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Advanced Engineering 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Drives & Controls Exhibition

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

25/01/2021 - 27/01/2021

The show brings together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multi-tasking culture (more)

Electrical design comes in from the cold

Electrical design comes in from the cold Unlike their mechanical engineering counterparts, electrical engineers have traditionally been something of a poor relation in terms of automation support. Yet such historic lack of investment looks set to change, as there is a growing push for fully-integrated design systems across the business. And this will not only impact on in-house electrical design teams: third-party contractors too will increasingly come under similar pressure to ensure that they are able to interface seamlessly with clients' CAD systems. This is a major market opportunity, as recent research has shown that more than 80 percent of mechanical engineering companies have some degree of electrical design requirement. Until recently however, from a technology standpoint the opportunity for electrical engineering information to be linked to the rest of the organisation's operation has been limited, so restricting the ability to play a significant role in the development of the broader business. The picture has now changed dramatically, as the emergence of easy-to-use, 'plug and play' design automation solutions - such as Autodesk's own AutoCAD Electrical - has made such software affordable for many more businesses. And, in so doing, it has changed the world for both the electrical engineers and the companies in which they work.

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