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IESF: Electrical Distribution Systems Design

Learn more about the latest tools and innovations for Automotive, Commercial Vehicle, and Off-highway Electrical Distribution Systems Design & Wire Harness Engineering at IESF 2013 - Dearborn, MI, USA - September 19th, 2013.

Highlights include dedicated breakout track, case studies and solution demonstrations in the product area. Topics covered include Delivering Requirements Traceability & Impact Analysis, Mixed Voltages & Aluminum Conductors, Smart Documentation, Trends and Challenges.

Featured Electrical Dist. Systems Dsgn Events

Systems Engineering at the Platform Level Thursday, September 19, 11:55 AM

Technical Session Today’s cars can be described as the most complex consumer electronics products available. But the distributed nature of vehicle architectures means nothing works without the electrical system that interconnects components within the context of the overall platform. This presentation explores how Mentor's Capital software models platform connectivity across abstractions. It shows how new technology allows companies to understand the impact of and respond to changes across multiple engineering disciplines. As the challenges and technical solutions are described, so the value of this innovative and compelling capability becomes clear.

Integrating a New ECAD System with Service Publications Thursday, September 19, 4:20 PM

Technical Session Adoption of a new Electronic Systems Computer-Aided Design (ECAD) system for modeling electrical systems design by Product Engineering offers the promise of improved accuracy and productivity for Service Publication's authors to create wiring diagrams and to standardize their format, while improving comprehension and functionality of those documents for service technicians. It is also potentially disruptive, requiring new workflows, processes, standards, and lines of communication to be developed. This presentation describes how to structure and organize a project for effectively and efficiently bringing a new ECAD system for modeling electrical system design into Service Publications. It also provides insight into some lessons learned.

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General
  • Delivering Requirements Traceability & Impact Analysis
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    TECHNICAL SESSION As emerging standards such as ISO 26262 become important, so organizations must be able to demonstrate the robustness of their design processes. This session presents new integrations between Capital and IBM's Rational tools to achieve exactly this. Requirements captured in Rational DOORS can be natively surfaced within Capital, allowing designers to understand the context of their work better and giving project managers visibility of impacted objects when requirements change. Together with project task and test case management, this provides a robust environment that simplifies demonstration of compliance while minimizing ongoing IT costs.

Presenter: Glenn Reynholds, Engineering Manager, Integrated Electrical Systems, Mentor Graphics
  • Multi Voltage Systems & Aluminum Conductors: Help Me Assess New Electrical Technologies!
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    TECHNICAL SESSION The nature of vehicle electrical systems is changing rapidly. High power electrical systems are driving mixed voltages, and cost pressures are making conductor materials like aluminum an increasingly viable competitor to copper. The challenge of assessing the impact of these technologies on vehicle safety and of understanding cost/weight trade-offs is a critical activity. This session will discuss and demonstrate trade studies involving new vehicle technologies, show how impacts on system reliability can be assessed, and optimize wire sizes for both copper and aluminum at the platform level.

Presenter: Sjon Moore, Technical Marketing Engineer, Integrated Electrical Systems, Mentor Graphics
  • Right Side Of The V: Compliance & Verification
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    TECHNICAL SESSION Activities on the right side of the Systems V are not only technically challenging but also important from commercial and regulatory standpoints.  This session examines compliance and verification for the electrical systems domain. Technologies introduced address subjects such as sub-system integration, functional verification and emergent behavior, together with compliance versus requirements such as cost and safety contraints.  Taken together, these technologies make a key contribution towards a systems engineering approach to platform-level engineering.

Presenter: Glenn Reynholds, Engineering Manager, Integrated Electrical Systems, Mentor Graphics
  • Systems Engineering at the Platform Level
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    TECHNICAL SESSION Today’s cars can be described as the most complex consumer electronics products available. But the distributed nature of vehicle architectures means nothing works without the electrical system that interconnects components within the context of the overall platform. This presentation explores how Mentor's Capital software models platform connectivity across abstractions. It shows how new technology allows companies to understand the impact of and respond to changes across multiple engineering disciplines. As the challenges and technical solutions are described, so the value of this innovative and compelling capability becomes clear.

Presenter: Martin O'Brien, General Manager, Integrated Electrical Systems, Mentor Graphics
  • The Next Step in Smart Documentation
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    TECHNICAL SESSION Smart documentation is one of the most common requests from vehicle service technicians who know that diagnostic trouble codes do not always quickly and unambiguously identify vehicle faults. This session presents technology that not only automatically creates rich documentation, but also delivers a highly productive environment to the technicians, with capabilities such as vehicle-specific schematic generation and interactive signal tracing. The very latest developments in this area will be shown, including delivery to tablet devices for the ultimate in usability and portability.

Presenter: Steve Trythall, Mentor Graphics
Guest Speakers
  • Integrating a New ECAD System with Service Publications
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    TECHNICAL SESSION Adoption of a new Electronic Systems Computer-Aided Design (ECAD) system for modeling electrical systems design by Product Engineering offers the promise of improved accuracy and productivity for Service Publication's authors to create wiring diagrams and to standardize their format, while improving comprehension and functionality of those documents for service technicians. It is also potentially disruptive, requiring new workflows, processes, standards, and lines of communication to be developed.

    This presentation describes how to structure and organize a project for effectively and efficiently bringing a new ECAD system for modeling electrical system design into Service Publications. It also provides insight into some lessons learned.

Presenter: Arnold Taube, Principal Engineer, Deere & Company