We have all experienced the ugliness of tangled wires that create a virtual rat's nest that leads to frustration. On a small scale, behind your television or computer desk, that is something you can work through. As an engineer working on schematics that can include thousands of feet of wiring, you must have a system for labeling all of these connections. This will not only help with the build but with maintenance and troubleshooting down the line. Luckily, SOLIDWORKS Electrical has built-in tools that efficiently handles this issue with automated ease.
Electrical Design Page 1
November 30, 2020
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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.