When you have a wire network with more than 2 components it is important to understand how AutoCAD Electrical determines the wire sequence. Even with just 3 connected components there are a number of possibilities. (I am using boxes to represent components to keep it simple.)
AutoCAD Electrical looks at a number of things to determine the wire connection sequence.
As you can see it can get pretty complicated. Instead of trying to go into detail on each of these in one long post, I will do a series of posts, one post for each of the decisions shown in the red diamonds.
Define a Wire Sequence
You can use the Edit Wire Sequence command to define the sequence order of the components.
If there is already a wire sequence defined, the order shows up in the Current column. In this example, there is not a specific wire sequence defined already. The values in the New column show the sequence I will get if I click OK-new. I use the Move Up and Move Down buttons to get the order I want. So in this example, I am saying that XX3 connects to XX1, and XX1 connects to XX2.
So with this order I see the following in my Wire From\To report –
If there is a terminal in the network I have the option to say that a particular component connects directly to the terminal. This is easier to see with more components.
It is clear that XX1 and XX2 are connected to the terminal. But, what about XX3, XX4, and XX5? Without defining any specific wire sequence, Terminal Strip Editor shows XX5 as connected to the terminal but not XX3 or XX4.
But, I can use the Edit Wire Sequence command to tell AutoCAD Electrical that all of them are connected to the terminal.
Now, when I go into Terminal Strip Editor, it shows all 5 components as connected to the terminal. Because of the terminal properties, it determines I need another terminal (highlighted in yellow).
In my next post I will talk about using angle tees to define the wire sequence.