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Posts tagged with 'Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design'

22 Mar, 2011

Paul Johnston Aren’t we just all happy people to be living in the information golden age? Maybe it just seems good now, and in a couple of centuries this will be seen as the iron age of information technology, one step on from the hunter-gatherers’ life of gleaning scraps of wisdom from the library shelves. At our disposal is a mighty array of data sources, and still, it sometimes is very significant … Read More

IESF, Detroit, Mentor Communities, automotive wiring harness, Capital, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, CHS, Customer Support, Capital Harness Systems, Capital Library

14 Jan, 2011

Paul Johnston The last entry ended by looking at typical motivations for writing custom code in-house instead of using a commercial package. It is characteristic of these motivations that they are responses to the deficiencies of the commercial offering. Or a tendency to develop in-house code is born from assuming commercial tools do not exist or could not cover all the particular needs you have. Due diligence before … Read More

Outsourced Integrated Electrical Systems Software, Capital Harness Systems, CHS, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Integrated Electrical Systems, Interoperability, COTS, home-grown software

22 Nov, 2010

Paul Johnston Let’s look briefly at cause and effect. In previous notes on this subject, I remarked choices between in-sourced or outsourced information technology solutions in an electrical design processes yield consequences .  What’s in it for you? Knowing more about these issues will inform your choices.  A common way of referring to a tangle of human-factor issues is to say decisions are “political.” Radical … Read More

Electrical Interconnect Design, Electrical Distribution Systems, Extensibility, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Capital Harness Systems, API, IESD, Deployment, Design Rules, Wiring Harness, CHS, COTS

13 Nov, 2010

Paul Johnston Coming from Great Britain to live and work in the USA it still strikes me as curious that people would describe how they had “built their house.” In the UK - where people would say “bought a house.”  When you are getting a new house, in both locales home buyers would pay someone to build it. The contractor would offer choices of kitchen and bathroom fittings, floor plan, interior … Read More

Extensibility, Electrical Interconnect Design, Wire Harness, API, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Add new tag, COTS, Electrical Distribution Systems, CHS, Commercial off the Shelf Systems

14 May, 2010

Paul Johnston Since I began working in the realm of software systems for electrical interconnect design I have seen increased user choice in on-and off-road vehicles. I have read the technical papers and marvelled at the memorable phrase “combinatorial explosion” used to refer to the options a buyer of a high-end new passenger car is able to order. Choice is good right? If you are fortunate enough to be able to … Read More

John Antilla, IESF, Virtual Architect, Capital Desktop Architect, Capital Integrator, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Wiring Harness, Complexity Management, Electrical Interconnect Design, Chrysler, CHS, CHS Capital Costing

8 Mar, 2010

Paul Johnston Ten days left to the event at the Dearborn Grand Hyatt. The number of registrations is running close to the high water mark which was reached the last event.   Join the people flocking to participate in this free conference by visiting http://www.mentor.com/events/transconf/detroit/  This time around attendees are spared a presentation or a paper delivered by myself.  Therefore my personal preparations … Read More

Cabling, Capital Harness Systems, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, CHS, IESF

15 Feb, 2010

Paul Johnston A little while ago I blogged the praises of the librarian and their role in underpinning the success of EDA design, and specifically their unsung role in electrical interconnect and harness design. This time around I extol the professionalism and virtues of Product Managers - employees of Mentor Graphics whose contribution is not acknowledged enough to the success of the Capital application, the popularity … Read More

Best Practice, Capital Harness Systems, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Electrical Engineering, Product Manager, CHS, Electrical Distribution Systems

27 Jan, 2010

Paul Johnston Mentor Graphics’ website has just been reorganized and improved so you can better find information relating to the Integrated Electrical Systems products. Capital and VeSys reviews, descriptions and information can now be accessed through www.mentor.com/electrical. The re-structuring is comprehensive and the appearance and friendliness of the site is improved. What was there previously wasn’t all that shoddy, … Read More

Capital Architect, Capital Costing, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, VeSys, Wire Harness, Capital Harness Systems, CHS

26 Jan, 2010

Paul Johnston I’ll get to the business of estimating the cost of engineering changes to wiring harnesses in a minute or two.  You don’t want to overpay or undercharge. You want your estimates to be true and accurate. First a historical digression to identify where the phrase quoted after the colon in the title comes from. It is from the writings of Benjamin Franklin.  An unabashed interest in self-improvement … Read More

Harness, Electrical Distribution Systems, IESF, Capital Architect, Capital H, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Wire Harness, Cost Estimation, Electrical Design Systems, CHS, CHS Captial Costing

21 Jan, 2010

Paul Johnston Two months to go approximately to the Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum in Detroit. It will be the tenth such event. In December 2008 in Detroit there were 600 registrations for this event. It is substantial.  Breaking news. You heard what follows first here. he Mentor Graphics Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum (IESF) 2010 is an event for design engineers, engineering management and executives … Read More

CHS, Dearborn MI, Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum, Detroit, Electrical Distribution Systems, Electrical Design, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Design Systems, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, IESF, Wire Harness, Trade Shows

17 Jan, 2010

Paul Johnston   This is the concluding section of a short series of looking ahead to the new decade of harness engineering and electrical systems design for automotive and other transportation sectors. This final post is dedicated mainly to a short assessment of the physical implementation of the designs – the raw materials and sub-assemblies.  My personal opinion is either correct or incorrect. Time will tell and … Read More

CHS, Electrical Design Systems, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Electrical Engineering, Wire Harness, Electrical Distribution System, Electrical Distribution Systems

16 Jan, 2010

Paul Johnston This is the second in a 3-part mini-series of looking ahead to the new decade in the wiring harness industry and the systems interconnect design business. The first part was about technology initiative and this part focuses on business concepts which I believe will be important.  These are my own opinions. Not snap decisions but as arrived at with some contemplation and a little research. They may … Read More

Capital Harness Systems, CHS, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Wire Harness, Electrical Engineering, Harness

7 Jan, 2010

Paul Johnston Here’s to a New Year and a happy one with a capital H. And a Capital C and S wrapped around the H. A new decade and a new rash of predictions from pundits I notice from my holiday period reading. So I thought why not join in! Here is what I think it will look like to stay ahead of the competition, protect your customer relationships and have excellent service offerings over the next 10 years.  It … Read More

Wire Harness, Capital Harness Systems, CHS, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Electrical Design Systems, Electrical Distribution Systems, Electrical Design, Electrical Design Standards for Wiring Harnesses

23 Dec, 2009

Paul Johnston It  is rumoured that I took a break in October and the greater part of November from writing blog posts because of a time squeeze exerted by a spike in workload.  It might be true.  Now I do have fifteen minutes I could think about it, but two of them have already gone and in the remaining thirteen, no twelve and a half now, I would much rather … oh never mind. I announce a new playlist you can use … Read More

CHS, Preston Guild, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Twisted Circuits, Wiring Harness

24 Nov, 2009

John Day News usually travels pretty fast on the Internet. Someone puts out a press release and within minutes it’s posted on dozens of sites. Not last week, though, for one story in particular, and it looks to me like a good one. Delphi, Geensys, and CEA (the French Atomic Energy Commission) announced the formation of a consortium to promote the PharOS, an operating system and tool chain that meets ISO 26262 … Read More

Renault, PharOS, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Automotive Body Computers, Geensys, ISO 26262, CEA, Delphi

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