Comparision CAD vs Eplan vs SOLIDWORKS Electrical
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
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!