In order to facilitate the functional checks special objects exist in the E3.series library, including power sources, fuses, switches, complex devices and loads. Power supplies allow the user to stimulate the circuit while fuses monitor the inline current. Switches can be activated allowing current to pass between their contacts, and complex devices such as relays are configured to open or close auxiliary contacts based on the coil operation.
During the analysis and design phase the current value and direction is constantly monitored at pin level. Voltage drop is monitored at each pin to determine the effectivity of the circuit. Inline fuses will fail should their tolerance be exceeded. This allows users to correct designs during the prototype or development phase – long before products enter the manufacturing stage.
Switches and contacts within the design are controlled by the voltage and current passing through the circuit. Energizing a coil will open and close auxiliary contacts, which in turn enables or disables current flow in other sections of the design simulating the real-life operation of the circuit. As current passes through to the load, objects such as lamps or motors voltage are checked and success or failure information is fed back to the user.
Design for manufacture
E3.eCheck complements the comprehensive capabilities of E3.series. With its electrically-aware component library, specifically-designed kernel and numerous design rule checks, it is optimized for electrical design. Connector mates, connector pin terminals and cavity seals are automatically assigned and short-circuits and incorrect part usage is prevented, ensuring that
correct design data is always available for manufacturing.