The vehicle electrical system is an extremely complex component in modern vehicles. Overall, the optimization of a complex wiring system represents a major challenge, especially under the pressure of fully leveraging weight reduction and cost-cutting potential.
Today, this process is the established procedure in series development and is usually also applied in close cooperation between OEM and Tier 1 partners. Especially the area of wiring harness engineering is usually completely in the hands of the suppliers. The OEMs usually only get back the results of the engineering process as result data in drawings and hardware.
Even if this distribution of tasks works well for the series production process, it remains a major challenge for an optimization approach. When OEM´s want to optimize their vehicle electrical system – whether before SOP or later as part of a facelift – the OEM often has neither the necessary data, the hardware tested in durability testing, nor a suitable tool to implement the changes and evaluate them quickly.
The OEM tests its vehicles in endurance tests until shortly before SOP. In order to reduce the enormous pressure at the end of the development time and to avoid unpleasant surprises, a tool chain is needed that provides high-quality data during the concept and development phase, which is kept synchronized with the electrological side and the mechanical side on a daily basis.
IPS Cable Simulation enables this potential and can be used as a seamless process tool. In addition, it offers the first ever validated cable concept in an early phase of the process.