AutoCAD Electrical, Part 4: Producing BoMs and Other Reports

8 January 2024AEC, AutoCAD, Electricalautocad electrical, BOM, Data, efficiency, electrical controls, reports, Time

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Part 4 in a 4-part weekly series on AutoCAD Electrical  (see below for dates).

AutoCAD Electrical is a time-saving solution for documenting electrical controls. Companies report AutoCAD Electrical can save them at least 25 percent of time compared to using standard AutoCAD.

 

Producing reports

Reports can be generated from the entire set of project drawings or any combination of drawings. A specific tool is available to run just reports for schematic drawings or specific categories of schematic drawings, for example just the motor control circuit drawings. There is also a report tool for panel drawings, for example if a nameplate report needs to be generated from panel drawings.

Additional codes can be included on the drawings and properties to allow the creation of specific reports. The best practice would be to include location codes on all inserted components, which would permit you to run specific reports on just the items at that location. Many times, AutoCAD users have text representing this on their standard AutoCAD drawing; in AutoCAD Electrical this can be smart data used to extract reports.

To help with running reports, Section and Sub-Section codes can be added to the drawing properties to identify schematic drawings and their type. For example, adding a SCH or PNL to the Section property will allow you to run reports only containing SCH or PNL in the section code. Adding values to the Sub-Section will allow you to run reports on many more combinations. For example, a Section with SCH and a Sub-Section with MOT will allow you to run a report on all schematics that are motor control circuits. Best practice would be to keep this code as short as possible – i.e., Section codes of SCH and PNL, and Sub-Section codes of CTL, PWR, MOT, I/O, etc.


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Examples of reports and settings

By combining Location Codes, Installation Codes, Section and Sub-Section codes along with the out of box option in the reports dialog, many combinations of reports can be generated in AutoCAD Electrical.

Schematic Reports dialog:

AutoCAD Electrical schematic dialog box

Panel Reports dialog:

AutoCAD Electrical panel reports dialog box

Location and Installation Codes:

AutoCAD Electrical insert/edit component dialog box

Section and Sub-Section Codes:

AutoCAD Electrical codes for sections and sub-sections

Conclusion

If you are using or familiar with standard AutoCAD, moving to AutoCAD Electrical to complete your controls designs is a choice that will save you time. All drawings are located in a project with components linked inside each drawing and across each drawing in the project. Using AutoCAD Electrical reduces or eliminates the worry of ensuring the regular text in each drawing is up to date compared to using standard AutoCAD. Even if you only implement AutoCAD Electrical for the project and title block updating functionality, you will be saving a great deal of time compared to using standard AutoCAD.

The sooner you implement AutoCAD Electrical the sooner you will save time and eliminate the more time consuming process of doing controls drawings in standard AutoCAD.

 

And there’s MORE!

The following links are for other articles in this AutoCAD Electrical series by Todd Schmoock, Top Rated Speaker at Autodesk University 2023:

Part 1  The ABCs of Choosing AutoCAD ElectricalDecember 18, 2023

Part 2  How to Use AutoCAD Smart BlocksDecember 26, 2023

Part 3  Using Project & Drawing Properties to Update Title BlocksJanuary 3, 2024


Check out these popular webinars on AutoCAD Electrical for other insights into saving time on your electrical controls drawings:

Migrating from AutoCAD to AutoCAD Electrical

AutoCAD Electrical Overview


 

 

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