Generate electrical cad projects automatically

By Thor Vegge

PCSCHEMATIC Automation is a revolution in electrical CAD software. No less. You can now arrange your workflow, so that you have created 80% of the documentation before you get started.

When creating electrical documentation, you typically apply the same 30-40 subdrawings, which you use in different combinations. These electrical subdiagrams / subdrawings can furthermore have different sets of article data attached, depending on which physical components the electrical symbols in the drawings represent.

In PCSCHEMATIC Automation you can therefore drag these electrical subdiagrams directly into the project pages, and at the same time select which models of the subdiagrams you wish to use - and hereby which article data to attach automatically to the individual electrical symbols in the selected subdrawing.

Just drag in the subdrawings

In the electrical CAD software Automation, this is called ”Module and Model Based Drag’n Draw”. Applying this function, you drag subdrawings into the project from a window in the left-hand side of the screen, and Automation places the selected subdrawing on the active project page with electrical schematics.

The electrical symbols in the subdrawing are assigned article data, depending on which model of the subdrawing you choose. Furthermore, the subdrawing is automatically connected to the drawn electrical diagram - e.g. to the electrical potentials on the page - and the applied symbols are named intelligently by the software. (Our free tutorial videos shows this workflow visually).

No need to draw any more

The revolutionary aspect is therefore that you can now create a complete electrical documentation by just dragging all of the desired documentation parts/elements directly into the project, and the electrical CAD software draws them for you. Practically speaking, you hardly need to draw any longer.

And it is not just subdrawings you can drag into the active project. You can also drag full pages into the project, such as chapter front pages, tables of contents, all types of lists and complete diagram pages. Furthermore, you can even drag other projects into the project.

Electrical CAD workflow revolutionized

To truly grasp the full extent of this, it is important to understand that it opens for a revolutionary fast and simple workflow. You can therefore start a new project by dragging a project template into PCSCHEMATIC Automation. This project can contain the project pages you always need when starting a project, such as tables of contents, chapter front pages, schematics pages and selected list pages.

When you subsequently need for instance more electrical diagram pages with already inserted electrical potentials, you also drag these into the project. Then you drag the desired subdrawings directly into the project pages, where they connect to e.g. the electrical potentials on the page, and the symbols are renamed intelligently.

Article data included automatically

Because the subdrawings have attached article data, you then just update the project lists automatically, and the documentation is now complete. All lists are now filled with article data etc., and you can send the order requisitions to the component vendors.

During the tendering phase of a project, you can therefore quickly get a survey of the total cost of the components, because it can be calculated automatically in the lists.

This is how fast and simple it is.

Concurrent creation of libraries of subdrawings

In order to make this possible, you must, quite obviously, first have created a library containing the set of subdrawings, which your company applies in its electrical documentation projects.

This could sound like a bit of a mouthful, but this has been taken into consideration in the development of the electrical CAD functions. It is therefore easy to create subdrawings as they should have been created in the documentation anyway. Having drawn them once, you can subsequently apply them with different sets of model data in all future projects. Furthermore, it is really simple to copy subdrawings from existing Automation projects.

The electrical CAD saves 80% time

To make it possible for existing and new users to get started quickly, PCSCHEMATIC - and its distributors - offers a consulting service, consisting of an analysis of the already existing electrical documentation. Based on this analysis, the optimal set of subdrawings, models and project templates can be effectively created. This also has the consequence that new users can get started creating complete electrical documentation projects really quickly.

In larger companies, this way of working might result in that just one single person needs to be pointed out as the main responsible for creating the company subdrawings, while the others in future almost only will need to create documentation by dragging templates and subdrawings into projects.

Experiences from the industry suggests that the documentation time can be reduced by up to 80 percent.

Mitsubishi and Siemens subdrawings

At present 47 component manufacturers have created component databases for PCSCHEMATIC, including article data as well as electrical and mechanical symbols for all components in the databases.

Furthermore, Siemens and Mitsubishi have created selected subdrawings, including attached article data, ready to be dragged directly into your diagrams. - So, with a little luck, you might not even have to create some of the subdrawings yourself.