What is the correct way to create extra power distrubution terminal block of the same number?
In the image below, the TB "1N1" is suppose to be the neutral connection for M1, LT1, CR1 and CR2. You can see that having one TB "1N1" is not enough to wire the netrual of M1, LT1, CR1 and CR2. I try to stick to the 2 wires max per terminal rule.
I guess I can just insert another 1N1 TB in series with the existing 1N1 TB and this will cause the terminal strip editor to show two 1N1 TB instead of one. I'm not sure if this is a good practice though. What is the correct way to do this?
There are several ways to do this....
It all depends on how you want you equipment wired. If you only want one wire per connection point, you will need a number of terminals with a jumper bar connecting them
If however, you daisy-chain your equipment (as shown in your pic) you would likely only need the one terminal.
We use two terminals linked together for our incoming power terminals utilizing the same identification number number. We insert the first one and then the next 1 close by with the same number. The second terminal is then connected with a wire on the JUMPER layer and the strip id and number attributes hidden. The next step is to right click on one of the two terminals, goto the terminals flyout (under the attributes flyout) and select the Edit Jumper command. The two terminals are joind using this function which allows wire numbers to be passed from one to the other easily.
The wire on the JUMPER layer is just for visual reference? The jumper wire is there to show that the two terminals are jumped together right but the thing that actually connect the two terminals together is the jumper function?
You can connect terminals together with a wire type named JUMPERBAR and that's all you need to complete the logic. You will not need the invisible jumper if you do this. The wire number will carry over from terminal to terminal and you can insert a wire color/gauge label to indicate that the connection between terminals is a JUMPERBAR. The From/To list generator will ignore JUMPERBAR. There is a video about this on my web site at www.ecadconsultant.com.
I insert an actual jumper bar footprint over my terminals after I insert with Terminal Strip Editor. I even have the MFG and CAT pre-filled so I don't have to perform a Lookup. Ask anyone who has ever attended one of my classes. This is how I teach it. It is covered on the Tips and Tricks page of my Web site under the menu item entitled,
"Using AutoCAD® Electrical to create a power bus from terminal blocks".
The panel BOM picks up all parts, those that were inserted from the schematic list and all additional hardware added on the panel layout. My drawings include every screw, washer, warning label, DIN rail, wireway, etc., that is required to assemble the panel.
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