WILSONVILLE, Ore.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 22, 2007— Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced today Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has chosen to standardize on Mentor Graphics CHS(TM) flow for the design of helicopter electrical wiring systems. Bell will deploy CHS's powerful electrical system design, analysis, and integration software coupled with the CHS harness engineering and costing tools.
This front-to-back CHS flow provides Bell with significantly
enhanced engineering productivity by automating time-consuming tasks
and providing a means to virtually prototype the electrical
architecture before it's built. CHS provides the ability to manage the
intricacies of complex electrical information and represents the data
in a form that promotes design reuse. Using CHS to bring electrical
analysis earlier in the design process will allow Bell to validate
that performance requirements and constraints are met early, thereby
reducing the costs associated with test lab verification.
"Bell has over 50 years of flight innovation. As a premier
aircraft development company, we are constantly improving our
processes. Electrical design changes are a key source of engineering
costs and are often in the development schedule critical path. CHS
will enable our engineers to manage smart design data, to innovate
faster with fewer obstacles. CHS is a key component to helping Bell
Helicopter address corporate business objectives," stated Elaine
Vaught, senior vice president engineering, Bell Helicopter.
Bell Helicopter's adoption of CHS harness engineering and costing
tools means that manufacturing-oriented data can be readily shared
throughout the design process, including to the harness suppliers.
This not only encourages a design-for-manufacture outlook but also
supports robust design change processes. The core strength of CHS is
its ability to represent and manage the types of electrical design
data and the associated complexity found in aerospace products. Its
data-centric architecture, together with a comprehensive data model
tuned to meet aerospace demands, manages the data in a form that
allows management and reuse along the entire design process.
CHS allows the engineer to focus on design tasks by providing an
"in-context" design environment. This allows the engineer to interact
with the data in the context of a particular vehicle or configuration
instead of incurring manual checking tasks to ensure complexity
compliance. Throughout the design process CHS can share data with MCAD
and PDM systems by using industry-standard protocols, thereby
providing Bell Helicopter additional benefits across the enterprise.
"By adopting CHS, Bell Helicopter is taking a very strong position
in the deployment of these modern technologies. The electrical system
architecture is very complex in aircraft. By standardizing on CHS,
Bell will achieve cost, reliability and time-to-market advantages in
terms of part number control, design error reduction, and
architectural optimization," said Martin O'Brien, general manager,
Mentor's Integrated Electrical Systems Division.
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