This article is part of a series on wire sequencing in AutoCAD Electrical 2016. This chart represents at a high level how AutoCAD Electrical determines the wire sequence on a wire network with more than 2 components.
In my previous article I talked about the first diamond; Defining a wire sequence using the Edit Wire Sequence command. In this article I will look at the next diamond in the flowchart; using angle tees to define the wire sequence.
Angle Tee Connections
If I use an angle tee instead of a dot where the wires connect, AutoCAD Electrical can tell exactly how I want it wired. The angle tee orientation indicates the sequence.
In my previous article, I looked at a case where you would use Edit Wire Sequence to define that multiple components were all connected to the terminal.
But, if I use angle tees instead of dots, I wouldn't need to edit the wire sequence at all.
In AutoCAD Electrical, an angle tee is actually a block that gets inserted when you draw the wires. The block names indicate to AutoCAD Electrical the orientation. The orientation of the tee is critical because it indicates the wiring path. This is reflected in both the Wire From\To report and Terminal Strip Editor (if there is a terminal in the wire network). So, you don't want to just draw wires that look like angle tees because it won't carry the same intelligence as using the angle tee blocks provided.
To have angle tees inserted automatically when you insert your wires, set your drawing property ( > Styles tab) for angle tees.
You can also insert angle tees later, using the Insert Angled Tee markers command on the Insert Wires\Wire Numbers panel on the Schematic tab of the ribbon. If a dot exists at the junction, it is replaced by the angle tee marker.
You can use the Toggle Angle Tee markers command to change the orientation after the angle is inserted. Expand the Edit Wires/Wire Numbers panel on the Schematic tab of the ribbon to find the command.
Select the angle tee you want to change, and right-click or press the Space bar to change its orientation.
Next time I will talk about the drawing and project properties for default wire sequence order.