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VisualCircuit

Generate control schematic reports easily even when working with vanilla CAD software.

VisualCircuit allows you to generate control schematic reports:

  • Material List integrated with Inventory Item Codes
  • Terminal Block Diagram
  • Wiring Diagram
  • Panel Interconnections
  • Labels, Hardware and Lugs

Usual scenario can be described as follows:

  • 40-45% of the time is spent in the preparation of electrical schematic and the remaining time is spent in the "rest" of the drawings.
  • Manual preparation of follow-on drawings leads to repetition of work and chances of error.
  • Traditional Industry approach has been to provide electrical schematic software which is used to draw the scheme and then generate other drawings
  • Generally, this increases the time and skill required to operate the software
  • Further, the Electrical CAD software tends to be expensive and existing "vanilla" CAD software need to be replaced.

Visual Circuit proposes an alternate workflow:

  • Allows use of existing CAD software for schematics
  • Provides tools to automate the rest of the documents
  • Provides graphical user interface for entry of devices and their wire buses and generates several follow through documents eliminating manual work.
  • Works in conjunction with your existing CAD software and NOT as a replacement.

Scheme Preparation

Inventory Item codes and Device List

  • Define Coding system to indicate significance of various digits in a code
  • Define unique Item code for each unique orderable item
  • Define BOM for each item. For example, a contactor assy may contain a base contactor and an add-on block.
  • Define control schematic specific information for each item:
    • Terminal Block Diagram
      • Add a collection of terminal sets
      • Choose type for each terminal set, such as NO contact, NC contact, Coil etc.
      • Define terminal nos. for each terminal set
    • Mounting information
      • Required to generate mounting hardware list
    • Lug Types
      • Required to generate lug list according to bus wire size selected in scheme

Mounting Guide

  • Each control device has usually got two mountings: indoor mounted and panel mounted.
  • Maintain standard mounting codes with RTF document for mounting info
  • Maintain hardware required for each mounting code.
  • One mounting code can be assigned to multiple devices.

Terminal Sets

  • Define standard terminal sets
  • Example: NO contact, NC contact, Coil, Selector Switch 3 Way etc.
  • Define no. of terminals in the terminal set. Devices which use this terminal set will have to define terminal nos. accordingly.
  • Assign a representative image for the terminal set:
    • The graphical wiring diagram will be generated using this image.
    • Position the terminal no. and wire no. position on the image using the Graphical designer.

Prepare Scheme

  • Scheme is prepared per work order.
  • Enter control panels and their types such as indoor, outdoor or field area
  • Enter devices located in each panel:
    • Choose from the master device list
    • Assign wire nos. to each terminal as defined in the device
    • Device wiring diagram is generated on the fly
    • Define labels used for the device
  • Maintain wire buses for the scheme
    • Define size and colour
    • Assign device terminals to the wire bus

Outputs

Printable Reports

  • Terminal Block Diagram
    • Panel wise
  • Wiring Diagram
    • Graphical figures according to the images assigned in the device masters
    • Panel wise
  • Material List
    • Includes Device BOM
    • Panel Wise
  • Labels, Hardware and Lugs
    • Labels are as entered during scheme preparation
    • Hardware are generated from the mounting code assignment
    • Lugs are calculated from the lug type assignment and wire bus size assigned
    • Panel wise or work order wise
  • Interconnection List
    • Each unique panel combination is generated separately
    • Cables are calculated according to device rules defined and assigned separate identifiable codes
    • Includes no. of cores for each cable and connected device terminal nos.
VisualCircuit is available part of ETOBench BOM, ETOBench Pro and Maximprise Pro