Micad, Paris--March 17, 1998--Mentor Graphics Corp. and HarnessSoftware Limited announced a strategic partnership, in which the twocompanies will integrate their wire harness design and manufacturing products to produce a seamless, electronic flow of information from design to manufacturing. The availability of this solution is targeted for Q2 1998.
Through this partnership, Mentor Graphics is the first company to provide the automotive and aerospace industries with a wire harness design processthat integrates logical design, physical layout, and manufacturing.Typically, the transfer of design information to manufacturing is donemanually, which is time-intensive and prone to error. By electronicallyintegrating the flow of information from design to manufacturing, labor costs are dramatically reduced, quality increases, and the entire developmentoperation is accelerated.
The wire harness for a plane or automobile controls all electronicfunctionality for the vehicle. Today, wire harness designs for a single model of automobile can have as many as 50,000 variations and options to accommodate customer preferences and meet specific state and country designspecifications. By integrating their two technologies, Mentor Graphics'Cabling Products division and Harness Software's capital H manufacturing and documentation software can address the immediate needs of today's designers and manufacturers, as well as the growing complexity of future automotive and aerospace designs.
Harness Software's capital H manufacturing and documentation softwareallows harness design information to be input either manually orelectronically. The system, using established values, automatically validates and checks the design, the components, and materials specified for each harness or family of harness designs. The system then produces a complete range of reports, including true cutting lists and cost and weight calculations. This ensures more timely and accurate information; enables customers to speedproduction; eliminates waste, scrap, and clerical errors; and reducesengineering costs.
Mentor Graphics' Cabling Products division
Altrincham, Cheshire, U.K. WA14 5DH
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