The Integration of Electrical CAD/CAE for Machine Manufacturing

In the fields of electrical and automation engineering, fully automated design engineering sounds very difficult but cofaso eSchematic shows that it is quite possible with a user-friendly handling.
By: COFASO - ePanel Software
BERLIN - Feb. 26, 2020 - PRLog -- The packaging machine manufacturer Athapack exemplifies how productivity can be improved through integrated information management. At Athapack, the electrical engineering planning department makes systematic use of all available information sources to rationalize its work process. As a result, Athapack cut the time it previously spent generating control schematics by 80%. The company attributes its success to the electrical CAD software cofaso. Now in place for three years, engineers have used cofaso to automate project processing to such an extent that many processes no longer require manual intervention. Improved documentation, increased quality and the time and cost savings contribute substantially to the company's overall productivity.

cofaso eSchematic and Full Automatic Schematic Creation

Athapack has made considerable progress toward state-of-the-art solutions in combining cofaso eSchematic with the "mechanical design" level. The concept is to standardize the circuits and create a knowledge database and also configure the schematics instead of drawing them over and over. At Athapack, the key parts in the control system are generated from the specification of the peripheral electrical components.

In cofaso libraries, the feature enables engineers to find and select a real part less than a second. And these libraries contain more than 1.000.000 parts from many component manufacturers. Automatic part selection feature gives the opportunity to use every characteristics of a component as a search criteria when the designers search for the required part in the libraries. This enables the company to save great deal of time during the design process.

Documentation and cofaso

Once the control schematic has been completed by using cofaso, the designations are normalized and given to control characters. These characters enable flexible report and documentation (terminal plans, cable plans, terminal-connection plans, bill of materials, device lists, purchase order lists, wiring lists...) including customer documentation, labeling and printout.

Panel Design and cofaso

At Athapack, the electrical engineering department has made a significant progress to standardize the panel design processes. While designing a panel layout, the engineers are able to use panel design symbols which are provided in cofaso symbol libraries. cofaso enables the engineers to create their own symbol libraries and also import the DWG data of the panel layout symbols into cofaso.

Written by Mert Gercek, the head of business development at cofaso Software.

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