Building the Digital Thread for Harness Design

There’s no doubt about it: today’s smart, connected products are incredibly complex. They are composed of embedded software, custom processors, flexible circuit boards, sensors, antennas and complicated electrical harnesses. And while these real-world products are complex, their digital representations are even more so.

You see, every aspect of a smart, connected product has one, and perhaps many, digital representations that have evolved over time. The progressive iterations of those digital representations strung together into a single sequence are called a Digital Thread. A Digital Thread exists for each and every aspect of a smart, connected product. One also exists for every assembly, and even for the overall product.

Managing the Digital Thread for all these items is critically important. It allows organizations to manage the configurations of products. It allows them to revisit the state of designs at a specific point in time. It allows companies to comply with some regulatory requirements. The Digital Thread is therefore crucial for practically all manufacturers.

Today, in this post, we’re going to be diving deep into the Digital Thread of harnesses. We’ll answer many questions. What does it encompass? What does it look like over time? Who is involved?

Let’s get started.

Chad Jackson is an Industry Analyst at Lifecycle Insights and publisher of the engineering-matters blog. With more than 15 years of industry experience, Chad covers career, managerial and technology topics in engineering. For more details, visit his profile.

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