The success of harness manufacturers is dependent upon their ability to accurately design, optimize and cost the manufacturing processes, labor, material, and resources required to produce harnesses. Capital contributes to an optimized digital twin comprising a validated harness model and a digitalized manufacturing process model. This can be leveraged to transform a company’s engineering, costing and manufacturing performance ultimately boosting profits.
The fully detailed and enhanced harness designs are often documented in a 2D non-scale harness drawing. Manufacturing engineers then use this information to create a full-scale representation of the harness design data, enriched with additional manufacturing information, called a formboard drawing. In addition to the wire harness components, all manufacturing-relevant objects like bundle forks, connector fixtures, clip holders, tape position indicators are graphically represented on these formboard drawings, providing visual aids for the operators. Capital’s powerful graphical and design-management environment for formboard design enables manufacturing engineers to rapidly create full-scale, detailed and manufacturing-ready formboard diagrams.
With the complexity of today's harnesses, it is vital to be able to automatically create operator instructions and visual aids for every design and production facility. By supporting this automated approach, Capital removes the manual creation of work instructions from the critical path for introducing new or changed harness designs, as well as eliminating documentation errors and reducing creation costs.
Manufacturing process engineers are often faced with the challenge of determining an efficient pattern of sequenced process steps that result in the correct assembly of the target harness. Usually, more than one possible pattern will exist. The optimum choice depends on the specific manufacturing capabilities of the factory/factories in question. Capital facilitates the automatic creation of an efficient manufacturing scheme for each harness to be built. This is achieved by decomposing harness designs against previously captured descriptions of manufacturing capabilities, using a reasoning engine that incorporates wire harness assembly logic.
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