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CBI Launches innovative design tool for consultants

Charl Osborne


In a series of countrywide presentations, CBI-electric: low voltage launched their new innovative and completely web-enabled CBI design tool to complement their now comprehensive range of products.

CBI³ is a real time on line web based tool that provides workflow integration, design verification, design to quote and value add, product search and configuration control capabilities. It is an intelligent electrical systems design software tool that is web-based requiring no software installation. The new design tool provides improved user interface as well as improved system analysis functionality.

It has been designed to run on Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Opera and is suitable for both desktop and mobile smart devices.

Says Charl Osborne, “CBI³ was developed as an advanced web-based design tool with consulting engineers in mind but is also ideally suited for use by distributors when assisting their clients in finding the correct product for their application”. The new CBI³ web based design tool replaces the very popular CBI². Osborne states that CBI³ has taken 2 years to develop at a cost of close to R 2 million and that he believes that it is well worth the investment.

CBI-electric has been assisting clients with power system design since 1988 when their first DOS based version was introduced. In 1993 CBI² was introduced and distributed on stiffy/floppy disk with a CD version of CBI² introduced in 1999.

CBI³ workflow integration provides topological verification of circuit breakers versus switch disconnectors. The tool provides system compliance for application specific load conditions. It provides design verification in accordance with SANS 10142-1. Design deviations are communicated and it provides component ratings that are automatically allocated based on design application and load profiles.

From design to quotation CBI³ reduces time and provides cost savings. It is congruent with design houses and increases service capacity. Via simple input through the system schematic it provides established circuit theory and exports designs from workflow stages. Design / schematic are captured and a costed bill of materials is automatically generated from schematic. An important feature is that the output documents can be customised and user branded.

CBI³ has a product search capability via the product number or via a general technical search utilising voltage, current, short circuit and phases. CBI³ automatically filters by requirements. Configuration Control is instantaneous with changes to documentation. The tool provides continuous software modifications and upgrades as well as instantaneous pricing updates.

Looking into the future CBI³ will provide continuous software development. The very popular Cable Wizard will be included with standard load profile; new motor load application; data input with various options; a cascade tool developed to give direct cost saving solutions due to the active pricing capabilities; and a template design database. It will also include a data pack with relevant data to be directly available for the chosen product with full specifications.

CBI-electric: low voltage offers a comprehensive product range manufactured locally and sourced from reputable suppliers specifically suited and selected for local conditions.



To register for CBI​³ click here.