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23 Dec, 2009

Paul Johnston Very soon after I wrote about the Capital and Capital H Design System Interface (.dsi) format standard  I was passing by the desk of a co-worker in the Detroit office and saw a magazine. I borrowed the magazine and read an article and learned that the DSI three letter acronym has another meaning.  The publication was  aei Technology Report  and the author Terry Costlow: the article “Consortium promotes … Read More

Capital Harness Bridges, Capital Harness Systems, Capital Harness, KBL, CHS, DSI

21 Dec, 2009

Paul Johnston Standards inject certainty into your working life. Last week I wrote about how the development of standards and the easiest pathway to adoption of them. Adherence to standards is an integral part of successful engineering. The most attractive standards: lack complexity - are easy to understand - clear and straightforward for a person like you turn out to be robust for the niche in which you operate - … Read More

DSI, Design System Interface, ECAD, Automotive Design, Formboard, Capital H, IESF, Aerospace Design, Wire Harness, EE Standards, Capital Harness Systems, Electrical Design, CHS, Electrical Distribution System, Capital Harness Bridges, Electrical Engineering, Capital Harness Classic

18 Dec, 2009

Paul Johnston Having standards to work to is normal. In the Aerospace and Automotive Electrical and Electronic design realm there is no shortage of specifications. Engineers work to a variety of standards. For example - specifications for conductor sizes and wire materials. Also drawing appearance standards which I referred to in a previous post about how potential users of Capital Harness Systems (Capital) vet available … Read More

Interoperability, Wire Harness, Design System Interface, DSI, CHS, Electrical Distribution System, Electrical Engineering, EE Standards, Electrical Design

17 Dec, 2009

Michael Stamper Back in the day when I was a design engineer one of the more difficult things we had to keep track of were wire colors.  Capital Harness Systems provides several mechanisms for automating this task. When designing electrical systems, mostly for automotive designs, the color of each individual wire is very important.  The color provides visual feedback for the technicians as to what system the circuit … Read More

Wire Harness, EWIS, CHS, ECAD, Automotive Design, Electrical Distribution System, Electrical Engineering, EE, Electrical Design

27 Nov, 2009

Paul Johnston  From time to time it looks like too much. All those things you should just know about Capital can be a little bit daunting.  But you join the little pieces of knowledge with the bigger ones until you become an expert. One of the customers I deal with has staff who guide designs all the way from concept and architectural studies, through systems design in detailed optioned logical drawing to Capital Integrator … Read More

Capital Integrator, CHS, Capital Harness XC, Harness, Training, CHS Documentation, CHS Tips and Tricks

19 Nov, 2009

Paul Johnston A lot in Electrical CAD and manufacturing quality hinges on data accuracy and completeness of the library data. From the carrion-crow-like perch of someone supporting design automation software, the immense and patient contribution of the ECAD librarians is often missed.   A couple of co-inciding recent events brought me to a renewed understanding of the significance of the work librarians do. Those … Read More

Library, Librarian, Capital Harness XC, Capital Library, Capital Harness, Electrical Design Systems, Extensibility, CHS, ECAD Library

17 Sep, 2009

Paul Johnston Anticipation Now for the future. The last blog began by a glance over the shoulder to the past. This week, the perspective is forward looking.  And a new departure - a European location from which to make a posting.  I’m in the Mentor Graphics office in Newbury, England and earlier in the week spent some time in the office in Altrincham farther north.  Preparations are in full swing for the release … Read More

Capital Integrator, CHS, Capital Harness XC, Training, CWS, Great Britain

3 Sep, 2009

Paul Johnston Here’s a personal milestone, which is of no great interest to anyone but myself  I guess. September includes the 10th anniversary of  my first ever setting foot in the United States of America.  A decade.  Time is elastic, multi-dimensional.  After September comes the month of October.  October is the month of trade shows this year.  At the end of the month Grapevine  in Texas on Wednesday, October … Read More

CHS, IESF, Capital Harness Systems, WHMA, SAE, Trade Shows

19 Aug, 2009

Paul Johnston Recently the subject of training has come up in the context of some work discussions. Training in relation to an extensive software product like Capital has quite a few facets. For example there is the distinction between knowing the technical details (which buttons to press, which places to look at to make the programs do what you came to them to make them do) and then there is the other matter, not quite … Read More

Deployment, Support, CHS, Training

27 Jul, 2009

Paul Johnston I had a chance to chat with my friend and former colleague Bob Valascho, a product specialist for Capital until his retirement a couple of months ago. He had a distinguished and productive career with full service suppliers, original equipment makers and software organizations after military service. Bob travelled extensively around the world in his career, but lived all the while in Michigan. Bob was … Read More

Expertise, Electrical Distribution Systems, FMEA, Capital Harness Systems, Best Practice, CHS, Generative Flow, EDS, Implementation Projects, Electrical Design Systems, Deployment, Robert Valascho, Career

29 Jun, 2009

Paul Johnston Hereby a fondness is expressed for the Capital Community http://communities.mentor.com/mgcx/community/harness - though I wish it was called something else instead of community. “Community” is an overworked label. But I have no better suggestion to call it. The Capital Harness Systems Bunch. The Capital Harness Systems Gang. The Group of Capital. Team Capital. The Capital Appreciation Society. The Soviet of Capital. … Read More

CHS, IESD, Harness, Deployment, Mentor Communities, Capital Harness Systems, Best Practice

25 Jun, 2009

Paul Johnston Selecting a new suite of software tools is more than an exercise in having some means of delivering the correct computer aided design outputs for your electrical systems integration (part 4) - although we have seen that is around 25% of the answer to your problems. This project of drafting and evaluating responses to an RFQ is more than this plus ensuring that the solution satisfies your need to adequately … Read More

RFI, RFQ, CHS, Interoperability

23 Jun, 2009

Paul Johnston Continuing the series of posts related to the most efficient way to formulate an RFQ or tool evaluation process for electrical interconnect/systems integration cabling and harness tools, here we’re going to look at the third of four roughly equal “must have” categories of requirement.  CAD artifacts - schematics, blueprints, drawings, whatever you habitually call them are absolutely central to the … Read More

RFI, RFQ, CHS, Schematics, Capital Harness Systems, ECAD

22 Jun, 2009

Paul Johnston This is not controversial. But it is surprisingly often neglected, or lost sight of when organizations are considering refreshing their capabilities for systems interconnect tool integrations. The IT professionals involved in evaluating the vendor offerings know what they are looking for, the electrical engineers, the harness designers and wiring specialists have a well polished technical appreciation … Read More

ROI, RFI, CHS, RFQ, Evaluation

16 Jun, 2009

Paul Johnston The first principle I set out in the previous post which was essential for a good decision : “Adequate model of product and process.” “First”  meaning it was one of four that happened to come first. My conclusion was that all are essential and if you are compiling an RFQ and then thinking of running an evaluation project for a cabling and harness design system. You should place about equal importance … Read More

RFQ, Evaluation, CHS, Harness Modeling

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