They’ve failed to move on, and I have a stark message for them: the electrical sector is getting more competitive every day so, if you continue to cling to the past, your business will find it harder and harder to compete.What are the problems? Talented design engineers, whose time is costly, are using generic CAD software that is years out of date. The software was primarily developed for mechanical designers and lacks the functionality needed for efficient electrical design work. Consequently, those engineers spend too much time carrying out manual, repetitive tasks – such as wire numbering, producing terminal schedules and repeatedly redesigning common circuit blocks. These tasks and many others can be automated, saving money and freeing up time to concentrate on more creative work that will delight customers and boost profits.These same engineers are working with outdated or incomplete information on the components they’re specifying, which leads to all sorts of problems in the purchasing, manufacturing and commissioning stages of a project. It’s difficult to understand why this is when a comprehensive and regularly updated database of more than 860,000 products for electrical and automation applications is available online – and it’s free to access and use. Many companies still deliver manufacturing drawings to their shop floor on paper. If something almost inevitably needs modifying or changing as the job progresses, out come the highlighters and the marker pens so that the changes can be marked up on the drawings. However, are these changes ever reported accurately to the design department? The most optimistic answer I can give is “sometimes”, but it would probably be more honest to say, “not often”...
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