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SOLIDWORKS: How to Manage Circuits in Part Definition with SOLIDWORKS Schematic

How to Manage Circuits in Part Definition with SOLIDWORKS Schematic   Having the right part definition is extremely important to round out components and complete a project.  In a past blog, I took a look at the way content (Content is King) can be added or created within the SOLIDWORKS Schematic tool.  More specifically, I want to take a look at how importing a list of part references and new functionality can help you round out your parts list.   Import from the Manufacturer parts manager allows you to import that customized list of references in order to integrate them into the catalogs.     On launching the command, the Import Wizard opens. You

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SOLIDWORKS: Macros Redux For the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Project

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Macros Redux For the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Project   Several years past, I took a look at macro functions within the SOLIDWORKS Schematic tool.  Macros are a predefined section of symbols and circuits that speed up our design with reuse of existing work. The advantage being that instead of having to open an existing project and copy – paste, users can simply place a macro on any project from the library panel and place on a page.   A new addition to the software in recent years is the Project Macro. Project macros fill in the gap where regular scheme macros fall short. A project macro can be made up

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SOLIDWORKS: Electrical Schematic Testing & Connectivity to Servers

Electrical Schematic Testing & Connectivity to Servers Have you been trying to get that one client upgrade to a Service Pack, or maybe it has upgraded and will not seem to connect? I dug into my old bag of tools and found this one that seems to point in the direction of the problem. PDM Connectivity Test Tool   Using the tool is a few simple clicks and the log file it generates will usually point to the problem area very quickly. Note: ensure .NET4 and Telnet client is installed on the system before running tests.   Specify tests to run: Check the areas you want to pinpoint.   Archive

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS Electrical I/O Wire Numbering – #SW2017

Mark Wires with the Same Value as I/O Address Connected   Rollout the red carpet for this highly requested enhancement.   Many users had the need to name their wires based off of the PLC channel or terminal they are connected to.  Rather than the manual method by editing each wire name individually, with SOLIDWORKS 2017, you can now run the necessary rule to get the desired result.   In a previous blog, Device Wiring , I showed you how to use a formula to get wire numbering from existing data.  Now we have a tool that will do that for us without the forumla.     You can set the

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D Assemblies – #SW2017

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D Assemblies   New to SOLIDWORKS 2017 Schematic is the ability for users to associate existing (external) SOLIDWORKS assembly files to the project or locations needed.  We no longer have to create a brand new assembly file with some random number just to work with SW Electrical (Read my previous blog here). We can simply point to an existing assembly.   The SOLIDWORKS cabinet layout tool in the Process tab is renamed to SOLIDWORKS assembly.   This is particularly important for existing customers who already have a specific naming scheme that cannot be changed.  Users of PDM particularly will find this a great enhancement as this fits into

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3D Assemblies for SOLIDWORKS Schematic – Rename

When you are at the point in your process and you are creating 3D content, you are adding SOLIDWORKS assembly files to the project.   You are able to create an assembly for each location and the top level project assembly (Read my previous blog here).  While the descriptions of the assembly will appear in the document browser, they will be named an arbitrary numbered name in the SOLIDWORKS Schematic. That assembly name might not work well with your process or just in general.  That being said, you are able to change the assembly name of the SOLIDWORKS assembly to the naming desired. Simply RMB on the assembly you wish to

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical – Setting the stage for 3D – Locations

Often times in putting together projects or designs, we know we are going to need to place components in a 3D space.  Many of those times, we worry about the 3D assembly much later than we should.  The Location functionality inside of SOLIDWORKS Electrical is a great tool to use in organizing the project as well as setting up your 3D project work. First off, the Location is a place.  It can be a higher level description and contain nested Locations to define projects further.  For example, I could have a Control Panel, with a Cabinet, Back Plane and Door Locations within that top level "Panel" Location. Every electrical component in

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How to Automate SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics!

Do you like SOLIDWORKS Configurations?  Does automated creation of a few schematic drawings catch your interest?   Then you might want to check out the new SP3 release of 2016 SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic.  SOLIDWORKS snuck in a nice little bit of functionality called XLS Automation for doing just that.   This new functionality seems to be working very well in a few test runs that I have done.  I've summarized some of the process for using this great little command below.  Go ahead and check it out!  I would also like to caution that this is not really intended for users new to the software. The high level description would be

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic: Label it!

Generating reports and the automatic generation of tables is one of the more widely known uses of the information in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic.  I feel one of the most underused and most useful applications of the schematic information is in a connection label. A connection label is a representation of a device in terms of connections.  With labels being a symbol, displaying information is available in whatever way the end user would like. Connection labels have many attributes that could be displayed.  For example, a label would display the numbers of the material terminals, the equipotential numbers or wire numbers, the cable core and cable marks, the destination symbol marks,

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Content is King….SOLIDWORKS Schematic Library

Not so long ago, I had a coworker characterize the need for a great SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Library as "Content is King."  He went on to say that while the initial setup libraries could be a great starter set, they will most likely not have every part you are after.  Without them, key features of the software as listed below become marketing buzzwords. Real-time synchronized Bill of Material Intelligent single-line schematics, cable block, topology diagrams Therefore, the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Library becomes a single source for your designs. Keeping this up-to-date or usable depends on the content you have in the library. Not every customer really wants thousands upon thousands of parts sitting

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