Monday, January 14, 2013

SolidWorks Electrical: How to create a tiered terminal block

In some cases, you will be required to represent a tiered terminal block in an electrical schematic. In SolidWorks Electrical, these are called levels. This tutorial will show the steps necessary to set up a tiered terminal block using levels.

One method of accomplishing this task is to double-click on the cable in the single line diagram.

This brings up the detailed cabling window. All of the existing terminals are listed on the lefthand side.

In this example, we'll add a single terminal block with three layers and we'll rename each layer with a custom name.

Full tutorial after the jump - 

Click on the box outlined in red to add a terminal.

In this instance we’ll add just one (1) component. Click OK.

The new terminal will now show up at the bottom of the list. It is #13 in this example. Click on the highlighted icon to edit the terminal strip.

Right-click on the #13 terminal at the bottom of the list and choose "levels definition" from the menu. (below)

In this case, we're creating a 3-tiered terminal block, so the value 3 is used.

Now the #13 terminal is split into three levels. Essentially, we have 6 connection points for this position. They are labeled 13.1, 13.2, and 13.3 (each with 2 connections). Also, note that the icon just to left of the terminal numbers in the terminal strip editor has changed. (see below)

To customize the terminal level names even further, highlight terminals 13.1 thru 13.3 and then click on the "Properties" icon at the top of the terminal strip editor (also in the below image).

In the "Component Properties" window, highlight the "Manufacturer Part and Circuits" tab and look at the level name field in the lower right. They are labeled 1, 2, and 3 by default. These can be customized to any label desired. We’ll plug in TOP, MID, and BOT for this example.

Here’s the resulting terminal label configuration when we’ve finished with the customization. Terminal block #13 now contains three levels, each with a customized level name, as shown in the image below.

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