As the digital market expands, behind the scenes, computer equipment is proliferating and with it the need for cabling. That's why the market for wiring harnesses is predicted to expand with a compound annual growth rate of 3.95% until at least 2032. In such circumstances, electrical wiring harness design software becomes increasingly vital to optimise routing, maintain system performance and reduce costs.
A wire harness can simplify electrical installations, but without proper design, it's impossible to get the most efficient results. Electrical harness software helps to streamline design and manufacture, resulting in faster installation times. For example, the use of a digital twin removes the need for physical-mechanical prototypes and is more flexible where revisions are required.
Design Check Rules
Design check rules allow engineers to validate models before production. Wire harness software facilitates adherence to such rules, offering feedback and info on correct terminal sizing, wire protection sizes, cavity seals and required accessories.
Using a 3D digital twin, wire harness routes can be determined with full accuracy during the software phase of system design and before finalisation in prototypes or production. An established catalogue of parts provides accurate reporting data for BOM, connection and manufacturing documents.
The development of wire harnesses simplifies assembly and mitigates the risk of costly errors. Product reliability and efficiency are improved, and maintenance becomes more manageable, with less clutter and uncertainty over routing. Furthermore, the risk of disconnections and short circuits is lessened, as wire harnesses help to protect against vibrations and abrasions, and fire hazards can also be mitigated by the use of flame-retardant sleeves.
By simplifying assembly, wire harness development is able to save time throughout the process of complex installations. Rather than routing wires separately, the combined harness is simply dropped in. It is often possible to eliminate unneeded components, further rationalising the system, and because of the ease of setup, labour costs are reduced too.
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EPLAN Harness proD helps users design fast and efficient cable harnessing solutions. To discover more about EPLAN's software solutions, please contact us today.