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.
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
- Required to generate mounting hardware list
- Required to generate lug list according to bus wire size selected in scheme
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Terminal Block Diagram
- Graphical figures according to the images assigned in the device masters
- Panel wise
- 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
- 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.