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IESF: Wire Harness Engeineering

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 Trends and Challenges, Electrical Configuration Complexity, Reducing the Hidden Cost of Design, and Harness Manufacturing Cost Analysis for OEMs and Suppliers.

Featured Wire Harness Eng. 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
  • Harness Manufacturing Cost Analysis for OEMs and Suppliers
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    TECHNICAL SESSION Wire harnesses comprise a significant portion of overall EE system costs.  In the search for competitive advantage both OEMs and suppliers must be able to calculate harness manufacturing costs quickly, systematically, and accurately.  This session presents new software that intelligently combines harness design data with highly flexible manufacturing process models to create detailed cost calculations, while fully protecting intellectual property.  This provides a firm basis for sourcing decisions, both for OEMs assessing suppliers' bids and for suppliers seeking optimal operations patterns.

Presenter: John Judkins, Product Line Director (HDM), Integrated Electrical Systems, Mentor Graphics
  • Reducing the Hidden Cost of Design
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    TECHNICAL SESSION Often the costs associated with vehicle design will be based on true value-add tasks as well as finding and resolving design issues. As progress is made along the design cycle, costs associated with design issues increase dramatically, resulting in potential mis-builds and manufacturing rework. This session is based on several recent case studies whereby Mentor Consulting-led deployment of the Capital tools has been proven to reduce ongoing costs and time to market.

Presenter: Russell Forsyth, Deployment Architect, Mentor Consulting Division, 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
  • What Will Save Us from Electrical Configuration Complexity? (part one)
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    TECHNICAL SESSION Massive configuration complexity caused by global platforms and customer choice has become an acute pain point in electrical systems & wire harness design. This session examines the multiple areas impacted by configuration complexity, from design change management to obsolescence costs to vehicle documentation & service. The set of technology solutions embedded within Mentor's Capital tools that address this complex problem is described, and interesting reference is also made to paradigms for managing configuration complexity.

Presenter: Sjon Moore, Technical Marketing Engineer, Integrated Electrical Systems, Mentor Graphics
  • What Will Save Us from Electrical Configuration Complexity? (part two)
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    TECHNICAL SESSION Two distinct approaches have evolved to limit the configuration complexity of individual harness families. In the first, decisions are made to give away components to reduce part number proliferation. The alternate process, termed customer specific harnesses or KSK, targets a zero give-away situation. This session presents software technologies that address the value of variety versus the cost of complexity to support both these approaches. The session also highlights some of the implications process choices have on subjects such as quotation management and splicing strategy.

Presenter: John Judkins, Product Line Director (HDM), Integrated Electrical Systems, 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