Use wire sequencing to your advantage in AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor




Dec 26 2015

By: Thayne Wickam



IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Learn how wire sequencing in AutoCAD Electrical works with multiple components or pins in a circuit, and how to use it for the Inventor Cable & Harness environment.

Editor’s Note: This tutorial is courtesy of IMAGINiT Technologies.

It is now easy to find information about the Cable and Harness feature of Autodesk Inventor and how it relates to AutoCAD Electrical; both products can save users time when creating large assemblies or mass production panel layouts. But what if the result of a circuit is not what you want? Most of the users do not know what to do in this situation. This article explains how wire sequencing in AutoCAD Electrical works with multiple components or pins in a circuit, and how to use it for the Inventor Cable & Harness environment.

The figure below shows a circuit where J101-1 and J101-2 are shorted together and then routed to P101-1.

Below we have two possible sequence outputs from AutoCAD Electrical and the end result in Inventor Cable & Harness.

Wire routing is usually provided by an electrical engineer in a wire to / to ratio, or decided during initial design on the production floor. When transferring data from AutoCAD Electrical to Inventor, collaboration between the electrical and mechanical divisions is crucial to avoid costly mistakes. AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor can avoid these errors and help streamline design processes.

Wire sequencing is performed in AutoCAD Electrical using the Edit Wire Sequence command, which is on the flyout menu of the Edit Wires / Wire Numbers panel. (The command can also be accessed by right-clicking any wire in the circuit.)

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