If you are part of a larger orgaization, whatever software is used for
everything else. If AutoCad is used throughout the company, then use
AutoCad. Etc. for other software.
If all your company or organization does is control schematics, then
one of the CAD programs may be better than others, but they are very
Thanks I will check it out
We have AutoCAD here but is plain Jane AutoCAD. I see
where Autodesk has AutoCAD Electrical out now and it
designed strictly for control schematics.
I work in a typical maint dept of local factory. Need
something to help me draw control schematics for
machines we build or retrofit
Let me just explain ControlDraw a bit more.
CD is in essence a database with diagramming.
The diagrams are very flexible, and could include Electrical Schematics,
which is I suspect what you were looking for.
However the main intent is to produce diagrams that define the exact scope
and functionality of a control system.
These include P&ID Graphics, control loop SAMA diagram, logic diagrams,
sequential function charts etc. From these diagrams you get data tables, for
example IO Lists, parameter lists, alarm schedules etc.
Electrical Schematics are the abolute bottom level of a control system,
dealing with hardware and not software functions
Now, what do you really mean by control schematics?
AutoCad is good, for many other things. However, you gain much more
productivity and probably spend less than a day designing control panels
if you use control and electrical specific software.
Have a look at www.radicasoftware.com, easy to use, no commands, drag
and drop, plus it's smart.
Hopes it helps.
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