Unlike other electrical CAD systems, symbols in Electra can be used for both horizontal and vertical drawings with a just a single right click. Text and label positions are automatic, resulting in much faster design cycles. When making custom symbols, Electra automatically insert intelligence to ensure symbols behave consistently, with a right click for both horizontal and vertical positioning.
Instead of having thousands of symbols with little differences to choose from, we designed our symbols to be flexible, simple and smart. For example, our photoelectric sensor symbol can be used for 3 wire or 5 wire, terminal or plug and socket connection, all with one easy right click.
Some symbols are even smarter and allow users to generate based on customized requirements.
In Electra, symbols and circuits are unit agnostic, meaning they always scale and size to fit perfectly on a page, irrespective if drawn on inches, mm, cm or meters, all automatically and transparently. Make a single symbol, and use it on any measurement units without the need to remake them repeatedly.
Some symbols in Electra goes even further to help complete time consuming manual tasks. 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.
Symbols with pin names are automatically allocated and displayed in Electra. If another symbol with the same reference is dropped on a drawing, Electra will automatically allocate the next available pin set for faster and easier circuit design. When all available pin sets are occupied, they will be shown in red to indicate a problem. In addition, pin sets can be manually allocated at any time using just a right click.
Users get to concentrate on good electrical circuit design and safety, while Electra takes cares of the nitty gritty details.
In electrical and control designs, sometimes a single symbol represents a single real world component (eg, a pilot light). At other times, multiple symbols over multiple pages represents one or more components (eg, contactor coil, power contacts and auxiliary contacts represents just a single contactor). In other cases, multiple symbols will represent multiple components (eg, relay coil and contacts represents a relay, relay base and clip).
Electra is built to understand all these electrical conventions and automatically assigns the correct components. When required, users can easily assign their own components quickly, and generate bills of materials (BOM) accurately, at any time.
Included in the paid/release version are 3D layout symbols that looks simply amazing. Use these symbols to generate panel layout that stands out and get your customer's attention every time, and see how gorgeous the panel will be, even before they are made.
Creating custom symbols in Electra is super easy. Simply draw the required graphics and Electra will take care of rest, including automatic rotation, adding descriptions, making sure it fits well on the grid and inserting the data to tie a symbol to one or more real world component.
With the new Electra E8, customizing existing symbols is a even easier, simply select the existing symbol and new graphics to be added, and Electra will do the rest transparently. We designed Electra so that users spend minimum time on creating symbols and more time designing electrical schematics and generating profits.
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For drastic increase in productivity, simply use an AutoLocation symbol to monitor references and it will automatically show the selected symbols and their location. When a symbol is removed or moved to a new location, AutoLocation automatically updates itself so you can have instant, detailed in-drawing cross reference information at your finger tips.
Rather than clogging up your hard drive with thousands of PLC modules from different manufacturers, we created a single PLC symbol that is far more flexible.
Whether it's analog, input or output, the PLC symbol allows you to generate any module in an instant. Provide a starting point and Electra will generate everything else, in addition to the ability to manually edit PLC labels.
The easy to use, flexible connector symbol will generate any amount of pins and labels quickly. They are easily rotated and flipped with just a right click. Whether it's a male or female connector, simply generate as per your requirements.
Start using Electra right out of the box and create circuits immediately with the included symbol sets, including JIC, IEC, Electronics, Layout, Layout 3D, Single Line, Prefabricated circuits, Pneumatic and Hydraulic valves and cylinders, plus many more.
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