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Electrical Design Page 1
November 30, 2020
When it comes to electrical design, one could assume that there are going to be inconsistencies and design errors, especially when it comes to larger projects with multiple designers involved. Fixing these mistakes before your project reaches the production stage will help reduce design time and cost, and luckily there is a tool to help locate these issues!
SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic uses intelligent symbols for the development of electrical, P&ID, schematic and general arrangement diagrams. The symbols supplied represent a variety of electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic processes, and instrumentation devices. The symbols are DWG file types that are inserted into drawings as blocks. Symbol intelligence is obtained from attributes that hold relevant information applied during the design process. SOLIDWORKS Electrical lets the user create a symbol completely from scratch for those unique circumstances where there may not be an ANSI or IEC symbol available for an electrical device.
As electrical designers chip away at an electrical task, it is common for them to work together and share appropriate information while keeping design standards and workflows in place. Knowing the status of a project, previewing schematics and having access to BOM's is not only beneficial to the electrical design team but beneficial to all teams in an organization. Fortunately, there is a way to integrate electrical projects with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional using the SOLIDWORKS Electrical PDM connector tool.
An electrical connector is an electro-mechanical interface device between different electrical circuits. There are thousands of connector types but predominantly they consist of plugs which contain a male pin connection and a jack which has a female socket connection. Connectors can be displayed in different ways in pin-out and schemes, as whole connectors on a single drawing or split across multiple drawings as individual pins. In this blog article, we will discuss how to insert and configure electrical connectors in SOLIDWORKS Electrical.
As we've been exploring how to build a better electrical parts library in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, we've looked at set up of libraries, classification and how to import external or custom data. Having all your project-specific or company-specific data in one place helps you speed up your design process and also makes it easier to have access to all your part details. But how do you stay in control of who views or edits your libraries? How can you keep them organized? In part three of this series, we walk through the steps to relocate data within libraries, delete certain data and manage access permissions.
SOLIDWORKS Electrical comes with a huge default library of common parts right out of the box, which is very helpful in getting started right away. However, there could come a time where you will need to expand this library with more parts that better fit your project needs. Fortunately, there are different import options that allow you to easily add data to your SOLIDWORKS Electrical libraries. In this article, we will go over how to download, import and manually enter new part data.
SOLIDWORKS Electrical uses libraries to keep data in a centralized area for access during the design process. It will assist with keeping data organized and aids designers when searching for a specific piece of data. One of the great things about this software is that SOLIDWORKS has a database of over half a million manufacturing parts for you to use when designing so you can shrink development time by reusing many common circuits and symbols without having to add them from scratch each time. In part one of this new series, we go over how to set up your libraries and classifications to hold all this data.
With SOLIDWORKS Electrical, design engineers have the ability to import DWG or DXF legacy designs from another electrical CAD tool. The software contains 2D drafting tools that allow for the editing of electrical drawings. With SOLIDWORKS Electrical, engineers can reduce design time. In this article, I show you how to import legacy designs into SOLIDWORKS Electrical.
Having backups or duplicate copies of files is crucial to any workflow. We cannot predict everything that will happen on a machine, but we can attempt to prepare for everything that will happen. SOLIDWORKS Electrical is managed by SQL, so we cannot just copy and paste files to a backup location. Instead (and luckily), SOLIDWORKS Electrical comes equipped with a backup process that saves all pertinent information (libraries, projects, etc.) to a single file. This can make life much easier for you should anything happen to your hardware.
When it comes to designing a project, it is important to use revision management to track and control any changes that were done. Revision notes are important in the design process because they will specify who designed, approved and validated each revision in the project. This blog article explains how to use revision control which is beneficial for the user to track project design changes, making for a clear understanding of past, current and future designs.
SOLIDWORKS Electrical can generate various reports for a project. Reports in this case are sets of data that show information applied in the specific project. Some of the most common reports are bill of materials (BOMs), list of wires, list of cables and drawing list. Users may want to modify a report to present data in a different format to better meet their needs and to provide additional information. Knowing how to alter a report is very important because it can enable the user to read and understand data easily. In this blog article, I will show you some tips and tricks to modify reports inside SOLIDWORKS Electrical.