What is Industry 4.0 By Trace Software International

What is industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 is the new chapter in the history of the industry. The term of the industrial revolution, used to refer to the entire transformative process, highlights the disruptive power of changing paradigms within the entire ecosystem of organizations. Industry 4.0 is the new industrial panorama, and it has to do with the convergence between the physical and the digital world. But not only.


Industrial Revolutions


  • The first industrial revolution changed the agrarian structure of society through the mechanization of the manufacturing processes. This was the time of the steam machines, for example. The organization of work changes considerably with the rise of the factories, which imply a specialization of functions.
  • The second industrial revolution is very often conceived as the logical extension of the first phase. The era coincides with a myriad of technological and scientific innovations able to grow exponentially industrial production. The assembly line, the electricity, and the railways are some of the great inventions of this time. The so-called mass production generated changes in society’s consumption patterns.
  • The third revolution witnesses the development of the first programmable logic control and mainly celebrates the advent of electronics and information technology to automate production. 



The 4 Industrial Revolution by Trace Software International

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 marks the fourth revolution in the industrial history and inaugurates a new era for the entire manufacturing ecosystem, from design to end-customer. Also known as Smart production or Smart Manufacturing, industry 4.0 refers to a scenario of interoperability where people, devices, and machines of the entire value chain can connect and communicate with each other.

The flow of information, which is generated in this interactive structure, is crucial in industry 4.0. In fact, interconnected technologies devices relate to each other, collect and analyze data to generate information for the advanced analytics of the process. These insights will be used to spur actions in the physical world.


In other words, Industry 4.0 is a state in which manufacturing systems and the objects they create are not simply connected, drawing physical information into the digital realm, but also communicate, analyze, and use that information to drive further intelligent action back in the physical world to execute a physical-to-digital-to-physical transition. The result is a more flexible system capable of adapting to and learning from changes in the environment.” Deloitte.


Linear processes are now a thing of the past and business success will depend on the ability to strategically manage this immense volume of information in order to drive future action. Operators can, therefore, make strategic decisions in real time, analyze the processes and adapt them according to needs, design the products or services, or the way in which they are developed, coherently allocate resources, rethink on how to manage inventory or personalize the customer experience.

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Industry 4.0 represents a great opportunity for companies as it gives access to a horizon of possibilities to increase the organization’ benefits by optimizing the overall performance of the value chain, reducing risks, improving the time-to-market, gaining more flexibility, driving innovation and not only.



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Trace Software International partners with Chinese giant Lyric Robot

Trace Software International partners with Chinese giant Lyric Robot

Last week the Chinese team of Trace Software International successfully overcame its last challenge – a fruitful deal with China Guangdong Lyric Robot Intelligent Equipment (Lyric Robot), the leading giant in the automated industry.

The high-tech enterprise chose Trace Software international- the notable company with an unparalleled experience in electrical engineering – as a strategic partner for an ambitious project: “elecworks™ for PTC Creo & elecworks™ for PTC Windchill electrical design project navigation”.

The project’s primary objective is to guarantee to Robot Lyrics the reliable implementation of a new operational and technological approach for the design of the electrical system of the packaging machines and for the intelligent and integrated management of the processes.

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The Chinese giant will use the following Trace Software International’ solutions:

elecworks™  is the worldwide bestselling electrical CAD software for automation projects and electrical installations. It provides all necessary features for the best design process for power and control schemes, cross-references, PLC’s, Terminals Strips, Panels, Reporting etc.

elecworks™ for PTC® Windchill® enables the efficient management of the product lifecycle, effortlessly integrating the electrical data in the PLM system. The operating logic of the PLM is based on the shared access of information, resources, and processes related to a product or service throughout its life cycle. The PLM, therefore, provides an integrated and essential framework with multiple benefits such as costs, quality and time-to-market optimization, automation of product data management, interdisciplinary collaborations, and safety monitoring.

elecworks™ for PTC® Creo® ensures the smooth integration of the electrical schematic design from elecworks™ to the PTC® Creo® project. It enables faster development of schematically defined electrical systems that can readily be implemented in the 3D CAD models. Faster design, synchronized plans, up-to-date documentation, reduced costs throughout the product lifecycle are some of the benefits.

Packaging machinery is a highly competitive market, but yet very profitable. Long-term investment in cutting-edge software solutions, able to reinforce the company competitive position in the market,  is a strategic and profitable move.


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the packaging machinery market an overview by Trace Software

The packaging machinery market: an overview

Technological advances and innovation have contributed extensively to the development and growth of the global packaging machinery marketPackaging is an essential and strategic element of any business, which plays a very important role in consumer decisions. Product packaging is not an afterthought, but part of the signature of the company.

The global market for packaging machines is very fragmented and extremely competitive due to the presence of a large number of market players. However, we are talking about a very profitable market, which has very promising figures when looking to the future. The Europe Packaging Machinery Market Assessment 2017 Report foresees that the European packaging market’s value will reach 9.6€ billions in 2020. 

Regarding the sectors, some of the main applications of packaging machinery are pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, chemicals and personal care products. 

According to the same report, it is precisely the food and beverage industry that occupies a priority position in terms of profitability. There are many factors that should be taken into account. The first one is the vast increase in consumption of packaged food products worldwide. The demand for attractive and innovative packaging from the food and beverage industry will also play a big role in this scenario. In addition, there will be a greater interest in different formats (multipack and single-dose) and new materials for sustainable packaging.  The growing interest of companies to offer innovative packaging in order to attract large numbers of consumers will offer profitable opportunities to key players in the global packaging machine market.

The growth of production in the market will be accompanied by a greater focus on issues such as safety, hygiene, and energy efficiency. One of the key trends in the global packaging market will be the focus on reducing the amount of material used. Specifically, the reduction in the number of harmful polymers used in packaging will be a particularly relevant issue.  Sensitivity to the environment will be essential. The tendency will be to concentrate efforts on the use of packaging materials capable of preventing food and drink contamination, materials which can be recyclable, biodegradable and reusable.

From a geographic point of view and up to 2020, Europe confirms its position in the market, accounting for 50% of the world production. In Europe, 60% of packaging machinery production comes from Italy and Germany. North America should see substantial growth throughout the forecast period and represents a key share of the overall market. The high growth of this region can be attributed to the presence of a large number of players operating in the market.  On the other hand, Asia Pacific should see significant growth in the near future, thanks to the growing number of players investing in this region and the growing demand for packaging machinery in various sectors.

The packaging machinery industry is highly competitive. Trace Software International is positioned in the market with reliable tools for the efficient design, sizing and management of the electrical components of the packaging machinery.

elec calc™   is the CAE software solution dedicated to the sizing of electrical installations, the only one in the world that allows integrating the management of high and low voltage in the same project.

elecworks™ is the electrical drawing software for automation projects and electrical installations.  It provides all necessary features for the best design process for power and control schemes, cross-references, PLC’s, Terminals Strips, Panels, Reporting etc.

elecworks™ for PTC® Windchill® enables the efficient management of the product lifecycle effortlessly integrating the electrical data in the PLM system.

elecworks™ for PTC® Creo® ensure the smooth integration of the electrical schematic design from elecworks™ to the PTC® Creo® project.

Interdepartmental coordination and integration with ERP and/or PLM system are essential factors to consider when it comes to selecting a reliable software solution. These features promote the best design quality and a shorter development cycle.

Trace Software will participate in HISPACK 2018 – the leading Iberian fair for the packaging industry-  from the 8th to the 11th May 2018.

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elecworks™ 2018 : new integration with Windchill, greater level of customization and enhanced automatic routing in 3D for PTC® Creo® .

Trace Software International is thrilled to announce the launch of the newest version of its star design software solution:  elecworks™ 2018. Available in 14 languages, elecworks™ is the best-selling electrical CAD solution worldwide.

Since the early beginnings, Trace Software International (TSI), has been a successful company committed to the development of solutions and services for the engineering industry, specializing in electrical design software.

With 30 years of unique expertise in the design of tools for the creation of electrical projects, it is possible to affirm electrical engineering is in the company DNA.

Trusted by thousands of professionals worldwide, elecworks™ is the electrical CAD system for automation projects and electrical installations. It has been designed as a next generation, easy-to-use, intuitive & powerful tool which offers innovative and unlimited benefits.


Newest Features:


Time is money, especially when it comes to managing electrical and automatization projects in the engineering industry.  How does elecworks™ 2018 add value to the engineering design project in your company?

Amongst the latest features:


  • Automatic bridges bring automation to the next level. As a result, it automatically connects two terminals with the same equipotential or two terminals connected to the same wire, saving valuable design time.


  • Natural sort is also a considerable advantage when it comes to the design process, saving time.


  • Higher level of customization. Now it is possible to set and customize an array of different properties when it comes to the symbols attributes inserted in a project. Apart from the chance of setting a specific style for the project, the user can also add different parameters to each drawing, such as layers, line types and text styles.


  • Enhanced automatic routing in 3D for PTC®Creo® The first ever product able to work in a bidirectional and real-time synchronization with the mechanical research department using the digital model of the 3D project. Now you will be also able to route the wires the elements through the ducts inserted in the 3D model or define your own path inside the cabinet.


  • Automatic integration between elecworks™ 2018 and Windchill (PLM) which guarantees the integrity of your design project thanks to the centralized management of all the stages of development, fomenting at the same time a great interaction in between all partners.


  • New classification manager so you can now add your own classification to the symbols, parts, title blocks.


  • Deferred update Mode. Thanks to our new deferred mode feature, users can reduce and save drawing-time for schemes, in large projects.


It is easy to get started. You can now learn more about this cutting-edge design software solution and download a 30-day free trial version: FREE TRIAL.

Customers with an active subscription will be able to download this new version directly from the software. Purchase options include flexible subscription terms to fit your needs and personalized customer experience and support.


New elecworks 2016 effectiveness in your electrical projects

Discover what’s new in elecworks 2016

Available in September 2015, the new version of elecworks 2016 includes new features and enhancements with the clear objective to continue increasing productivity, and streamline the design process of electrical engineering and automation experts.

For more information about the new features in 2016 version, you can check software help.

You can find new features in major areas:

1. User interface
2. Project
3. Reports
4. Connections


New options built into the user interface to speed up the design of electrical projects

Resources Panel: centralized access to functions

It has enabled a new resources panel where the user can access the generic functions commonly used in any project, providing quick access.
Functions integrated in the panel are: creating a new project, direct access to Electrical Content Portal (ECP), search items, sample projects or license manager access.

Properties Panel: Display the properties of the elements quickly

The new properties panel will display the properties of one or more items of the same type quickly and in an organized manner.
Like any properties panel, editing the data in bulk is allowed. This panel is available to any electrical entity represented graphically in elecworks.

Nuevos paneles de propiedades y recursos en elecworks 2016


New features and enhancements for an integrated project management

Detailed paste: ease in managing elements

Detailed paste facilitates the insertion of an item or group of items in the project, associating them to existing ones or creating new items.
Their agile use facilitates cross-reference assignment between, for example, power and control circuits. Among the mapping options in the detailed paste we found the association of components to locations, functions or even the wire styles, which will be included in the new entities, improving the methodology and project development in a controlled and secure way.

Special paste for a faster design in elecworks 2016

Component Assignment: association and evaluation of symbols

This new command saves time in the design stage of the project to speed up the allocation of several symbols that are in the same scheme, to an existing component in the project. elecworks will analyse whether the type of selected elements correspond with the same classification of the destination component evaluating the association between them. For example the association between a terminal and a PLC is not allowed.

Symbols allocation to components now faster in elecworks 2016

Project macros: project automation and standardization

In the elecworks version 2016 the new feature “macro project” saves a set of drawings, existing inside in the same project for later use in another book or in another project.
These macros can then be inserted into a book or project, facilitating the creation of modular projects and standardization and industrialization of the same.

Project macros for a great standardization of the project in elecworks 2016

Project Snapshots

This new feature saves a project in its current state, you can make many snapshots of a project as needed. Allows backup generation of a project and its subsequent recovery. This helps in keeping a history of the project and facilitates the generation of modular projects.

Snapshots can be scheduled automatically save the project under different conditions such as when a book has been verified, or manually modified at any time. It includes a reminder tool to alert the user, from time to time, about the need for a snapshot.
Snapshots are saved in .tewzip format and can be retrieved at any time as if it were a project.

Project snapshots options in elecworks 2016

In this version the selection, copy and paste more than one book from a single project, has been improved, with more choice to control the paste process.

Book protection for specific users

New rights for users and profiles, such as editing books per user profile.

Formula Manager, new tabs and formula test results feature

The new formula manager can achieve complex numbering by insertion of mathematical functions and custom formulas, the results of which may be tested before implementation.

Formula manager and test in elecworks 2016

Translation: a single file glossary with as many languages as defined in elecworks

The glossary has been unified, increasing the number of available languages. Up to 39 languages per project in a unique translation database are now available, these can be used in new or existing projects.


Get the information you need at all times in an intuitive way

Filters in reports

The new filtering options in the different reports provide specific reports in an agile, simple and intuitive way. These filters are located to be easily visible by the user and adjusted to the content of the report.

New filters in reports to get more detailed documentation in elecworks 2016


Define real connections more quickly

Graphic order of the connections in the schema

This new command provides the graphical display of the wiring order in the scheme, as defined in the database, so that the user can define and see without further steps or other additional documentation, graphically, the source and destination of the connections between components, using the nodal indicators.

Graphic cabling order PCP elecworks 2016

New setting for wiring optimization depending on the 2D cabinet

A new parameter used in optimizing the wiring, allows establishment of the sense of the sweep of components in the cabinet when connecting the different components.

New parameter to optimize the wire cabling in elecworks 2016

Customers with active subscription can download this new version from the support area of Trace Software .
You can see the full list of new features and improvements in version 2016 from the program’s help, accessible from the Help menu or by pressing the F1 key.

New elecworks 2016 effectiveness in your electrical projects

elecworks 2016, agility and effectiveness in your projects

The new release of elecworks 2016, which will be launched during the month of September 2015, includes new and enhanced features in order to increase productivity. These improvements, essentially based on four main areas: agility, automation, standardization and quality improvement, following with the Trace Software International philosophy in developing flexible, intuitive, efficient and optimal solutions.

Greater agility in designing your projects

New options such as the enhanced feature of special paste, among other features focused in this section, provides the user to design with greater speed and agility. This feature allows different allocation options, from selection of location, function, cables, terminal strips, PLC and components, or wire styles. Options included in this section provide users with greater speed and agility in designing, improving the methodology and project development.

Special paste for a faster design in elecworks 2016

Optimum project standardization

If elecworks already had the option to do custom macros of circuits, in this new version we have added the possibility to save a set of drawings as a macro, a document book or the whole project can be saved for later use inside other projects or books. With the Project Macros, users have a powerful tool for standardization of their projects, based on modular projects creation to facilitate industrialization and application of economies of scale.

Project macros for a great standardization of the project in elecworks 2016

More detailed documentation

Thanks to a series of new filters included in the reports area, the user can get more detailed documentation, without the need for long SQL instructions. Showing only the information required in the project documentation. Thus obtaining a more accurate and precise documentation according to the needs of each project.

New filters in reports to get more detailed documentation in elecworks 2016

Process automation

elecworks 2016 includes a graphic cabling order with nodal indicator automatically, without additional documentation, in order to make the physical implementation of the project faster when it should proceed with the manufacturing. It saves time from avoiding consulting different sources of information.

Graphic cabling order PCP elecworks 2016

Customers with active subscription can download the new version from the support area of Trace Software.
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