Thursday, May 30, 2013

CaetanoBus streamlines electrical design processes using Capital software from Mentor Graphics

USA: Mentor Graphics Corp. and CaetanoBus announced successful application of the company’s Capital software suite to the development of CaetanoBus’ flagship C5 coach.

The C5 coach offers a wide range of configuration options and includes innovative electrical/electronic systems that significantly boost efficiency, safety, and reliability. The sophisticated nature of these systems drives challenges for the coach’s electrical design, particularly with respect to systems integration, design validation and configuration management. To solve these challenges, the Portugal-based company used the Capital tools.

The Capital suite spans an extended electrical systems, “Define – Design – Build – Service” flow, and is particularly targeted at transportation applications. Combining powerful design automation and modern enterprise integration capabilities, the software creates digital continuity within the electrical domain to compress development cycle time and deliver significant cost reductions.

Electrical engineering is becoming more complicated because of the rapid increase in customer options, which is driving an explosion in the number of configurations that need to be designed and manufactured.

“Engineers can use the Capital suite to design multiple configurations with the same ease as creating a single configuration because the system can capture and automatically apply the engineering constraints needed. They can work faster and more accurately than with traditional systems,” said Emilio Villa, managing director of Har-Tech S.r.l., Mentor Graphics’ distributor in Portugal.

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