Lucas Rists

Lucas Rists (now owned by Leoni Wiring Systems www.leoni.com) developed and supplied wiring harnesses and cables to European vehicle manufacturers. Headquartered in Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK, the business employed around 5,000 people in factories in Europe and North Africa.

Starting in the early 1980's we helped Lucas Rists select and install an IBM CADAM system. For use with this system, we designed and developed a wide range of software to help analyse and productionise automotive wiring harnesses. We developed interfaces to allow AutoCAD systems to be used for data entry and verification. Subsequently product databases and harness layup board design and cutting options were also developed and interfaces with production control and customer CAD systems were added.

The software we produced for Lucas Rists included such functions as wire routing, wire length calculations, automatic scaling routines, wire bundle diameter calculation, optimum splice positioning and harness topology analysis. At the time this system was acknowledged to be well ahead of all other wiring harness systems in use within the automotive industry.

Lucas Rists