Enhance documentation with hyperlinked multipage PDF files of your schematic diagrams.
Generating reports is simple and customizable. Run multiple reports with a single command.
Built-in tools automatically create and update reports that cover bills of materials (BOMs), from/to wire lists, PLC I/O, terminal plans, cable summaries, and cross-referencing.
Sort and filter data to create customized reports that display only relevant information.
Place reports into an electrical drawing as a smart table object that can be easily updated later or saved to a file.
Easily exchange data with customers or suppliers in native DWG™ file format.
Export terminal data to an XML file that can be imported into Wago ProServe or Phoenix Contact.
Extract a list of schematic components for placement into electrical panel layout drawings.
Choose the panel location and a physical representation of each device to be inserted into the layout. The software automatically creates a link between the device and its representation.
Any changes to the electrical schematic or panel representation update the other nonschematic items, such as wire ducts.
Manage and edit terminals and jumpers to help save time and help increase the accuracy of electrical control designs.
Use the simplified Terminal Strip Editor interface. Easily insert spare terminals or make modifications, such as reversing the left and right wiring information for a terminal. Automatically generate graphical terminal strip layouts based on schematic design information for use in electrical panel layout drawings or terminal plans.
Generate these terminal strips in a graphical or table format. The software automatically populates your terminal strip layouts with the wiring information for each side of the strip.
Replace the typical right-click context menu with marking menus for commands.
Marking menus are context sensitive, based on the type of object you select, and provide quick access to the most commonly used functions for that object, including:
This interaction shortens editing time and improves productivity when creating or editing electrical panel board layouts.
Use enhanced themes, table styles, and intelligent Cut, Copy, and Paste commands, as well as Find links.
The theme of the AutoCAD Electrical interface can be dark or light, depending on your preference. Table styles control text size, style, and margins on reports. Intelligent cut and copy can place selections of objects onto the clipboard, while paste inserts the selection with automatic updates to tags and wire numbers.
Within the Help documentation, the Find link points to a specific icon within the application to help you locate the command.
Assign sequential or reference-based numbers on all wires and components automatically.
AutoCAD Electrical assigns unique wire numbers and component tags in your electrical schematic drawings based on the chosen configuration, reducing the time spent tracking design changes and reducing errors.
If no clear spot is available, the software searches for a clear spot and automatically draws a leader back to the wire.
Dynamically generate rules-based electrical control circuits based on components, wiring, ratings, and catalog data.
Circuit Builder gives you the information to make good electrical engineering decisions that are also environmentally sustainable.
Create electrical schematic designs based on wire material type, ambient temperature, maximum voltage drop, and more. Improve productivity by building commonly used circuits once, and then saving them to be reused later.
AutoCAD Electrical software comes with several hundred thousand standards-based electrical schematic symbols.
A simple, menu-driven system for inserting devices enables you to quickly build standards-based electrical control designs, including pneumatic and hydraulic. Select frequently used devices from a menu. Symbol libraries include support for the following standards:
AutoCAD Electrical also includes all the functionality of AutoCAD design and documentation software, plus a comprehensive set of functions developed specifically for designing electrical control systems. Specialized features enable you to trim wire, copy and delete components or circuits, and scoot and align components.
Catch and remove costly errors before the build phase begins.
AutoCAD Electrical monitors and alerts you to potential design errors as they occur by constantly comparing the requested changes with the current project.
Items such as duplicated wire numbers and component tags are flagged during this error-checking process. Missing or incorrect wire numbers are difficult to identify and can cause real problems downstream; these alerts help to ensure a smooth design process before the electrical schematic gets passed on to manufacturing.
Insert components into your schematic with the catalog information assigned.
Easily add or edit catalog items and assign symbols and 3D parts to the catalog database.
Add the Electrical Catalog Browser to Inventor 3D CAD software 2015 during installation to access 3D electrical parts.
Reduce the risk of too many contacts assigned to a relay, and minimize time spent manually tracking assignments.
AutoCAD Electrical sets up parent/child relationships between coils and contacts. It keeps track of how many contacts are assigned to any coil or multicontact device and alerts you if you exceed the limit.
Define a project’s I/O assignments in a spreadsheet program to create a comprehensive set of PLC I/O drawings.
Automatically generate drawings per the drawing configuration, complete with ladders, I/O modules, addresses and description text, and component and terminal symbols connected to each I/O point. This report exports to the PLC (programmable logic controller) program, virtually eliminating the need to create those drawings manually.
Use component libraries from the industry’s most popular vendors to create standards-based electrical designs that comply with industry requirements.
The software includes a manufacturer database of more than 650,000 components and symbols, such as switches, push buttons, relays, contacts, and terminals. In addition, choose from an extensive library of pneumatic, hydraulic, and P&ID devices.
Compete globally with support for international standards that help you meet your geographic design requirements. Supported standards include: