Navigating the complexities of wiring harness design is a demanding endeavor, especially in sectors like automotive engineering. These components are essential to electronic control systems, transmitting critical data and adhering to strict standards for safety, reliability, and cost-effectiveness.
Traditional design techniques are fraught with time-intensive work and potential errors, which not only slow down development but can also result in costly rework and delays.
This manual approach also results in departmental silos and disconnections, making data exchange cumbersome and lacking real-time adaptability.
For example, the routing of wire harnesses through CAD geometries can be particularly challenging. There are a variety of possible paths that can be used to route multiple wires. Geometric obstacles and, of course, the paths of the other wires have to be taken into account, which makes the optimization more complex. All this becomes a particularly challenging task when there are changes to respond to as well. Even minor changes in the vehicle's geometry can necessitate a full rework of the design, consuming more resources and extending lead times.
While some attempts have been made to streamline these challenges - utilizing common part kits and platform structures, for example - they haven’t fully mitigated the issue. For a future-oriented design department, an automated, interconnected solution that is both robust and agile enough to adapt quickly to design changes is urgently needed.