AutoCAD Electrical General Discussion

Posts: 19
Registered: ‎05-26-2009
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Wire number tagging based upon wire type

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08-16-2009 08:01 PM

Though this ability has been in the product for quite some time, it is sort of hidden away and probably not very well known.

For example, let's say that your company standards for wire number assignment includes the following wire numbering requirements:

  1. 24volt DC wiring to use blue wire and tagged with a "DC-" prefix and sequential starting in the "5000″ range.
  2. Ground wires to use green wire and have a "GND-" prefix plus a three digit sequential starting at "001″
  3. White neutral wires to have a "N-" prefix and start at sequential "1″
  4. Black power wiring to have a "-PWR" suffix.
  5. All other wiring to default to sequential starting at number "1″

Your first impression might be this... your wire number assignments are going to be all manual and very tedious. But that's not the case. AutoCAD Electrical can be quickly set up to automatically conform to the above standard using wire number tagging based upon wire type.

A simple, easy-to-follow example is given in an AutoCAD Electrical blog posting here. Take a look if there is interest.

(full, spelled out link is )

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Posts: 59
Registered: ‎09-21-2007
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Re: Wire number tagging based upon wire type

10-16-2009 05:23 AM in reply to: nateholt

I have one question that is related to your post&article.

What I want to accomplish is to have the project set up in such a way to assign wire numbers based on the sheet number and line number (which is what I do now so this part is complete), but I want to do it for all wire types minus anything that is on layer GREEN***. Right now I get sheet number and line number assignment for ground wires and what I want to have is just wire number "GRD" for all my ground wires across the project. By using the method you described, I created an exception for layer GRE* so that it would label it "GRD". I didn't enter anything in the "Sequential start %N" and "Suffix list" fields, however, when I try to do assign wire numbers they appear as "GRD1", "GRD2", "GRD3", etc. (which is my normal suffix setup for all the other wire types).

So, the question is, is it possible to have the project set up in such a way to mark all my ground wires the same, "GRD" with no suffix?
Posts: 12
Registered: ‎10-21-2009
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Re: Wire number tagging based upon wire type

02-18-2013 02:01 PM in reply to: crislem

Was this issue ever resolved, I have the same request for un-numbered 'GND' wires.

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