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SOLIDWORKS Electrical greatly simplifies 2D electrical schematic creation by providing intelligent design tools and a comprehensive parts database. Bi-directional integration in real time with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD makes both electrical and mechanical engineers more productive and enables better collaboration, and ensures integrated Bills of Materials (BOMS) and project data.

The result is fewer product delays, more consistent and standardised designs, lower costs and faster time-to-market.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical is available in three versions: 

SOLIDWORKS Electrical: for 2D dynamic electrical schematic creation

SOLIDWORKS Electrical accelerates electrical system design with efficient schematic design capabilities.

  • Reuse portions of existing circuits in new designs to speed development and maintain consistency.
  • 2D schematic creation for electrical and control systems for your projects. Includes:
  • Unique intelligent schematic tool that supports multi-use design
  • Harness detailing tools
  • Comprehensive library of nearly 500,000 standard electrical parts
  • Integrated single-line and multi-line schematic planning tools
  • Dynamic context-sensitve user interface
  • SQL database architecture enables multiple users to work on projects concurrently
  • Copy and paste circuits to reuse designs across projects
  • Direct import of existing DWG and DXF symbols
  • 4,000 symbols for use in electrical schematics
  • Circuit symbol creation wizard
  • Customisable symbol and macros palettes
  • Fully automated generation of PLC schematic, terminal strip drawing and support documents
  • Integration with SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM
  • Complete library managers for symbols, footprints, title blocks, macros, cables and part references, including customisable ERP connectivity for standard parts.

 

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D*

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D enables you to use your schematic data from SOLIDWORKS Electrical with your overall mechanical design, opening up a new level of productivity. Concurrent design between electrical and mechanical teams can now be a reality - in real time.

  • Real-time bi-directional updates between 2D and 3D synchronise electomechanical design, so everything stays coordinated throughout development
  • Integration of the 2D schematic with the 3D model helps standardise designs and unify your BOMs to reduce mistakes and delays
  • Placement of the electrical system and cables/wires in your 3D model enables planning of specific locations and paths for consistent product manufacturing
  • Access to electrical project data from 3D or 2D
  • Automated electrical cable, harness, and wiring routing capability
  • Wire and cable path tools including automated cable wire segregation
  • Links to SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM software (sold separately).
    * Requires SOLIDWORKS CAD software (sold separately)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional

SOLIDWORKS Electrical and SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D combined in one convenient package for creating both electrical schematics and 3D models.

Combine both 2D schematic creation and 3D electrical system modelling.
Single installation and licensing step
* Requires SOLIDWORKS CAD software (sold separately)

 

Benefits of integrating 2D Electrical With 3D Mechanical

Eliminate Hidden Costs

Prevent mistakes and extra costs with your 3D model and schematic linked bi-directionally in real time, as well as a combined BOM for electrical and mechanical.

Reduce Manufacturing Defects and Scrap

With items selected during schematic creation added to the 3D model, you can ensure fit, check for collision/clash, calculate lengths, plan for efficient material usage, and reduce scrap. Documentation is better and more consistent throughout development, reducing mistakes.

Improve Time-to-Market

Coordinating electrical and mechanical functions enables teams to work in parallel to save time. Specific time-saving benefits include combining mechanical and electrical BOMs to streamline production planning and faster planning of cable/wire/harness paths using the 3D model.

Ensure Consistent Manufacturing and Assembly

Including electrical information from the schematic in the 3D model enables detailed planning, documentation, and visualisation of overall product design, helping to ensure consistent assembly from unit to unit.

Streamline Development To Reduce Costs

Faster design, better communication between departments, synchronised plans, up-to-date documentation and shorter time-to-market all add up to reduced costs throughout the product lifecycle.

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Improving Tooling Connectivity Design and Collaboration with SOLIDWORKS Solutions

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Applied Robotics

Applied Robotics, Inc. is a leading global provider of specialised end-of-arm tooling and connectivity solutions for the automation and robotics industries. Founded in 1983, the ISO-9001- registered company has focused on boosting efficiencies and improving manufacturing processes since its inception. Applied Robotics works with other leading robotic manufacturers to provide customers with the latest automation technologies and solutions to satisfy complex automation needs. The company then designs and manufactures innovative automation service solutions, including tool change systems, collision sensors, grippers and connection systems.

Applied Robotics standardised on SOLIDWORKS solutions - implementing SOLIDWORKS Premium mechanical design and analysis software, and SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic design software - because they are easy to use, are well known among the engineering professionals that the company wants to recruit, and provide a cleaner, more integrated approach to mechanical and electrical schematics design.

Challenge

Improve the handling of the mechanical and electrical aspects of end-of-arm tooling and connectivity solutions development.

Solution

Implement SOLIDWORKS Premium mechanical design and analysis software, and SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic design software solutions,

Benefits

  • Enhanced quality of electrical schematics
  • Improved recruitment of trained designers to support growth
  • Realised more cost-effective electrical schematics solution
  • Facilitated system assembly

"We're collaborating more effectively since we switched to SOLIDWORKS because the combined solution simplifies things."
Tom Marcella, Solutions Manager, Applied Robotics

Read how by using SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic software, Applied Robotics has not only improved the quality of its electrical schematics, it has also realised better collaboration and documentation, resulting in productivity improvements during both design and assembly of its innovative automation solutions.