2016-06-30

Model-based Wiring Harness Development with PREEvision

Optimal Connections Right From the Start

The wiring harness is considered to be one of the most expensive and difficult individual parts of the electrical/electronic architecture. Vector’s development tool PREEvision allows its physical attributes to be completely modelled. It describes the complexity of current cabling systems with diagrams, takes details into account and makes the entire structure easily understandable. The numerous modelling functions facilitate the development and comparison of alternatives so that the best connections for cost-efficient wiring harness designs can be determined for use in the final manufacturing design process.

The advantage of the model-based Vector solution is its thoroughness: It allows working with the same tool from the initial draft through to the manufacturing order, ensuring that consistent, interlinked modelling data
can be called upon. Each change in a vehicle’s electrical/electronic architecture has a direct effect on the wiring harness design – and vice versa.

The functional scope of PREEvision offers wiring harness developers multiple modelling levels, tables with editors for circuit plans and harness diagrams, and special functions for automated current calculation. This comprehensively describes widely branching communications and power supply structures that are sometimes kilometers long. In the process of designing a cost-optimized wiring harness, the tool can calculate cable
lengths, weight, and costs in advance – which greatly facilitates the evaluation of alternative constructions.

Modelling wiring harness components and their networks takes all physical details into account: PREEvision visualizes the necessary plug connectors, cables, individual wires, harness separation points, and splices, and
even “lays” them at the installation points within the vehicle geometry. Automations such as harness router and ground point optimization help the developer find the optimum wiring installation routes – allowing costsaving potential to be fully developed.

An integrated change management ensures that development steps can always be reconstructed, even if work is being performed in teams distributed over several locations. To ensure smooth collaboration between
manufacturers and suppliers, PREEvision uses the VDA’s KBL format for geometric data, outputting detailed
harness diagrams with plug connector positions and pin configurations.

Version 7.5 of PREEvision is currently available. In addition to wiring harness development, the tool supports architecture design, requirements engineering, AUTOSAR system design, and the development of safety relevant systems for model-based E/E development in automobile construction.