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Electrical engineering innovations: WSCAD’s new data format unites industry giants

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In an innovative advancement for the electrical engineering and building automation sectors, WSCAD has announced the roll-out of its new data format on Marking a significant leap in the availability and quality of parts data. This innovation is championed through a premium partnership with industry leaders such as Phoenix Contact, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Wago and Weidmüller, setting a new benchmark in redefining industry standards.

Renowned for its comprehensive online library of parts, WSCAD’s resource hub, which is accessible for free at, now boasts over 2.1 million data sets from more than 400 manufacturers. This new structure ensures backward compatibility and introduces advanced data fields designed for future applications, signalling a new era of innovation and efficiency in electrical CAD planning.

This seamless integration of technical data sets, including accurate symbols for all components, fundamentally transforms the electrical design process. Whether drafting an electrical installation plan or a circuit schematic, professionals can effortlessly select any component—be it a switch, valve, or any other device—from their local database or directly from Upon selection, the component is placed within the drawing, complete with its symbol and all pertinent technical data from the chosen manufacturer. This feature ensures that when the component is used in different stages of planning, its representation remains consistent across installation plans and electrical schematics, enriching both efficiency and accuracy.

The collaboration extends beyond technical advancements, embodying a commitment to significantly reduce the time electrical designers and planners spend on creating or updating parts and symbols. By providing up to date, verified product data, the new format enables professionals to save approximately 30 minutes per part, streamlining the design process and enhancing work quality.

Highlighting the impact of the collaboration, WSCAD has given special recognition to the premium partners for their pivotal roles in shaping the new data architectures. In essence, this partnership accelerates the design process and also ensures the data sets are consistently accurate and of the highest quality.

As a result, will feature a special logo to identify data sets conforming to the new standards, enhancing the user experience and trust. This ‘Premium Partnership’ underscores the collective vision of WSCAD and its partners to push the boundaries of what’s possible in electrical engineering. Contributions from Weidmüller, Siemens and the other partners within WSCAD’s electrical CAD solutions provide direct access to high-quality, up-to-date component data, fostering quicker, easier, and more reliable engineering workflows.

Marking a significant milestone in the digital transformation of electrical engineering, the enhanced partnership through offers an unparalleled database of parts data and symbols. Coupled with cutting-edge technology, the platform is set to revolutionise the way professionals design, plan, and execute their projects, solidifying the collective commitment to excellence and innovation in the industry.

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