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16 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 Wiring Harness News INDUSTRIAL INFO-TAINMENT EEVision Provides Simple Visualization of CAD Data By Joe Tito Wiring Harness News ______________________________ I recently ran across a Facebook post from Sanjay Patel, CEO at EDA Direct promoting a webinar entitled, “Smart, Interactive Cable and Wiring Harness Documentation for Fast Issue Resolution.” I was obviously intrigued and contacted Sanjay. I invited him for an interview to discuss their software solution tool they call EEVision. He sent some preliminary information prior to our interview. In a nutshell, EEVision is a visualization platform that OEM’s can use to share harness schematic and design data from their CAD systems (Siemens Capital, Zuken E3, etc.) downstream to harness manufacturers, field service technicians, etc. In essence, they can share that data with anybody who might need it, but does not have the expensive CAD software license. They partner with a company called Concept Engineering in Germany to bring their visualization technology to the cable and wire harness industry. Following are some of the salient points from our conversation: WHN: Tell us a little about your company. Sanjay: Our company’s name is EDA Direct and we’ve been in business since 1997. We are a Solutions partner for electronic automation design (EDA) companies, as well as systems companies. There’s a company called Concept Engineering in Freiburg, Germany who are leaders in Visualization technology, and we have been their partner in US and Canada since 1997. Their technology is all about visualization and schematic generation on the fly. Their previous product, before EEVision, was called StarVision PRO, which was primarily used by circuit and chip designers. They took their expertise and said, ‘ok, how can we help cable and wire harness engineers.’ WHN: What’s the fundamental problem your product seeks to address? Sanjay: One of the fundamental problems we recognized in the industry was that publishing the cable and wire harness electrical data to supply chain, manufacturing and service groups was difficult. Modern automotive and aeronautical electronic system complexity has exploded, creating a major problem for development teams and service operations. Engineers and technicians waste hours trying to find critical information on unfamiliar systems, using incomprehensible static documentation or CAD displays. This has a significant impact on product quality, maintenance and schedules. EEvision is an online visualization and debugging solution that easily renders schematics of circuits, wiring harnesses and component attributes specific to individual development and maintenance situations. Taking original CAD data or proprietary data as input, schematics are automatically rendered and explored on-the-fly, allowing complex systems to be easily and quickly understood. Google-style live search features allow for precise information to be extracted from huge data files and displayed in an easy-to-understand fashion. Unlike development CAD systems and paper maintenance manuals, incremental schematics reduce the clutter of unnecessary detail, while _____________ Continued on page 19 Figure 1. On-the-fly Schematic Display