Whether you are developing conceptual high-level diagrams or creating detailed schematic drawings, components represent the basic entities of your design. How much time are your spending creating detailed components and mapping the appropriate models and attributes? And most importantly, how are you currently managing and maintaining those components? We will reveal 3 elements you need to consider when creating electrical components that will make your design development cycle successful.
1. Centralized library
Ideally, we all want to manage components in a centralized location to ensure that all team members have access to a common library source. SOLIDWORKS Electrical libraries is the heart of collaboration, using a SQL database to store information applied to your electrical projects. The database of parts, libraries and catalogs can be shared by users and the greatest benefit is that now teams can work concurrently to reduce development time.
2. Comprehensive shared library across 2D/3D
While a component is a representation of a physical device, schematic drawings can have multiple representations of a component, and therefore component creation will become more than just a simple task of creating a block – it can start draining hours from your daily responsibilities. SOLIDWORKS Electrical offers an integrated library database which provides thousands of symbols and more than 500,000 manufactured parts for use in your design. It includes all meta-data (or link to ERP/MRP), and all 2D and 3D graphical information. 3. Import Tools
Usually libraries contain data that has been developed over years, and we are always hesitant to migrate to other tools fearing data loss. SOLIDWORKS Electrical provides symbol importer tool which is free and easy to use. It allows DXF and DWG files to be imported. Information imported can range from lines and text to intelligent attributes, and all of the symbol components and their attributes will be included so you can pick up where you left off!
That covers the 3 elements to consider when creating electrical components. We would like to hear from you if you have additional recommendations or suggestions!
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