As we all know, terminal strips are used everywhere in wired electrical systems. In fact they may be one of the most commonly implemented devices. It can be tedious to draw and document a terminal strip for assembly purposes. Commonly used tools for documenting terminal numbers, connected devices, wires, wire numbers, bridges and connection points might be a 2D CAD system and some sort of spreadsheet.
For large, complex multi-block terminal strips, this manual process of terminal documentation management can be prone to errors. What’s worse is that when designs change, devices, wires and terminal blocks can be added moved or removed frequently. This leads to time consuming manual editing of 2D CAD, spreadsheets, and other documentation.
SOLIDWORKS Electrical makes short work of managing the terminal strips in schematic designs and there are a few reasons for that.
- SOLIDWORKS Electrical database organizes, track and updates all relevant design data
- SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a graphical Terminal Strip Editor
- Terminal strip drawings are automatically generated
- Design changes are immediately updated in all documentation
We could easily do an entire blog on any of these subjects, but let’s focus on the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Terminal Strip Editor. The video blog below highlights some of the functions used to create, use and edit a terminal strip. It demonstrates how quickly and efficiently an entire terminal strip with associated manufacturer’s parts can be defined and used in a schematic. Best of all, design changes are easy to make and documents update automatically.
The Terminal Strip Editor enables several design workflows and is an extremely flexible design automation tool.
Using 2D CAD for electrical system design works, but it often forces you into a workflow that is error-prone and difficult to manage. Drawings, bill of materials and part specifications are usually maintained in separate and unrelated software applications. This can lead to inaccuracies in documentation, the need for manual design checks, and costly auditing.
Watch the webinar below to learn how you can manage all your electrical design projects with ease, showcasing the top five reasons 2D CAD users would benefit from SOLIDWORKS Electrical for their electrical design needs.