Industrial Electrical Design

The next generation of Electrical Design for production systems is increasing engineering productivity.

Automation Design

Electrical systems must be designed as part of the overall design of production systems. For the most efficient overall system design, our products enable the complete electrical design of machines and production lines in the integrated NX environment.

Electrical Design in NX is a one-of-a-kind electrical design tool that was built from the ground up to allow electrical engineers to complete their designs faster and with greater quality than ever before. It enables electrical engineers to work on the same backbone as their mechanical and software counterparts, saving time and eliminating errors.

Machine Electrical Design Capabilities

2D Schematic Design

The creation of 2D electrical schematics is the central task in Electrical Design. You can complete these designs directly within the system in an integrated environment with Electrical Design in NX.

  • Create 2D schematic drawings
  • Create interruption points
  • Display and use cross-references
  • Select catalog parts
  • Leverage rules-based engineering to automate tasks
Automation Designer
NX CAD Electrical Design

3D Cabinet Design

Electrical Design also includes integrated 3D cabinet design, which allows for quick and efficient cabinet layouting.

  • Quickly place and move components
  • Measure clearances
  • Directly navigate to and from the 2D schematics

Functional Engineering

Electrical engineers can now create a functional, model-based design for the first time.

  • Define a function, location and product structures
  • Create relationships between objects
  • Reuse and combine data between objects to automate design processes
NX CAD Functional Engineering

Incorporate Data From Upstream Process

Electrical engineers typically begin their design with input from upstream processes. They require access to this information in order to do their jobs effectively. Use NX Electrical Design and Automation Designer to model this data by importing:

  • Mechanical assembly data
  • Plant layouts
  • P&ID Diagrams
  • Excel lists

Provision of Data to Downstream Processes

After completing their design, electrical engineers must communicate their work to their peers in automation so that the machine’s software can be written. NX Electrical Design can be extended to allow direct integration of PLC software and hardware in the data model, as well as program-less export of this data directly to Siemens TIA Portal.

Custom reports and excel export of system data allow for the creation of signal lists and hardware information for third-party systems.

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NX CAD Mechatronic Templates

Rule-based Engineering

Errors in low-value, repetitive activities frequently degrade the quality of engineering designs. These actions, such as defining reference designations, signal symbol names, and even creating schematics, can be automated using your design rules. This reduces errors and gives engineers more time to focus on adding value and driving innovation.

Standard Reports

After completing an electrical design, the production system must be manufactured, which requires providing the necessary information to manufacturing. Standard reports are provided out-of-the-box to round out the documentation, such as:

  • Terminal Diagrams
  • Bill-of-Materials
  • Cable Diagrams
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NX CAD Rule-based Engineering


Reusing your designs as design templates stored in the data backbone will improve the quality and consistency of your designs. These templates enable you to save the contents of a design and reuse them as complete functions rather than single devices or symbols in new designs. Never create the same system more than once.

Automation Designer can also be used to expand the functionality of PLC software.

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