The Platform Interactive Flow: Mastering the physical context of aerospace electrical system development

By Heather George


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Platform Interactive design lifecycle: schematic creation to harness manufacturing workbooks

As aerospace electrical functional content and complexity continues to increase, developing an aerospace platform’s electrical system has never been more challenging. Aerospace electrical system designers have both the blessing and the curse of placing LRUs, and routing interconnects, the EWIS, through the entirety of the platform. This means that designers must master the physical context within which the electrical system resides, while simultaneously implementing electrical content, and maintain access to the authoritative model of the electrical system, its digital twin.

Built-in and custom metrics help engineers assess and optimize electrical architectures

This webinar presents an approach to electrical system development that accomplishes all three of these imperatives: The Platform Interactive Flow. This design flow enables users to efficiently design electrical systems and harnesses in the context of the aircraft platform. You’ll see a complete design lifecycle from schematic and ICD creation, to the generation of harness manufacturing workbooks.

  • The data-centric flow of Capital supports every level of abstraction and is correct-by-construction
  • Electrical system design automation, like nets to wires, reduces the amount of manual work and engineering time
  • The ECAD and MCAD integration enables both hand-offs and real-time collaboration between disciplines, improving overall quality and increasing design efficiency

What you will learn from watching this webinar on Platform Interactive

  • You will learn how to collaborate between Capital and MCAD tools to ensure the best routing paths are taken through the platform, while easily addressing design implementation detail
  • How harness and formboard designs are derived directly from the electrical wiring and MCAD data with automation and validation during the synchronization process to ensure correct-by-construction design
  • Modular connector design is made easy across abstractions with Capital Library allowing for modular hierarchies footprints to be defined
  • The generation of workbooks will ensure that correct manufacturing data is produced based on the formboard designs, factory workstations, operations, tasks, and resources

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