Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), Britain’s largest bus and coach manufacturer, has recently adopted Zuken’s leading electrical and fluid CAD software,E3.series.
Alexander Dennis chose E3.series after an extensive selection process which focused on their desire to create a fully-integrated electrical design process and a unified project and data management environment. They will use E3.series to help drive process change for electrical system and harness design.
A key factor in Alexander Dennis’ decision was E3.series’ object-oriented architecture, which will enable the company to create smart drawings which feed all stages of the design process, including manufacturing and purchasing. Additionally, Zuken’s PDM adaptor (ZPA) will integrate electrical design and part data with Siemens TeamCenter, Alexander Dennis’ chosen PLM tool.
David Alexander, Group Engineering Systems Manager at Alexander Dennis, said: ”We wanted a flexible, highly integrated electrical design solution which would help us improve our existing system and establish new design processes, ranging from the capture of a vehicle’s functional electrical topology, through detailed design, to the creation of harness manufacture data.”
An additional factor was E3.series’ built-in capacity for design process evolution; as process needs change, the system can be developed to keep up with new requirements.
E3.series will enhance the accuracy, consistency and availability of Alexander Dennis’ data, helping them meet the future challenges of competitive product development and manufacturing.
Every minute of every day ADL buses carry 25,000 passengers in 20 countries around the world, covering 2.5 billion miles per year. ADL is the fastest-growing bus business in the western world, having tripled turnover in the past five years to £500m, extending its reach with build partnerships, joint ventures and acquisitions in territories such as Hong Kong, China, Australia, New Zealand and North America.
For more information about E3.series, see www.highpeaksystems.com/products/zuken
For more information about Alexander Dennis, see www.alexander-dennis.com.