 3D views and related data, technicians may swiftly identify components, comprehend connectivity, and resolve any manufacturing-related problems.
Open integration to systems modeling tools: Zonal designs are required to manage the enormous increase in computing required for current automobiles. They should be openly integrated with systems modeling tools. Capital offers real-time optimization of the software architecture based on KPIs created directly with the Capital environment by interacting with a variety of third-party technologies.
Agile E/E network communication design: Resolving any communication problems later in the integration cycle can be expensive. E/E system design for software-centric products necessitates reliable communication across the subsystems. To help designers correctly size their networks and save on design time and expenses, Capital offers generative design and built-in timing analysis.
Continuous delivery of verified software: In order to assist in the quick deployment of approved applications, Capital provides AUTOSAR-compliant, automated methods for using digital twins of ECUs. These tools also support requirements tracing. The tools enable automated testing and round-trip engineering within a cloud-based ALM, both of which are essential to continuous integration. Capital automatically generates configuration and, in the event that problems are discovered, proposes correction activities before offering a snapshot of the modified behavior.
Complete Your Digital Thread: Capital offers a digital thread that links to the procedure for developing E/E systems. Capital delivers all E/E data into the multi-domain BOM together with mechanical, software, and electronic components by connecting with Teamcenter, and Capital orchestrates operations across all domains. This promotes consistency and allows for holistic change management.