Thursday, May 16, 2013

CNH enhances electrical design capabilities with latest Mentor Graphics Capital and VeSys Software

USA: Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that CNH, a world leader in agricultural and construction equipment, has transitioned to the latest VeSys software platform and also added a number of compatible tools from the Mentor® Capital software suite, resulting in a very modern design environment.

“From the engineering standpoint, the key improvements were integration with our mechanical CAD and PDM systems, including the difficult subject of design change management,” said Michael Wrobel, electronics and electrical systems manager, CNH.

“We also needed more powerful electrical simulation and analysis than was available previously. And as a global organization, we wanted a tool landscape that is easy to manage internationally. Mentor’s newest software matched these requirements for us, minimizing the need to redefine our design progression. Mentor was also able to migrate data from the previous generation tooling, so minimizing our risk and speeding the transition.”

“Off-road vehicles are now very sophisticated in terms of on-board electronics,” said Martin O’Brien, GM of the Integrated Electrical Systems Division of Mentor Graphics. “The vehicle’s electrical system links all the electronics together and must also respond to the challenge of constant design change. Upgrading the electrical design environment helps CNH deliver exactly the vehicles their customers want with maximum efficiency and minimum cost.”

The VeSys platform is a suite of wiring and harness design software tools optimized for rapid deployment and low IT footprint. Capital is an advanced software suite for the electrical system and wire harness domain. Used by leading automotive OEMs, aerospace OEMs and harness makers, Capital is built to support the complex demands of integrated processes from initial vehicle definition through electrical system and design, harness manufacture and vehicle service. Certain Capital tools can be used within a VeSys environment, as CNH has chosen to do.

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