B-Line Systems, Inc.

(A support for AutoCAD* cable tray design)

User's Guide
* For AutoCAD Release 14 and AutoCAD 2000 for Windows

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The B-Line documentation and the software are copyrighted with all rights reserved. Under the copyright laws, neither the documentation nor the software may be copied, photocopied, reproduced, translated, or reduced to any electronic or machine readable from, in whole or part, without the prior written consent of B-Line Systems, Inc. Copyright ã 2000 B-Line Systems, Inc. B-Line Systems, Inc. 509 West Monroe Street, P.O. Box 326 Highland, Illinois 62249-0326 USA Phone (618) 654-2184 Fax (618) 654-1917 TrayCAD 4.0 was created for B-Line Systems, Inc. by: Universal Technical Systems, Inc. 1220 Rock Street, Rockford, Illinois 61101 USA Phone (815) 963-2220 Fax (815) 963-8884 All rights reserved. First edition printed in 1996 in the USA

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TC113096

B-Line TrayCAD 4.0

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION TO TRAYCAD ............................................................................................... 1
About B-Line Systems, Inc............................................................................................................... 1

GETTING STARTED .................................................................................................................... 3 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ............................................................................................................... 3 INSTALLING THE SOFTWARE .......................................................................................................... 3 TrayCAD 4.0 — System Overview ...................................................................................... 4
Centerline Interpreter........................................................................................................................ 4 TrayCAD Modeler.............................................................................................................................. 4 Database ............................................................................................................................................ 4

FEATURES OF TRAYCAD 4.0.................................................................................................... 5 CENTERLINE DRAWING .................................................................................................................. 5 EASE OF COMPONENT SELECTION.................................................................................................. 7 CHANGING CABLE TRAY PROPERTIES ........................................................................................... 7 BILL OF MATERIALS ...................................................................................................................... 7 FIRST SESSION-TUTORIAL ...................................................................................................... 8 COMMANDS AVAILABLE IN TRAYCAD ............................................................................. 23 GENERAL COMMANDS ................................................................................................................. 23 CENTERLINE DRAWING COMMANDS ............................................................................................ 24 TRAY GENERATION COMMANDS ................................................................................................. 24 VIEW COMMANDS ....................................................................................................................... 25 DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF TRAYCAD COMMANDS .................................................. 27 ABOUTTRAYCAD ................................................................................................................. 27 ACLINE ................................................................................................................................... 28 BOM .................................................................................................................................... 29 BUILDTRAYS ......................................................................................................................... 31 CHANGECOMPONENT ......................................................................................................... 33 CHANGELAYER ..................................................................................................................... 35 CLINE ...................................................................................................................................... 35 DELETECLINE ......................................................................................................................... 37 DONEEDITING ....................................................................................................................... 37 EXREDCLINE ......................................................................................................................... 38 GENERATELABELS .............................................................................................................. 39 LOADSTYLE ........................................................................................................................... 40 LOADTRAYCADMENU .......................................................................................................... 41 MODIFYCLINE......................................................................................................................... 41 ii

...................................................................................................... 56 CROSS.............................................................................. 46 REMOVEOVERLAP ............................................... 52 TRAYPREVIEW.......................................................................... 59 iii ............................................................................ 56 HUB ....... 54 YCLINE .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 48 SAVESTYLE ..................... 56 USEFUL TIPS IN TRAYCAD........................................................................................................................................................ 45 REMOVELABELS ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 56 STRAIGHT REDUCER ........................................................................................................................................................................ 47 SETDEFAULTS ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 57 INDEX .................... 51 TRAYCADHELP ................................................................................................... 52 TRAYSPECIFICATION ............. 47 SWITCHTOCLINE ................................................................ 50 TRAYCADASSIST .......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 54 VIEWS...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................User’s Guide MODIFYFITTING ........................................................................................ 55 ERROR MESSAGES .................................................................................. 45 PUTHANGER ...................................... 53 UNLOADTRAYCADMENU............................. 56 BEND ............................................................................................................................................................... 56 TEE ............................................................... 51 TRAYCAD ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 44 PCLINE ...... 46 STANDARDANGLE .............................. 42 MULTIPLECLINE .....................................................................................................

and Aurora. Norcross Georgia. About B-Line Systems. Inc. TrayCAD has features that allow you to create a Bill of Materials. Sherman. B-Line products are produced in eight modern plants consisting of over 1. P. commercial. relay racks. Nevada. B-Line Systems. inc. Troy Illinois. California. electrical and telecommunications industries. including plan views. utility and OEM installations.000 square feet. Inc.O.Introduction to TrayCAD Welcome to TrayCAD 4. If you would like more information regarding B-Line strut. Illinois. These facilities are located in Highland. Modesto. It is a powerful design tool. Texas. is a leading manufacturer of support systems and electrical enclosures for the mechanical.200. IL 62249-0326 800-851-7415 . Box 326 Highland. place details. please contact our customer service department.0! This program is designed for use in conjunction with AutoCAD Release 14 or AutoCAD 2000 for Windows. spring steel fasteners. pipe hangers. elevation changes and standard details in a fraction of the time spent on such tasks using conventional computer aided drafting techniques or drafting board layouts. Colorado. Portland. Reno. or electronic cabinets. electrical enclosures. yet it's simple to use. Our products are used in industrial. B-Line Systems. cable runway. cable tray. Oregon. In addition to assisting with the drawing of cable tray. TrayCAD allows the designer to select and draw a complete cable tray system. and even create specifications.

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and Windows NT environments. Installing the Software TrayCAD 4. The amount of space may be less depending upon whether or not you already have some of the common operating system files that TrayCAD requires. TrayCAD performs best with at least 16MB of RAM. The installation of TrayCAD itself will take approximately 15MB of disk space at its maximum. The program will prompt you for information regarding the installation of the software on your machine.0 is designed to run on any computer with a full and operational version of AutoCAD Release 14 or 2000. AutoCAD 2000. Run the SETUP. You should also refer to your AutoCAD documentation with regard to the minimum requirements necessary for the operation of AutoCAD. TrayCAD iswill run in the Windows 95. During installation.0 comes with an installation program that will create the necessary file directories on your hard drive and copy the files to your computer. 3 . You can choose the default selections or change the selections to suit your needs. To start the installation. Windows 98. You may choose to install TrayCAD for use with AutoCAD 14. or both versions.EXE program. TrayCAD will not function with AutoCAD LT. you will be asked which version of AutoCAD you want to use with TrayCAD. insert the included CD into your compact disk drive and choose run from the Windows start menu.User’s Guide Getting Started System Requirements TrayCAD 4.

After the cable tray is built. TrayCAD 4. Type centerline to enter the centerline mode. It detects the various centerline segments and attaches properties like tray width and material to the centerline.0 runs as an overlay in your AutoCAD environment (ACAD). you can begin laying out a cable tray design by placing centerlines that indicate the location of the cable tray in your drawing. TrayCAD will mark any problem spots in the design during the cable tray building process and give some description of what the problem is. While TrayCAD automates the process. Figure 1: System Overview 4 . The modeler determines the B-Line cable tray components needed for the project and directs AutoCAD in the creation of the components on your drawing. After the TrayCAD menus and toolbar appear.B-Line TrayCAD 4. it also gives you the flexibility to change a component or alter its properties to better suit your design needs. TrayCAD Modeler The TrayCAD Modeler forms the heart of the system.0 TrayCAD 4. a Bill of Materials can be generated and displayed on the screen. TrayCAD is organized into three components: Centerline Interpreter The Centerline Interpreter helps you draw the complete cable tray structure with the help of centerlines.0 — System Overview TrayCAD 4. choosing the required components and detecting errors during modeling.0 will automatically determine the components required for your layout. Database The database stores the complete B-Line catalog information related to each component. type traycad at the prompt line in your ACAD session. To use TrayCAD when AutoCAD is open. and printed or saved as a report. you can start the cable tray building process by issuing the buildtrays command. After drawing the centerlines.

it is not necessary to draw a radiused curve: Figure 2: Tray Components and Underlying Centerlines 5 . which are used for building the complete cable tray structure. Note that when drawing sweeping bends. It is used to identify the location of the cable tray in your drawing. The following figure shows the centerline for a straight run and a horizontal bend. In addition to denoting the position of the cable tray. The centerline lies in the same plane as the bottom of the cable tray and is located at the midpoint of the width.0. the centerline line stores to various cable tray properties.0 Centerline Drawing The centerline drawing is the backbone of TrayCAD 4.User’s Guide Features of TrayCAD 4.

Determine how you want the cable tray connected. Any errors for invalid connectivity will be detected by the system at a later stage. 6 . 2. You use the centerline to: 1. TrayCAD will use default values.B-Line TrayCAD 4. You may choose not to indicate the type or technical specification for any component. Draw the skeletal diagram of the proposed tray structure.0 Figure 3: A Complete Cable Tray Structure Model through Centerline Drawing The complete cable tray structure is accomplished using the centerline in the 3D drawing area.

NEMA Loading: Select a B-Line series based on a NEMA classification and load depth. The selection of a cable tray system is done through a standard dialog. Errors in the structure or property data. are detected and reported.0 allows you to work with a wide variety of B-Line products. Changing Cable Tray Properties Each cable tray component is associated with different properties such as width. In addition to providing you with the available products by B-Line series number the dialog can assist you in the selection of a B-Line series cable tray through the use of the one of the following methods. 7 . Bill Of Materials A Bill of Materials (BOM) can be generated after TrayCAD has created a drawing based on your centerline. Once the centerline drafting is over and you decide to build tray. all the components are associated with certain default values. length. bend radius (for fittings). bottom type. The components are determined according to the data you supplied. and height. The BOM lists the quantity any part numbers of tray components that form the complete tray system. When a new project is started. User Entered Data: While TrayCAD can be run using default values. you can alter the standard values according to your requirements through a dialog box. TrayCAD 4. The default values can be altered through the "configuration" menu option. material type. For more information. refer to the BOM command. Custom Loading: Select a B-Line series based upon a required tray load. You have the flexibility to alter the properties associated with the structure. The parts list can be printed or saved as a text file which you can later edit. load depth. the components are determined with the help of these standard values. Auto-Generated Data: TrayCAD computes the details of all the components of the cable tray system. and support span. if any.User’s Guide Ease of Component Selection All the related data to build the cable tray components is classified into two main sections: User Entered data and Auto-Generated data.

B-Line TrayCAD 4.0 1. TrayCAD Menu TrayCAD Toolbar Figure 4: TrayCAD Toolbar and Menu 8 . Type ‘TrayCAD’ at AutoCAD command prompt to invoke TrayCAD functionality. The TrayCAD menu and the TrayCAD toolbar will be loaded into AutoCAD. 2.0 First session-Tutorial Starting TrayCAD 4. Start AutoCAD (See Getting Started).

TrayCAD 4. The required load capacity of the system is determined by the total weight per foot of the cables to be installed in the cable tray. Figure 5: SetDefaults Dialog 9 .0 allows you to select the B-Line tray series by NEMA load class or by entering the required load capacity of the tray system in pounds per linear foot. 2. Bend radius for fittings is determined by the minumum bend radius of the cables to be installed. Invoke the ‘SetDefaults’ command. specify the physical requirements of the cable tray system.User’s Guide Setting Defaults 1. In the TrayCAD Setting Dialog box.

long section of tray. Since TrayCAD operates in three dimensions. Drawing a centerline in TrayCAD is no more difficult than drawing a standard AutoCAD line. Zoom out so that the width of the view-port is approximately 1. so it is important to draw the centerline in inches.B-Line TrayCAD 4. Begin by invoking the ‘centerline’ command. Pick a point in the left section of the screen. = 120 inches). Figure 6a: Sample Centerline Drawing 10 . it may be necessary to familiarize yourself with basic 3D drawing techniques (See AutoCAD documentation). TrayCAD now asks for the beginning point of the centerline.0 Drawing the Centerline 1. it is necessary to make that centerline 120 units long (10 ft. in order to draw a 10 ft. 3. the line is completed by typing at the command line ‘@240. Now TrayCAD asks for a second point.000 units wide.0’. TrayCAD builds cable tray using inches. 4. it is usually necessary to zoom out before beginning. For example.) long in the positive x direction. Draw the line 240 units (20 ft. since the AutoCAD screen defaults to a small view area. Also. Using relative coordinates. 2.

240’. Figure 6b: Sample Centerline Drawing 11 .User’s Guide 5. make a 90 degree bend and draw the centerline 240 units in the positive y direction by entering ‘@0. Now.

Figure 6c: Sample Centerline Drawing 12 .B-Line TrayCAD 4.0’ to draw a section 40 ft. Enter ‘@480. long in the positive x direction.0 6.

User’s Guide 7. Figure 6d: Sample Centerline Drawing 13 . Then hit enter to finish drawing. and then 40 feet in the positive y direction. Finish the centerline by drawing 40 feet in the negative y direction. 20 feet in the negative x direction.

B-Line TrayCAD 4. you are given the option to modify the properties of the fitting components. While building the cable tray. issue the ‘BuildTrays’ command to build the tray structure.0 Building the Cable Tray 1. Figure 8: Build Confirmation Dialog Box 14 . After drawing your centerlines. Figure 7: Phase I execution 2.

Figure 9: Component Properties confirmation box Tee with modified properties: 15 .User’s Guide 3. choose the fitting you wish to modify using the modify fitting command. After selecting the Alter option.

B-Line TrayCAD 4.0 Figure 10: Modified Component (Tee) 16 .

Figure 11: Convert Component confirmation box 17 . Changing a component is also possible.User’s Guide 4.

issue ‘DoneEditing’ to build the complete tray structure with the components modified.0 Tee is converted to cross: Figure 12: Changed Component (Cross) 5. When you have finished modifying the fittings. Figure 13: Phase II execution 18 .B-Line TrayCAD 4.

User’s Guide 6. Finished cable tray layout: Figure 14: Final Tray Structure 19 .

By enabling 3 dimensional drawing. TrayCAD 4. Drawing in 3 dimensions can be made simpler by switching the current view to Isometric.B-Line TrayCAD 4. Elevation changes are made by drawing centerlines in the z-plane.0 utilizes AutoCAD’s 3D capabilities. Now you are looking at the layout from an angle which will allow you to view elevation changes as well as horizontal runs. drawing the system in 3d allows details to be created from any viewpoint when the layout is complete. TrayCAD allows cable tray to be drawn in any orientation.0 Drawing Elevation Changes 1. 2. Select SW Isometric from the AutoCAD 3D Views menu. Further. Figure 15: Switching Drawing Views 20 .

Issue the Centerline command. Pick the end-point of a line.) long in the positive z direction. Figure 16: Drawing an elevation change 21 . Draw the line 120 units (10 ft. TrayCAD now asks for the beginning point of the centerline. the line is completed by typing at the command line ‘@0. drop: A. Now TrayCAD asks for a second point.120’. Using relative coordinates.User’s Guide The following commands will draw in a 10 ft.0. B.

0 Issue the ‘BuildTrays’ command to build the tray structure.B-Line TrayCAD 4. 3. Finished layout with elevation change: Figure 17: Completed layout showing an elevation change 22 .

Open centerline Drafting defaults dialog Open the B-Line TrayCAD About Box dialog Open the Assist Dialog Box Access TrayCAD Help File Load predefined cable tray style Save current cable tray style Load the TrayCAD menu and toolbar Unload the TrayCAD menu and toolbar Attach catalog ID's to the cable tray components Remove catalog ID's from cable tray components Generate Bill Of Material Place hangers on cable tray drawing Bring lines from other ACAD layers to centerline layer Access the TrayCAD Specification Generator View and insert TrayCAD detail drawings Setup STANDARDANGLE SETDEFAULTS Assistance ABOUTTRAYCAD TRAYCADASSIST TRAYCADHELP Styles LOADSTYLE SAVESTYLE Menu (AutoCAD R13 Only) LOADTRAYCADMENU UNLOADTRAYCADMENU Catalog Labels GENERATELABELS REMOVELABELS Utilities BOM PUTHANGER CHANGELAYER TRAYSPECIFICATION TRAYPREVIEW BOM PH CH TS TP 23 .User’s Guide Commands Available In TrayCAD TrayCAD has many commands designed to assist you in building your cable tray system. General Commands Startup TRAYCAD TC SA SD AT TA TH LS SS LM UM GL RL Load TrayCAD program Toggle Standard Angle setting on or off.

Alter properties of a centerline Operations DELETECLINE: EXREDCLINE: MULTIPLECLINE: DC ER MU Properties MODIFYCLINE: MC Tray Generation Commands Building Tray BUILDTRAYS: DONEEDITING: REMOVEOVERLAP: BT DE RO Create tray based on existing centerlines Continue tray building Search for and remove overlapping centerlines Change a component to another type of component Alter the properties of a component Return to centerline drawing mode.0 Centerline Drawing Commands Construction CLINE: PCLINE: ACLINE: YCLINE: CL PC AC YC Draw one or more centerlines Draw a centerline perpendicular to an existing centerline Draw a centerline at an angle from an endpoint of an existing centerline Draw a centerline at an angle from any point of centerline Delete one or more centerlines Trim or extend a centerlines Create multiple layers of centerlines at different elevations. Properties CHANGECOMPONENT: MODIFYFITTING: CC MF SC Remove Build SWITCHTOCLINE: 24 .B-Line TrayCAD 4.

User’s Guide View Commands LEFTVIEW: RIGHTVIEW: FRONTVIEW: BACKVIEW: TOPVIEW: BOTTOMVIEW: NEVIEW: NWVIEW: SEVIEW: SWVIEW: VLF VRT VFT VBR VTP VBT VNE VNW VSE VSW View drawing from left View drawing from right View drawing from front View drawing from back View drawing from top View drawing from bottom View drawing from Northeast corner View drawing from Northwest corner View drawing from Southeast corner View drawing from Southwest corner 25 .

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The commands are presented in alphabetical order. NOTE: Toolbar icons are available only in AutoCAD Release 13.User’s Guide Detailed Description of TrayCAD Commands This section provides a detailed explanation of the commands available in B-Line TrayCAD 4. ABOUTTRAYCAD Default Alias: Purpose: Description: AT Accesses the About Box for B-Line TrayCAD. The About dialog provides the TrayCAD version number of TrayCAD.0. Figure 18: B-Line TrayCAD About Box 27 . and command description are provided for each command. The command’s alias (a two letter shortcut for the command). Displays the B-Line About dialog. picture from the toolbar icon.

Illustration: Figure 19: Constructing Centerlines with ACLINE Command 28 . PCLINE. The following figure depicts the drafting of centerlines with the ACLINE command. the next centerline is drawn from the free end of the constructed line. 60 and 90 . The valid angles are ( 180° ) where is 0 .B-Line TrayCAD 4. CLINE. Respond by clicking on a centerline in the drawing at a point closest to the endpoint from which you wish to extend the new line. Select the line you wish to keep by clicking on it.0 ACLINE Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: AC Construct centerline at an angle beginning at an endpoint of an existing centerline. YCLINE This command draws a centerline at a valid angle with respect to an existing centerline. the angle between the lines is automatically transformed into a 90 angle. Once the selection is done. specify the proposed end point for the new centerline. TrayCAD automatically generates centerlines that meet the standard angle requirements. In this situation. you are prompted to select an endpoint from which you want to start the new centerline. The user can now select line B or C. If the new centerline forms an acute angle with the existing line. the endpoint selected by the user did not create a valid angle with the reference centerline (A). 45 . If the new centerline does not form a valid angle with the existing one. Next. TrayCAD generated two lines that create valid angles (lines B and C). After issuing this command. This command is not affected by the "Standard Angle" setting. 30 .

or export its contents to a text file (through the Save As button). The following figure depicts the Bill of Materials generated for an Aluminum Cable Tray System. You can specify your preference for stainless steel hardware. You can also set the printer through this dialog box. The Bill of Materials is displayed on the screen for your review. Illustration: Figure 20: Bill of Materials Dialog 29 . DONEEDITING This command generates the Bill of Materials for the TrayCAD drawing.User’s Guide BOM Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: BOM Generates Bill of Materials BUILDTRAYS. It is intended to be used after the complete cable tray structure has been built (BUILDTRAY command). then print the generated Bill of Materials.

0 SAMPLE.B-Line TrayCAD 4.BOM 1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 4A-24-HT12 4A-24-90HB12 4A-24-HX12 4A-24-90VI12 4A-24-VTU12 4A-24-90VO12 24AVT-24-144 Aluminum Horizontal Tee W24 H4 R12 Aluminum 90 Horizontal Bend W24 H4 R12 Aluminum Cross W24 H4 R12 Aluminum 90 Vertical Inner Bend W24 H4 R12 Aluminum Vertical Tee W24 H4 R12 Aluminum Tray L 144 W 24 H 4 5 3 1 1 4 38 Aluminum 90 Vertical Outer Bend W24 H4 R12 3 Figure 21: Text File Generated through the "Save As" Button Figure 22: Sample Printer Output 30 .

31 . Phase II calculations will begin automatically. The only valid conversion allowed is from component to universal hub and back.) Components fit Any detected errors will appear in a red box. The following dialog will appear upon completion of Phase I calculations. The following figures depict Phase I processing to identify the component. Phase II will then calculate and place the straight tray segments. The following processes are performed in Phase I: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Centerlines identified Intersection points identified and converted into centerline segments Line segments analyzed to identify the component fittings Properties of the component fitting identified (If component is not available in that material type. For “Cent-R-Rail” systems. ’ Figure 23: Build Confirmation Dialog Box Illustration: If you select the Continue option. If you choose the Alter option. you must run through both phases. you will be returned to the drawing to make modifications.User’s Guide BUILDTRAYS Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: BT Starts Building Tray Structure DONEEDITING Building the cable tray structure is divided into two phases. complete the drawing and label the parts with catalog part numbers. When you wish to continue with the Phase II. all the fittings are shown in a green box. The BUILDTRAYS command starts Phase I. In order to get the complete cable tray structure. the nearest match is accommodated. issue the DONEEDITING command to start the Phase II calculations.

B-Line TrayCAD 4.0 Figure 24: Centerline Drawing (Segments numbered for this illustration only) Figure 25: Phase I Execution Figure 26: Build Confirmation Dialog Box 32 .

(Note: These conversions are not allowed for "Cent-R-Rail" cable tray systems. It let’s you can change the type of the TrayCAD fitting being used in the drawing. • • • • Illustration: 90°Horizontal Bend To Horizontal Tee or Cross 90° Horizontal Tee To Horizontal Cross 90°Vertical Bend To Vertical Tee 90°Vertical Inside Bend To Vertical Outside Bend or vice versa The following dialog box appears when a CHANGECOMPONENT command is given.) You can specify the following types of TrayCAD component changes. MODIFYFITTING This command is designed to accommodate the need to plan for future cable tray expansion. 33 .User’s Guide Figure 27: Resulting Output of Phase I Compilation (Fittings displayed by choosing Alter option) CHANGECOMPONENT Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: CC Converts Component's Basic Type BUILDTRAYS. It is used after the BUILDTRAYS command has been issued and Phase I calculations are complete.

B-Line TrayCAD 4.0 Figure 28: Change Component Dialog Box 34 .

PCLINE. At the end of the operation. TrayCAD will only refer to the CLINELAYER when the BUILDTRAY command is issued. Illustration: Figure 29: Change Layer Dialog Box The "Select Layers" list box contains all the layers (other than TrayCAD layers) currently in the system. ACLINE. It works similarly to the "LINE" command of AutoCAD. length. press the "Close" button. PCLINE.User’s Guide CHANGELAYER Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: CH Accumulates Lines from Different Layers. YCLINE This command lets you draw a centerline in TrayCAD’s layer CLINELAYER. YCLINE This command is used to move lines from selected drawing layers to TrayCAD’s CLINELAYER. CLINE Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: CL Construct centerlines." The Start button remains disabled until at least one layer is chosen from the dialog box. ACLINE. CLINE provides these additional features: • Allowing the centerline to be drawn at valid angle (depends upon Standard Angle setting) • Attaching special properties like width. The following dialog box appears when a CHANGELAYER command is given. You can select one or more layers for the transferring operation. These properties can be set using the SETDEFAULTS OR MODIFYCLINE commands. The "Start" button begins the accumulation of all the lines from the selected layers to the "centerline Layer. To cancel the operation. material etc. This command is useful when working with TrayCAD on drawings created outside the TrayCAD environment. Apart from the normal features of AutoCAD "LINE" command. the command displays the total number of lines transferred to the CLINELAYER. CLINE. 35 . to the centerline.

B-Line TrayCAD 4.0 Illustration: The following figure depicts a structure being drawn through CLINE command: Figure 30: CLINE Command 36 .

The following figure continues the illustration shown in BUILDTRAYS. YCLINE. Doing so also deletes all the properties associated with it. showing the tray structure after removing the faulty tray. PCLINE.User’s Guide DELETECLINE Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: DC Deletes centerlines. 37 . To alter any components after completion of Phase I. DONEEDITING Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: DE Continues with Building Trays BUILDTRAYS Building the cable tray structure is divided into two phases. CLINE. Illustration: Figure 31: Cable Structure for a Standard Cable Tray System. Then invoke DONEDITING to begin the Phase II calculations. The segmented centerlines have to be deleted individually or “rubberbanded” during the selection process. ACLINE. Some centerlines which were originally drawn as one segment may become split into two or more segments during Phase I calculations in order to place tray fittings into the drawing. EXREDCLINE Deletes an existing centerline. BUILDTRAYS initiates Phase I. Any detected errors will appear in a red box. invoke the MODIFYFITTINGS command and change to the desired fitting. These phases are performed by two separate commands.

in the axis of the selected centerline. EXREDCLINE Default Alias: Purpose: Description: ER Trims Or Extends centerlines This command will extend or reduce an existing centerline. Points lying outside this axis will be flagged as an error. the end point farthest from the click is considered as a fixed point. You cannot reduce the centerline beyond this fixed point. The change will be in the axis of the existing line only. This operation can be performed in 3 different ways Specifying the Coordinates Specify the coordinates of extension/reduction point. Specifying the Distance Specify the total distance of extension or reduction. The extension/reduction takes place only in one axis. 38 .B-Line TrayCAD 4.0 Figure 32: Cable Structure for a "Cent-R-Rail" System. When a centerline is selected. that is. Specifying the Proposed Point (Through the Mouse) Stretch the line (through the rubber banding technique) to the required point.

Figure 33: Cable Tray Structure Labeling for Aluminum Cable Tray 39 . The following figure illustrates the cable tray structure with the Catalog ID’s attached to it. It generates the "B-Line Catalog Identification" standard labels for the cable tray structure.User’s Guide GENERATELABELS Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: Illustration: GL Attaches Catalog ID's to the Components REMOVELABELS This command is applicable only after the complete cable tray structure has been built.

you can load a preset style and also make specific style libraries. Figure 34: Style Dialog Box 40 .0 LOADSTYLE Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: Illustration: LS Loads Pre-Defined Styles SAVESTYLE Styles are cable tray structure configurations. The following dialog box helps you to select the pre-saved styles. With this command.B-Line TrayCAD 4.

You may then modify these property values. UNLOADTRAYCADMENU This command will add the TrayCAD specific menu and toolbar to current menu. The dialog box used for MODIFYCLINE and SETDEFAULTS is the same. whereas values selected during SETDEFAULTS take effect when you draw new centerlines. The dialog will appear with the current values of the component. This process is done automatically for you when you invoke the TrayCAD. One or more centerlines can be selected to alter properties. you only modify the properties of the selected centerlines.User’s Guide LOADTRAYCADMENU Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: LM Loads TrayCAD specific menu and toolbar. in MODIFYCLINE. Note : This feature is available only in AutoCAD R13 MODIFYCLINE Default Alias: Purpose: Description: MC Alters centerline Properties This command lets you modify the centerline properties through a dialog box. the only difference being. It will not remove the current active menu. 41 .

you can modify the properties of a fitting. The following dialog box appears with the MODIFYFITTING command: Figure 35: Cable Tray Property Change 42 .B-Line TrayCAD 4.0 MODIFYFITTING Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: Illustration: MF Alters Component Properties CHANGECOMPONENT With this command.

User’s Guide Figure 36: Cent-R-Rail Property Change 43 .

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MULTIPLECLINE
Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: MU Multiplies Centerlines Vertically CLINE, PCLINE, ACLINE, YCLINE This command allows you to create multiple levels of cable trays through centerlines. You can select a complete assembly to create multiple levels of the same structure. Caution must be taken while creating multiple levels because, while in the processes of creation, one vertical centerline may get overlapped with another if the distance between the levels is very small. Rest assured this problem will be detected during the build phase; it is better to realize the situation and take the appropriate actions during the drawing phase. The following diagram shows multiple centerlines created through the MULTIPLECLINE command.

Illustration:

Figure 37: Five Levels of Centerlines

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PCLINE
Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: PC Constructs Perpendicular Centerlines CLINE, ACLINE, YCLINE This command draws a centerline at a perpendicular angle with respect to another centerline. This is particularly useful if you want to place a "T" component in the centerline drawing. You are asked for a point from which you want to start the perpendicular centerline and to specify the reference centerline with which the angle has to be perpendicular. This figure creates perpendicular centerlines with and without line intersection.

Illustration:

Figure 38: Constructing Perpendicular Centerlines

PUTHANGER
Default Alias: Purpose: Description: PH Specifies Hanger Location Allows you to put a symbol at the locations where the hangers are going to be placed. This is just a representational tool. Hangers have to be placed on centerlines. The properties of a hanger are linked to that of the underlying centerline. The creation of a hanger assigns the centerline properties implicitly to the hanger and the deletion or modification of a centerline operates accordingly on its hanger.

Figure 39: Hanger Location Icon

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B-Line TrayCAD 4.0

REMOVELABELS
Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: RL Removes Catalog ID's Attached to the Components GENERATELABELS This command is applicable only after the complete cable tray structure has been built. It removes the "B-Line Catalog Identification" labels for the cable tray structure created through GENERATELABELS.

REMOVEOVERLAP
Default Alias: Purpose: Description: RO Removes Overlapping Centerlines This command, which removes overlapped "centerlines," is particularly useful in the situation where two or more centerlines are drawn such that one centerline (or a portion of a centerline) is drawn directly on top of another. It is important not to have any overlapping lines when building the trays; otherwise, after building, TrayCAD will either show an error box or generate an incorrect fitting at that location. Use this command when you are not sure if any centerlines are overlapped. You need to use it only once after your centerline layout is complete. Depending upon the complexity of the centerline drawing, this process may take some time. The following figure illustrates some types of overlapping:

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Figure 40: Examples of Overlapping Centerlines

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This can be performed from any stage of the processing. This option can also be set through the SETDEFAULTS dialog box. SWITCHTOCLINE Default Alias: Purpose: Description: SC Go back to centerline drafting. you must re-issue the BUILDTRAYS command. This command lets you go from the cable tray model drawing back to the centerline drawing. 47 .User’s Guide STANDARDANGLE Default Alias: Purpose: Description: SA Toggles standard angle Setting This command toggles the availability of a standard angle for centerline drawings. Having this option “on” implies that you can connect one centerline with another only at an angle that conforms to a standard B-Line fitting. In order to get back to the cable tray model drawing.

The configuration dialog box will let you modify default values such as material.B-Line TrayCAD 4. The following figures show the Set Defaults dialog box: Illustration: Figure 41: Set Defaults Dialog Box 48 . and height.0 SETDEFAULTS Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: SD Sets the centerline drafting defaults MODIFYCLINE This command accesses the dialog box to set default properties of the centerlines. width. These defaults will be applicable to any centerlines drawn after the dialog is closed.

Tolerance is defined as the smallest distance between two end points of almost intersecting lines. 49 . associate tolerance with centerlines and add footnotes to the tray style. It’s default value is zero.User’s Guide Figure 42: Drawing Properties Clicking the “Option” button on “SetDefaults” dialog box opens the “Drawing Properties” box which permits the user to check for non-standard angles.

Figure 43: Save Style Dialog 50 . You can use this command to create a library of configuration styles that can be used during current and future drawing sessions.B-Line TrayCAD 4.0 SAVESTYLE Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: SS Save Current Style LOADSTYLE This command saves the current settings from the SETDEFAULTS dialog box to a file.

51 . If TrayCAD is already initialized. running this command will give a warning message. Whenever you begin a new drawing. This command mimics the toolbar available in AutoCAD Release 13.User’s Guide TRAYCADASSIST Default Alias: Purpose: Description: Illustration: TA Accesses the Assist Dialog Box This command accesses the assist dialog box. hence. The following commands are available: Figure 44: TrayCAD Assistance Command Links TRAYCAD Default Alias: Purpose: Description: TC Starts TrayCAD Give this command to access any command related to TrayCAD. AutoCAD initializes all the system variables. which can be particularly helpful in the AutoCAD Release 12 environment where the toolbar is not available. use this command. to re-invoke TrayCAD.

you may access the help externally. TRAYSPECIFICATION Default Alias: Purpose: Description: TS Accesses the TrayCAD specification generator This command starts the TrayCAD specification program. This program assists you in generating a specification document for your project.B-Line TrayCAD 4. accesses the TrayCAD help system.0 TRAYCADHELP Default Alias: Purpose: Description: TH Accesses TrayCAD help This command. If you have a release prior to Release 13. available in AutoCAD Release 13 and above. 52 .

The available detail drawings are organized in a menu and can be previewed. You can specify the location. If you wish. and orientation of the drawing. size. Figure 45: TrayPreview Interface Figure 46: Selection Preview 53 .User’s Guide TRAYPREVIEW Default Alias: Purpose: Description: TP Highlights the components and accessories This command assists you in placing TrayCAD details into your drawing. your detail can be placed into your current project drawing.

There are several view commands to allow you to rotate the drawing on the screen. LOADTRAYCADMENU This command will remove (unload) the TrayCAD menu and toolbar from the current menu. Command Default Alias VBK VBT VFT VLF VNE VNW VRT VSE VSW VTP Description Back View Bottom View Front View Left View Northeast View Northwest View Right View Southeast View Southwest View Top View BACKVIEW BOTTOMVIEW FRONTVIEW LEFTVIEW NEVIEW NWVIEW RIGHTVIEW SEVIEW SWVIEW TOPVIEW 54 .0 UNLOADTRAYCADMENU Default Alias: Purpose: See Also: Description: UM Unloads TrayCAD specific menu and toolbar. It will not remove the current active menu. Note : This feature is available only in AutoCAD R13 VIEWS Purpose: Description: View a drawing from another perspective. Use this before saving the drawing if you did not want to save TrayCAD menu and toolbar with your drawing.B-Line TrayCAD 4.

TrayCAD will draw 2 lines with valid angles nearest to the selected centerlines. This command draws a centerline at a valid angle with respect to another centerline. You can select one of these which complies to your requirements. Select a point on or near to an existing centerline from which you want to start the new centerline. 60 and 90 . 30 . The valid angles are ( 180° ) where is 0 .User’s Guide YCLINE Default Alias: Purpose: Description: YC Construct centerline at an Angle from any Point on a centerline. 45 . The following figure illustrates the usefulness of YCLINE commands: Illustration: Figure 47: Drawing Centerlines through YCLINE 55 .

in which case the final cable tray layout will be faulty.0 Error Messages If a discrepancy is detected in the data during the process of building the cable tray. Bend • Can't fit Bend • Doesn't make a horizontal plane. If errors exist.B-Line TrayCAD 4. Vertical component not available. Trays making invalid angles. Some errors may be severe. In TrayCAD. Unable to select Component. Some of the most prominent error messages are described below. these errors will be prompted after Phase I and Phase II. an error message will appear. Trays making invalid angles. In any case. Tee • • • • • • Can't fit Tee Doesn't make a horizontal plane. Vertical Cross not available. all errors are shown attached to a red box. Hub • Can't fit Hub Straight Reducer • Can't fit Straight Reducer • Straight Reducer not available. The following figure depicts an error condition: Figure 48: Error Prompting in South West View Most of the error messages are self-explanatory. Properties not available. • Trays making invalid angle. you are notified with the cause of the error. placed at the location (centerline intersection point) of the error. Cross • • • • Can't fit Cross Doesn't make a vertical plane. 56 .

the intersecting point will be fit with a Bend). Segmentation does not alter the design of the centerlines in any way. This happens only when an intersection is found between two centerlines. and so on. Topic: Tip: 57 . two centerlines touching each other at the end points will not be segmented (eventually. This will automatically update the list boxes during LOADSTYLE and SAVESTYLE invocation. For example. two lines intersecting each other completely will be converted into four segments (the point of intersection will eventually be fit with a Cross). Topic: Tip: Drawing centerlines having 3D coordinates. This is an inherent function of the program and is necessary to detect the type of component fitting at the intersection point. one centerline intersecting the second centerline somewhere along its axis will be segmented into three centerlines (the point of intersection will eventually be fit with a Tee).STY in your TrayCAD installation directory.z value. Style files are stored with the extension . if not required. This can be done in two ways: Change the view and click on the points. Deleting styles. Enter the coordinates as x. have to be physically deleted. Styles.y.User’s Guide Useful Tips in TrayCAD Topic: Tip: Centerlines get segmented once the tray construction is finished.

The following figures depict how to draw a left/right hand reducer. These reducers are a special type of reducer. the above situation is deemed an intersection with an appropriate LR Reducer fit.0 Topic: Tip: Drawing Left/Right Hand Reducer. hence.B-Line TrayCAD 4. they have to be handled in a different way. the top ends would be meeting whereas the bottoms would be out of phase. Figure 50: LR Reducer Positioned 58 . Hence even though there is no CL intersection . Figure 49: Left/Right Hand Reducer Centerline Layout Note that the two parallel lines differ in their widths and also the distance between the lines is such that were we to fit the straight trays as it is.

.23............. 24........... 36.. 52 TRAYPREVIEW ..... 23... 54 M MODIFYCLINE ...... 54 P PCLINE ...... 50........7.......... 27 ACLINE......................24.. 41....... 25...................... 47 C CHANGECOMPONENT ........ 54 Y YCLINE .....24. 31... 24...23.........25..... 57 SETDEFAULTS . 25........ 54 LOADSTYLE......25. 38 F FRONTVIEW ..25.................. 41.......... 37........ 46 L LEFTVIEW .... 33.... 39... 35 CLINE ........ 37. 23.......... 50 SEVIEW ....... 44........ 46 RIGHTVIEW...... 37............ 44 N NEVIEW. 44....... 28...... 35....................... 45 B BACKVIEW . 25..................................................................... 23................ 47 SWITCHTOCLINE .23............ 23................24...... 37...................... 24....... 24.. 23...................................24..... 25.............. 45..... 45 D DELETECLINE .................23.......... 54 NWVIEW ....... 37 DONEEDITING.... 51 TRAYCADHELP ............ 28.. 40..25. 35..........24.................... 25........ 39...... 51 TRAYCADASSIST .. 29....................23. 40............ 45 R REMOVELABELS ................................................ 25........................... 35......... 46 REMOVEOVERLAP. 54 S SAVESTYLE .24.. 48 MODIFYFITTING .. 23.. 47.. 28.. 35.. 57 LOADTRAYCADMENU.............. 42 MULTIPLECLINE ... 52 U UNLOADTRAYCADMENU .User’s Guide Index A ABOUTTRAYCAD...... 23... 28.. 29...24............. 33. 53 TRAYSPECIFICATION ...... 23..... 35............. 35. 23............ 50.... 54 BOM ................... 41.... 47 SWVIEW . 30 BOTTOMVIEW ... 45 PUTHANGER .. 29............ 54 T TOPVIEW ............ 41......... 37 E EXREDCLINE............24.......... 31.......................... 23...... 37........................... 24.... 44......... 42 CHANGELAYER ..... 44..... 48................... 55 59 . 23.... 54 G GENERATELABELS ... 54 TRAYCAD ............................................................24... 54 BUILDTRAYS ....................... 54 STANDARDANGLE ................. 37. 23......... 33.................

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