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elecworks™ 2019 by Trace Software International

elecworks™ 2019: what is new?

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Trace Software International, with a unique passion for the design of high-performance software solutions for electrical engineering since 1987, announces that elecworks™ 2019 is available on the market from October.

 

User interface

New options have been added to the user interface to increase the interactivity.

  • Interface compatible with 4k
    The complete interface has been updated with the new icons. Now ribbons, menus, dockable panels, etc will have brand new icons. The newest icons guarantee an even better interactivity. Its new interface, compatible with the 4k resolution, will allow the user having a better resolution and a sharper view.

elecworks™ 2019 by Trace Software International - 4 k resolution

 

  • New option “Dimension Unit”
    With this new version, the user will be able to choose the units to display wires, cables, and manufacturer parts. The dimensions can now be displayed in millimeters or inches. This new option will help companies in the internationalization of their projects.
  • New button in the project configuration
    In the project configuration dialog box, the button “Apply” has been added. The user can save the parameters and see the changes without exiting the dialog box while saving time in the configuration of the project.

 

Project

New features and enhancements have been added to allow a faster and smarter project design.

  • Inserting macros. New command
    It is possible to insert the macros directly from the menu. A new command to insert a macro has been added in the schematic and in the line diagram menus. This new command allows saving space on the screen, hiding the macros palette and improving ergonomics since there is no need to change the PC screen.
  • Converting types of drawings
    Accessible from the drawing properties dialog box, the users can now change the type of drawing. A schematic or line diagram drawing can be converted into a mixed scheme drawing, saving time by avoiding to re-design the scheme or duplicate the drawing.
  • PLC manager. New command
    A new command allows to go from the contextual menu of the list of circuits to the drawing, now user can open the drawing in which the symbol representing the I/O is inserted. This means an important improvement in terms of usability for the user.
  • Archiving improvement
    A specific improvement has been developed in the archive command. The user will find now a new wizard to manage the external files to store when archiving the projects, like 3D files, images, etc. This will help the users to keep projects and all documents related archived.
  • Wiring cabling order navigation
    A “Go to” command is added on the contextual menu of the component in the wiring cabling order dialog. It will be helpful for identifying and detecting possible errors and find out the component quickly in the scheme.
  • Renumbering components. Type of symbol choice
    A new parameter has been added to the project configuration dialog. From the 2019 version, users can choose the priority for renumbering components. This choice can be between multiwire symbols and line diagram symbols. Thus, the user can assign the priority to components inserted in different types of drawings. This is especially useful for those users that include the drawing number in the component mark. In this way, they can define the drawing where the multiwire symbol is inserted.
  • Connectors graphical representation
    New parameters have been added to the connector configuration. Dynamic connectors can be customized from the shape, break, and position of the connection poles, giving the user more flexibility to create connectors according to needs. * Available only in elecworks™ Onboard licenses.

connectors graphical representation of elecworks™ 2019 by Trace Software International

  • Inserting macros from XLS Automation
    Now it is possible to insert the project macros and the specific schemes from a project through the XLS Automation command, reducing the number of macros needed for the automation projects.

 

Reports

A greater usability to get the information needed.

 

  • Views for reports customization
    Newest views have been added to the report database, helping to create complex relationships between tables for new reports. Reports customization is now easier than ever and without any SQL advanced knowledge requirement.

 

 

Views for report customization with elecworks™ by Trace Software International

 

  • Hyperlinks in report drawings
    The new hyperlinks allow the user to navigate to the different parts of the project in an easy and practical way straight from the report. Links are automatically generated in the reports drawing. The user can now navigate to a drawing, function or location amongst others from the reports drawing.

 

Library

More options and details for your electrical symbol library

  • Electrical assemblies in the project
    The super parts are now named “Electrical Assembly”, the special component that gathers various references under a unique material reference and its management have been improved. In addition, they can be now stored in the project, allowing listings of materials grouped by assemblies or equipment.

 

electrical assemblies of elecworks™ 2019 by Trace Software International

  • Black box information
    Now you can customize what information to show in the connection points and attributes of the black boxes, parameterizing the values according to templates and clients.
  • Wire/Cable termination types
    Termination types are used to define how the cable cores or the wires are connected to the components. A new library of terminations is available within elecworks™. In addition, these terminations are selectable from the components, allowing to make a list of the number of the terminations used
    throughout the project.

 

Active subscribers can download this new version from Trace Software support area.

The full list of the new features and improvements of our 2019 version is available in the Help menu or by pressing the F1 key.

 

 

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elecworks 2019 empowered user experience by Trace Software International

elecworks™ 2019:  empowered user experience

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Trace Software International, with a unique passion for the design of high-performance software solutions for electrical engineering since 1987, announces that elecworks™ 2019 will be available on the market from October.

The management of electrical projects can be time-consuming.  Low levels of customization, long design time, tedious interface, inconsistent documentation, and poor details can be critical factors for any professional in the industry.  In this latest version, the professional CAD software for electrical installations and automation projects offers new features aimed at empowering the user experience even further.
More interactivity, smarter automated features, greater efficiency of use, an even more intuitive design, and higher levels of customization sum up to the existing features, making elecworks™ 2019 a professional software tool that delivers the highest performance.
elecworks™ 2019, therefore, improves the way in which the user can create and modify wiring diagrams, electrical cabinets, components, control systems, and documentation, by simplifying processes without sacrificing quality and precision.

Amongst the most important latest features and improvements:

Increased Interactivity

  • The newest icons of elecworks™ guarantee an even better interactivity. A new interface, compatible with the 4k resolution, has been installed.
  • The new hyperlinks allow the user to navigate the different parts of the project in an easy and practical way,  straight from the report in both format CAD or PDF.

Usability

  • New component view. Now the components can be displayed according to their actual situation, regardless of the situation of the higher-level element.
  • Newest views added to the databases, which avoids creating complex relationships between tables for new reports, and easy customization of existing ones.

Accuracy of details

  • Save time thanks to the addition of new options for ordering data listing. It is possible to display up/down sorting.
  • A new library of cable terminations is now available within elecworks™. In addition, these terminations are selectable from the components, allowing to make a list of the number of the terminations used throughout the project.

 
Design faster and smarter

  • Now it is possible to insert the project macros from the XLS Automation command, reducing the number of macros needed for the automation projects.
  • Also, it is possible to insert macros directly from the menu. This new command allows saving space on the screen, hiding the macros palette and improving ergonomics since there is no need to change PC screen.

 
Higher levels of personalization

  • Now you can customize what information to show in the connection points of the black boxes, parameterizing the values according to the templates and clients.
  • Dynamic connectors can be customized from the shape, break, and position of the connection poles, giving the user more flexibility to create connectors according to needs.
  • Electrical assemblies in the project. The super references are now named Electrical Assembly. In addition, they can be now stored in the project, allowing listings of materials grouped by assemblies or equipment.

 

  • elecworks™ for  PTC can be integrated with  Creo 5.0

 

elecworks 2019 screenshot by Trace Software International

 
It is easy to get started. You can now learn more about this unique software solution and download a free trial version.
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 training and customer support.

 

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Trace Software International is attending the CIIF Event in Shanghai

More than 2,500 exhibitors and 160,000 visitors are expected today at the twentieth edition of CIIF, the leading event in the field of manufacturing in China. Trace Software International, with a unique passion in the design of software solutions for industrial engineering since 1987, confirms its participation in the event, which will be held from September 19 to 23 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai.
Since its launch in 1999, CIIF has become one of the most influential international trade fairs in China, a catalyst for local and international industry opportunities.
The manufacturing sector in China has enough resources, quality infrastructures, continuous and systematic support from the government in the field of technological research and a lively business environment. The event is made up of distinct themes, each of which corresponds to a distinct show: The New Material Industry, Aerospace and Aviation Technology, Scientific & Technological Innovation, Robotics, New Energy, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Environmental Protection Technology & Equipment, Industrial Automation Show, Metalworking and CNC Machine Tool.
Trace Software International will take part in the Energy Show, the platform that focuses on the use of new green technologies to foster a more sustainable type of economy. At booth 4.1H-F142, the company will showcase software solutions that allow industry professionals to improve their competitive position in the market by boosting the performance of engineering projects.
elecworks™ is the electrical drawing software for automation projects and electrical installations. It provides all the features necessary for the best design process for power and control schemes, cross-references, PLCs, terminals, panels, reports, etc.
elecworks™ for PTC® Creo® ensures the seamless integration of the schematic electrical design from elecworks™ to the PTC® Creo® for a 3D design.
elec calc™ is the CAE software solution dedicated to the sizing of electrical installations, the only one in the world that allows the integration of high and low voltage management in the same project.
elec calc™ BIM is the first software in the world that seamlessly integrates the electrical calculation into the BIM process. With elec calc ™ BIM, the user can design, calculate and size the electrical installation in the digital model in IFC 4 format, generated by any 3D architecture software (Revit, ArchiCAD, SketchUp …).
archelios™ Pro is a software solution designed for professionals in the photovoltaic industry to design, modify and share projects of maximum precision, from the roof to the huge ground installation. It is an essential solution to manage any photovoltaic project entirely and for all types of photovoltaic installations.

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10 reasons why elecworks™ is a winning electrical CAD software by Trace Software International

10 reasons why elecworks™ is a winning electrical CAD software

elecworks™  is an electrical CAD software for the design of automation projects and electrical installations. Since 1987 Trace Software International has been a global leader in the development of software solutions (CAD & CAE) and consultancy services for the industrial engineering, with unique expertise in the design of electrical installations.

Why electrical professionals choose elecworks™?

  • elecworks™ is easy to use and intuitive. This software adopts the standard of Windows, including a multi-level UNDO/REDO button for all the features. Also, in the boards of commands, assistance and controls parameter are available. You can save time, avoid the hassle and focus on the electrical design.
  • Many are the features that make elecworks™ a smart design tool, with an overall unmatched automation levelYou can generate electrical schemes through an excel file or use a macro. Macros enable creating a set of functions or types of processes which are reusable. Save design time and increase your productivity thanks to this project standardization functions which also avoid error occurrence.
  • The innovative wiring diagram is a unique feature of elecworks™. This application allows describing the installation through the logical diagram representing the different equipment and the links between them. The description via the synoptic allows to quickly define the equipment and cables and can also be used as a cost estimation tool for a project.
  • Real time multi-users platform dramatically improves the time- to -market, as it allows to work simultaneously while all changes and their derived automation are visible in real time by all members of teams.
  • Trace Software International’ Electrical Content Portal is directly accessible through elecworks™ software. Linked to a world-leading digital engineering 3D content company – Trace Parts, it represents the worldwide renown leading platform with the most comprehensive database of manufacturers certified data.
  • The consistency of data is guaranteed throughout the electrical project thanks to the digital model of the installation, which is basically a database that contains all the information of the installation, from the symbols and links to the complete description of the components and cables. This information is available in real time and for all the users.
  • Quality documentation in multiple languages. During the electrical design process, elecworks™ alerts the user whether an error is detected, to avoid unexpected expenses. The performance of your project is enhanced, and the accuracy of the design empowered to provide a project as close as possible to the production conditions. This electrical CAD software is available in 14 languages.
  • The integration with 3D CAD platform (PTC CREO), ERP and PLM (PTC Windchill) software make elecworks™ a comprehensive software solution for industry professional who is looking to improve their strategic positioning in the market.
  • elecworks™ adapts to your own workflow. Plan your own electrical design project. You can start at any stage of the project, decide who is going to collaborate and where to allocate your resources. elecworks™ is a functional and flexible software which enhance the engineering project by helping avoiding bottleneck in the process.
  • Personalization. You can create customizable documentation as the BOM, thanks to elecworks™ SQL database engine. Add queries, filter, customize your documentation, select the information you need, and create templates in with just a few steps.

It is easy to get started. You can ask for a trial version HERE.

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How can Trace Software International make you an industry leader?

Electrical CAD has been used in certain industries for many years. Some industries have always required it for their precision designs of products. However, there is a common challenge affecting many companies’ ability to compete effectively within their industries today, that is using the wrong electrical CAD software. How can Trace Software International help you to be an industry leader?

With elecworks , our world renown electrical CAD/CAE software – has been specially designed for electrical and automation projects no matter what the size. Our electrical CAD software comes with many additional modules that can be further used to integrate the process design with other software and departments within companies.

With our extensive experience and unique market knowledge along with our continuous investments in R&D, continually drive us forward with innovation and has resulted in many industries becoming more aware of the capabilities of our solutions and how they can fit into their businesses. Using our software reduces costly errors in the design process with the quick selection of manufacturers’ references.  By using simulation and measurement capabilities to calculate the amount of material used in a product before it is constructed – keeps costs down.

 

Characteristics of an effective electrical CAD tool

Nowadays nothing works in isolation, this being true in our increasingly connected world.  It’s no surprise that, in an engineering environment, one of the ways the effectiveness of an electrical CAD tool is measured by the extent it can interact with other processes and systems. For example, when you use a sophisticated electrical CAD tool, but find you cannot integrate this information to other parts of your product development process, this limits the effectiveness of the system and the ability to meet deadlines.

By taking advantage of the many capabilities of elecworks™ electrical CAD offers, more industries are finding ways of using our solutions as part of their product design processes. By doing so they are getting ahead of their competitors as well as making their own processes more efficient and less time constrained. elecworks™ allows you to use a different kind of workflows according to your engineering needs and further allows the ability for multiple users to concurrently access the same project. This feature ensures more efficiency during the working cycle thus reducing runtimes.

 

Determine your requirements

The first step is to consider your current situation. Do you already have an electrical CAD software that is outdated or underperforming? Or are you a startup business looking to invest in such a tool for the first time? The answer to this question will determine how you start your search.

 

If your current CAD application needs to be replaced, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Which areas of the software, specifically, are resulting in a slow pace of work?
  • Is the current system awkward and expensive when it comes to running on multiple computers?
  • Is the current system too big a cost?
  • What prompted your decision to reinvest in new CAD software?
  • Do the providers of your current software offer reliable support?

 

If you’re new to the business, here’s what you should be asking yourself:

  • Do you want to be productive in a short period of time?
  • Do you have a budget specifically for electrical CAD software or are funds tight?
  • Do you have one or more people that will need to access the CAD software?
  • What computer hardware do you have to hand?
  • Are you going to be designing products that have both electrical and mechanical components?

 

Boost your productivity and optimize your business using our solutions – That’s why at Trace Software International we have the answers to your requirements. It is easy to start and quickly benefit from using our software solutions compared with our competitors such as Eplan.

Our solutions are flexible, innovative and precise that enable faster project development while applying highest quality standards.  

Fortunately, with our software solutions, and for a variety of industries, it means you won’t have to break the bank to acquire it. Find out how we can help you build a productive future for your business on our website page and for more details on elecworks™ along with the rest our globally used products.

 

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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.

 

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!

Process

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

elecworks-busbar-creation

Benefits

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:

elecworks-schematic-real-representation-busbar

elecworks-bill-of-materials-busbar

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.