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16 Jan, 2012

Paul Johnston All-Stars Occasionally in these blog postings I have highlighted contributions from team players who make Capital a pathway to business efficiency for their companies.   They were … (click blue for link)  Librarians: Without the underpinning of a complete, comprehensive and accurate electro-mechanical library your automation of engineering processes is diluted.  Product Managers at Mentor Graphics: Capital … Read More

Mentor Consulting, Integrated Electrical Systems, Product Manager, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Capital, Application Engineers, Training, Expertise, Implementation Projects, CHS, Electrical Distribution System

4 Jan, 2012

Paul Johnston Out with the old, in with the new. In my last blog I made some serious points in a lighthearted way about the importance of communication. Quite often when you get to lay your hands on some new features of the Capital software, you do it without some lead-in steps. Especially if 1) you have been anticipating new functionality, and 2) you are by nature an enthusiastic early adopter it is hard for me … Read More

Deployment, CHS, Electrical Interconnect Design, Best Practice, Capital, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Version upgrade, Capital MPM, Capital Version 2011.1, Capital Insight, Capital Level Manager

22 Apr, 2011

Paul Johnston Developing global platform cars is not easy. The workload of engineers designing electrical interconnect and delivering a manufacturing BOM for suppliers is considerable. The reality of electrical and electronic feature proliferation in a vehicle platform is somewhere between harsh and vicious for electrical design and wiring engineers. Not that I’ve personally tried to knock together a car … Read More

Electrical Design Systems, Electrical Design, Electrical Distribution Systems, automotive wiring harness, Capital, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Electrical Interconnect Design, CHS, Wire Harness, circuit design software, Capital Harness, Wiring Harness, Capital Harness Systems

2 Apr, 2011

Paul Johnston I highlighted the powerful influence of customer lbrarians in delivering automation in the design of electrical systems’ interconnects using the capital suite of programs. Librarians get proficient initially through the ministrations of a trainer to guide them through the concepts of the software and how these apply to their working lives. I’ve also singled out the product management staff … Read More

Wiring Harness, Capital, Capital Harness XC, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Electrical Interconnect Design, Training, CHS, Customer Support

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

2 Mar, 2011

Paul Johnston Capital 2010.2 had a public release in the middle of January. So approximately six weeks have passed where customer have been able to get their hands on this fresh juicy ripe piece of software and install it and admire it.  People like myself could get advance builds of the release and prod and poke around, er, sorry diligently work through serious customer use cases.  There’s always something new … Read More

Generative Design, Electrical Distribution System, Release 2010.2, Capital, Capital Integrator, automotive wiring harness, vehicle wiring products, circuit design software, Design Assistant, car electrical system, CHS

7 Feb, 2011

Paul Johnston Out and about on the last day of January I saw a house which still  sported the snowflake outdoor lights and the colored lights on the fir tree. That’s a little late, the second month just starting. And the year seems to be moving quickly to me. Capital 2010.2 released and already installed on a few computers I can mention and people are exploring the Capital Modular XC harness design capabilities … Read More

electrical wiring systems, Electrical Distribution Systems, IESF, autosar tools, Capital Harness Systems, automotive wiring harness, circuit design software, user conferences, vehicle wiring products, Detroit, car electrical system, wire harness cad, CHS, wire harness design

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

4 May, 2010

Paul Johnston Sure they look a bit uncomfortable in formal wear at the Holiday party, and have this staccato way of talking and use words only they understand which might be about business information technology and cool scientific hardware. Or sometimes you think they are talking about an on-line game that they all play and nobody knows it because they control everything from the firewall-pixel-montage to the spam-thrust-warble … Read More

CHS, Capital Harness Systems

5 Apr, 2010

Paul Johnston The heading sentence suitably filled out is a useful standby next time your manager asks you about why you have wandered into his office at 11 in the morning smelling of fried okra and stale garlic with a bemused look on your face. Hmm. On second thoughts, don’t - just stay out of her/his way and make yourself inconspicuous. In the last few weeks I have been experiencing one illustration after another … Read More

IESF, IESD, CHS

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

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