July 11, 2011
By DE Editors
Zuken has announced the latest version of its electrical CAD software E3.series. The company says the new version includes time-saving shortcuts and new functionality.
The E3.Functional Design tool has been developed to make the up-front sketchpad-type planning phase faster. The functional blocks are now dynamic, enabling a user to create blocks on the fly that can be updated with a complete library part later in the design process. Rather than needing a library item to be defined, the designer can simply sketch out the design and come back to the details later. There are also numerous enhancements to the display, search and highlight functions that enable designers to recognize changes and similarities when making movements and placements within the functional design.
Variant management capabilities have been advanced within E3.panel, the physical panel design module of E3.series, enabling the creation of different variant panel layouts within the same design. This allows the designer to optimize the panel layout in each variant, if desired, by using a different-size backplate, rails, and component placement for each.
Zuken has also made additional enhancements in detailed areas. Connector handling has been improved to simplify the design process with functions such as supporting bulkhead connectors, connectors with pins within pins, and connectors with several plug sides. This includes the flexibility to attribute a different signal name to a connector part on each side of the connecting point, improved automatic selection of mating connectors, plus checks to verify you have used valid plug connectors.
E .series is Windows 7 compliant and runs natively on both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.
For more information, visit Zuken.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.