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Comparision CAD vs Eplan vs SOLIDWORKS Electrical
  • Comparision CAD vs Eplan vs SOLIDWORKS Electrical

    Posted on Feb Wed, 2019 by seacad_admin

    Still wonder which is most suitable for your company between ePlan, AutoCAD & SOLIDWORKS Electrical?

    Just look at the table below that we have already broken into 32 mini features to point out the discrepancies.

    Comparison Points Solidworks Electrical EPLAN AUTO CAD
    Ferruling Automatic Wire Numbering(Ferruling) exists Ferruling is automatic It is to be Done manually, Chances of error increases
    BOM Generation BOM Generation is Automatic and customizable, with different templates
    (EX: BOM Grouped by MFR, BOM Sorted by Symbol designation with file no., BOM sorted by Ref…etc.,)
    BOM generation is automatic It is to be Done manually, Chances of error increases
    Terminal Detail Terminal Strip Drawings are Automatic Terminal detail generation is automatic It is to be Done manually, Chances of error increases
    Cover Page It will generate Automatically it is generated automatic It is to be Done manually, Chances of error increases
    Table of content Table of Content (Dwg. List) is Automatic it is generated automatic It is to be Done manually, Chances of error increases
    Inbuilt Library Inbuilt symbol library (about 5 lac componenets) exists It has its own inbuilt library for electical symobols for 3hase & 1 Single phase diagram No such library, each symbol has to be made manually in each drawing
    Macro Any Part/Subsection of any Schematic dwg. Can be saved as a MACRO for DESIGN RE USE Any part drawing/ complete wiring scheme can be saved as a macro in its path directory No such option
    Time Cosumption 2-3 Drawings can be completed per day, based on Complexity 1-2 drawings can be completed  in a day 1 drawing can be completed in 2-3 days
    Connection points Two points in a same plane connects automatically. Also Symbol inserted onto the Wiring in Schematic will connect automatically. Automatic 2 points lying in a same plan & in same line has to be connected by drawing a line between those points
    Cross referncing Automatic Cross refencing  possible with the PARENT/CHILD cross referenece configuration Automatic It is to be Done manually, Chances of error increases
    Import/Export of draiwng  Able to Import/ Export Drawings, spread sheets etc., Auto Cad drawing can be imported / exported in Eplan Auto Cad drawing can be imported / exported in Eplan
    2D/3D Design Collaboration, in REAL TIME Collaborative design flow between 2D &3D  is possible &  Dynamic insertion/deletion of Components  possible, while in execution process Possible with  design limitations. Editing of 3D part is tedius and not dynamic. Requires ACAD inventor for the 3D design colloboration and the Dynamic Insertion/update of components is Cumbersome
    Link to ERP/MRP Linking to ERP is an Inbuilt feature Materials should be entered in
    ESG 2000 and then transferred to SAP via a
    PMS databank.
    To be Done manually
    Calculation of Error Reports & Duct fill ratios Design Rule Checks & Cable duct fill ratios calculation etc., possible. Possible with limitations To be Done manually
    Dynamic Connector Selection Inbuilt feature in SW Electrical 2015 onwards. Possible with limitations To be Done manually
    Inline Routing Diagnositcs Routing error analysis is possible. Possible with limitations To be Done manually, No routing module exists
    Managing User Rights User will have rights as(Admin, Power user) per their role in the project with Password protected. This is enable a BETTER CONTROL over the project doucments. Possible with limitations To be Done manually, no such feature exists
    Multi part Assocation to Symbol Possible with Solidworks electrical Possible with limitations To be Done manually, no such feature exists
    User Interface Additional Enhancements Possible with Solidworks electrical No provision for this feature To be Done manually, no such feature exists
    XML Export Inbuilt feature in SW Electrical Possible with limitations To be Done manually, no such feature exists
    PCB Board Integration Inbuilt feature in SW Electrical No provision for this feature No such provision
    Set up and Usage of icons Very easy UI and user friendly Complex in nature To be Done manually, no such feature exists
    Project Snap shot Inbuilt feature in SW Electrical No provision for this feature No such provision
    Report Filters for Customization Very easy  report filter and customization Possible with limitations No such provision
    Customized Formula management Available with more than 100 different categories of formulas for customization Limited capability Lisp need to be defined
    Dynamic Connector Selection Possible with Solidworks electrical Limited capability Lisp need to be defined
    Unique 2D/3D BOM Possible with Solidworks electrical Limited capability Lisp need to be defined
    No. of PAGES in the project No limit on no.of pages Limited capability, around 40-50 pages only Available
    Pdf conversion/Drawing Printing Hassle free PDF conversion with Hyper links is possible Issues while browsing through the PDF of the project through hyper links. Some times PDF wont get created as per the page limited in EPALN Need to print using publish options
    Harness capability Dynamic integration of 2D/3D with Flattened Manufacuring drawing can be generated Organic harness capability is flattened harness drawing (2D Appearance) No such provision
    CAD REAL TIME bidirectional integration with CAD editing environment exists. Need external CAD for any 3D routing and cabinet layout Manually done
    Annotation of Drawings With the SWE addin in Draft sight ,  SWE drawing can be opened in Draftsight CAD environment and can make annotated comments/markups/updations on additional content No provision for this feature No provision for this feature

    After all, you’d better prioritize those 32 criteria to easily pick up the best CAD software for your company!

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