CADMATIC Electrical Release Highlights 2023T2
In CADMATIC Electrical 2023T2, we have continued with the features published previously. The user interfaces and thus the usability have been improved, while the distribution board and group renewal have not been forgotten either.
Symbol selection and terminal blocks
In the symbol selection tool, you can now list your favorite symbols on a separate tab. In addition, symbols can be read from a closed drawing file – the drawing file allowing all employees access to the same symbols can be located on the company's network drive, for example. We currently recommend using Electrical symbols only.
Showing symbol occurrences from a drawing – function previously familiar from product models – now also works with individual symbols. You can therefore effortlessly see the desired symbols in the active drawing.
The symbol selection tool now includes terminal blocks, in their own Terminals directory. Inserting a terminal block opens the terminal block insertion function, which has also been improved: you can select the desired terminal block, or create your own and then use it via the insertion function.
Distribution board and group functions
Distribution board and group functions are an integral part of electrical design; they enable efficient system design and management. The latest improvement in circuit diagrams is the possibility of creating groups of protective devices under certain conditions. The group number is conveniently defined after inserting the device, which allows clear and unique identification.
Previously, only the distribution board’s outgoing feeders were shown in Distribution board and group management, but now the incoming feeders are also available. The incoming feeder data shows the short-circuit current of the feeder, which reduces the need to navigate in the dialog. You can, for example, view the short-circuit currents between the incoming feeder and the outgoing feeders.
The much-desired feature of adding distribution board or group information to a drawing has now been implemented. You can add, for example, the short-circuit current from the incoming feeder defined for a distribution board.
Via the Distribution Boards and Groups tree, you can create the feeding hierarchy for distribution boards, even if there are no occurrences in the drawing. The user can define the hierarchy easily by selecting the supplying distribution board as well as the distribution board supplied by it.
Creating groups has also been made easier by adding a function to import groups and feeders from an Excel file. For example, when it is known in advance that there will be a number of devices, you can define a separate group and feeder for each device in Excel, and then import the data into the database.
In Schematics, the wiring functions have been refined, continuing the renewal started in earlier releases. For example, showing the From and To information has been improved.
In Layout, you can now make wiring references using rise symbols. Previously, it was only possible to create a wiring reference using the wiring function, but now you can assign a reference pair to a single rise symbol after insertion, similarly to the wiring reference function in Schematics.
Storeys and buildings
The order of buildings has been corrected. In addition, there is a new function that organizes buildings by numbering or alphabetically while maintaining the order based on elevation. This feature is especially useful for projects that include multiple buildings.
Product information management for cable types has been improved. Product information is now saved in the project along with the cable type. For example, the cable type can be assigned the necessary terminals and other accessories, eliminating the need to define them cable by cable. There are also separate report templates for this information, so that the data can be conveniently listed as a project document.
Auxiliary grids have been added to the Devices tab, allowing you to easily drag pieces of device information into the correct columns in the main grid. Auxiliary grids have previously been used for I/O channels, for example.
Auxiliary grids have also been added to the Cables tab. For example, cables created in the database can thus easily be assigned the From and To information.
In addition, a new tab for I/O channels has been added. This makes it easier to understand the whole I/O environment when I/Os can be viewed at the desired level (I/O, I/O channels, I/O cards).
CADMATIC Electrical Lite
Settings file management features have been added. It is not possible to create new configuration files, but you can select which file to use.