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AutoCAD Electrical 2008

User’s Guide

February 20, 2007

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AutoCAD Electrical 2008

User’s Guide

February 20, 2007

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You can add information to your schematic components to indicate power
source and load values using the supplied Power Check tools. Once these
values have been added, you can run the Power Load Check Report to scan
the wire interconnections and report if there is too much load on a given
power source.

There are 3 tools to use for checking power source/load:

Marks a component with a power source and load
value. The value is added to an AutoCAD Electrical

Add/Edit Power Source/Load values

connection attribute. This dialog box contains a list
of available connection points. If you select near the
connection point for the power value it will be pre-
selected in the dialog box. Enter the power source
and load value and an optional units value. These
values will be saved on the connection point as invis-
ible xdata.

Marks a component with a PASSPWR flag. The
PASSPWR flag instructs the Power Report to pass

Set Pass Power

through the marked component when calculating
the load on a given source. If a component carries
the PASSPWR flag the Power Report program will
pass through the component and continue looking
for load values on the network

Looks for any components assigned as a power
source and then follows any wires connected to that

Power Load Check Report

terminal. When a load is hit, it stops reading on that
wire segment and doesn't search past the load. For
example, if you apply a supply value to the left power
bus on a ladder, there are a bunch of pilot lights and
relay coils in the ladder. AutoCAD Electrical goes
down the left bus and checks each connected rung.
It reads through contact and terminals, but when it
hits a load on a rung, it accumulates the load value
(if present) and stops going any further on that rung.
The utility will still check the other rungs tied to the
left-hand bus and try to find more loads.

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Tip:Adding Xdata to library symbols prior to insertion

You can add the Xdata on the library symbol prior to inserting it. If a drawing
already contains that block, you must use the Update Block option prior to
running the report. Open the library symbol and use the Xdata Editor to add
Xdata directly onto the appropriate TERM## attribute. The following xdata
could be added at the library level:

■Source - VIA_WD_PWR_SRC

■Load - VIA_WD_PWR_LOAD

■Unit - VIA_WD_PWR_UNIT

■Potential - VIA_WD_POTENTIAL

Set power source/load value

This utility marks a component with a power source and load value. A related
routine, when invoked, then scans the wire interconnections and reports if
there is too much load on a given power source.

Access:

On the Power Check toolbar, click the Add/Edit Power Source/Load Levels tool.

Click Wires ➤ Wire Number Miscellaneous ➤ Power Check ➤ Add/Edit
Power Source/Load Levels.

Select the component for the power source or load value. The value is added
to an AutoCAD Electrical connection attribute. This dialog box contains a list
of available connection points. If you select near the connection point for the
power value it will be pre-selected in the dialog box. Enter the power source
and load value and an optional units value. These values will be saved on the
connection point as invisible xdata.

NOTEAs you add these power source or load values, think of AutoCAD Electrical
tracing through these components to see what the load is on the power source.
Pick which terminal to add the value to accordingly.

Source/load assignment

Indicates to set the source or load value.

Source/Load

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Specifies the source or load value to save on the connection point.

Value

(Optional) Specifies the units for the source or load value. Select
from the drop-down list to specify the units.

Units

Potential assignment

Optional for voltage level mismatch checks. Select from the drop-down list
to specify the potential value.

Set pass power

This utility marks a component with a PASSPWR flag. The PASSPWR flag
instructs the Power Report to pass through the marked component when
calculating the load on a given source. If a component carries the PASSPWR
flag the Power Report program will pass through the component and continue
looking for load values on the network.

NOTECertain components don't need a PASSPWR flag (such as terminals and
contacts) since they are automatically 'passed' through.

Access:

On the Power Check toolbar, click the Mark Component To Pass Power tool.

Click Wires ➤ Wire Number Miscellaneous ➤ Power Check ➤ Mark Com-
ponent To Pass Power.

Each selected component is displayed in the list. If the component already
carries the PASSPWR flag, a * appears next to the tag. To set or unset the
PASSPWR flag, click on the component's tag in the list.

Power source/load report

Once a component is marked with a power source and load value, this utility
scans the wire interconnections and reports if there is too much load on a
given power source.

Access:

On the Power Check toolbar, click the Power Load Check Report tool.

Click Wires ➤ Wire Number Miscellaneous ➤ Power Check ➤ Power Load
Check Report.

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Select to run the report on the project, selected components in the active
drawing, or all components in the active drawing. You can also select to
redisplay the last Power Check report.

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