Concept Engineering has announced the launch of E-engine, an online, reactive schematic visualisation solution for use in automotive service centres. E-engine renders schematics of specific problem areas in automotive electrical systems based on Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC) generated by the vehicle itself or technician input, accelerating the repair operation dramatically.
E-engine, produced from proven technology in the semiconductor design arena, is a powerful schematic rendering system that has been used by engineers to visualise complex electronic semiconductors consisting of hundreds of millions of transistors. Concept Engineering has now applied this approach to the automotive industry to enable focused, informative online documentation produced directly from design data that allows the rapid identification and repair of vehicle issues.
“Live rendering apps such as Google Maps transformed the way we access and leverage information, allowing us to rapidly derive and focus on key details through a myriad of irrelevant data,” noted Gerhard Angst, chief executive officer of Concept Engineering. “We have applied this principle to automotive repair, greatly accelerating the diagnosis of vehicle defects in the same, revolutionary manner.”
Accelerating automotive repair
Vehicle electronic systems have dramatically evolved over the last few years, and this will continue as autonomous driving and other advanced capabilities become commonplace. This changes the nature of automotive service, introducing complex electronic diagnosis into service centres. E-engine is designed to address this new need by accelerating the diagnosis of issues that can otherwise require hours to identify.
The E-engine generated schematics are clear and easy to read, providing additional information as required, such as component detail, making automotive service efficient and easy. Schematics are derived from a database produced directly from the original development Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems eliminating translation errors and reducing authoring effort. This process also allows vehicle detail to be immediately updated in the case of design changes.
The database contains information on vehicle variants and other design changes based on individual Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) for increased accuracy. The schematics are viewed on a web browser, allowing for the use of tablets or PCs for easy access with no installation overhead.