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The typical electrical design documentation process goes something like this:
In the drawing stage, you select parts, draw up panel layouts and determine the connections. In the documentation stage, you generate reports such as the bill of materials, wire lists, cable lists and more. And in the auditing stage, you verify that the bill of materials corresponds with your schematics and that all connections are properly configured. Does this sound familiar to you?
Step one, the drawing stage, of this process is where almost all the actual design and innovation happens. But if we’re being honest, we often end up spending at least 50% of our project time (if not more) completing steps two and three, and still end up with costly errors even after the audit is completed. This time-consuming, error-prone portion of the design process is, quite blatantly, a big pain in the rear end!
What’s the solution? If you’re looking to cut down on documentation and auditing time without sacrificing detail and quality, SOLIDWORKS Electrical provides powerful design and documentation capabilities that can help you get your work done faster and minimize the risk of human error.
All report generation is automatic due to the intelligent and database-driven functionalities within SOLIDWORKS Electrical. This tool allows you to set up your reports with the columns you need the first time through and add this to your project template. As you continue to add parts to your schematic, your report previews are updated in real time. Then, with a click of the “Generate Reports” button (or “Update Reports” if they already exist), these sheets are added to your project and you’re done!
This is only needed upon first-time setup/implementation of SOLIDWORKS Electrical. Once this is completed, you never need to set it up again. Customized reports can be used across projects and across users connected to the same server, so there is never a need to reinvent the wheel or redo work. This also helps you to maintain company standards and eliminate common human errors that result from creating reports manually.
After you complete your design documentation, you sometimes need to go back and make a change to your project. For example, you might need to switch out a circuit breaker or remove a motor from your project. Instead of going back and changing references in more than five different places (in the schematics, planning diagram, and all of the reports), SOLIDWORKS Electrical allows you to change it in one place and it updates in all the others!
Automatic report generation gives you the flexibility to focus more on design and spend less time on typing up documentation. This purpose-built design tool practically eliminates documentation time while maintaining those necessary, data-rich and high-quality reports.