Powerful electrical CAD tool proves beneficial for electrical wiring and control systems

08-01-2015 | Zuken Ltd | Design Applications

Piaggio Group, the Italian leader of the European powered two-wheeler
vehicle market, has adopted Zuken’s E³.series to support increasing cabling
complexity and volume and to enhance electrical design efficiency and
quality. The E³.series is a powerful electrical CAD tool for electrical
wiring, control systems and fluid engineering design.

The Piaggio Group, which owns several prestigious scooter and motorcycle
brands including Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi, faced changing
requirements to their electrical design process. Global expansion brought an
increase in the number of product specifications for different markets, so
the company needed to streamline its design processes and reduce
time-to-market to accommodate the increased scale of operations.

Luigi Baracchino, electrical engineering manager, Piaggio, said: “We looked
for a tool to give an end-to-end design path from schematic capture to
physical design. One of the reasons E³.series stood out is its inbuilt
electrical intelligence. This will help us reduce rework and add digital
prototyping into our engineering design process to satisfy challenging
time-to-market and quality demands. Piaggio Group previously used a generic
rather than wiring harness-dedicated 2D design tool for cabling design, but
it was unable to meet stringent new cost effectiveness, global parts
unification and time efficiency targets. We selected E³.series after
benchmarking several CAD tools.”

Baracchino explained that E³.series also fulfilled the company's requirement
to be able to exchange data with their existing 3D CAD tools: a virtual
digital mock-up of the vehicle can be designed in advance, shortening the
development time, reducing costs and, above all, increasing the overall
product quality and reliability to a level not previously possible, says the
company.

The company is currently using E³.series at its engineering centre in
Pontedera, Italy, and plans to roll out the software to other sites soon.

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