Amy Clements
Zuken USA Inc

Zuken USA, Inc., Westford, MA, USA, and Vitech, a Zuken Company, have recently announced the industry’s first model-based wire harness design process as part of its digital engineering initiative. The new process fills the design gap that previously required the manual translation of the product model into schematics and spreadsheets to begin implementation. This manual effort can take weeks and breaks any direct connection between the model and the development process, making the ROI of a model-based design process almost impossible to measure. Zuken’s new E3.GENESYS Connector directly connects the product model to the wire harness design process, saving significant time and maximizing ROI.

Accelerating Digital Engineering Adoption

As product complexity increases, digital engineering methods offer numerous benefits over document based processes. The model-based approach replaces design specification documents with a product model. A product model is a more rigorous way of describing a product than an unrelated assortment of documents, spreadsheets and diagrams. A key benefit of the model-based approach is the elimination of design errors due to the relational nature of the product specification.

“An essential part of the digital transformation is the adoption of digital engineering methodologies to improve product development. With this new product, Zuken has successfully filled the design gap for model-based wire harness design,” said Kent McLeroth, President of Zuken USA, Inc. “Zuken’s process innovation will accelerate the adoption of digital engineering beyond the mil/aero segment and into the broader market. We will continue to invest and be a leader in the digital engineering space.”

E3.GENESYS Connector eliminates the need to translate the model into design documents by directly connecting the model to E3.series for wire harness design.

And the wire harness design team utilizing the E3.GENESYS Connector transfers the specific subsystem or component of interest and exposes the requirements, diagrams and constraints directly within the E3.series design environment. The product model becomes connected to detailed design making it possible for companies to maximize the benefits of digital engineering.

“Zuken’s recent acquisition of Vitech enabled this level of innovation and collaboration,” said David Long, President of Vitech, a Zuken Company. “Combining our systems engineering and MBSE knowledge with Zuken’s electrical and electronic design expertise has made this first-to-market solution possible. We look forward to further advancing the deployment and value of digital engineering.”

The E3.series is widely used in the manufacturing industry to design large, complex electrical cabling, control cabinet and wire harness designs for advanced applications in the machinery, power, automotive, transportation, aerospace and defense industries.

Replacing Manual Translation with a Direct Connection

Vitech’s GENESYS is an industry leading MBSE solution providing robust product model development capability. The product model comes with electrical and electronic schema extensions for creating the implementation design envelopes for subsystems and components. The design envelope provides the parameters, structure and requirements needed to guide the implementation teams.

E3.GENESYS Connector transfers and exposes the design envelope from GENESYS to E3.series, eliminating manual design translation.

The GENESYS solution is model-based systems engineering software that delivers connected, consistent, and complete system designs. It provides an integrated platform that connects the enterprise with ease and provides support from first statement of need to final verification and validation. GENESYS supports agility, enterprise-wide collaboration, scalability, and customization, all in a robust environment.

Maintaining Model & Product Consistency

A product model disconnected from the product lifecycle raises the risk of divergence between the model and the implementation. The result is a product that may not perform as initially defined. Once the model is in development, it must remain relevant and active throughout the product lifecycle. E3.GENESYS Connector preserves that connection. E3.GENESYS Connector is available now in North America. To learn more, visit the Zuken website.

Company Profiles:

Zuken is a global provider of leading-edge software and consulting services for electrical and electronic design and manufacturing. Founded in 1976, Zuken has the longest track record of technological innovation and financial stability in the electronic design automation (EDA) software industry. The company’s extensive experience, technological expertise and agility, combine to create world-class software solutions. Zuken’s transparent working practices and integrity in all aspects of business produce long-lasting and successful customer partnerships that make Zuken a reliable long-term business partner.

Zuken is focused on being a long-term innovation and growth partner. The security of choosing Zuken is further reinforced by the company’s people—the foundation of Zuken’s success. Coming from a wide range of industry sectors, specializing in many different disciplines and advanced technologies, Zuken’s people relate to and understand each company’s unique requirements. For more information about the company and its products, visit:

For more than 25 years, Vitech, a Zuken Company, has delivered innovative and industry leading solutions, which provide the tools and insight required to define, develop and manage complex systems for government agencies, private and public companies and universities across the globe.

Vitech’s GENESYS™ and CORE™ software packages embrace the holistic aspects of systems engineering, unlike siloed approaches and products that mask critical context and system interactions. Vitech solutions enable teams to clearly capture and address system concerns, from problem identification through requirements, architecture and test in an integrated model, managing the critical interrelationships to guarantee consistency and design integrity. The result is a team empowered to engineer with confidence, free to focus on creativity, innovation and analysis to effectively deliver against stakeholder needs. For more information, visit:

This article can be found in the July/August 2021 Issue of WCTI.