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i CHECK IT – Not Just for Designers

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    Many companies today are finding ways to streamline work flows to save time and money by removing redundant task within their companies.  One of the most common practices I see in the industry is extracting key information from engineering to feed a erp or mrp system.  This removes the manual process of data entry and any time a manual process exist it is prone to error.  Automating this process can only be as good as the information being supplied.  That’s where i CHECK IT for Inventor fits in.  Anyone within a company can run a batch check on engineering data to ensure that critical information needed to supply a erp or mrp system does exist and is formatted properly.  With this process a report is made available to review the results and allow you start the corrective action process as needed.

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i CHECK IT – Not Just for Designers

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Electrical – Was it Ordered

When it comes to designs and documentation electrical designs commonly have huge bill of materials not to mention the shear number of drawings associated to them. The electrical product has some great tools built in to help ensure every item has been ordered and contains manufacturer information. We basically have two options, one to run a missing bill of material report or we have a quicker option that allows us to visually check an active drawing for such critical information as well. Lets take a look at each.

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Video Link:

http://www.screencast.com/t/NjQ3ZWQxOTI
Created by one of the Cad Geeks

Renaming Column Headings in Reports – AutoCAD Electrical

I was talking with a new user of AutoCAD Electrical yesterday and he was in the process of configuring the look and feel of AutoCAD Electrical. One area that he needed to change was how the column heading information appeared on the Bill of Material. So let’s quickly run through the steps:

1. Run your BOM report as usual
2. When the report is displayed click on – Change Report Format

3. From the left window pane select any of the fields in my example – Catalog
4. In the middle of the dialog box near the bottom you will find Change Field Name/Justification, here you will see the field you selected to change
5. Type in the new text you want the column displayed as
6. Click OK

Let’s take a look
http://www.screencast.com/t/4LqAYLpI
Created by Dave one of the Cad Geeks

Creating Drawing List Reports

Today I will talk quickly about Drawing Index pages using AutoCAD Electrical.

This can be an easily overlooked topic in AutoCAD Electrical considering most people would think it would be a report that they would run, and they don’t find it there. Don’t worry, it can be done. Have the project you would like to run it on active and the drawing opened that you would like the index placed on. You will then right click on the project file and click on “Drawing List Report”. Follow the steps below and adjust where needed to fit your specific needs.

  • Click on New Report
  • Select the drawings to process, then click OK
  • Modify the report format as needed.
  • Place on the drawing.

A whole lot easier than creating the list manually

Let’s take a look

http://www.screencast.com/t/jxI8piLj

Created by Dave one of the Cad Geeks

Two Weldment tips

First Item when thinking about weldments is knowing that your default setting when applying welds is “Aluminum 6061”. This could be important when understanding the true mass of your weldments. My video will show where to change this information for more accurate calculations. Another way my video does not show is when converting an assembly to a weldment you have an option there to choose material.

Second item is that it may be important to know the total length of weld beads used inside a assembly. Under your tools pull down menu is a selection for creating a weld bead report. This report is created inside a Excel file for easy use. Please check out the video of both topics.

Check it out
http://screencast.com/t/I8iw6JOry
Submitted by Dave of the INCAT CAD Geeks

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