AutoCAD® Electrical Implementation

As controls engineers you know that our lives are based on logic, not “cutting” metal or other materials. We specify components based on the task at hand, company or customer standards, as well as a host of other factors. Given that supposition it only makes sense that by automating the design and drafting tasks as well as providing data to shop personnel, purchasing, and customers, we can become the most efficient part of our organizations.

The shame is that most of us don’t use the tools that are readily available. Sure, we use AutoCAD and perhaps even AutoCAD Electrical, but are you using all of the tools and workflows that make us the best? Most of us would rather design, program and debug (I know, there is never, ever an issue upon build) then draft, enter information into spreadsheets, and produce wire labels and device tags.

There are several barriers to becoming best in class. First, we do not get to do “sexy” 3D models, just “boring” schematics. Second, we have always used our own blocks, tool palettes and we get stuck in our ways. Third, we always get the job done so it’s difficult to get the time and funding necessary to move ahead of our competition. And last but not least is that most people don’t speak our “language”, they are just schematics…right?

The world of automation is rapidly changing with the introduction of “smart valves”, new PLC technology and distributed control systems. We need to not only keep up with that technology but also produce schematics and panel layouts that can be wired, debugged, shipped and work to their specified intent.

At Hagerman, we have a commitment to assist in all aspects of controls design. From tying together, the various aspects of schematics whether you start with a P&ID or PFD, move to electrical schematics, single line diagrams and the like and then link those to hydraulics and pneumatics as well as produce the physical panels, junction boxes, manifolds that allow electricians and plumbers to build.

Some of the capabilities that make us unique in the market is the ability to understand your workflows and requirement and put together an implementation plan to give you the ROI necessary to justify your organization’s time and money to take on this project.

Implementation plans include:

  • Discovery and documentation of AutoCAD Electrical standards
  • Training – whether you need the fundamentals or advanced training to create reports, circuits, symbols
  • Ability to understand your workflow and requirements and put together an implementation plan that is actionable and will show a measurable ROI.
  • Integration of Electrical designs into Vault

AutoCAD Electrical Standards

The purpose of this engagement is to understand, configure and document the implementation of AutoCAD Electrical within a production environment utilizing company standards and industry best practices.

This documentation is not intended as a replacement for training. Its purpose is to clarify features that may not be explained in existing documentation and to automate and configure the established standards that will be decided upon during the engagement.

Project Setup

  • Create Template Project
  • Environment File
  • Parts Database


  • Formats for Drawing Templates (Schematics)
    • Component Tag Format
    • Wire Number Format
    • Cross Reference Format
    • Cross Reference Display
    • Arrow Style
    • Fan-In/Out Marker Style
    • PLC Style
    • Wire Style
    • Wire Cross
    • Wire Tee
    • Ladder Defaults
    • Format Referencing (Drawing Reference Numbers)
    • Wire Types (Layers)
  • Title Block Setup
    • .wdt File
    • .wdl File
  • Symbol Creation Best Practices
    • Schematic symbols
    • PLC symbols
    • Circuits
  • Schematic Report Configuration
    • Bill of Material
    • Missing Bill of Material
    • Component From/To
    • Component Wire List
    • Connector Plug
    • PLC I/O Address and Description
    • PLC I/O Component Connection
    • Terminal Numbers
    • Terminal Plan
    • Connector Summary
    • Connector Detail
    • Cable Summary
    • Cable From/To
    • Wire Label
    • Drawing List Report
  • Schematic Deliverables
    • Create Blank Template File (AutoCAD dwt file)
    • Create Template with one column of reference numbers (AutoCAD dwt file)
    • Create Template with two columns of reference numbers (AutoCAD dwt file)
    • Document all schematic drawing settings
    • Configure 3-5 schematic reports with documentation
    • Create (1) PLC symbol
    • Create (1) schematic symbol


  • Configuration for Drawing Templates (Panel)
    • Item Numbering
    • Balloon Setup
    • Default Spacing for Multiple Inserts
    • Layers
  • Panel Report Configuration
    • Bill of Material
    • Component
    • Nameplate
    • Wire Connection
    • Component Exception
    • Terminal Exception
    • Wire Annotation Exception
    • Missing Level/Sequence Assignments
  • Panel Deliverables
    • Create Panel Template File (AutoCAD dwt file)
    • Create Standard Reports
    • Create (1) Panel Symbol


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