Which electrical CAD software to choose

to produce your industrial electrical diagrams?


On the technical software market, there are several CAD software packages available to produce industrial electrical diagrams, ranging from free software to very sophisticated and even complex products.


To make a choice, it is necessary to check certain points:
  • functional points
  • ergonomic points
  • professional context


Functional points:
  • The schematic functions must be very advanced to facilitate the fast creation of schemas (copy/paste, symbol rotation, line break, etc.)
  • Some functions are indispensable for a CAD software: cross-references for contacts and folio references, terminal blocks, cables, automatic wire numbering, parts lists and even PLC interfaces
  • Imports / exports must be available for exchange with other products, formats pdfTM, AutocadTM, ExcelTM, pictures (png, jpg)
  • Manufacturers' databases must be regularly updated and easily customisable
  • The schematic functions and especially the generation of terminal blocks and cables must be pushed when creating a project but also when modifying it


Ergonomic points:
  • The product must be flexible and accessible
  • Functions must be easily customisable for symbols, cartridges, component database, cabinet volumes
  • The number of training days should be reasonable, around 3 days (an excessive number often means complexity of handling)


Professional context:
  • The company must be as sustainable as the product
  • The maintenance service must be local, not off-shore or outsourced
  • The support service must be concrete with a real accompaniment and a good reactivity
  • Training should be carried out by specialists


In conclusion, the choice of a CAD product in electrical schematics corresponds to its current and future degree of use.
A detailed presentation, lasting about an hour, will allow you to form a relatively complete opinion of the software presented.
This presentation will help you find the right product for your business, with advanced features, quality service and an affordable price.


FTZ offers industrial electrical CAD software SchemELECT.