How to show data location in a cabinet drawing?

During the electrical cabinet manufacturing, the panelist is required to possess some technical data of the cabinet in different drawings.


cabinet elecworks™ by Trace Software International



For this purpose, elecworks™ – the electrical CAD software-  disposes of connection labels symbols. Those will show the information of the component or of the associated part and also all the data related to the item, such as location, technical data, descriptions, connections, etc.


Description of user data by Trace Software International


As shown in the image, not only the values of the user data are shown in the symbol. Also,  if a ‘#’ is added to the definition of the attribute, the description of the project will be shown in the drawing.


Connections labels are the perfect solution to show information about any component at any place in the electrical project. In addition, these symbols can be inserted so many times as needed saving up times and gaining in efficiency.

Automatic bridges in terminal strip drawings

When 2 (or more) terminals,  which belong to the same terminal strip,  are connected to the same equipotential, a  graphic indication showing this status in the terminal strip drawings is shown.


automatic bridges


In elecworks™ 2018 “Automatic bridge” is an option in the terminal strip, which can be managed from the terminal strip manager.

This option allows drawing an automatic bridge between the terminal blocks which are belonging to the same terminal strip and connecting to the same equipotential.


Bridge Creation Menu Trace Software International


They will also be bridged if the terminals have the same equipotential mark, even if the terminals are not connected.




How does this tip help? 


This option helps saving time during the project design process as bridges in the terminal strip drawings are always updated according to the schematics drawings.


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How is it possible to show the cross references table format in the line diagram?

By default, in the line diagram drawings, the cross reference format is a text.
Planos sinoptico Trace Software International

You can set the symbol to have a table format like the one that appears in the scheme drawings.

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To do this you have to select the symbol, right click button, Symbol properties.

Propiedades del símbolo Trace Software International
Set the Cross references type field as Parent in table and accept.
Tipo de referencia cruzada  Trace Software International
Please note the result will be as following:
resultado referencias cruzadas Trace Software International
In this way it is possible to increase the level of information provided in the line diagram, allowing to generate a more precise documentation.
Keep in mind that the modifications made only affect the selected symbol, you can change the configuration of the Cross references type field in the library. To do this please select the symbol, right click button, Symbol, Open symbol.
Panel de Propriedades Trace Software International
This will take us to the symbol in the library, the Properties panel allows you to set the Cross reference type.
Tipo de referencia cruzada Trace Software International
We save the symbol and return to the line diagram, when we insert it again it will have the Cross references type property set as Parent in table. If we want to update the symbols previously inserted in the project, we must select a symbol, right click button, Symbol, and Update.
Símbolo y Actualizar Trace Software International
This allows updating the selected symbol, those inserted in the same drawing or in the project.
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In this way, you will be able to update the whole project.

How is it possible to handle bus wires in elecworks™?

For elecworks™ onboard or schemes with a lot of wires, sometimes is hard to read. Also, connecting several wires from one place to another one could be something tedious as steps to do that can consume a lot of time and not always are user friendly. Learn how to handle bus wires in elecworks™


  • Marking each wire, later insert automatic origin destination arrows
  • Or joining manually each wire through insert origin destination arrows command


wires joined by arrows Trace Software International


With this trick, user can get as result something similar to:


wires joined by arrows final result Trace Software International




Thanks to hyper passing circuit’s characteristic, wires can be joined automatically by customized symbols. Inside of elecworks™, user can find out several examples about these symbols under origin destination classification.


Symbols bus wires tips&tricks by Trace Software International


Steps to join wires with them are

  • Insert symbol command
  • Select the symbol more suitable according to the number ow wires
  • Insert it at the end of the wires
  • Give a mark
  • Repeat previous steps with the other wires to be joined with the firstly, the symbol maybe should be rotated and must be associated to the previous one


Also, in this way, user can get the control about this buses from component browser.



Component browser by Trace Software International


Looking at wire cabling order, these symbols are transparent, so they will not appear in connection reports.


wire cabling order Trace Software International



In this way, schemes can be simpler. Also, users can save time as just 2 symbols can join so many wires as user’s decision.

Removing one symbol, user does not lose the other one, keeping for a future use. The purpose of this Tips&Tricks is to group several wires in a bus and connect them in another project place.