Elecworks – The origin
Trace Software International is the fruit of the merger of two expert companies in the electrical CAD field, ACERI, designer of the software solutions Electrical Designer and CADELEC (one of the first schematic software products on the worldwide market) and Trace Software, designer of TR-ELEC and of Trace Elec Pro, the first « database driven » schematic software based on a SQL Server database.
In 2009, after more than 6 years working on R&D based on this expertise, Trace Software International introduces on the market elecworks, a new highly innovative electrical CAD software: the first ever product able to work in real time with the mechanical research department whether it is in 2D or with the digital model of the 3D project.
Thus electricians, automaticians and mechanics can collaborate ahead of time to design and anticipate the design choices.
Trace Software has created a simple, efficient, worldwide solution, dedicated to the electricity and automatism trades. Available in 16 languages, elecworks™ is the best-selling electrical CAD solution worldwide
Top advantages which make of elecworks a unique product on the market
The possibility to work simultaneoulsy on different pages of the same folder or on different folders dramatically accelerates the designing and editing functionality. Combined with synchronous multiple users, it speeds up project management and coordination. Indeed, all changes and their derived automations are visible in real time by all members of teams.
An internal dialog box to the software allows to check or to validate if in doubt or in conflict. The combination of these features substantially increase the productivity of design teams.
What impresses most elecworks™ users is its simplicity of use. Elecworks™ is the only product to adopt the standard of Windows Office products ; a multi-levels UNDO/REDO button is available for all features, making your projects more secure.
The products offers contextual menus and a ribbon interface allowing you to smoothly and gradually reach the commands you need as the project grows. For each command, assistance and control parameters are available in a dedicated space : the board of commands ; thus you get assistance in any case, especially with commands you are less familiar with. Getting trained on the product only takes a few days, and you can use elecworks™ in an occasional way without having to immerse yourself in guides…
This simplicity makes elecworks™ the simplest electrical CAO software to deploy in the research department, and the more rapidly adopted by the teams.
elecworks™ was designed with a focus on its users’needs, whose research time is continuoulsy shortening. Thus, the Smart Copy feature allows to spread/iterate all or part of a folder in one single operation in compliancy with the type and the destination of data.
Thanks to a strong collaboration with our customers, the development on the automations has reached an advanced level. The I/O are strongly structuring for a project, regarding time spent by the teams as well as dimensioning of equipment. The automations’ configurator was studied consequently, with a particular focus on the possibilities of import/export with Excel or with the systems of programming of automation. elecworks™ allows to automatically generate cards and connectors associated to each way, by using an innovative « macros » technology. Thus, once the folios generated, the symbols of ways are still editable, giving a huge flexibility to the automatic generation while limiting the number of macros to be defined.
The use of Macros – saving all or part of a project- is a great opportunity to build expertise up and to normalize uses.
This allows users to develop templates for functions and processes, which are reusable by the teams of the research department.
elecworks™ is designed on a database which contains all the installation information, from the symbols and the wires to the complete description of the components and cables. This base constitutes the digital model of the installation.
Whatever the view or the function you are working on, the data are available in real time and their integrity is insured in any case, including when functioning in multi users mode.
To take into consideration the uses in the research departments and to facilitate the integration in the information system of the company or the collaboration with outsiders, the format of folder of elecworks™ is natively DWG and many exchange functionalities are available such as the import/export of data to the Excel format, the generation of folder to the PDF format with smart browsing, a link with the PDM or ERP systems, the integration of an Autocad plan in the folder (which is done by a simple drag and drop), the recovery of plans and symbols of all project to the Autocad Electrical format and the addition of all type of documentation to complete your folder.
elecworks™ also includes a group of API (application programming interface) allowing the smart piloting of industrial process or the automatic creation of electronic folder from the user scenario.
elecworks™ introduces a new way to design a project with the help of an innovative application : the «wiring diagram» or the «single line diagram» .
This application allows to describe the installation through the logical diagram representing the different equipments and the links between these equipments. 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. The synoptic is a particular view of the project and the defined information in the synoptic are automatically passed on in the detailed diagram
A synoptic and the corresponding developed diagram. « courtesy of ACIMEX, group CBE »
The synoptic of elecworks™ is a fabulous tool which allows for example to edit the parts lists or to define the cabling before the developed diagrams is completed. This allows to act very early in the processes of commands. The synoptic, which is easily understood by customers and members of the project, will be an essential communication tool.
With the synoptic you can go from the principle diagram to the final project without any data loss.
Beyond the electrical diagram, elecworks™ also meets with other needs: the pneumatic and hydraulic schematic (elecworks Fluid), the schematic for the industrial process (elecworks P&ID), the harness design (elecworks Harness and elecworks Onboard).
Numerous engineering taks are automated within the elecworks™ platform which therefore offers in one singleinterface, the same applicative logic and a complete interoperability, allowing for example the crossed reference of component symbols in those different fields.
elecworks™, designed by Trace Software, is the only software to be completely integrated to Dassault Systèmes CAO software and PTC Creo solution. Quite naturally, thinking of the needs of integration of the mechanics and electrical research departments has led to the integration on the 3D CAO. While the existing solutions on the market offered exchanges of files between the different software products, elecworks™ offers a complete integration, a collaborative engineering with teams working on the same database, the same digital model. The functionalities even include the automatic routing of wires and cables in the cabinet layouts.
elecworks™ offers a high level of flexibility with continuoulsy updated contents available on demand. Users can choose to integrate some «offline contents» (and install the catalogues already present on the computer in the elecworks™ archive files) or some «online contents» (access directly to the portal of elecworks™ contents «electrical content portal» and download a selection among the list of all available manufacturers catalogues).