Improving the digital twin creation process for smart manufacturing

02-09-2022 | Zuken Ltd | Design & Manufacture

Zuken has released its E3.series 2022, providing enhancements to empower design teams to deliver digital twins with functional and manufacturing details captured in a single cutting-edge tool suite. The enhancements to the upgrade cover all areas of electrical design to the manufacturing process, including wire routing, data visualisation, design rule checks, change management and more.

"The digital twin facilitates the automation and control of production and assembly processes and is, therefore, an ideal way to address the shortage of qualified personnel among cabinet manufacturers and suppliers. Together with our partners in the Smart Cabinet Building initiative, we are committed to providing open, integration-enabled solutions for automated cabinet manufacturing and assembly. The digital twin provides the central hub for all automated production, assembly and testing processes," explains Joachim Frank, managing director, E3.series, Zuken E3 GmbH.

The latest release includes more than 50 new features, enhancements, and tools to improve reliability, efficiency, and productivity. Cabinet design enhancements strive to enhance the 3D visualisation of parts and wires to simplify the assembly process. The cable and wire harness enhancements aim to improve design reuse and capture extra manufacturing details. The overall usability enhancements focus on further simplifying the application to improve productivity, whilst improvements to active and passive design rule checks assure design quality.

The update introduces new 3D visualisation options to view individual sections of a cabinet in 3D. The individual sheet 3D option is in addition to visualising all the cabinets in a project together. The new visualisation options strive to empower manufacturing and assembly processes to visualise the cabinet design effortlessly. Designers can design in 2D and get the result in 3D, eradicating overhead while benefiting from the form, fit, and functional checks of 3D design.

By Seb Springall