With the increasing complexity of today’s automotive and aerospace electrical systems, manufacturers now seek a high degree of integration between their business and design tools. MCAD, ECAD, PLM, PDM, Workflow and ERP systems are no longer selected purely through their individual functionalities, they must also integrate – and the integration must include all data in the process.
Electrical and Mechanical Integration in Automotive and Aerospace Design
The advances in the coupling of electrical and mechanical domains have arrived as a result of deeper cooperation between ECAD and MCAD vendors, bringing new capabilities to critical parts of the design process:
- Topology data – to define and exchange the topological network of wire paths.
- Wiring data – to exchange wire connectivity and size information
- Harness data – to exchange the physical components that make up the harness