I had the opportunity to visit the Hannover Messe in Germany this week. While exploring the Industrial Automation exhibition, it was great to run into some of the people we have been working with to integrate AutoCAD Electrical 2015 with manufacturer applications and content.
The new Phoenix Contact CLIP integration enables customers to take the terminal information from AutoCAD Electrical schematic and send it to CLIP for configuration, analysis, label printing and even creating 3D models ready to add into Autodesk Inventor.
A similar integration with Wago Proserve provides a complete terminal strip configuration experience for customers that use Wago parts. The data can be extracted directly from the schematic diagram, including jumpers and part information, then sent to the Proserve application. Using these vendor tools adds a new dimension to design accuracy.
Looking through the exhibits and displays of electrical components and technology at Hannover Messe, it was easy to appreciate the value of the new content browser integration between AutoCAD Electrical and Autodesk Inventor 2015. Panels and components are getting more complex, and highly optimized for layout and space utilization. Using the new common catalog, ensures the right parts are placed in the schematic and the 3D model, creating a digital prototye for cabinets, controls, routing of wires, and reducing errors before anything is built.