In electrical design, how we choose to represent connections between electrical devices in our schematics is often open to interpretation. If we’re not careful, our design intent can be easily miscommunicated to the reader, leading to potentially disastrous results. “The danger is in the details,” as they say. SOLIDWORKS Electrical provides some powerful methods of ensuring that nothing is lost in translation, but many designers frequently overlook them. Today’s blog will focus on how you can avoid costly and time-consuming errors in testing and assembly, by spending just a bit more time clarifying your schematic connections. Let’s begin.
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December 29, 2021
Each year, SOLIDWORKS seeks to outdo itself with hundreds of sweeping enhancements to its diverse and ever-expanding portfolio of engineering, manufacturing and design solutions. SOLIDWORKS Electrical, in particular, received quite a few significant enhancements this year, making documenting your electromechanical systems more streamlined than ever before. With this article, I wanted to highlight some of what I consider to be the most impactful updates for those considering whether it'd make sense to upgrade sooner rather than later.
On the road to becoming an engineer, what they don’t tell you about is how much menial labor goes into documenting and supporting an electrical system you’ve helped design. Sourcing spec sheets, entering project data cell-by-cell into Excel, and if something changes, recalling with perfect clarity the numerous places that need to be updated. It can be very easy to spend just as much time documenting a project as drafting it!
In a recent poll of 2,000 Americans, the inquiry found that 8 out of 10 respondents said they had one place in their home that seemed impossible to keep clean. While I’d love to claim otherwise, I’m sorry to report I fall well within the bell curve on this one. With the introduction of our two children to our family, our storage room has devolved into chaos accumulating into an eclectic assortment of tools, clothes, computer parts, and banished toys. So what’s keeping me from rolling up my sleeves and sorting it out? Quite simply, it’s overwhelming. Where to even begin? And with such precious little time in each passing day and so many distractions, it’s easy to get pulled away compounding the problem further.
A lot of the same can be said about electrical design; how often have you made it partway through a project, looked back and thought, “Oh no, this is a bit of a mess. Where is that part again?” Today we are talking about how to get your electrical components better organized within SOLIDWORKS Electrical.
Developing electrical systems can often feel like planning an event. There are many moving parts, lots of unknowns, and the requirements can quickly shift and evolve as the date draws closer. Suppose it’s something you put together annually or multiple times a year - it would only make sense to save the numbers of your favorite vendors, prepare your invitations and mailing addresses and overall tighten down your process to save time in the future. As with anything, having the right tools can help. SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic is a fantastic electrical design solution that can help you plan out your system, adapt to changes and automate repeatable procedures to produce high-quality, professional drawings time and time again.
August 4, 2021
Like many of us, a lot of SOLIDWORKS Electrical users recently experienced the need for working remotely. Working remotely presents its challenges and we want to make sure you have the information you need so that you can transition comfortably into your remote workspace so you can successfully complete your tasks.
A SOLIDWORKS Electrical Project Template is used to start a new project with a variety of choices and configurations. Utilizing templates allows you to save time by configuring settings to meet the specific needs of a company or project that may need the same parameters repeated. Any other information needed for a project can also be stored in a project template. Some common areas incorporated into a template are title block, library data, and revisioning style. Once a template is configured, you can easily use it again for future projects that require the same settings.
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.
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.