AutoCAD Electrical General Discussion

AutoCAD Electrical General Discussion

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Selector Switch Contacts

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09-07-2012 06:50 AM

Hello All,


I am very new to AutoCAD Electrical and I'm having trouble adding additional contacts to componts, namely selector switches.  How is that process done?  When I add a selctor switch it only adds a single contact.


AutoCAD Electrical 2013

Windows 7


Thank you in advance.

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Re: Selector Switch Contacts

09-07-2012 09:25 AM in reply to: ccapplen

Go back to the Selector Switch category in the menu and click on the 2nd+ contact of your choice, either NO or NC. Insert the contact next to the parent contact that you already inserted.  Click Parent/Sibling to associate this additional contact to the existing contact.  The reason Electrical works this way is so that you are not limited to a certain wire spacing.  You can insert multi-wire components across any group of wires no matter their spacing.  Hint: This same method can be used for pushbuttons, relays, and any other switching device that can have 2 or more contacts.

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Re: Selector Switch Contacts

11-29-2012 07:45 AM in reply to: ccapplen

If a selector switch has 4 contacts, how would you go about distinguishing between the different contacts?


Currently I assign pin # to each contact to distinguish it from other contacts but I'm not sure if it is the right thing to do.  For example, contact #1 would have pin # 1 and 2.  Contact #2 would have pin # 3 and 4.



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Re: Selector Switch Contacts

11-29-2012 11:16 AM in reply to: huyvu90

That is exactly how you would distinguish between different contacts.

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