Cable Scheduling is a critical part of the electrical engineering and design process. Normally, the flow of data is from the P&ID application to the instrument application. This data can be imported from these applications into our software designed to create load schedules and panel schedules, or it can be imported directly into CableMatic Plus. If LoadMatic is used, the data is shared with CableMatic using a central database, helping to eliminate data redundancy and costly errors.
Once in the Aeries system, the data is utilized intelligently to assist the user throughout the processes of electrical design. When using the Aeries CARS software suite, the CableMatic Plus program uses this same central database for automatic cable routing, cable scheduling, preparing raceway schedules, and creating bills of materials. In addition, accurate revision control is maintained over changes made during the design of the project; this ensures accurate installation in the construction environment. As deliverables are created, they can be issued to the construction team on a scheduled basis, or on a nightly/daily basis, either using the construction management software or using the deliverables created along your design process. Either method can be used, at any time, dependent on the needs of the project.
Using our spreadsheet methods, which are designed to maintain a connection directly to your database, the designer prepares the cable schedule using information such as the origin/destination equipment, the voltage level, cable type, and the cable's ID. This information can also be entered via LoadMatic and imported to the CableMatic Plus software. When instructed, the automatic cable routing process uses the NEC raceway fill restrictions to avoid overfilling the raceway. Where necessary, for example when working on a project overseas, the user can override these values and use their own if desired.
Raceways can be designed in an automatic fashion following an orthogonal path using the tools nested in the CableMatic Plus software. This method is built for speed and is generally used in cases of small above-ground conduits where the details of the route will be the responsibility of the construction team. Alternately, your electrical raceway system can be designed manually using our TrayMatic software where a more intricate detail is necessary... such as duct bank and larger diameter conduits; raceway systems that are created in our raceway design software are imported to the cable scheduling software automatically for the user.
No matter the method your raceway network is designed, if a cable tray or conduit becomes overfilled, the CableMatic Plus software has the ability to resize the raceway for the user automatically! This automation is controlled by your own company specs and prepared one time, in-house by your companies trusted engineers. The raceways are resized to the next matching raceway type and size listed in the company raceway catalog. The cable routing software will test your raceway fill again, and set the size accordingly when there are no fill errors found.
The user also has the option to stop a raceway from being resized based on needs, for example when a 36" tray is desired for growth in the plant but may not be necessary at the time of the design. In addition, users can choose a portion of the route, or specify each individual raceway a cable is routed through, completely bypassing the automated system; this gives the user complete control over how, and where, a cable is routed while giving them the tools to complete the job quickly and efficiently.
Deliverables can be created manually and issued to the construction team or automated by batch processes and run on a scheduled basis. With data flowing in both directions, both from your engineering team to construction, and from your construction team back to engineering, up-to-date information is kept on all sides. The construction team is made aware when engineering has made a change that affects installation, and the engineering team is able to monitor the progress of installation in the field in order to schedule their work load accordingly. This real-time connection allows for a better view of the project from all sides, which reduces costly mistakes and re-work.