MILWAUKEE, 11 May 2013.Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ:MENT) unveiled a new tool in its Capital software suite, Capital Harness TVM. The tool automatically generates detailed harness manufacturing process and cost data specific to each harness design, each factory, and each company’s cost models.
Capital Harness TVM is part of the Capital tool suite, an electrical system and wire harness design environment for the aerospace and defense community. The new tool adds rapid, accurate harness manufacturing process modeling and cost calculation capabilities to the Capital “Define-Design-Build-Service” flow.
Capital Harness TVM addresses a critical business dynamic for wire harness suppliers: how to respond rapidly to requests for quotation. Rapid responses, needed to win new business and to accommodate design changes, are challenging because wire harness manufacturing is typically a low-margin business, says a company spokesperson. Capital Harness TVM provides rapid, detailed manufacturing cost data and supports process choice and sourcing decisions, delivering total value management.
“Accurate, fast and repeatable cost calculations are a key to any harness manufacturer’s competitive capability. Capital Harness TVM not only helps harness manufacturers win business profitably, it is also a platform for other activities such as value engineering and process optimization,” explains Jeremy Tibbett, director of engineering at LEONI Region Americas. “I am particularly impressed that Mentor Graphics has created a standard product that is, nevertheless, highly flexible and able to protect company IP in this critical area.”
Capital Harness TVM is a native Capital application, able to act directly on design data generated by other Capital tools; it can also read data in several standard formats, including the emerging KBL standard. Capital Harness TVM can be implemented either as part of an extended Capital flow or standalone; data can also be received from the Mentor mid-market VeSys product or from other industry tools.