Improving Electromechanical Design Collaboration

Improving Electromechanical Design Collaboration

How can a new approach to electromechanical design collaboration help you get your product to market more quickly, and improve your bottom line? As products become increasingly complex, with electronics and software controlling mechanical design aspects, designers on both sides need to work in sync to keep projects on track. Unfortunately, connected and integrated ECAD-MCAD design processes can be dismissed as a luxury. But how much does it cost to have a product miss its market window?

In this white paper, Improving Electromechanical Design Collaboration, we examine how effective collaboration is critical for increasing productivity and delivering a robust design, and what manufacturers should do to connect electrical and mechanical design teams.

Electromechanical Design Collaboration

Learn to avoid three major risks of disconnected electromechanical design:

  1. Changes to the electrical design diagram that don’t get reflected in the CAD drawing and bill of materials (BOM)
  2. Functionality shortfalls that are only discovered during physical prototyping and testing
  3. Wasted time when mechanical engineers have to manually review electrical designs to determine harness routing.

The days of throwing designs over the wall for implementation, and then waiting for physical prototypes to be built to see if the product works as intended, are gone. Engineers are being asked to work outside their normal domain, with mechanical engineers often dealing with electrical requirements, and vice versa. Without an updated process for electromechanical collaboration, mistakes can remain undetected until the prototyping and physical testing—where they are more costly and time-consuming to fix.

Collaboration has long been recognized as a potential enabler for increasing productivity and ensuring a robust design. With modern CAD tools and intelligent software, designers are able to synchronize their data more efficiently and collaborate between domains more effectively on critical design items, thereby ensuring the design intent is properly implemented and can achieve first-pass success.

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