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Designing wiring harnesses for sustainability

The need for more sustainably designed products is due to a lack of critical materials and growing customer demand for green products. Maintaining sustainability in the wiring harness industry requires a high level of transparency. This can be accomplished by creating an end-to-end digitized process chain.

Comprehensive digital twin technology enables wiring harness manufacturers to create more sustainable electrical and electronic (E/E) systems by using Capital™ software and Teamcenter® Product Cost Management (TcPCM) software, a part of the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio.

Read this white paper to learn how to achieve more sustainability by addressing weight, recyclability, and the carbon footprint with the comprehensive digital twin.

Three design goals help design a more sustainable product

The design stage of a product is estimated to influence 80% of a product's lifecycle environmental impact so it is essential in creating more sustainable products. By addressing the following design goals wiring harness manufacturers can achieve more sustainability:

  • Weight

  • Recyclability

  • Carbon footprint

Weight reduction has the ability to decrease the environmental impact during the use-phase. Designing a wiring harness for recyclability reduces emissions caused by the mining and production processes of raw materials, saves energy and water and reduces negative impacts from improper waste disposal. By substituting materials and choosing between different wire specifications, manufacturers can reduce the carbon footprint of a wiring harness.

Capital, TcPCM and SiGREEN speed up design, creates a PCF and opens a door to relevant data

With its generative workflow, using Capital enables users to rapidly design, iterate and optimize as early as possible in the development process. TcPCM can be used to calculate a static product carbon footprint (PCF). As a PCF management solution as a service, users can leverage SiGREEN to enable requesting, calculating and peer-to-peer sharing of footprint data with Catena-X compliant calculations and data models. This provides a gateway to relevant data, partners and backend infrastructure that is connected throughout the supply chain.

Read this white paper to discover how to achieve a high level of transparency to maintain sustainability with an end-to-end digitized process chain.