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30 Jun 2017, 13:26

Solving the top 5 problems faced by Electrical Designers

 

Wasting time on mundane tasks

When you are designing an electrical system, generally it involves two distinct types of activity: You use your knowledge and skills to build and configure a system that you need to perform a required function. Then you spend lots of time repeating mundane repeatable tasks that are essential to the design, every minute performing those same actions, again and again, is the time you could be spending configuring your next electrical design, so, what can you do to make your design life easier?

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Suffering the consequences of human error

We are all only human and in today’s hectic working environment, with all the noise and distractions that you can find there, they can lead to mistakes and omissions in our designs. How can you be really certain that when you have completed your project amidst all those distractions and phone calls, that there are no errors in it? Are you sure your Bill of Materials includes everything you have included in the design, did you renumber the wires after that design change? Is there a solution?

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Wasting time researching parts details

It can be a tough slog when you first start designing a project, searching far and wide for data sheets and product specifications, sifting through online searches, paper catalogues or perhaps scanning all the information you have from a previous project. How much of your time is taken up with all this searching and digging around for information? What about pricing and availability? Finding alternatives to products you built into your design that have now become obsolete can be soul destroying. What if your design tool had a built-in symbol library and the ability to display live pricing and availability of parts?

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Using inefficient purchasing solutions 

When you have finally finished your project, do you then have to spend hours phoning various suppliers, getting quote after quote and ticking off all the parts you have in your Bill of Materials until you think you have finally ordered all the parts? How often do you end up missing out parts, or ordering duplicates? What if you could order all of those parts online in a matter of clicks using a Bill of Materials function that is built into your design software?

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Using a design process with no capability for panel layouts 

When you are designing an electrical system which has numerous control cabinets, how do you go about designing your cabinet layouts? If you don’t already have a dedicated electrical CAD solution, it will more than likely present you with a few challenges. With your design concept you will know what component parts are going into the design and where they are going, but how much space will they take up in each cabinet and what size of cabinet will you need to fit all the component parts into?

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30 Jun 2017, 13:26