Electrical drawing software - with a timesaving workflow
By Thor Vegge
The electrical drawing software PCSCHEMATIC Automation focus on a fast workflow and communication with multiple database and purchasing systems.
As one of the few on the market, the stand-alone software PCSCHEMATIC Automation has all the features you can possible demand from a modern electrical drawing software. But what really saves time is the unique workflow in the program, which takes hand of all ordering information - from the moment you pick the first electrical symbol in the component database, to the moment you get your automatically updated project lists.
Most electrical professionals see the creation of clear and reliable electrical documentation as a necessary evil, and the key issue is how little time you can get away with spending on it.
Most electrical professionals see the creation of clear and reliable electrical documentation as a necessary evil. And the key issue is how little time you can get away with spending on it.
Bearing this attitude in mind, you can do some major time-saving if your electrical drawing software has the following three features:
- Comprehensive component vendor databases, containing electrical symbols for the components you need
- Easy access to place these symbols/ components in your project diagrams, still carrying the connected article data from the databases
- Automatic transferring of this information to project lists, to files that can be transferred to the companys purchasing system, and to the ordering systems of the component vendors
When such a system is fully integrated, you therefore just select the components in the database, place them in your diagrams, and automatically generate the necessary lists and ordering files - without having to type in any component data at all. This is how the electrical drawing software PCSCHEMATIC Automation works.
However, just having these electrical symbols in the databases is not sufficient. The functionality of the program must support this workflow in an intelligent way. When you click on a component in the database, you automatically get a pickmenu containing the electrical symbols for the functions in the component. When you place these symbols in the diagrams, the article data are still attached to the symbols. This enables the program to fill out the project lists automatically.
When you click on a component in the database, you automatically get a menu containing all electrical symbols for the component.
Alternatively, if you know which function you need, but haven not decided which component you wish to use, you just place the electrical symbol for the function in the diagram. Then you can enter the database intelligently, only seeing the components containing this function.
The electrical drawing software handles all practical details
As you place the symbols in the diagrams, the program automatically keeps track of which symbols are used for the components, updates the online references, suggests the next available symbol names etc. This way, the electrical drawing software handles all the practical details, and sets you free to concentrate on the electrical design.
For the mechanical layout, the program enables you to load the mechanical symbols from the databases automatically. And if you are using PLCs, the program is open for import and export to and from PLC tools.
Automatically Updated Lists and Wire numbers
When you have completed the diagrams, the program can automatically update parts, components, cable, terminal, connection and PLC lists. You can specify the criteria for what to include on these lists at a very detailed level.
When the program generates lists for you, they are filled out automatically with ordering data from the components in the database.
All of these lists are an integrated part of the project, and will not have to be created again, when you return to the project at a later stage. You can also freely define the formats of all kinds of list files, so that they match the systems they are exported to - for instance to your purchasing system, a component vendor ordering system etc.
Furthermore, the electrical drawing software also generates graphical cable and terminal plans automatically. It also generates wire numbers automatically, and allows you to export these to wire numbering tools.
Integration and Automatic Translation
It is also possible to integrate the component vendor databases with the companys administrative system. (This is because the program supports both ODBC, MDAC and BDE). In combination with the listing facilities, this means that the purchasing department can save time by merging the partslist files for several projects. For companies in the export business, the built-in module for translation of project texts is also a huge timesaver.
Low cost Flex version
The electrical drawing software PCSCHEMATIC Automation is used in more than 30 countries. The software also exists in a low cost Flex version, which has all the design and automatic list features of the full version, but is limited to the creation of smaller projects.
Get the free version
You can also get the free electrical drawing software PCSCHEMATIC Automation 40.