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Mentor Graphics Solves Key Industry Challenges with New CHS Wire Harness Design Tool


Sarah Bartash :
Mentor Graphics Corporation unveiled Capital® HarnessXC™, its next-generation harness design solution for electrical wire harness design and engineering in planes, trains and automobiles. The latest addition to Mentor’s successful CHS™ software family, Capital HarnessXC is the first harness design-to-manufacture product that solves the key challenge of managing design change in a controlled and configurable way. Employing internet-based integration technologies and a unique data-driven graphical styling engine, Capital HarnessXC enables customers who serve different organizations across multiple locations to work with common tools and processes. This facilitates optimal resource utilization and helps drive down design costs, errors and cycle time.

Developed in close consultation with major OEMs and tier one harness makers, Capital HarnessXC leverages both Mentor’s experience as the market-leading supplier of harness design tools and the modern software architecture of CHS. Capital HarnessXC creates engineered and costed harness designs that reflect the full manufacturing bill-of-materials. The product significantly enhances the CHS offering, which provides a data-centric design flow spanning logical systems definition, wiring integration and analysis through to detailed harness engineering.

Martin O’Brien, general manager for Mentor Graphics Integrated Electrical Systems Division, said “Capital HarnessXC raises the bar for harness engineering tools in terms of functionality and configurability. Especially when coupled with the other CHS tools, the product delivers significant customer value via increased organizational flexibility and engineering quality.”

Capital HarnessXC is built on CHS’s extensive data management capability, and offers seamless integration with the CHS electrical design tools. Many capabilities, ranging from component definition and project management to a common user interface, carry directly across the toolset. Capital HarnessXC also introduces a brand new capability to manage design change. The embedded change policy manager enables organizations to configure in detail how design changes are evaluated and applied, whether those changes are authored within CHS or imported from another CAD application. This supports a fully automated design change process that eliminates manual user intervention, a common source of error. This ensures value-add data embellishments can be preserved and re-applied appropriately and automatically. Design change occurs very frequently in this domain, so proper control of change is a critical issue.

A second key technology delivered is Capital HarnessXC’s intelligent styling capability. Harness design drawings must typically be produced in various styles or formats. Capital HarnessXC’s style management functionality uses a sophisticated query engine to render drawings based on the underlying design data and configurable graphical standards. Numerous graphical formats can be defined and applied across different projects. Not only saving costly re-drawing time, this capability maximizes design data re-use and promotes organizational flexibility.

Finally, Capital HarnessXC benefits from CHS’s modern integration infrastructure. Though spanning a wide flow, CHS tools must typically integrate with other enterprise applications. Historically such integrations have been hard to maintain, but CHS employs a modern service-oriented architecture to ensure integration longevity. Several Capital HarnessXC functions (such as data reporting and drawing access) are available as web
services; industry-leading integration with common MCAD packages such as CATIA V5 and Unigraphics NX is provided; and other important CHS tools such as Capital Costing can be fed directly from Capital HarnessXC.

All core CHS products, including Capital HarnessXC, are deployable either as point tools that can be integrated into a multi-vendor flow or in a tightly coupled CHS flow where the full potential of the supporting infrastructure can be leveraged.

Pricing and Availability
Capital HarnessXC will be available in late 2006. Pricing starts at $18,200. More information is available at

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronics, semiconductor and automotive companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of over $725 million and employs approximately 4,050 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. The company has more than 70 offices worldwide, including Detroit, Munich and Tokyo. World Wide Web site:

Mentor Graphics and Capital are registered trademarks, and CHS and Capital HarnessXC are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.


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