We are really happy with our Opto PAC systems, and comission new ones for plant efficiency improvement (cost reduction, error proofing) projects probably 5-6 times per year. Every implementation is a little smoother than the last one, except for the wiring.
My background is in Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering, and i am the project manager and lead engineer on most projects. Typically, wiring diagrams are made in solidworks (as a drawing) and excel ( as a pinout ) as these are the packages I have access to and am familiar with. This is very clunky, as everything is done manually without intelligent connections/pinout generation from a schematic. As such, small errors can balloon very easily.
Further, in actually running the wiring from the Opto cards to the test fixtures/equipment there is a substantial amount of labor, and there is the matter of making everything as easy to repair/maintain as possible.
I am very interested in what other Opto users use in these areas.
1.) Does anyone have a schematic program they use (possibly with a custom Opto library?) to generate pinouts/boms?
2.) What Cabling/Interconnect products do you typically use with your Opto, especially in going from control cabinet to equipment?