Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Terminal Strip Editor, part of AutoCAD Electrical Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] We are now going to look at using the Terminal Strip Editor. Now you wouldn't normally use this in a schematic drawing like DEMO04.DWG, but I am going to keep DEMO04 open just in case I need it. I'm just going to minimize the SCHEMATIC sub-folder, expand the PANEL sub-folder, and open up drawing DEMO09. Double-click on it, and that will open it up, and you can see the tabs at the top of the drawing area there. Now, if I go over here, you'll notice I've got all different terminal strips here.
So, lets zoom in on one of these and have a look. So, if I zoom in there, look there's my terminal strip, for that particular MCAB5 TB-2, TB-1, and if I come down here you'll see I've also got the junction boxes and so on, and if I scroll up a bit more, you can see I've got there things like TB-1. There's all these different terminal blocks, and they're all sitting on what is called a DIN Rail, here. So those DIN Rails can also be inserted into your panel drawings like so. So what we are going to do, is we are going to look at the Terminal Strip Editor, and bring one of them into our drawing here, like so.
In order to do that, we're in a panel drawing, so we need to go to the panel tab on the ribbon, and there's our Editor right there. And there's our Table Generator with the terminal strip layouts, like so. I am going to go into the Editor, and just click on it like so. Now, you'll notice this takes a few seconds to load up, cause it's looking at all the connections, and so on and so forth. Now, you can see here I've got MCAB5 TB-9, and so on. I'm going to select junction box, TS-B, 3, like so, or I could pick MCAB5 TB-1, 26.
If we select any of these we can edit them. So, if I select that there and click on edit, it will then open up the Terminal Strip Editor. Now there's a lot to look at here and I'm not going to go into a whole depth of information here and of course confusion, but basically what you've got here in your terminal strip is all of your locations, devices, pins, wires, for each side. It then tells you the number of each jumper that is joining between the multiple levels of the terminals in the schematic component drawings.
Now, I'm not going to go in and edit all of that information, but if I scroll down, there's all my different terminals, like so. So, I've picked a fairly big terminal strip in this case. Now, what I can do is I can pick a different terminal strip just by clicking on cancel, takes me back to the dialog box, can you see I've got 26 terminals in there? Lets go for a slightly smaller one. Lets go for MCAB5, TB-1, with five on it. If I click on edit, you'll see it's a much smaller terminal strip in the Editor.
Now again, you'll notice I can change the properties, the terminals, add spare connections, add the destinations where the terminals are linking to, I can add more jumpers, and I can change the levels as well. All of these little icons allow me to break apart terminals, associate terminals. I can edit or delete jumpers. I can assign jumpers as well, to go from one connection to the other. What I can also do is check the catalog code assignments for each one, there they are in the yellow. I can also look at the cable information, so there's the cable information there, if I've got cable markers, for example, in the drawings.
More importantly though, I can go to Layout Preview, and this is the important one. There it is there. So, I can go for a Graphical Terminal Strip, a Tabular Terminal Strip, and if I update the view, you'll see that that is now a table. Or, I can also so the jumper charts and update the preview here as well. So all of the information can be put across into my drawing. Now, you'll notice the jumpers in this case, there aren't any because there quite simply aren't any. In the terminal strip here I haven't added any jumpers at all, but the whole idea is the Layout Preview represents what is in the Terminal Strip tab here.
Now what I am going to do is add a Graphical Terminal Strip, so I'll update it like so. Now, the lovely thing is, is I can now insert this straight into my DEMO09 drawing behind. All I've got to do is click on insert, like so, and there it is there. And if you can see it is quite small, it doesn't matter, I'm just going to drop that into the drawing and click, like so. It will update the project. Takes a few seconds to load up. You're looking at all the table strip information. So if I now just click on OK, you can see that that's still there as well, my Strip Selection dialup box, I'll click on done, and if I zoom in now, there's my terminal strip that I've brought in using the Terminal Strip Editor.
Now it's quite small, as you will notice compared to some of the other terminal strips there. That's probably because of the properties I had selected when I was in the Editor. So, if I go back to the Editor now, and I'll just say for drawing that's fine, it's just prompted me to save the settings that have updated since I put that terminal strip in. So that's now there. Takes a few seconds to load up, and there we are. Now, I'll go back to that one there, the number 5, and click on Edit. Now if I go back to the Layout Preview, Graphical Terminal Strip and update like so.
Now, you'll notice in there, it's giving me all the settings in there, but what I can do is go back to Terminal Strip here, There's the Catalog Code Assignment, there's the Cable Information, there's the Layout Preview. Now what I can do is change information. There's the annotation for it. The Scale on Insert was only at one. I should have maybe made that bigger when I inserted it into the drawing itself. So if I click on Insert now, you can see there it's the same size, and I can duplicate it, it's telling me, can you see, duplicate definition ignored in this case.
So what I'll do, I'll just hit escape there, takes me back to the dialog box. If I change that scale to something a bit bigger, lets go for something like five, and then I insert that. Can you see it's much bigger? So remember to check your scale when you bring it in, like so. So, if I click that now, it will insert that into the drawing and update the project. It is a duplicate, so just be aware it's a duplicate. I'll okay it there. Click on done in the Terminal Strip Selection, and there it is there. Now, the lovely thing is, is I can then think about adding a DIN Rail to show behind where that is actually physically connected to the terminals in the installation, but we'll look at how we insert DIN Rails in the next video.
Shaun Bryant demos the user interface and leads you step-by-step through learning how to draw the kind of precise, measured electrical drawings and schematics that form the basis of design communication in electrical engineering the world over. Learn how to design wiring diagrams, insert components and terminals, use PLC symbols in ladder diagrams, perform point-to-point wiring, create custom symbols, add annotations like title blocks to drawings, and run reports. In the final chapters, Shaun shows how to set up AutoCAD Electrical to your liking by adjusting settings and customizing the built-in templates, and demonstrates how to reuse, copy, export, and verify drawings.
- Creating electrical drawings
- Inserting, editing, and numbering wires
- Inserting components
- Using 3-phase ladders and components
- Working with saved circuits
- Using the Circuit Clipboard and Builder
- Editing, moving, copying, and deleting components
- Copying installation and location code values
- Editing panel drawings
- Inserting terminals
- Using PLC symbols
- Using point-to-point wiring
- Creating custom symbols
- Setting up title blocks
- Running reports
- Adjusting settings and templates
- Using the drawing update tools
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 04/28/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover technology improvements in AutoCAD Electrical 2018, and show how to explore the user interface, manage files and options, navigate in a drawing, and document content.