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P&ID Designs with SOLIDWORKS Electrical

By Cameron Cintula on May 31, 2021

Process and instrumentation diagrams are comprised of various mechanical and electrical components. A total P&ID schematic will show the association of the operation hardware and the entirety of the instrumentation used to control it. The information inside these plans can fluctuate from easy to complex. SOLIDWORKS Electrical is intended to help sort out this information in P&ID drawings and join these drawings straightforwardly with the electrical schematic drawings.

Design Library

When you want to incorporate P&ID design in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, you will probably start with a library to add your P&ID data to. It is good practice to create a user-made library for this data along with a classification to keep everything organized. You can create sub-classifications as well for the more specific data sets.

With an active subscription, you can visit the Electrical Content Portal and download .tewzip file sets for P&ID design. This will include information like symbols and manufacturer parts. To access the Electrical Content Portal, you will go to the Help tab on the ribbon menu. If this is the first time visiting the portal, you will need to click on the Update Subscription icon. From here click on the icon labeled Online Content.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Content Portal 1

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Content Portal 2Wire Style Manager

SOLIDWORKS Electrical sees an inserted wire as just a line with metadata running in the background. So, this gives the user the ability to configure a “wire” in the wire style manager to represent a hose. By filling out certain property fields the user can create a group within the wire style manager and create hoses.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Property Fields>> When Do You Need SOLIDWORKS Routing?

Best Practices

Good practices involving electrical 3D will still need to be followed. For example, if you have two valves interconnected by a hose, the user will need to first represent these valves in the 2D schematic side of the application. Then, using the group of “wires” set up to be hoses from the wire style manager, insert the hose connecting the valves. Once it comes to the hose routing and automation on the 3D side of the application, add a CPoint to the P&ID parts that attach to the hose.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical C PointThe CPoint is going to let the tool know that a hose will be routed to this part. As for knowing what hoses connects to what part, this is all being driven by the initial design on the 2D schematic.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Hose PathHose Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D can simulate hoses by adjusting the wire diameter property. This can be configured from within the wire style manager. Select the desired hose you created and from within its properties go to the section that says Cabling. There will be a property field here called Diameter and this is where you can enter the diameter of the hose. This property will be reflected in the 3D route. If the hose is already routed in 3D and you make a change to the diameter after the fact, you will need to re-run the route.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical is a robust electrical design package with many powerful functions and tools to help you design and document electrical schematics quickly and accurately. Using P&ID, designing becomes a painless process while efficiently managing your deliverables!

Watch the on-demand webinar below for a deep dive into P&ID in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. Learn how to design more efficiently with intelligent diagrams, routing pipes/hoses, P&ID symbols and the P&ID reporting in Electrical. 

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