Electrical System Design Getting Maximum Efficiency from Complex Electrical System Designs

Author / Editor: Indira Rao / Dominik Stephan

Today, the rising complexity and importance of electronic features incorporated in industrial equipment products, high price of electrical equipment and cabling, have made electrical system design one of the key activities in product development rather than an afterthought. Here’s a look at how Trinity Touch experienced robust functionality in their process post installation of Solidworks Electrical 2D.

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The product integrates electrical systems design with robust configuration system management to increase part commonality across products
The product integrates electrical systems design with robust configuration system management to increase part commonality across products
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The industrial equipment industry faces increasing challenges in electrical systems design. Earlier, electrical devices and harness routes were designed by fitting them in spaces left by engineers.

In some cases, the fitting was even done during physical mockup validation. Today, with times changing and competition increasing, electrical system design has become a center of attraction. Trinity Touch is an electrical panel manufacturing company, which provides customized solution between solar modules and inverters, and has presence in the UK and India currently, for supplying its products to the power and energy sector.

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Talking about the importance of design in this sector, Head of Department – Electrical, Trinity Touch, Perminder Sandhu said, “After getting an inquiry from our customer, our first step is to convert the inquiry into initial design (preparing single line diagram, switchgear selection, panel sizing as per internal electrical components to be used, wire sizing as per load conditions, etc.) for cost estimation. Post the approval on drawings, we proceed to further execute the details in power, circuit and PLC logic drawings.“

Inquiry Becomes Decisive Step for Successful System Design

Delivering right at the inquiry stage is of utmost importance to clinch the deal. Only if one stands out from the rest will he be able to beat competition. And in this industry, one of the ways to stand out is by responding faster to enquiries in the preorder stage itself. Trinity was not able to do the same and faced challenges when it came to preparing and submitting the electrical line diagram.

Agreeing, Sandhu added, “The format of our previous drawings was not presentable enough to make an impact during the initial stage of inquiry. If there were relative changes to be made, it would take time to update the SLD’s required at inquiry stage for proposals. We also faced shortage of locally available support for easy and proper implementation of our existing software i.e. Eplan. Lastly, we

were also not able to justify the cost and time involved in this entire exercise.”

Having faced such shortcomings, the company decided to switch to Solidworks’ Electrical 2D tool. Explaining the functions of the tool, Senior Technical Manager - India & SAARC Countries, Dassault Systemes Solidworks, Ravi Varadarajan averred, “Solidworks Electrical 2D is a design and detailed engineering 2D tool for electrical system design. Using this tool, one can prepare single and multi-line schematic drawings, terminal strip drawings, PLC input/output layout drawings and generate various reports such as drawings, BOMs and wire lists etc. for various types of electrical systems.”

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