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Increasing Design Productivity with AutoCAD Electrical

AutoCAD for electrical controls design

Getting Started with AutoCAD Electrical: Basic Schematic Design

On-Demand Available

This 30 minute session will cover the creation of a simple latching circuit using the AutoCAD Electrical schematic design tools. We will demonstrate how using the standard symbol libraries and component insertion tools can increase design productivity by 20% or more over using standard AutoCAD for schematic design.

Some features we will present include:

  • Automatic component and wire number tagging
  • Rung and wire insertion
  • Catalog part number lookups and assignments


Simple Methods to Improve Basic Panel Layout Creation

On-Demand Available

This 30 minute session will cover the creation of panel layout drawings. Where the schematic designs cover the logical portion of a controls design, the panel layout tools will assist in the creation of the 2D physical design. AutoCAD Electrical enables the designer to start with either the schematic or panel design and reuse the existing design data to easily complete the other half of the project. The included tools increase productivity and eliminate costly design errors when duplicating data inputs in the different design environments.

Some of the features we will present include:

  • Schematic and Panel Lists
  • Terminal Strip Editor
  • Wire Annotations


Reports: Eliminate Manual Data Entry and Typographical Errors

On-Demand Available

This 30 minute session will cover extracting data from the drawings to provide detailed and accurate reports based on the electrical project data. Any data entered into the drawings can be extracted into reports. All reports created are 100% accurate and these tools completely eliminate manual data entry, typographical errors, etc. And since the tools are a simple electronic process, they are almost instantaneous, saving hours or even days of manual effort.

Some of the report features covered will include:

  • Bill of Material
  • Wire From/To
  • Wire Labels
  • Automatic Reports


Take the Pain Out of Managing Configuration

On-Demand Available

This 30 minute session will cover the configuration options in AutoCAD Electrical. Included with the software is 17 different symbol libraries including those for IEC, NFPA, JIS, GB, and AS design styles. Configuring AutoCAD Electrical for each of these different standards is a relatively painless process when using the included dialog box wizards and Help files. Since almost every company has some unique processes, workflow, and symbols. To accommodate these differences, AutoCAD Electrical is extremely flexible with its configuration options. Since the configurations are stored with the project, users can change to completely different styles of design as easily as activating a different project.

Some of the configuration options covered will include:

  • Component Tags
  • Wire Number Tags
  • Cross Reference Formats
  • Ladder Styles


Huge Productivity Gains with Automation Tools

On-Demand Available

This 30 minute session will provide a very quick overview of some the most productive enhancing automation tools included with AutoCAD Electrical. These tools provide huge productivity gains compared to completely the tasks manually, sometimes as much as 40%! Tools like the Spreadsheet to PLC tool will automatically create a series of drawings from data formatted in a spreadsheet file. The Circuit Build tool enables you to either insert standard circuits or configure the circuit to match specific options or requirements. Even as mundane a task as updating the title blocks for a series of drawings in a project can be completed automatically. You can even edit component data project wide using spreadsheet functionality.

Some of the Automation tools covered include:

  • SS2PLC
  • Spreadsheet Editing
  • Circuit Builder
  • Title Block Updates


Custom Content for Unique Design Needs

On-Demand Available

This 30 minute session will a quick look at the tools included with AutoCAD Electrical for the creation of custom components. AutoCAD Electrical includes thousands of electrical symbols in 17 different libraries, and over one million different part numbers in the part catalog database. Even with all of this data, every company has custom part number and symbols that are used to create their unique designs. Included with the software are tools to make the creation of this custom data much simpler.

Some of the customization tools covered include:

  • Part Catalog Database Editor
  • Symbol Builder tool
  • Icon Menu tool


Chaos to Order with Autodesk Vault Data Management

On-Demand Available

This 30 minute session will demonstrate the seamless integration between AutoCAD Electrical and the Autodesk Vault data management system. Studies show that designers can spend up to 20% of their time simple searching for drawings and data needed to complete a design. Autodesk Vault provides the tools to manage all design data from many different file types. Basically, if it’s stored on a hard drive, it can be managed by Vault. In addition to searching tools, Vault also provides powerful document control, managing who can view and edit files and who cannot.

Some of the Autodesk Vault and AutoCAD Electrical integration features covered include:

  • Vault Status Symbols
  • Vault Where Used and other search tools
  • Vault Revision and Version Control
  • Vault Workflow Management


Bridging the ElectroMechanical Design Gap with AutoCAD Electrical and Autodesk Inventor

On-Demand Available

This 30 minute session will demonstrate the electrical data exchange between AutoCAD Electrical and Autodesk Inventor, effectively bridging the gap between the 2D schematic or logical design, and the 3D physical design environments. 3D designs provide the means to visualize a design in a virtual environment before committing the resources necessary to create the machine or components in the real world. Linking the 3D data to the schematic design enables users to create harnesses and Nailboard drawings virtually saving expensive rework and scrap costs when wire bundles just don’t fit correctly. Creating a virtual design aids in the consistency of the assembly and provides data necessary to cut and manufacture assemblies effectively.

Some the Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical interface features covered include:

  • Catalog Browser Part Placement
  • Real Time Syncing of Design Data
  • Wire Routing
  • Nailboard drawing creation