Device Wiring: Using formulas to deliver specific wire numbers

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical uses variables that sends information to the data base, (Component marks, wire numbers…). This information in the variables can then be utilized via the formula manager so that it can be displayed in your documentation. For example: Equipotential number coming from the database: "5" This value is stored in the variable "EQU_NO" If you want to present this information on your drawing as "005" (N° displayed with 3 characters), you will need to use the following formula: STRZ(VAL(EQU_NO), […]

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Quick VFD With Black Box Symbols – SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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One of the lesser known or used symbols in SOLIDWORKS Electrical is the black box.  I am going to show you how to create a VFD for your schematic page with just that symbol.   Start by having your motor branch drawn out.  Along with that, have control circuits that you want to use drawn in as well.  You can do these in separate objects or as shown here, one black box symbol.   With the branch and control drawn, you can […]

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Automatic Circuit Arrows in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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Origin and destination arrows in SOLIDWORKS Electrical let you create a continuity link between wires in different schematic drawings, or in the same drawing if required.  It could also be for cables in line diagrams or wires in schematics.  Placing these can be done automatically, saving yourself a couple of steps. This command is used to automatically generate the origin-destinations between wires with the same number.   A specific symbol is placed at the end of the wire and a configurable […]

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CATI Electrical Blog Series #5, Terminal Strips & Report Drawings

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In last week's series topic we explored some of the navigation features of SOLIDWORKS Electrical and this week's look is at one of many ways to generate documents from our work up to this point: Terminal strip drawings and drawings containing information generated from the included report manager. SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a complete terminal strip management system, from the insertion of terminals in drawings, to the automatic generation of the terminal strip drawings, to cabling the terminals. The Terminal strips manager will […]

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CATI Electrical Blog Series #4, Goto….Multiple pages

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In last week's series topic of macros and data reuse, we saw several ways to create many pages of diagrams. So how does someone find a certain symbol location or create continuity links to the other pages?  SOLIDWORKS Electrical has several features that make that a simple click. The Origin & Destination arrows command creates those links for you. For navigation of multiple pages, SOLIDWORKS Electrical has the ability to jump to different locations of the project directly from symbols and […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Series, #3 – Data Reuse & Macro’s

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In last week's series topic of symbols, we took a look at the symbols and their use in the SOLIDWORKS Electrical application. Using the symbols and schematics, we now have completed diagrams that we can reuse in later projects. SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a library allowing you to store parts of schemes, called "Macros". Grabbing your favorite motor starter circuit or others that you reference repeatedly is now at your mouse pointer in the side panel. Every time you insert a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Series, #2 – Symbols

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In last week's blog, we briefly looked at several schematic tools available in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. This week I would like to look at symbols and their use in the SOLIDWORKS Electrical application. The comprehensive electrical symbol library is used differently from the single line tool when creating 2D schematic diagram. For these diagrams it utilizes the traditional electrical symbols. These electrical symbols are handled much the same way as other electrical schematic capture tools giving SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2D schematic design […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Series, #1

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS Electrical, users can now create simple or complex electrical schematics and effortlessly integrate your electrical system into your 3D design. Electrical has several capabilities that enable these tasks, such as the single-line schematic planning tool, multiline schematic creation, symbol libraries, and 3D integration tools. Over the next several weeks, I will explore some of these new tools and show how these capabilities are used. For this blog, we are going to look at one of […]

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