We know electrical engineers have heavy responsibilities, designing circuits that is safe while keeping cost low, in addition to testing and commissioning projects that have strict timelines. The last thing they have time for, is to attend training or read manuals.
Electra requires no installation, only a secure sign in and you're in business. It is mainly drag and drop, with no training and manuals required, especially easy to pick up again when the need arise, ensuring you get to do the important stuffs while Electra takes care of the rest.
When choosing an electrical CAD software, you would want something that makes your life easier. In Electra, you only have to drop your symbols next to another, and Electra will automagically wires them to the next sequential wire, all without manual intervention.
When compared to manual wiring, auto wiring is nearly 3 times faster with much less errors, and it works for both JIC/NFPA and IEC60617, horizontal and vertical circuits, including for electrical, pneumatic and hydraulics.
Being electrical engineers ourselves, we wanted to create an electrical CAD software that we would want to use ourselves, without the tedious typing and manual errors. Therefore, we designed a software that reduces typing.
All symbols and wires in Electra are intelligently and automatically renamed, and even when typing is required, spin buttons are available on most dialogs for modifications using the mouse only, keeping it fast and speedy.
One of the most repeated task during electrical circuit creation is the duplication of symbols and wires. When duplicated, Electra automatically and intelligently rename symbols and wires to the next available sequential number (eg: R1 to R2), saving an immense amount of time and avoiding errors.
If a symbol reference is modified (eg: R1 to C1), and then duplicated, Electra will intelligently use the new reference and rename duplicates accordingly (eg: C1 to C2).
This means that you can rename your symbols and wires as you deem fit, and Electra will intelligently rename them, no complicated setup and configuration required.
If a symbol is assigned to a component, say an Omron relay, when duplicated, the symbol will continue to inherit the component, resulting in a ton of time savings, without the need to assign components over and over again.
In Electra Cloud, we really wanted to design an electrical CAD software that let you perform a task once and reuse everything else, so that you get to get things done quickly and efficiently.
Wires in Electra are super intelligent. When a wire is placed on another, they will automatically be connected, and assume the name of the connected wire.
When a wire name is modified, the changes will be automatically propagated to all connected wires, even over wire links and multiple pages.
Connection dots are automatically managed based on connection types, without the need for user intervention, for even faster schematics.
In electrical circuit design, change is guaranteed and there is a constant need to modify circuits. Depending on how you modify them, it can be a pain to get exactly what you wanted.
Electra totally understand electrical conventions, and will automatically straighten wires to ensure your modifications are easier and faster. We stress over little things like this so that you don't have to.
Drop them, pair them, done.
Wire links allow you to connect a wire to another part of the page, or to another page. When connected, wire links automatically shows the wire name and location of the target link it is paired to.
Wires that are connected to wire links behave as if they are connected to normal wires, that is, wire name detection and propagation will continue to work, even over multiple pages.
Know exactly how many symbols and wires you have in your drawing, and their location with real time cross reference. Produce highly detailed electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic drawings quickly and easily.
When drawing circuits, the most often used operation is copy and paste, and Electra will automatically rename all your symbols and wires accordingly, to ensure you get unparalleled productivity gains with huge savings in time and money.
Create circuits once, and save them to be reused forever. Build up a collection of your commonly used circuits and never redraw them again. Share them with your team, so the productivity gains extend to your entire company.
In Electra, you can assign components when you create a symbol, and when you drop the symbol onto your electrical drawing, your components will be reflected in the Bill of Materials (BOM).
In addition, you can also reuse a symbol (eg: contactor) and assign components upon completion of circuit design and be able to specify different dimensions and ratings for your symbols using Manage Components.
You can even assign multiple components, for example, assigning relay clip and relay base to your relay symbol, so that your Bills of Materials (BOM) is complete and accurately reflect the components required for the entire design.
Single core or multi core cables can be easily assigned to wires, with a simple right click on a wire or using the "Manage Cables" menu.
Cable specifications are stored in a database so that they can be re-used over and over again without typing. Once assigned to a wire, the specifications are then stored in the drawing itself for portability, where a drawing can be easily shared without losing embedded cable information.
Showing cable information is as easy as dropping a CableTag symbol onto a wire.
Once dropped, the CableTag will automatically display cable information on any wire that it comes into contact with, without further actions from users.
Additional information including brand, supplier, model, cores, pricing or other options are available by right clicking on the CableTag.
Component databases can be easily exported to your favourite spreadsheet for modifications or insertions before being imported into Electra again.
Once inserted, you can then assign component specifications from manufacturers including model, rating, and dimensions, into your electrical drawings without the need for repeated typing.
These component information are also shared with your entire team, so that work done by one member in the team, can be reused by everyone.
Component information are organized by categories. For example, when selecting components for a relay symbol, users will be presented with multiple relays in the "Relay" category.
Categories simplify component selection, and still offers the ability to select outside a category using search functions.
Organizing components and categories is super easy, with simple drag and drop and you're done. Components can appear in one or more categories for even more flexibility.
Some symbols in Electra Cloud goes even further to help complete time consuming and tedious manual actions.
For example, the TerminalList symbol automatically list all terminals that have been placed in a drawing.
TerminalBlock symbols automatically count and number all terminal listings when organized in a block.
The AutoLocation symbol automatically monitors schematic symbols and report their locations, even over multiple pages.
The PLC symbol can be used to generate input or output points, whether digital or analog.
Piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID) are illustrations by engineers to show the functional relationships between piping, instrumentation, mechanical, chemical, or manufacturing processes. They can also be used to depict manufacturing processes for physical plants.
In Electra, P&ID comes with commonly used ISO and PIP standards, and contains all the easy to use functionalities, such as autowiring, automatic and intelligent naming, ability to create prefab circuits, and generating bill of material reports that you expect from Electra.
Instrumentation symbols in Electra are smart and can automatically show Type and Loop numbers.
If you modify the reference for a symbol, Electra will automatically update the Type and Loop numbers on the symbol itself, without you doing a thing, ensuring you get to complete your diagrams really quickly.