DesignSpark Electrical

RS Components develops a partnership with Trace Group to release its new electrical CAD software

The global distributor for engineers has launched DesignSpark Electrical, free software for electrical design engineers that integrates a smart electrical component library powered by Trace Software and TraceParts

Saint-Romain, France, 8 September 2015 – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), has selected Group Trace (Trace Software and TraceParts), as the exclusive partner to develop a new CAD software and to seamlessly integrate an electrical component library of over 250,000 part numbers. DesignSpark Electrical is now available for free download and targets electrical design engineers, especially those not already using electrical CAD tools.

One of the most important criteria when selecting an electrical CAD software is how long it takes to get the most out of it. The intuitive and user-friendly interface of DesignSpark Electrical really allows any electrical design professional to become familiar with the software in a very short period of time”, explains Glenn Jarrett, Global Head of Product Marketing at RS.

With DesignSpark PCB (launched in 2010) and DesignSpark Mechanical (released in 2013), RS, along with US trading arm Allied Electronics, already provides free professional design software tools to its customers and wanted to add a CAD tool for customers involved in electrical design projects to the existing DesignSpark suite.

Developed in conjunction with Trace Software International, a leading provider of electrical design and calculation software, DesignSpark Electrical enables engineers to save time, reduce operational costs, enhance productivity, increase design reuse and standardize working methods in electrical and automation projects. DesignSpark Electrical is also the result of the integration of specific product data for the electrical market with specific electrical CAD software with advanced design features.

DesignSpark Electrical interface


One of the key features is the seamless integration of the TraceParts electrical component catalogs, containing thousands of components with smart electrical data such as 2D footprints, electrical symbols and electrical pin definitions.

The long-standing relationship with TraceParts started in 2010 with the integration of 3D CAD models in DesignSpark Mechanical, a 3D direct modelling tool for mechanical design projects. This fruitful partnership has now resulted in the integration of specific product data for the electrical market.

At the very beginning of the DesignSpark Electrical project, the RS team knew that providing easy, instant access to a vast library of electrical components would be essential for streamlining the design process for electrical engineers,” explains Mike Brojak, Technical Marketing Programmes Manager at RS.

Smart Electrical Components for DesignSpark Electrical

As a result, the integration of the library into DesignSpark Electrical further increases the exposure of suppliers’ components promoting their products on the TraceParts online platform. It also reinforces the current TraceParts network of over 14 million engineers and design professionals with access to TraceParts’ technical content.

“TraceParts, our long-standing partner for hosting 2D and 3D CAD models, helped us create an interface that now gives users access to over 250,000 electrical components that can be added to customers’ designs. This seamless integration of technical data is one of the key features of DesignSpark Electrical as it enables electrical designers to validate both the electrical component geometry and the electrical performance compatibility of a selected component before purchasing it,” added Glenn Jarrett.

More information about DesignSpark Electrical can be found at

For further information about electrical design and calculation software you can contact Trace Software International by email at or visit their website at

Industrial component suppliers who would like more information about publishing their 3D product catalog may contact TraceParts by email at or visit its website at

About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2015 had revenues of £1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at


About TraceParts
TraceParts is a world-leading digital engineering 3D content company, offering progressive business solutions through powerful web-based products and services.

TraceParts brings targeted and cost-effective market penetration to parts vendors, in all sectors of industry.

The CAD portal is freely available to millions of CAD users worldwide, with hundreds of supplier catalogs and 100 million CAD models and product datasheets suitable for Design, Purchasing, Manufacturing and Maintenance processes. For more information about TraceParts, please visit


About Trace Software International
Trace software as electrical software expert since 1987, offers powerful software solutions to calculate and design electrical and automation projects, under the philosophy of an easy-to-use user interface that improve customers’ engineering, enhancing productivity in a short period of time. Among the most remarkable industries are using Trace Software solutions we may find machine and panel builders, maintenance engineers or electrical designers.

For further information, please visit


Do not miss Interclima+Elec 2015

The Interclima+Elec exhibition will be held in Paris Villepinte from 2nd to 6th November, 2015.
Book your dates and come to meet us in Hall 3 on Stand J47.

Trace Software at Interclima+Elec


Have a sneak peek at our new products exclusively at the show!

We will present a preview of the new elec calc 4 version to come, which will implement major changes with regard to High Voltage installations and elec live for sharing online electrical projects whether on desktop or on mobile devices.

This will also be the opportunity to discover elecworks 2016 at its release as well as the Archelios suite (archelios pro and archelios calc) for the integrated design of photovoltaic systems (3D simulation, yield calculation, financial analysis, electrical sizing,…).

We will be there to welcome you and advise you. Do not hesitate to get in touch to set a specific appointment: by calling us on +33(0)232 79 44 24 or by emailing us at


Trace Software at Smart Industries

Trace Software will be present at Smart Industries at Paris Versailles from 15 to 17 September 2015.

We will be pleased to welcome you on our stand (C34) for a sneak preview of our new electrical project online sharing software, elec live, available in desktop or mobile versions.

At this exhibition, find out the new elec calc version to be released in September with major changes and extended capabilities in High Voltage installation design.

This will also make the perfect opportunity to discover our archelios suite for photovoltaic installations :

archelios pro for the 3D simulation, the production analysis and the profitability review of PV installations (roof or ground plants, grid-connected or self-consumption),

– archelios calc (new name for solar calc) for the PV installation electrical sizing, with an archelios pro project import feature.

Don’t miss this event! Let’s meet on the stand C34.


Smart Industries Exhibition

New premises for Trace Software in France and Spain

04/04/2014 –  Trace Software expands ! The Barcelona office has just moved into new larger premises. Here is their new address:
Aceri-Trace Software
Via Augusta 48-54 5º5ª
08006 Barcelone
The phone number does not change : +34 934 531 206

Trace Software Barcelona offices

Trace Software headquarters in St Romain near Le Havre in France also expands. A new building will be completed soon. It is an extension of the existing building. If the heardquarters’ address does not change, we have however a new fax number:
Trace Software International
Parc Eco Normandie
76430 St Romain de Colbosc
Phone : +33 (0)2 32 79 44 24
Fax : +33 (0)2 22 44 89 56


Trace Software and elecworks™ collaboration for the Magallanes Project

29/04/2014 – Trace Software International with its electrical CAD solution, elecworks™, collaborates with Vigo University for the Magallanes project. This project unique in Spain, is using elecworks™, the most powerful and intuitive available solution, to develop the electrical design of this revolutionary project.

Trace Software International, in its corporate social responsibility plan, is highly committed to ensure the future of society and the environment, in order to improve the quality of life of people. Our company’s goals are to provide high quality products to our customers, to offer collaborative opportunities for student-training at educational institutions, and to participate in unique projects that reduce the environmental impact.

The Magallanes project involves the design and construction of a high-stability experimental floating platform to support two electrical hydro generators which are able to generate, up to 1MW of power from tidal waves of more than 1.5 m/s.

Floating Platform Magallanes Project

Our joint efforts with the Electronic Technology department of the Vigo University, a leader in development of unique projects related to renewable energy, give a boost to these new and pioneering projects that help in environmental conservation, by harnessing the renewable energy efficiently. The easy-to-use software, elecworks™, generally used for electrical and automation projects creation, will now be used to design the electrical part of this floating platform.

Electrical schematics with elecworks, Magallanes Project

Keeping in mind that the future of such studies is highly dependent on its energy efficiency, Trace Software is proud to collaborate with the Magallanes project, to achieve generation of electricity on the range of 1 MW, from perennial tidal waves, a 100% renewable energy. Tidal wave energy is increasing its presence in the renewable energy field due to its extraordinary potential, high predictability and low environmental impact.

Video presentation of Magallanes Project:

Improve your engineering projects with Electrical Content Portal

Trace Software International, developer of leading software solutions in electrical design and calculation for more than 25 years, has launched the Electrical Content Portal. It’s a new on-line portal where elecworks users can gain extensive information for optimal and faster design of your electrical projects.

Electrical Content Portal is an on-line community where users from any solution of the elecworks family can have access to manufacturer catalogs. With more than 500 000 references available, the Electrical Content Portal includes manufacturer leaders such as ABB, Phoenix Contact, Schneider or Wago.
New series and manufacturers are regularly updated and made available for users. Symbols and libraries are also updated in order to minimize work of our users.

Improve your engineering with Electrical Content Portal

Design your electrical projects faster

Electrical Content Portal is a key tool to provide relevant information, in order to reduce design time and to increase the quality of the documentation in electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic projects.

Having an extensive manufacturer library translates to the user as a considerable time-saving, to get the right parts references with the technical specifications as well as all the electrical information that elecworks requires for easier use.

Also, if you do not find the reference, you can ask us for the content needed for your electrical projects or access the TracePartsOnline portal, world leader in digital content for engineering, and find any component in elecworks format.

On-line community

Join our on-line community and share with other members your own content, exchange with other users your catalogs, and find useful information uploaded by other electrical designers.

Access to Electrical Content Portal

Archelios acquisition from Cythelia by Trace Software

Archelios ProArchelios calc

February 2015Trace Software International, electrical installation CAD and calculation software editor, reinforces its presence in photovoltaics sector with its announcement of the acquisition of Archelios software from the company Cythelia. Archelios is sizing software that enables the production forecast of solar installations.

This acquisition comes after a partnership with Cythelia started in early 2014, which led to the establishment of a link between Archelios and Solar Calc, the calculation and electrical design of a PV system software from Trace Software.

Trace Software is now able to offer the market a unique solution for working with an entire photovoltaic project from the feasibility study to the generating plant’s calculation notes and documentation necessary for its construction. The Archelios Suite deals with photovoltaic installations of all types: grid connected, self-consumption and remote sites.


Archelios suite for photovoltaic design

For engineering offices, developers and installers, this is an important step: firstly, enabling significant productivity gains and secondly, working on common data from the technical and economic feasibility studies; required for the implementation of various steps of project engineering.

Trace Software, committed to new design software for the renewable energy and smart grids, plans to deploy its solar solutions in the international market through its subsidiaries and distributors, particularly in China, Middle East and America.

The Archelios ™ software allows for complete on-line simulation of a photovoltaic system, from solar radiation to the energy yield. The integration of 3D modeling in SketchUp allows an assistance for the layout plan and a precise calculation of close masks. This is the most accurate software in the world for the producible forecast (according to the well-known review PHOTON and the International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering).

Solar Calc ™ software (Archelios Calc) is the French leader in electrical design of photovoltaic installations connected to the grid according to the UTE C15-712-1 guide. It covers the organization of the modules, the calculation of cable sections depending on the installation methods with predetermined cable lengths, the choice of inverters, the definition and selection of arresters, and choice of protections and the parameters to take into consideration for PV installation’s connection to the distribution network.

About Cythelia:
Cythelia is an engineering office and research center created in 1994 by Alain Ricaud, specializing in smart energies, from renewable energy to energy efficiency, through the smart grid development. Cythelia develops and markets Archelios since 2006 and Abatia, the thermal building software since 2012. Cythelia is a leading player in the world of photovoltaics and renewable energies.


Trace Software and Cythelia announce a partnership around Archelios and Solar Calc


02/06/2014 – Trace Software, software publisher of Solar Calc™ and Cythelia, software publisher of Archelios™, announce their collaboration in the domain of design and calculation of photovoltaic installations for the international market.

The new match, issuing from the two companies; offers to the market a unique solution that enables working on an entire photovoltaic project. For engineering service providers, project developers and installers, it is an important step forward in improving productivity.

The software Archelios™ helps handle the complete simulation of a photovoltaic installation, from the solar irradiation to the generation capacity calculations. The 3D integration in SketchUp helps in solar panel layout plans and takes precisely into account the non-shadowing pitch. This software has the most accurate forecast of the solar power generation capacity (according to a survey by PHOTON international magazine and International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering ). Archelios evolves into an online version which will be commercialised in the 2nd quarter of 2014.

Solar Calc™ is the French market leader in electrical sizing of photovoltaic installations connected to the public power supply grid according to the UTE C15-712-1 standard. It covers the organisation of solar panels, cable section and length calculations taking into account the environmental characteristics and the cable laying method, the choice of inverters, the choice of surge arresters, as well as the protection sizing and the connection to the distribution network.

The first step of the collaboration, is a module that will make it possible, to open an Archelios project in Solar Calc, wherein avoiding costly re-entering of installation data and optimal streamlining of the design work process. The two software publishers work together from now on an integrated solution that fits the demands of the international market for the grid-connected and isolated installations.

Alain Ricaud« When we wanted to integrate the electrical design according to the norms, in ARCHELIOS, we were faced with the high complexity of task ahead. The collaboration with Trace Software soon became inevitable. », indicates Alain Ricaud, CEO of Cythelia.



Etienne Mullie« To develop our Solar Calc product profile, our clients asked us to integrate the simulation of solar panel layouts to calculate the production capacity. The synergy with Cythelia, with its strong and well-known expertise, seemed to us the most pertinent and rapid solution », specifies Etienne Mullie, CEO of Trace Software.



About Cythelia

Engineering service providers, experts and consultants, founded in 1994 by Alain Ricaud, specialised in the domains of photovoltaic and energy management in buildings, Cythelia publishes and commercialises ARCHELIOS since 2006 and ABATIA, thermal software for buildings, since 2012.
Cythelia is one of the key players in the photovoltaic world, with a recognised expertise in the parts and installation of the solar projects of all sizes (up to 10MWh) on buildings and on land.

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About Trace Software International

Founded in 1989, Trace Software publishes electrical calculation and CAD software. The calculation division develops and commercialises the Elec Calc™ product profile which satisfies demands of sizing and control of all types of electrical installations. Partner to Dassault Systèmes, in electrical CAD, Trace Software commercialises its flagship software, elecworks™. It is distributed world-wide under the brand name SolidWorks Electrical through the reseller channel of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks. In 20 years, Trace Software has acquired its unique experience in calculation and design of electrical installations, automation systems and cable management. It has subsidiaries in China, Spain and USA.

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The Trace Group achieves a record-breaking 2013 in engineering solutions development

17/02/2014 – Aggregate revenue from TraceParts and Trace Software smashes the 10-million dollar bar

Saint-Romain (France); February 12, 2014 – The Trace Group – featuring TraceParts and Trace Software International, two world leaders in their respective fields – has announced revenue of €7,980K for 2013, in the process establishing a new personal record and breaking the symbolic 10-million dollar bar.

TraceParts is one of the world’s premier suppliers of digital engineering 3D content. The company delivers progressive business software solutions through powerful web-based products and services, including CAD parts libraries, e-catalogs and product configurators, thereby helping parts manufacturers raise the marketing efficiency bar by increasing the value of their legacy digital product data. The portal ( is available to CAD users around the world and boasts over 1.7 million members.

Trace Software International is a top-tier vendor of software solutions in the areas of electrical CAD, electrical installation calculation and automation CAD (elec calc™, archelios calc™, etc.). Its elecworks™ CAD software add-in for SolidWorks was chosen by Dassault Systèmes as part of a licensing agreement. The solution has been translated into 14 languages and is currently distributed worldwide through a network of resellers as SolidWorks Electrical.

“The 10-million dollar bar is not only symbolic but important, because it reflects the strong, steady growth in the core businesses of our two companies,” explains Etienne Mullie, CEO and founder of the Trace Group. “This milestone bears testament to our employees’ hard work in masterminding and developing cutting-edge products and services for manufacturers around the world. I would like to pay tribute to their loyalty, expertise and commitment to the company. I would also like to congratulate Gabriel Guigue, Managing Director of TraceParts, and Pedro Puig, Managing Director of Trace Software International, for their insight into the needs of their markets and their strategic outlook.”

International presence
The Group employs 110 people and has offices in France, Germany, Brazil, China, Spain and the United States. The Research & Development divisions are based in France and Barcelona.
The Group’s customer portfolio includes such prestigious names as Airbus, Bombardier, Dassault Systèmes, EDF, Legris, Norelem, RS Components, Schneider Electric, GSK and Total.
The Trace Group will celebrate its 25th birthday this year.

The future lies in innovation
“We should double our revenue within the next three years”, concludes Etienne Mullie. “To reach that aim, we are going to step up our R&D investments and strengthen our international footprint. In 2014 and 2015, we are going to launch a range of new products that leverage the leading-edge technologies into which we have been plowing investments for several years. We are pursuing our goal of achieving international leadership status for each of our software solutions, both present and future, and spearheading new services, such as the lead generation solution successfully offered by TraceParts.”


Trace Group

Trace Software International


Middle East Electricity Event in Dubai

Trace Software International will exhibit at Middle East Electricity in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) from 2 to 4 March 2015. Let’s meet in on stand 7C15 in the French Pavillion. We will be presenting the latest innovations in Low & High Voltage installation calculations, in photovoltaic installation calculation and design as well as the elecworks range of solutions.
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