This article looks at how to get more organized with an electrical system design. We’ll be focused on how SOLIDWORKS Electrical can help you get a grip on the number of devices that you have present within a system design starting with proper component management best practices. Let’s dive in and take a closer look at how to get organized in SOLIDWORKS Electrical.
In SOLIDWORKS Electrical, the primary tool that you have at your disposal for helping to get organized are what’s called “locations.” Locations are groups of components that exist within your electrical project. This makes it easy to capture their relationship to the mechanical system that is being developed. An analog would be assemblies and sub-assemblies inside of the mechanical system. Locations is the same concept in electrical design.
Setting these up is simple. It’s a matter of designating what we want, what it’s going to be called and how many we need. In this example, we will create and specify a seventh top-layer location to the existing six. Once created, I can add details to the properties window. From within the assembly, I can mirror the sub-assembly structure of the mechanical assembly that it’s going to be associated with, and I can also add several sub-locations to the top-level assembly to designate different locations.
Once I have the structure built into my project, how I assign these come in many different flavors. I can go to the sheet itself and right-click on the sheet, or I can go in the tree to change the location. I can then point to what I want most of the elements on this page to be associated with. In this case, most of the components are in the panel. It’s a lot easier to locate devices in the sub-location of my design that I’m interested in.
Another approach for elements on this page that I may want to identify as being part of a different location than the rest of the elements is the utilization of “location outlines.” I can also designate – using a box on the page – an area that is representative of the different locations within my design. For example, we’ll say everything inside of the box that I’ve just drawn is going to be in the conveyor location. What SOLIDWORKS will do is change the location of the elements that were within that box and place them into the conveyor location. This helps me organize the information and confirms that everything inside of this box is now in that location for the viewer of the page.
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