Electrical Engineering

E3.series from Zuken is a concurrent engineering solution for electrical engineering that meets advanced requirements for electrical documentation, control cabinet and wiring harness design, and machine assembly and installation.

Electrical Engineering

A scalable software solution for control cabinet engineering & manufacturing

A scalable software solution for control cabinet engineering & manufacturing

E3.series from Zuken is a true concurrent engineering solution supporting advanced requirements for electrical documentation, cabinet and wiring harness design and automated assembly.

E3.series facilitates an efficient and accurate design and manufacturing process for electrical and fluid planning, cable planning, cabinet layout and wire harness design. E3.series provides an integrated and consistent design approach that helps to eliminate errors, improve quality and reduce design time.

With its centralized management of all relevant data, E3.series generates a "digital twin" that underpins all processes throughout the engineering and manufacturing process.

E3.series from Zuken compelling advantages

All views and documents contained in one single project

All views and documents contained in one single project

E3.series projects contain all views of a design - from schematics to cabinet layout and data outputs for manufacturing and assembly.

Components incorporating electrical 'intelligence

Components incorporating electrical 'intelligence

Intelligent component libraries support the design process with automatic component selection and real-time control checks, thus helping to avoid errors.

Electro-mechanical engineering in an interdisciplinary environment

Electro-mechanical engineering in an interdisciplinary environment

E3.series is open for integration with MCAD systems, offering a complete engineering solution from concept to physical implementation.

The automation of control cabinet engineering and production has a significant potential to ensure an efficient production in an on-shore environment. The digital twin generated in E3.series provides an ideal basis to achieve substantial benefits

Joachim Frank, Managing Director, Zuken E3 GmbH

Providing the Digtital Twin for Smart Cabinet Building

Providing the Digtital Twin for Smart Cabinet Building
E3.series is a powerful engineering environment for the digital planning, documentation and manufacturing support in the switch cabinet construction and cable harness production The consistency of all data and development steps is guaranteed by design tools with electrical intelligence which are controlled by a central system database

E3.series applications at a glance

Schematic and cable diagrams

Schematic and cable diagrams

Schematic and cable diagrams

E3.schematic provides electrical engineers with an easy-to-use solution for designing and documenting electrical control systems including schematic diagrams, terminal plans and PLCs.

E3.schematic is core to all E3.series modules. It manages all design data, including affiliated documents such as bill of materials, connection lists, assembly instructions and datasheets. Its object oriented data structure ensures manufacturing instructions always match the design data.

Key functionality

  • Scalable circuit diagram generation
  • Automatic and parallel connections
  • Online terminal plans
  • Handling of variants and options
  • BOM management, connection lists and derived documents
  • Interfaces to terminal configuration tools
  • PLC data exchange
  • Automatic wire numbering

Cable planning and documentation

Cable planning and documentation

Cable planning and documentation

E3.cable is used for designing and documenting cable plans and wiring layouts. Extending the functionality of E3.schematic, it enables individual conductors to be combined together in the design to form cables or harnesses. Shielding and twisted-pair structure can also be added to the cables and automatically shown in the schematic.

E3.cable is ideally suited for industries developing power and control harnesses for the automotive, off-highway and special purpose vehicle, and aerospace industries, or those developing field cabling for plant and machinery.

Key functionality

  • Creation of block diagrams
  • Automatic selection of mating connectors
  • Automatic selection of connectors, cavity seals and cross-section checks
  • Inline connectors and splicing
  • Shielded cables, twisted cables and cable bundles
  • Table driven wire assignment
  • Multiple views of cables and connectors
  • Predefined functional assemblies
  • Option and variant management

Cabinet layout & routing in 2D & 3D

Cabinet layout & routing in 2D & 3D

Cabinet layout & routing in 2D & 3D

E3.panel cabinet layout software allows engineers to layout components inside panel enclosures in both 3D and 2D. Intelligent automatic snapping points allow parts to be easily placed in their correct location. Clashes can be prevented with keep-out and height restrictions.

E3.panel is dynamically integrated with E3.schematic and E3.cable. Users can easily navigate between the panel and schematic, and changes to either are immediately reflected.

Key functionality:

  • Simultaneous editing of control cabinet and circuit diagram
  • Automatic and parallel connections
  • Integrated 3D cabinet layoutAutomatic and interactive placement and routingCable length calculation and dynamic dimensioning
  • 3D collision control
  • Digital manufacturing outputs

Digitally Assisted assembly

Digitally Assisted assembly

Digitally Assisted assembly

E3.wiringCockpit provides digital assistance for control cabinet wiring on a portable terminal device. The wiring path in the control cabinet will be highlighted and all additional information relevant for the user will be provided.

The complete of every wiring connection can be confirmed with a click and the next wire will be displayed. The wiring progress is fully documented. In case of an interruption, work can be resumed at exactly the same point.

Key functionality:

  • Export of sorted wiring lists (e.g. to Excel)
  • Virtual wiring displaying all parameters like source, destination, wire end treatment and quiver information
  • Support for vertical and horizontal layout methodologies
  • Import of wiring lists for step-by-step processing
  • Highlighting of installation paths in the control cabinet, including status display of all relevant supplemental information
  • Mark-up of wired connections,

Additional E3.series software applications

Additional E3.series software applications

Additional E3.series software applications

Zuken's E3.series software solution suite is supplemented by a comprehensive portfolio of additional software modules. From free viewers and online component downloads from the Zuken Component Cloud for E3.series to a comprehensive engineering data management solution with authorization concepts, revision and configuration management and PLM/ERP integration, all engineering processes in electrical engineering are covered.

Customer Success Stories

KRONE implements a cross-disciplinary development process

KRONE implements a cross-disciplinary development process

KRONE implements a cross-disciplinary development process

Using Zuken’s E3.series, KRONE linked ECAD, MCAD and ERP to develop an integrated digital engineering and sourcing process, achieving sizable benefits for both sourcing and service.

With an integral representation of mechanical and electrical product information, KRONE was able to make solid progress in implementing its major business optimization strategies: Industry 4.0 and Farming 4.0.

  • Visible quality leap in harness design
  • Electrical product development process reengineering
  • Manufacturing and assembly documentation
  • Best-in-class approach
  • An important step on the way to the Digital Twin

Kellenberger

Kellenberger

Kellenberger

Kellenberger develops and produces numerically-controlled precision grinding machines and systems for sectors such as automotive, medical devices and industrial machinery.

  • The Swiss-based manufacturer rintroduced Zuken’s E3.series to automate the generation of schematics for customer-specific machine configurations, cutting the time taken by more than 90%.
  • Up to 90% time reduction for generating electrical documentation
  • Simplified machine configuration process using options and variants
  • Significantly reduced effort to generated customized set of electrical documentation
  • Automatic generation of individual schematics

Pantec Automation

Pantec Automation

Pantec Automation

"By using E3.series we were able to realise immense operational efficiencies inhouse and saved costs, plus we have also helped our customers be more efficient and competitive in their markets."

Markus Hanefeld, Sales Manager, Pantec Automation

Müller Martini

Müller Martini

Müller Martini

Müller Martini supplies highly flexible, customized print processing machines to the graphics industry. The Swiss-based company took the replacement of an end-of-life CAD installation as an opportunity to re-engineer established procedures in electrical engineering and handover to production.

By introducing E3.series, up to 80% off all machine configurations can now be selected from the feature tree of one single E3.series project. They also use E3.series data for NC control in cabinet manufacturing to cut overall manufacturing costs.

  • Cost reduction in cabinet product through direct re-sue of drilling and machining data from E3.series
  • Error reduction through cross-section and terminal checks
  • Up to 80% of all variants stored and retrieved directly in the E3.series feature tree
  • Smooth flow of information between engineering, production and sourcing

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