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.
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This will take us to the symbol in the library, the Properties panel allows you to set the Cross reference type.
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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.
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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.

Do you need to display all the manufacturer information assigned to a component in the scheme?


This trick will show how to display all the manufacturer information assigned to a component in the scheme.



It is possible on the new elecworks 2018 version.
Go to Library menu > Symbols manager command, and open the symbol you need to customize, for instance:


Then go to Edit symbol menu > Insert attribute command, there are new attributes for manufacturer and reference information:


elecworks 2017 version has a different attribute correspondence:


The elecworks 2018 version data updating process will update #REF_DES_1 to #REF_MAN and #REF_DES_2 to #REF_REF automatically.

Insert #REF_MAN_ALL and #REF_REF_ALL attributes in the symbol:


Save changes, go to the drawing where -Q1 is inserted and update the symbol:


You will have this result:


You can go back to the symbol and use the Multiple attribute command from the Edit symbol menu:


In order to obtain a more accurate result:


It represents a quality improvement in your documentation.

How can I reuse 2D cabinet layout drawings?


This trick will allow to increase the quality of your project and help you to design faster your panel drawings, thanks to a feature implemented in 2017 release.


First step is to create a 2D cabinet layout as usual, inserting the different materials, like the cabinet, rails, ducts, etc. Even dimensions can be added too.

Draw a cabinet layout in elecworks

After cabinet has been set as the desired template, from the documents browser, it will be saved as project macro through the command “Create project macro”

Project macro creation command in elecworks

Data for macro should be filled under user’s decision

Data of macro should be filled in by user

The template is ready to be used in any other project, for that, just use insert project macro command from documents browser.

Project macro insertion command in elecworks

Select the macro, and in the paste special dialog, select the proper values (keep, create or associate) for any object type.

Paste special dialog in elecworks

Special attention with location, for projects with several locations, done in the project before to insert the cabinet template, the location should be associated to an existing one in order to work properly.

Location association in cabinets elecworks


Now users can have different templates for cabinets, saving a lot of time and standardizing projects.

How can I display time in revision dates in elecworks?

Purpose: Display time in revisions created on the same day.

By default, elecworks does not show time in revision dates, so you will find the following information in the revisions management:

Revisions manager in elecworks

If you want o add this information to your title block, you should go to the project’s general configuration and set the Display format field to the value %d-%m-%y %H:%M:

Project configuration in elecworks

This way you will display time in revision dates:

Revisions in elecworks project

It will also activate time in the title block’s attributes related to revision dates, and in the creation and modification date attributes from the project:

Adding information in title block in elecworks

Time displayed in revisions in elecworks

This way you will be able to differentiate revisions created on the same day.

Mixed Symbols: Definition and Creation

Purpose: Connect wires and show cross references information using one symbol.

Introduction: In order to do so, the user currently uses 2 symbols:

  • Multi-wire symbol: to connect wires;
  • Connection label: to show cross reference information.

It means that the user needs to work twice more and consequently might do errors.

This “Tips & Tricks” details how to create a mixed symbol that can be connected and can show cross references at the same time. A temperature driver for transformers will be used as example.

Below you will learn how to create a single component aimed at regulating the temperatures of electrical transformers.

Mixed Symbol 1


A multi-wire symbol is created with circuits and connection points for the power supply and PTC inputs (1). Then connection label attributes will be added, following the previously connection points order number (2). This action will be carried out by copying, pasting and renaming the existing attributes, because it is impossible to insert a connection label attribute in a multi-wire symbol automatically.

Mixed Symbol 2

Once the symbol is inserted and an appropriate manufacturer reference is associated to it, the component will be as following:


When different contacts are inserted and associated to the component, the cross-reference information will appear automatically.



Thanks to only one block, two kinds of symbol are merged to connect wires and show cross references information, while minimizing the chances of error and maximizing your working time and productivity.

Note: These symbols and references are available on our Electrical Content Portal.

Showing more than three languages in the electrical drawings

Do you need to show more than three languages in your electrical drawings?

By default elecworks’ projects can have tree languages at the same time:

Multilanguage option in electrical projects elecworks

Symbols can have attributes corresponding to these languages. The next example shows attributes corresponding to component’s description:

Languages attributes in symbols elecworks

This way we could have the following component in a drawing:

Component languages in elecwtrical drawings elecworks

Maybe more languages are required in the drawings. This case, the attributes corresponding to each language should be inserted using the proper suffix, for instance DE for German. The easiest way to do it is copying an existent attribute and then modify its name:

Adding a new language attribute in the electrical symbol elecworks

In order to translate these attributes manually you can go to menu: Process > Translate and fill in the corresponding fields:

Translation in elecworks

It can be done automatically using the Import option of the previous dialogue and selecting your translation database. The supported formats are xls, xlsx, mdb and sqlite.

It is shown below a table with the corresponding suffix for each language:


Language Suffix Language Suffix Language Suffix Language Suffix
Afrikaans AF English EN Italian IT Serbian SR
Albanian AL Estonian ET Japanese JA Simplified Chinese ZH
Arabic AR Finnish FI Korean KO Slovak SK
Armenian AM French FR Latvian LV Slovene SO
Belarusian BE Georgian GE Lithuanian LT Spanish ES
Bulgarian BU German DE Norwegian NO Swedish SV
Catalan CA Greek EL Persian FA Thai TH
Croatian HR Hebrew HE Polish PL Traditional Chinese ZH-TW
Czech CS Hungarian HU Portuguese PT Turkish TR
Danish DA Icelandic IC Romanian RO Ukrainian UK
Dutch NL Indonesian IN Russian RU Vietnamese VI

Using this method you will be able to show the languages you need in your drawings.


Do you need alphabetical order in your BOM?

You can have the following case:

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It happens because you have done a manual numbering, and the report is sorted by Root and Number fields. Double click on the symbol in order to check its properties:

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To obtain an alphabetical order you have to set Automatic Mode and force component Mark using Root and Number fields. You can type in the fields or use the buttons on the right:

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After that you have to set Manual Mode in order to avoid unwanted changes when renumbering:

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This is the result:

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Using this method you can get an alphabetical order in your elecworks BOM.

Note: elecworks version used 2016 SP3