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During my times at my resellers around the world, one thing was always common. That was the huge number of people/companies still using AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT (sometimes Visio and even MS Paint) to do Electrical Schematics.


I mean, trying to draw something like this here, manually, every wire number, angled tee, trim, cut, extended... AAAAHHH

Then.. the worst thing imaginable, someone changes something that affects the whole project, having to trace through everything finding every linked component, updated wire number, and lost child reference... my head hurts.


So, why go to AutoCAD Electrical, if you haven't already come across it.


1 - AutoCAD Electrical comes as standard with over 2000 standards-based schematic symbols, AS, IEC, GB, NFPA, IEEE, JIC, and JIS.

Connected to a huge database of manufactures details, this will auto-populate your BOM.

Yes, you heard me, AUTO POPULATE YOUR BOM..... no more manual table creation.


2 - Automatic Wire Numbering and component tagging.

I don't think I really need to say much after that.

You can automatically assign unique wire numbers and component tags to your symbols and wires, The AutoCAD Electrical Project file tracks these values and can reduce the amount of design time checking along with errors


3 - As I mentioned in number 1, BOMs or more specifically in this case, Automatic reporting.

BOM, Wire schedules, Cable lists, Wire number lists, PLC I\O summaries.

No More manual creation of tables, all of the information is there waiting for you to pull out.


4 - Real-time Error checking and Cross-referencing.

Whether is a duplicate component or wire number, real-time check to see if you are going to run into some issues and errors.

As AutoCAD Electrical comes with a huge database of components and details, these details include pin lists, you can see in real-time how many contactors and pins you have used from a parent component so you don't over assign. it will also warn you if you do.


Do I need to Continue?


5 - Automatically create PLC I/O drawings from spreadsheets

6 - Reuse existing drawings with the Copy Project

7 - Link your AutoCAD Electrical design directly with Inventor's 3D modeling capability

8 - AutoCAD Electrical has Electrical Specific drafting commands,



All in all, you will save a ton of time moving your electrical schematics over to AutoCAD Electrical, you will create drawings faster, with fewer mistakes meaning your'e getting things done quicker and ultimately cheaper.


Come and talk to us at CROSSTECH, Our Owner Ian has been implementing and training AutoCAD Electrical for over 12 years.




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