Realize LIVE 2023 Capital sessions – E/E systems advances with real-world examples PART 2

By Sarah Bartash

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Realize LIVE America took place June 12-15, 2023 and the Realize LIVE 2023 Capital sessions were some of the best attended yet! Read on to get a summary of day two of the event and the wide variety of speakers who presented. Check out the connected resources to build on the momentum, and consider attending Realize LIVE July 10-12 in Munich, Germany and virtually in Japan July 19, 2023.

Realize LIVE 2023 Capital sessions DAY 2

The second day was filled with customer and executive presentations in the capital track, kicking off with the Product Keynote: Transform E/E Systems Development with Capital. Presented by Frances Evans, Senior Vice President, Integrated Electrical Systems Siemens, Karen King, Head of Product Management, IES Siemens, and Dan Scott, Marketing Director – Capital Siemens, the talk was filled with stories and demos.

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Frances Evans, Karen King, Dan Scott, Siemens

Frances spoke of how practically every industry is being revolutionized by advances in electrical, electronic and software system development and how Capital, part of Siemens Xcelerator, delivers these new, digitalized business processes for all aspects of the E/E development lifecycle. Not just original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) but also their suppliers benefit from using Capital. The consistency throughout the supply chain can help manage complexity (as it did for Tesla).

Karen used the example of a done being repurposed for firefighting needs to illustrate demos of some of the elements of the Capital portfolio. For example, she discussed analyzing how the changes to the drone would impact its system architecture. To do this, the system model was updated in IBM Rhapsody and brought into Capital Systems where the change was assessed, and electrical design proposals derived. This saves time for generating electrical change proposals, and it enables early cost analysis of the changes.

Dan then showed how a specific automatic driving feature could be developed for an electric sport vehicle using Capital. He walked through a flow from E/E systems architecture analyzing initial software performance, through network design and software architecture, all the way to software implementation and virtual verification. Using Capital tools including Capital Networks Designer, which is also used by Volvo, he showed how to create right-sized, optimal networks which reduce effort, increase quality and ensure safety.

All three speakers shared the breadth and depth of the Capital portfolio and how it can help more effectively develop E/E systems.

FOR MORE ON USING CAPITAL: Read the white paper Transforming the future of automotive with a comprehensive solution for E/E systems development by Frances Evans.

Day two continued with WISK, a fully-owned subsidiary of Boeing dedicated to delivering safe, everyday flight with its all-electric, self-flying eVTOL (Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) air taxi. Dhaval Patel, Senior Staff Product Lifecycle Management Architect, and Kalyan Butte, Harness Engineer, presented Moving from Silos to Synergy Integration of System Interface and Wire Harness Design using Capital. They shared how Capital as an enterprise solution with Teamcenter integration has precisely addressed challenges they had faced when using legacy design tools and processes.

Kalyan Butte, Dhaval Patel, WISK

Implementation of Capital has improved the productivity of the team, enabled quick turn-around solutions for R&D designs, and synergized the design process flow between system design and wire harness design. The bridging process between Capital and NX has eliminated the conventional way of determining bundle/wire lengths and clamp sizes during aircraft installation and reworking them on the aircraft. This has resulted in significant savings in production time and cost. Capital is perceived as a key enabler for the engineering and manufacturing goals of Wisk.

Bob Conger, Electrical Engineering-Processes and Tool at Boeing shared Common Tools: Unleashing Worldwide Developer Ingenuity & Productivity in which he related how Boeing initiated a migration to Siemens Xcelerator in 2015. He outlined how this technology change for Electrical Design Integration (E/E systems development) has established a common lexicon for designers across the Boeing enterprise. Furthermore, he identified key elements of the migration process, explained the work required to build them, and discusses the challenges to both creating and deploying a successful solution within a Global Enterprise, while working to provide continuous quality improvement and technical vitality.

A superb Siemens Xcelerator success story, Firefly Aerospace returned to tell the stage this year with Getting to Space, the surface of the Moon, and beyond with Capital, NX, and Teamcenter. Norman Rivera, Electrical Engineering Manager – Interconnect Design, told the engaging story of Firefly’s quest to achieving orbit and softly landing on the moon.

Norman Rivera, Firefly Aerospace

Siemens Xcelerator suite of Capital, NX, and Teamcenter tools are making it easier to design and rapidly adapt electrical wiring interconnect systems to meet the needs of their launch vehicles, lunar landers, and spacecraft. Capital applications are utilized to define the system architecture, design the electrical schematics, and produce the harness assembly drawings. NX’s 3D modeling environment is utilized to find the optimal routes that minimizes mass and complexity while ensuring that all pieces of the vehicle integrate in harmony together. Teamcenter keeps track of all the data, manages the configurations, and provides a single source of truth to build products as efficiently as possible. All these tools integrate with each other to assist with facilitating collaboration, keeping up with the high rate of design changes, reducing design cycle time, and increasing quality. This directly contributes to Firefly’s goal of providing economical and convenient access to space.

CHECK OUT OUR RECENT BLOG ON FIREFLYS STORY AND CHECK OUT NORMAN’S WEBINAR: Spacecraft harness development with Firefly Aerospace

Finally, Keith Drittler, System Configuration Specialist at Gulfstream Aerospace engaged the audience with a presentation on Using Capital to access/validate engineering type data. This covered embedding specific Capital tools over a PLM system for automated validation included between wiring diagrams and harnesses, between iterations and revisions of designs and between the Production green A/C and Completions Engineering EWIS.


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