Creating electrical project templates – elecworks tips and tricks



You want to speed your design starting from a custom electrical project template ready with personalized locations, BOM? You cannot find project template that fits your needs in elecworks?


Here’s how to create your custom project templates. This manipulation once defined can save you a lot of time later by offering your custom list of project templates when creating a new project.


Create a custom template project.

Création d'un modèle personnalisé

You can create custom project templates to include your personalized locations, BOM, drawing template…

– Create a new project from the templates provided in elecworks

Gestionnaire de projets dans elecworks

– Open it and customize it as you wish

– Add folders to sort your drawing files

Ajout de dossiers au projet

– Add specific location formulas for your components, cables, terminals…

Vos formules de repères particulières

– Customize your drawing template by incorporating your company logo and your customers’ logos.

– Change the equipotential formulas as you see fit.
Once all these changes have been done, close the project file, select it from the Project Manager window, then use the command “save as template”.

Enregistrer un modèle personnalisé

Nom du modèle personnalisé

– When creating the next new project, your project template will appear in the list.

Liste des modèles

How to make relay cards? – elecworks tips and tricks


What to do when you need a group of relays each with their own contacts, but they are all integrated in the same card? The relays and their contacts are therefore really the same component and only one material is required!
Well, with elecworks you can handle this situation as follows!


1) Go to Library menu>Manufacturer parts manager>Add part, create the part for the card, you must add all required circuits, for example:

Ajouter une référence

Important: you must use the Group field to link the coils with the contacts, filling it with the same value for the linked circuits, like this:


2) Go to a scheme, insert a relay (-K1) and assign to it the part created in the previous step. Then insert a second relay, during the insertion assign it to -K1, you must use the list on the right in the insertion Symbol properties dialogue:

Insérer une bobine

If you have several components you can use the filters in order to show only components with the same class or base class:

If you are using the Automatic marks while inserting:

You can select the symbol in the scheme>right click>Symbol properties in order to assign the inserted relay to -K1:

Propriétés du symbole

So, insert eight relays as -K1 component:

Insertion de bobines

You can see that each relay has its own contact, the circuit Group is added to the mark for identification purpose and also terminal numbers are associated.

3) Draw the card’s body from Drawing menu>Rectangle:

Dessin de la carte
4) Insert the power supply pins, also assign them to -K1:

Bornes d'alimentation

The power supply circuits have no Group so the mark is the main one (-K1). You can customize the power supply pin symbol as you need. In this case we have done it in this way:

Personnalisation du symbole de la broche

Select 24V pin>right click>Attributes>uncheck Symbol mark: “-K1” in order to make it invisible:

Attributs de la broche

This way you only have one main mark for the card.

5) Insert the contacts and assign them to -K1:

Insertion de contacts

The contacts are linked with the relays in order of insertion, based on the Group field information.
You can select the contact you want to use, during the insertion or once the contact is inserted, go to Symbol propertiesdialogue>Manufacturer part and circuits tab, select the current circuit:


Drag and drop it to the required one:

Sélection de circuit

You can see that the color changes from blue to green in the used circuit and from green to blue to the reserved circuit.

Result in the scheme:


Résultat dans le schéma


With this method elecworks allows in an intelligent way to handle relay cards, benefits you have are:

1. Only one part required for the component, with all relay-contacts links defined in order to automate the process and skip errors, it will increase your design speed and save your money!
2. You can customize your symbols in order to generate more comprehensible designs, it will enhance the quality of your projects!
3. Easy way to choose the contact which you need; once more, you have the ‘more speed’ and ‘save money’ factor!

How to show information legibly from multiple attributes in BOM reports – Elecworks tips and tricks

This Tip & Trick shows how to put legible information for multiple attributes in BOM reports.


As shown a long string in an attribute could be a bit clumsy in reports. Thanks to multiple attributes option, the information can be split onto several lines in the scheme by placing the pipe character “|” in the string.

Affichage des attributs multiples dans elecworks


As this character is saved in the tables too, the pipe character “|” is displayed also in reports when they are generated as drawings, making it difficult to read.

Lisibilité des attributs multiples dans elecworks


With this tip, the final result will be easier to read, without that character.

Attributs multiples dans elecworks


To do this, 3 things must be done
1) The character pipe “|” must be included in the field while paying attention to spaces. It will be the splitter for each line
For example “Main|cabinet”, has no space in between the words Main and Cabinet.

Attributs multiples dans elecworks


2) Symbol with multiple attributes
With the command Multiple attributes, any attribute can be converted to be displayed on multiple lines with this command, with as many lines as needed. You can also specify the distance between the lines.

La commande Attributs multiples dans elecworks


3) Remove the character “|” in reports
The reports must be edited in expert mode and the column with the pipe characters is modified with the SQL clause REPLACE, for example for the column for location description
tew_translatedtext_loc_to.tra_0 AS loc_des_to

The new syntax, to replace the pipe character with a space, will be
REPLACE(tew_translatedtext_loc_to.tra_0, ]]|[[, ]] [[) AS loc_des_to

nouvelle syntaxe dans elecworks

In the report manager, the result will be as seen below:

Gestionnaire de nomenclatures dans elecworks

And in the reports generated as drawings it will be as shown below:

Affichage des attributs multiples dans elecworks

Electrical Design rules and voltage drop calculation – elecworks Tips & Tricks

In this post, we will explain a new useful feature “Design rules check”

These electrical design rules are in the form of reports, and accessible by Project>Design rules check.

They can be used to verify particular details and easily detect any design errors, avoiding extra costs in the project design.
With this new report collection, we can check all design errors of the whole project.

There are 17 new reports to check from wires or connection points without connect up to too many contacts of the part:

  • Part assigned to component but not used
  • Duplicated connection pins
  • Duplicated equipotential in same location
  • List of components which have duplicated parent symbols
  • Template design rules
  • Empty terminal strips
  • Equipotential conflict
  • List of unreferenced elements
  • List of children symbols without parent symbols
  • List of uncabling wires
  • Too many contacts of the part
  • Overloaded pins
  • List of uncabling pins
  • Unused cables
  • Voltage drop in cables
  • Voltage drop for cables in harness
  • Wire without mark

Design rules check in elecworks 2014
In this collection, we want to remark that it has been included a calculation voltage drop reports in cables.

Drop voltage calculation in elecworks 2014

Specific data have been added to the cable properties to allow you to automatically calculate the voltage drop for a cable.

Specific data in cables in elecworks2014

With this kind of reports, we can check the power loss in a cable.

*Note: This is a basic calculation, for advanced calculation, Trace Software has available elecworks Facility, to size and design your electrical installation easily.

Showing wire marks in shorts wires – elecworks Tips and Tricks


There are many elecworks users that are using wire numbering per wires instead of per equipotential, so in this tips & tricks we will see how to show only 1 wire mark in those shorts wires of the project in order to have clutter-free and readable numbering on drawings.

If we have selected the numbering per wire:

Numérotation des fils elecworks

We will see 2 wire marks in all connections, so if we have short wires we would have risk of overlapping.

2 numéros par fil elecworksNumerotation des fils chevauchement des textes elecworks

This is due to the offset X parameter for wire number.

In elecworks, we will be able to change this parameter, we should go to the project configurations (Project>Properties>Project settings>Font).

Paramètre de déplacement X elecworks

Increasing this value, we would get to display only 1 wire mark for those wires.

Uniquement un repère sur le fil elecworks

elecworks workspace – elecworks Tips & Tricks

How to enlarge your workspace in elecworks

It is easy to enlarge your elecworks workspace. You can use the mouse wheel to zoom in on your drawing. The mouse wheel allows you to perform zooms forward or backward on your elecworks schematic. The double click wheel allows you to return to the general view of the schema.

The side panel can be minimized by clicking on the pin icon.

Siemens Product Data import into elecworks – elecworks Tips & Tricks



Import of Siemens Product Master Data into elecworks™

You would like to import exported Siemens product master data into the elecworks™ Manufacturer parts manager? You want to learn the basics about how to export data from the Siemens CD “Technical Product Data for CAx Applications”? This tips & tricks is for you!

The data is imported into the Manufacture parts manager via the Import interface. A generic configuration file for the import is available through support. It is however recommended in checking the settings of the configuration file for each product group and saving as a separate configuration file for the import as the allocation of the information to the respective fields may vary depending on product groups.

This is how you do it:

Installing the Siemens CAx data import configuration file

The Siemens CAx data import configuration file needs to be installed before you can import the data from Siemens CAx software

In elecworks™, select ” Projet ” tab
Select ” Configurations
Select ” Data import “…
Under the panel “ Management (application) “, select ” Unarchive
Browse to the ” Siemens CAx data import ” file supplied by support
Select ” Open “, then ” OK ” and click ” Close

Exporting Data from Siemens Product Master Data

In this example, we will only export the SIRIUS range of relays from the CAx software for import into elecworks™

Using Shift and Ctrl, select the products you wish to import into elecworks™ Ctrl A selects all.
Select ” Add product selection to shopping cart
Select the ” Shopping cart ” tab
Select ” Export CAx data types
Check ◊ ” Product master data ” only
Check ◊ ” Microsoft Office Excel 97-2003 (*.xls)
Select ” Start export
Select ” Close
The xls spreadsheet will be saved in your ” Target directory

Importing the Siemens CAx Excel Data

In elecworks™, select the ” Library ” tab
Select ” Manufacturer parts manager
Select ” Import
Select ” Import template
Select ” Siemens CAx Import
Select ” Excel file
Browse to the Siemens CAx export file and select ” Open

If you wish to check the settings match the type of components you are importing, select ” Next ” until the following mapping screen is displayed.

If changes are required drag the required field from the left part of the dialogue to the correct header on the right part of the dialogue.

Select ” Next
Select ” Compare ” to compare whether the parts you are importing are already elecworks™. A log file will be created advising you of differences/changes.
N.B. Siemens are known as ” Siemens ” in elecworks™ and ” Siemens AG ” in the Siemens CAx software
Select ” Import
Select ” Finish
Select the ” Filters ” tab
Uncheck ◊ In the class
Select ” Siemens AG
Using Shift and Ctrl, highlight all of the **** Unclassified elements ****
Select ” Properties
Select **** Unclassified elements **** in the Class option
Select the correct Class from the list. In this example Contactor relays, relays
Select ” Select ” then ” OK ” and click ” Close

The new parts will now be in elecworks™

Connection labels applied to PLC’s – elecworks Tips & Tricks


It is often necessary to show the physical configuration of a PLC



This can be solved in elecworks™ through the use of connections labels.
In a Scheme, connection labels can be inserted by selecting the Icon « Insert a connection label for component… »

These give access to the Symbol selector where a relevant reference / foot print can be chosen for insertion

Once inserted (e.g. a rack), the label can be associated to the PLC component rack

To obtain the following results:

Using the same method, but by selecting another kind of connection label, results similar to the following can be obtained.

A brief of the PLC topology plus the tables with the input/outputs, descriptions, cross references…

Connection labels can be customized at any time.

Equipotential management through automatic insertion – elecworks Tips & Tricks

When you have in an electrical project an equipotential, running through a whole set of drawings, it can be fastidious to insert manually links between each of your drawings.

For this purpose, you can use automatic link insertion which improves your equipotential management.


The automatic insertion feature will insert the links and will connect together any wires bearing the same equipotential number:
Automatic insertion feature in elecworks

On your first drawing, you can define manually the number of your equipotential.


Electrical drawing and equipotentials

On all the following drawings, you can define the same equipotential number on the polarity.


Equipotential numbering in elecworks


When all the drawings are made, you can use the automatic insertion feature:


Automatic link insertion for equipotentials

You then access this dialog box:

Automatic insertion link window in elecworks


The automatic links are created automatically.




This automatic link insertion will save you time while ensuring reliable and up-to-date information.


How to manage busbars in your electrical projects – elecworks Tips & Tricks


Do you need to use busbars in your electrical projects and you don’t know how to manage it?

handle busbars intelligent way in elecworks
busbar drawing

With elecworks you can handle this situation as follows!


1) Create the schematic symbol that represents the busbar. Go to Library menu>Symbols manager, select the class wiring systems and create a new symbol that can be named Busbar:

elecworks symbols manager

You can use the shape you need, but is important that you choose the option Hyper passing under circuit properties, this way all wires connected to the same component (busbar) will have the same mark.

2) Draw the busbar in the scheme. The previous symbols represent a connection point of the busbar, so you must insert various symbols. All symbols belonging to the same busbar must be related.
Insert the first symbol (-W1), during the insertion of the second one you must assign it to -W1, you must use the list on the right in the insertion Symbol properties dialog to associate:

elecworks symbol properties

If you have several components you can use the filters in order to show only components with the same class or base class:

elecworks filter components

If you are using the Automatic marks while inserting:

elecworks symbol automatic numbering

You can select the symbol in the scheme->right click->Symbol properties in order to assign the inserted symbol to -W1:

elecworks symbol properties2

Draw a scheme like this one:

elecworks electrical schee

3) Create the wire that represents the connection to the busbar. Go to Project menu>Configurations>Wire styles and add a new single wire style:

elecworks wire style

The new wire style can be named busbar, but it is important that the equipotential formula is configured as:
“W” + EQU_NO
This way the mark of the component will match with the mark of the wire.

Use the new wire style to connect the previously inserted symbols, go to Process menu and use the option Number new wires:

elecworks connecting symbols

Really all wires are numbered as W1, in order to show them you must select the wires>right click>Show/hide wire marks:

elecworks show hide wire marks

elecworks wires numbered

If you want to hide the mark of the symbols you must select them>right click, select the option Attributes and then the attribute you want to show/hide:

elecworks attributes option

4) Create the 2D footprint that represents the busbar in the cabinet layout. Go to Library menu>2D footprints manager, select the class wiring systems and create a new symbol named busbar_2D:

elecworks 2D footprint creation

5) Create the manufacturer part for the busbar. Go to Library menu>Manufacturer parts manager, select the class wiring systems and create a new part:

elecworks manufacturer part wiring system

You must assign to it the previous 2D footprint.

Now you must assign this part in the scheme, select the symbol in the scheme>right click and select the option Component>Assign parts.

6) Insert the busbar in the cabinet layout. In order to create the cabinet drawing go to Process menu and use the option 2D cabinet layout. In the cabinet drawing use the panel Cabinet layout to insert the components and the busbars:

elecworks 2D cabinet layout insertion

During the busbar insertion uncheck the option Hide background:

elecworks 2D-cabinet-layout-insertion-options



With this method elecworks™ allows you to handle busbars in an intelligent way, and you will have the following benefits.

1-Schematic and real representation of busbars.

2-Busbars included in BOM and connections report:



These points allow you to generate a more complete and detailed documentation for your designs. This way you can create higher quality projects!

* Note: Download here the sample project related to this tip & trick. This project has been designed with elecworks™ 2015 SP1, so you should ensure that you have this version in order to unarchive it properly.