Shanghai Automotive Industries Corporation
Shanghai Automotive Industries Adopts Mentor Graphics Volcano Automotive Network Design Tools
Shanghai Automotive Industries Corporation (SAIC) has purchased Mentor's Volcano(tm) network design and testing tools to design automotive vehicle networks for SAIC's self-branded platforms. SAIC will use the Volcano Network Architect (VNA) and the Volcano TELLUS test and validation solutions. The company is the latest to join the long list of Volcano customers that includes Audi, BMW, Bosch, Visteon and Volvo.
“We are pleased to engage with an exciting company like SAIC to bring sophisticated electronic systems to the rapidly expanding Chinese automotive market. This arrangement is a prime example of Mentor's commitment to the global automotive industry.”
The Mentor Graphics Volcano solution provides SAIC with comprehensive networking and data communication design tools that support the development of in-vehicle networking systems. By using Volcano, network design is made easy and predictable, guaranteeing data communication, which reduces the verification effort to almost zero and eliminates warranty and change costs caused by networking issues. SAIC will use the Volcano TELLUS test and validation tools to automatically verify the communication parameters of the vehicle.
New Technology Department vice director Fei Hao of SAIC Automotive Engineering Academy said, "Mentor Graphics' Volcano suite for automotive networking enables us to develop our vehicles' multiplexed communication systems substantially quicker than starting from new platform design. SAIC design engineers can focus on the vehicles' characteristics, leaving the implementation of the communication to the Volcano tools. The tool suite is the ideal solution for companies like SAIC, challenged with taking a technological leap in terms of introducing multiplexed solutions concurrent with launching a new car."
"We are pleased to engage with an exciting company like SAIC to bring sophisticated electronic systems to the rapidly expanding Chinese automotive market," said Serge Leef, general manager for Mentor Graphics System Level Engineering Division. "This arrangement is a prime example of Mentor's commitment to the global automotive industry."
Ford Motor Company
Mentor Graphics Announces Ford is to Standardize on the Capital Electrical Design Tools Worldwide
Ford Motor Company has standardize worldwide on Mentor Graphics Capital flow for the design of vehicle electrical systems. Ford Motor Company will deploy Capital's powerful electrical system design and integration software, and also the Capital harness engineering and costing tools.
“By standardizing on Capital, Ford will achieve cost, reliability and time-to-market advantages in terms of part number control, design error reduction and architectural optimization.”
This full Capital flow provides Ford with significantly enhanced engineering productivity by automating time consuming tasks. More importantly, Capital’s generative design flow promotes component and system re-use, thus consolidating purchasing volumes, and provides a rules-driven correct-by-construction paradigm that eliminates wiring integration errors. Using unique wiring synthesis technologies, Capital automates construction of all wiring interconnects taking into account the multiple options and variants that derive from the marketing configuration complexity of modern automobiles.
Because Ford will also adopt Mentor’s harness engineering and costing tools, data can be readily flowed throughout the design process, including to the tier 1 harness supplier base. This not only encourages a design-for-manufacture outlook but also supports robust design change processes.
Fundamental to Capital is the philosophy that design data management is key to solving the problem of electrical design complexity. Much of this complexity derives from the huge configuration challenge noted above, a problem faced by Ford and indeed all automotive OEMs. Capital is a data-centric toolset, with each software application built around a common object model contained within the Capital Manager application. By capturing and acting on the complex configuration relationships during the electrical design flow, Capital allows this complexity to be properly managed.
“By adopting Capital, Ford Motor Company is taking a very strong position in the deployment of these modern technologies. The electrical system is a high impact aspect of a modern automobile. By standardizing on Capital, Ford will achieve cost, reliability and time-to-market advantages in terms of part number control, design error reduction and architectural optimization” said Martin O’Brien, general manager of Mentor’s Integrated Electrical Systems Division.
CaetanoBus Streamlines its Electrical Design Processes Using Capital Software from Mentor Graphics
The CaetanoBus’ flagship C5 coach C5 coach offers a wide range of configuration options and includes innovative electrical/electronic systems that significantly boost efficiency, safety, and reliability. The sophisticated nature of these systems drives challenges for the coach’s electrical design, particularly with respect to systems integration, design validation and configuration management. To solve these challenges, the Portugal-based company used the Capital tools.
“The toolset is both flexible and easily adaptable to changing future needs, as well as being highly productive.”
The Capital suite spans an extended electrical systems, “Define – Design – Build – Service” flow, and is particularly targeted at transportation applications. Combining powerful design automation and modern enterprise integration capabilities, the software creates digital continuity within the electrical domain to compress development cycle time and deliver significant cost reductions.
“To develop such an advanced coach requires not only powerful design automation, but also a comprehensive and robust electrical design data foundation for all stages of design, manufacturing and after sales support,” said José Costa, director of Vehicles and Chassis Development, CaetanoBus. “We have initially applied the Capital software to create electrical schematics and harness designs. The modularity of the system is important to us because it allows us to extend the scope progressively with everything using the same data foundation - we have plans to extend our virtual prototyping capability using advanced electrical simulation and validation tools. We are also investigating how to streamline our service documentation authoring process using the Capital publication tool which can re-process our wiring diagrams.”
Electrical engineering is becoming more complicated because of the rapid increase in customer options, which is driving an explosion in the number of configurations that need to be designed and manufactured. “Engineers can use the Capital suite to design multiple configurations with the same ease as creating a single configuration because the system can capture and automatically apply the engineering constraints needed. They can work faster and more accurately than with traditional systems,” said Emilio Villa, managing director of Har-Tech S.r.l., Mentor Graphics’ distributor in Portugal.
“Capital software is broadly adopted across several major truck brands and by an increasing number of bus and coach manufacturers. In part this is because the tool suite supports a number of different design flows,” said Martin O’Brien, general manager of the Integrated Electrical Systems Division at Mentor Graphics. “The toolset is both flexible and easily adaptable to changing future needs, as well as being highly productive. This flexibility and power explains why many of the world’s leading truck, bus and coach manufacturers have adopted the Capital suite, with deployments in multiple locations in Europe, USA, Asia and Japan.”
CNH Enhances Electrical Design Capabilities with latest Mentor Graphics Capital and VeSys Software
CNH, a world leader in agricultural and construction equipment, has transitioned to the latest VeSys® software platform and also added a number of compatible tools from the Mentor® Capital® software suite, resulting in a very modern design environment.
“Upgrading the electrical design environment helps CNH deliver exactly the vehicles their customers want with maximum efficiency and minimum cost.”
“From the engineering standpoint, the key improvements were integration with our mechanical CAD and PDM systems, including the difficult subject of design change management,” said Michael Wrobel, electronics and electrical systems manager, CNH. “We also needed more powerful electrical simulation and analysis than was available previously. And as a global organization, we wanted a tool landscape that is easy to manage internationally. Mentor’s newest software matched these requirements for us, minimizing the need to redefine our design progression. Mentor was also able to migrate data from the previous generation tooling, so minimizing our risk and speeding the transition.”
“Off-road vehicles are now very sophisticated in terms of on-board electronics,” said Martin O’Brien, general manager of the Integrated Electrical Systems Division of Mentor Graphics. “The vehicle’s electrical system links all the electronics together, and must also respond to the challenge of constant design change. Upgrading the electrical design environment helps CNH deliver exactly the vehicles their customers want with maximum efficiency and minimum cost.”
The VeSys platform is a suite of wiring and harness design software tools optimized for rapid deployment and low IT footprint. Capital is an advanced software suite for the electrical system and wire harness domain. Used by leading automotive OEMs, aerospace OEMs and harness makers, Capital is built to support the complex demands of integrated processes from initial vehicle definition through electrical system and design, harness manufacture and vehicle service. Certain Capital tools can be used within a VeSys environment, as CNH has chosen to do.
Proterra Standardizes on Electrical Systems Design and Wire Harness Engineering Tools from Mentor Graphics
A leading provider of zero-emission commercial transit solutions, Proterra Inc., has standardized on the Mentor Graphics® VeSys® tools for its electrical systems design and manufacture of wire harnesses. Proterra will be using the VeSys tools to help design and manufacture heavy-duty electric drive systems, energy storage systems, vehicle control systems, transit buses, and the world's first all-electric, fast-charge transit bus.
“VeSys is both flexible and easily adaptable to changing future needs, as well as being highly productive. In particular, the automated part selector and manufacturing report generation capabilities speeds the design time and automates many steps in the design process.”
The VeSys tools are a suite of wiring and harness design software tools optimized for rapid deployment and low IT footprint. Proterra is standardizing on both the VeSys Design and VeSys Harness tools, enabling wiring design data to flow seamlessly into the associated harness designs and thereby reducing effort and minimizing the risk of errors.
“To stay ahead of our competition, we needed to introduce new levels of electrical integration and a design flexibility we have never seen before. VeSys is helping us to achieve that,” said Adam Fowlkes, engineering manager at Proterra. “We were particularly impressed with the ease of use and the high level of functionality, flexibility and automation demonstrated by VeSys. Benefits of the software include intelligent schematics and harness designs, bill of materials creation, wire length calculations, reporting and built-in error proofing.”
“Buses have a very demanding duty cycle and therefore require high-quality engineering and design change capabilities. VeSys allows Proterra to design extremely robust electrical/electronic systems that exceed customers’ requirements,” said Nick Smith, marketing director of the Integrated Electrical Systems Division of Mentor Graphics. “VeSys is both flexible and easily adaptable to changing future needs, as well as being highly productive. In particular, the automated part selector and manufacturing report generation capabilities speeds the design time and automates many steps in the design process.”
JAC Motors sees multiple benefits from deployment of Mentor Graphics software tools for network and electrical platform design
Chinese automaker Jianghuai Automobile Co Ltd (JAC) successfully deployed both the Mentor® Volcano™ and Capital® tool suites. As one of China’s leading automotive OEMs, JAC uses the Mentor Capital suite for electrical system design and Volcano products for in-vehicle communications implementation.
“Mentor’s technology for automotive electrical and electronics design is world leading. Given the importance of electronic systems in modern vehicles, products such as Capital and Volcano clearly boost JAC’s competitive position, not only in China but also worldwide.”
Now deployed into both passenger and commercial vehicle projects, the Mentor technology delivers benefits to JAC ranging from enhanced design quality to reduced power consumption within the vehicles. These benefits are amplified because the deployment of the Mentor tools is now extending to JAC’s supply chain.
JAC uses several Mentor products for electrical system design including the Capital Logic™ product, Capital HarnessXC™ product and mechanical CAD integration products. Following a successful pilot project, JAC has now standardized the Capital suite for all production platforms. This allows JAC to rigorously apply its intellectual property such as component definitions, design constraints, and rule checks. Use of the Capital tool suite by JAC’s wire harness suppliers extends data continuity to the manufacturing domain. Together with the Capital tool suite’s advanced data management capabilities, these factors help ensure data consistency and promote design quality. Furthermore, JAC’s electrical engineers are able to reduce overall harness cost and weight by exploring alternative implementations using metrics generated dynamically by the Capital Insight™ product. Wire harnesses are both expensive and heavy, and while cost reduction is always a key driver, weight reduction is now receiving close attention in order to boost fuel efficiency and minimize emissions.
JAC also uses the Mentor products for in-vehicle communications. Specifically, JAC’s LIN and CAN communications are designed using Volcano Network Architect™ (VNA), which helps automate network design and provides deterministic analysis such as end-to-end timing verification. In addition, JAC is now adopting the Mentor Volcano Target Package™ (VTP) embedded communications software for several ECUs. The VTP software is helping JAC realize important benefits such as reduced ECU power consumption and improved diagnostic capability.
Mr. Yan Gang, deputy general manager, JAC said, “Mentor’s technology for automotive electrical and electronics design is world leading. Given the importance of electronic systems in modern vehicles, products such as Capital and Volcano clearly boost JAC’s competitive position, not only in China but also worldwide.” This point was amplified by Danny Perng, Mentor Graphics vice president for the PacRim region, who commented “Electrical and electronics design are clearly intertwined. JAC provides a great example of how Mentor’s extensive product range can deliver tangible benefits in these critical domains.”
LEONI expands use of Mentor Graphics Capital software worldwide
LEONI is expanding its use of Capital® software throughout the world and now has significant Capital software deployments in Europe, America and Pacific Rim. This growth is driven in part by increasing adoption of the modular approach to wire harness configuration management, also known as customer-specific or zero give-away harnessing. This approach is strongly supported by the Mentor® Capital ModularXC™ tool, which in turn is tightly linked with other products in the Capital suite and with adjacent applications such as mechanical CAD applications.
“Capital is by far the most capable commercial off-the-shelf software addressing wire harness design, engineering and manufacturing. So it is the natural choice as LEONI’s standard environment”
“Capital is by far the most capable commercial off-the-shelf software addressing wire harness design, engineering and manufacturing. So it is the natural choice as LEONI’s standard environment” said Carsten Wilhelm, Director of Engineering Systems for Manufacturing. “Mentor also has technical depth across multiple relevant domains, excellent geographic coverage, and strong presence at the world’s leading automotive and off-road vehicle OEMs. In addition, Capital ModularXC is a really key tool. We are now seeing the modular approach being taken up in America and Pacific Rim, whereas previously this method was more common in in Europe. Capital ModularXC helps position LEONI as a world-leading supplier of modular harnesses.”
The modular approach addresses challenges caused by extreme configuration complexity within vehicle electrical systems, which in turn is caused by the rapid growth of electrical/electronic options and mechanical variants offered to vehicle buyers. Involving the management of harness “fragments” that correspond to vehicle functions, the modular approach can deliver substantial cost savings over the more traditional part number -oriented approach to harness configuration management. The Capital ModularXC tool fully supports both approaches, and also allows harness designs to be re-analyzed in terms of sub-assemblies selected for optimized manufacturing. Coupled with advanced functionality such as configurable diagram styling, the Capital ModularXC tool is therefore very versatile and hence is well suited to harness suppliers adopting common tools across their multiple OEM-facing business units.
Nick Smith, product marketing director of the Integrated Electrical Systems Division at Mentor Graphics, noted “Modular harnessing is not the only dynamic driving LEONI’s expanded use of Capital. LEONI also makes good use of other tools within the suite, for example to design formboards and perform detailed manufacturing cost analyses. Some of these processes are particularly sophisticated, so the value LEONI derives from the software is very strong.”
The Capital suite spans an extended electrical systems “Define – Design – Build – Service” flow and is particularly targeted at transportation applications. The Capital tools are used by many of the world’s leading wire harness suppliers, many of whom undertake design work for their OEM customers using the Capital suite in addition to engineering and manufacturing the harnesses themselves.
Tesla Motors Boosts Production Capabilities with Mentor Graphics Electrical Design Software
Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has standardized on the Mentor Graphics® Capital® toolset for 12-volt electrical systems design. After evaluating alternative solutions, Tesla concluded that the Capital toolset matched the two key selection criteria: strong electrical system configuration control, and a well-established base within leading automotive wire harness suppliers.
“Capital software was able to overcome the challenges of configuration management and data exchange with our key suppliers.”
As production volumes grew, it became important to ensure robust, vehicle-specific data exchange with Tesla’s wire harness suppliers. The Capital toolset is a powerful electrical systems software environment spanning vehicle architecture, systems design and integration, service documentation creation, and wire harness manufacturing tools. Configuration management is a core strength of the Capital toolset, helping ensure that delivered harnesses exactly match the feature set of each individual vehicle.
“Model S has very advanced electrical systems with tremendous configuration complexity. It has been vital, during our ramp up to full production, that the logistical integration and effective sharing of data with our suppliers was seamless,” said Paul Lomangino, director of engineering applications, Tesla Motors. “Capital software was able to overcome the challenges of configuration management and data exchange with our key suppliers.”
“Tesla Motors is recognized as a world leader in the production of premium electric vehicles, with a mission to revolutionize the automotive industry’s approach to environmental concerns. Electric vehicles pose particular challenges with respect to their electrical system,” said Nick Smith, business development director of the Mentor Graphics Corporation’s Integrated Electrical Systems Division. “Capital addresses a number of these challenges, in addition to controlling the configuration complexity problems common to all motor vehicle manufacturers.”
Daimler Streamlines Flagship Truck Development with Mentor’s Capital Electrical Design Software
Mercedes-Benz Trucks successfully used the Mentor® Capital® software suite for the development of Daimler’s flagship heavy truck, the new Actros. Branded “trucks you can trust”, the Actros includes innovative electrical/electronic systems that significantly boost efficiency, safety, and reliability. The sophisticated nature of these systems drives challenges for the truck’s electrical design, particularly with respect to systems integration, design validation and configuration management. To solve these challenges, the Germany-based company used the Capital tools, extending Mentor Graphics software deployment to now span three continents.
“Capital was the natural tool choice because it is so strong in these areas, and is designed to be used by large, multi-site organizations.”
“To develop such an advanced truck requires not only powerful design automation, but also robust design data management,” said Wolfgang Appel, senior manager, system architecture, Mechatronic Engineering, Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “Capital was the natural tool choice because it is so strong in these areas, and is designed to be used by large, multi-site organizations.” Daimler noted that Capital’s powerful design lifecycle management, electrical/mechanical data integration, and standardized communication with suppliers were all key contributors to successful development of the Actros’ complex electrical systems.
The Capital suite spans an extended electrical systems “Define – Design – Build – Service” flow and is particularly targeted at transportation applications. Combining powerful design automation and modern enterprise integration capabilities, the software creates digital continuity within the electrical domain to compress development cycle time and deliver significant cost reductions.
“Capital is broadly adopted across Daimler’s several truck brands. In part this is because Capital supports a number of different design flows,” said Martin O’Brien, general manager of the Integrated Electrical Systems Division at Mentor Graphics. “The toolset is both flexible and future-proof, as well as being highly productive. This flexibility and power explains why many of the world’s leading truck manufacturers have adopted Capital, with deployments in multiple locations in Europe, USA, Asia and Japan.”