Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know, part of AutoCAD Electrical: Implementing PLCs.
- [Instructor] So what should you know about this AutoCAD Electrical Workin' with PLCs course? Well, one of the first things that you should know is we're using the latest version of AutoCAD Electrical, and that is AutoCAD Electrical 2019, in this case. However, you can use older versions of AutoCAD Electrical, if you wish, to follow along with the videos in this particular course. It doesn't have to be AutoCAD Electrical 2019. Now, just be aware of that.
You don't want to go too far back to a much older version of AutoCAD Electrical though, because there will be changes and they might be quite significant based on the fact that you might be using a six year old piece of software, for example. Just to give you an idea. So we're using AutoCAD Electrical 2019, the latest version of the AutoCAD Electrical software. Now, the other thing is AutoCAD Electrical works in a very different way to regular AutoCAD. It works with what is known as projects, and they're controlled by what is called a WDP file, which is a database file that sits in the background.
So you'll notice, I've got a drawing open at the moment, and you can see at the top of the screen it's called DEMO06. Now, you don't need to download that from the library to use in this particular video. I'm just using it as a drawing in an AutoCAD Electrical project. If you look on the left hand side of the screen, you can see the AutoCAD Electrical PROJECT MANAGER. I'm in a project called WDDEMO. That is one of the standard default demo projects that comes with AutoCAD Electrical. And I'm using DEMO06 in that project.
Now, in order for that project to work, it must have that WDP file. So if I want to go and open up a new project, I would go and look for the WDP file, like so. And, as you can see, it's in the Demo folder. And that's my wddemo.wdp file, which is using the WDDEMO project. I'll just cancel that for the moment. Now, when we're working with these projects in this particular course, in the Exercise Files there won't just be the one drawing.
There will be a folder that includes all of the project drawings and the appropriate WDP file. So just be aware of that when you're workin' through this course. You will need to open up your AutoCAD Electrical project to work with the project drawings. And, just so you know, as I said, we're using AutoCAD Electrical 2019 for our AutoCAD Electrical projects.
- PLCs in industrial automation
- Setting up ladders in electrical drawings
- Inserting PLCs into electrical drawings
- Working with parametric and full unit PLC models
- Choosing a manufacturer
- Using spreadsheets to import PLC module data
- Exporting spreadsheets from existing PLC modules