Terminal symbols on the schematic are a representation of wire connection points. The terminal symbol representation on the schematic can have associations with the physical terminal block on the panel drawing. To insert a terminal, select the Insert Component command to display the icon menu, and then select Terminals/Connectors.
There are four types of terminal behavior that you can select from and five main terminal styles (square, round, hexagon, diamond, and triangle). Each type of terminal behavior is controlled by the terminal block name.
Non-intelligent terminals. They do not show up in reports.*//
Terminals that take on a terminal number that matches the wire number passing through or connected to the terminal.
Terminals that carry a user-defined terminal number.
Terminals that force a new wire number to generate as a wire passes through the terminal.
You can select from five main terminal styles (square, round, hexagon, diamond, and triangle). Each type of terminal behavior is controlled by the terminal block name.
Annotates the terminal by tracking which terminal numbers and terminal strip ID names were used so far.
Select Terminals and Connectors, select the terminal to insert, and specify the insertion point on the drawing.
These controls determine the overall tagging of the terminal block in the project. The Installation, Location, and Tag Strip values define which strip the terminal belongs to. The symbol block file name displays at the top of the Terminal group.
Assign short installation or location codes to components like "PNL" and "FIELD" to take full advantage later of the AutoCAD Electrical ability to create installation or location-specific Bill of Materials and component lists.
Changes the installation codes. Click Browse to search the active drawing, entire project, and an external list (default.inst) for installation codes. Pick from the list to update the component automatically with the installation code.
Changes the location codes. Click Browse to search the active drawing, entire project, and an external list (default.loc) for location codes. Pick from the list to update the component automatically with the location code.
Specifies the Tag ID given to the terminal strip. If there is an existing name, it appears in the edit box; if not, you can enter a specific ID name.
Click the < and > buttons to increment or decrement the last digit/character in the Tag Strip value.
Specifies the terminal number. If there is not PINLIST information, the < and > buttons increment or decrement the terminal number. You can also click Pick to select a text object or an attribute on the active drawing to use for the terminal number.
When inserting a new terminal, the highest terminal number in the strip is identified and the default terminal number for the new terminal increments by 1.
These controls support associations between schematic terminal symbols and their panel terminal footprint or between multiple schematic terminal symbols.
There are certain conditions that you cannot associate terminals using the Modify Properties/Associations options:
Displays the Add/Modify Associations dialog box where you can select terminal strips and their respective blocks to make an association to the terminal symbol being inserted or edited.
Selects another terminal symbol on the active drawing to associate to. You can select only one terminal symbol to make the association.
Removes the terminal being edited out of the defined association. The properties from the original association and the levels of the terminal are maintained.
Displays the Block Properties dialog box where you can define and maintain terminal block properties.
The list box displays the current status of the association of the edited terminal. It lists all associated terminal symbols from the schematic and terminal panel footprints. If the terminal symbol is being inserted for the first time, the list box only displays the reference for itself. The number of levels defined in the block properties displays at the top of the Properties/Associations group. The terminal being edited is highlighted in the list box.
You can double-click in the list to modify the terminal association in the Add/Modify Associations dialog box.
Lists the level description defined in the terminal block properties. This data is entered into the LnnLABEL attribute if present; otherwise, it is placed into xdata.
Lists the terminal numbers defined in the association. Only one terminal number is allowed per level and each level displays its respective terminal number or text. Panel terminal symbols do not display terminal numbers.
Lists the pin numbers defined on the left side of the terminal block. This data is entered into the LnnPINL attribute if present; otherwise, it is placed into xdata.
Lists the pin numbers defined on the right side of the terminal block. This data is entered into the LnnPINR attribute if present; otherwise, it is placed into xdata.
Lists the reference location of the terminal symbol in the project. The syntax is ‘Sheet,Reference’ based on the drawing configuration.
These controls allow for quick selection of terminal strips and terminal numbers used throughout the active project.
Shows all the previously defined terminal strips in the active project.
When inserting a new terminal, this list is populated with the Installation, Location and TAGSTRIP values of the previously inserted terminal.
Lists all terminal numbers found, either drawing-wide or project-wide, whose Tag Strip value matches the highlighted Tag Strip value.
You can do a drawing-wide or project-wide listing of similar terminals with their catalog assignments. During your editing session, the last MFG / CAT / ASSYCODE assignment for each terminal type you insert into your wiring diagram is remembered. When you insert another terminal of that type, the catalog assignment of the previous terminal is set as the default (assuming a previous one was made during the current editing session).
Lists the manufacturer name for the terminal. Enter a value or select one from the Catalog lookup.
Lists the catalog number for the terminal. Enter a value or select one from the Catalog lookup.
Lists the assembly code for the terminal. The Assembly code is used to link multiple part numbers together.
Specifies a unique identifier assigned to each terminal. The value can be manually typed in the edit box.
Opens the catalog database of the terminal from which you can select the Manufacturer and Catalog values. Search the database for a specific catalog item to assign to the selected terminal.
Lists the part numbers used for similar terminals in the active drawing.
Lists the part numbers used for similar terminals in the project. You can search in the active project, another project, or in an external file.
Inserts or edits extra catalog part numbers on to the selected terminal. You can add up to ten part numbers to any terminal. These multiple BOM part numbers appear as subassembly part numbers to the main catalog part number in the various BOM and terminal reports.
Extracts the details from the catalog database to display what the selected item looks like in a Bill of Material template.
Specifies the optional description attribute text to assign to the terminal block (up to three lines of text can be specified). Click Browse to search for all terminal descriptions in the project or active drawing. Select the description you want to copy to the edited terminal block by selecting it in the list and clicking OK.
Opens an ASCII text file (wd_desc.wdd or <project>.wdd) from which you can select standard descriptions.
Picks a description from a component on the current drawing.
You can enter up to 12 ratings attributes on a component. The View/Edit Rating Values dialog box lets you enter values for each ratings attribute. Select the Defaults button next to the edit box to display a list of default values.
View or edit any attributes that are not predefined AutoCAD Electrical attributes.
This tool searches project terminal strips for existing terminal blocks, allowing you to associate a terminal symbol to an existing association or terminal.
Select Terminals and Connectors from the dialog box and specify the insertion point on the drawing. In the Insert/Edit Terminal Symbol dialog box, Modify Properties/Associations section, click Add/Modify.
Select the terminal to edit. In the Insert/Edit Terminal Symbol dialog box, Modify Properties/Associations section, click Add/Modify.
This option is also available from the Panel Layout - Insert/Edit Terminal Footprint dialog box.
Modifications to the terminal symbol associations affect every terminal symbol in the association so all drawings must be available for editing. You cannot edit other terminal associations from this dialog box; only the associations of the selected terminal symbol can be edited.
Use this section to modify the terminal number. The Installation, Location, and Tag Strip values are not editable.
Displays the Installation value defined for the edited terminal symbol.
Displays the Location value defined for the edited terminal symbol.
Displays the tag strip value defined for the edited terminal symbol.
(Unavailable for panel terminals) Specifies the terminal number. The displayed value is defined in the TERM01 attribute on the terminal symbol.
Active Associations grid
Displays all terminal symbols that are currently associated to the terminal being edited. The terminal symbol that is being edited is highlighted in light blue. Right-click on a terminal symbol to move it up or down one level or select a terminal symbol and drag it to a new level location. Label and Pin information do not move with the terminal symbol number and reference since it is part of the terminal block property definition.
Displays all terminal strips inside of the active project. The tree contains three nodes to aid in finding a specific terminal block in the project. The nodes are: active project name, Tag Strip value (Installation and Location included) and terminal blocks.
Select Association grid
Displays all levels of the terminal selected in the tree. Select the level to place the edited terminal in and right-click to run the associate command (or click Associate).
Adds the edited terminal symbol to the terminal association. A terminal number is then inserted into the Number column and the Reference column is updated with the terminal reference defined in the drawing properties.
This option is unavailable until you select a level in the grid control when editing a schematic terminal or until you select a terminal from the tree control when editing a panel footprint. A grid selection is not required for panel footprints since the footprint is associated to the entire terminal, not an individual level.
Use this dialog box to control the number of levels assigned to a multiple level terminal block. You can control the level description, number of wires per connection, pins right, pins left and internal jumpers. The terminal block properties are maintained on every terminal symbol in its association.
Select Terminals and Connectors from the dialog box and specify the insertion point on the drawing. In the Insert/Edit Terminal Symbol dialog box, click Block Properties.
Select the terminal to edit. In the Insert/Edit Terminal Symbol dialog box, click Block Properties.
You can also access this dialog box by clicking Edit Terminal Block Properties on the Terminal Strip Editor dialog box.
The default level for any terminal symbol that is placed into the project that is not associated to another is 0.
Displays the Manufacturer value that is currently assigned to the terminal being edited.
Displays the Catalog Number value that is currently assigned to the terminal being edited.
Displays the Assembly Code value that is currently assigned to the terminal being edited.
Specifies the number of levels for the terminal. The grid expands for editing based on the number of levels specified. You can then define the level description, wires per connection and pins.
Terminal Block Property Definition grid
Displays the terminal levels. You can edit and maintain properties of the terminal block here.
Internally jumper the levels currently selected in the grid.
Delete the internal jumper currently assigned to the levels selected in the grid
Clears all terminal block properties.
The values in the grid are stored as follows. The “nn” represents the level number and is always stored as two digits (that is, 01, 02, and so on):
Level Description (60 characters maximum)
Wires Per Connection (three characters maximum)
Pin Left (12 characters maximum)
Pin Right (12 characters maximum)
Internal Jumper(255 characters maximum)