Streamlining the Integration of Electrical and Mechanical Design Data and Processes between OEMS and Suppliers 2008-01-2628
For some years, OEMs and suppliers have been using CAD tools to improve efficiencies in both mechanical design and electrical design. Modern CAD tools have evolved from simple drafting and documentation towards specialized tools for each task – mechanical layout, mechanical styling, electrical design, manufacturing design, and so on. There is often a significant overlap between the data-scope of each of these tools, but, without good integration facilities, engineers must re-key the same information in each of the different tools: this is both time-consuming and error-prone.
This paper examines, and illustrates, the issues, technologies and processes that are available to improve the integration between mechanical and electrical CAD tools, and between OEMs and their suppliers.