Sample catalog information is furnished with the default AutoCAD Electrical installation. The information is held in tables in a Microsoft Access database file (.mdb) which are populated with sample vendor data. Expand and modify these tables to meet your specific BOM reporting needs. Use tools provided with AutoCAD Electrical, or use a database program that can read/write the Access file format.
The .mdb file is a single file that is named <project>_cat.mdb or default_cat.mdb. If the project-specific.mdb file is used, it must be in the same subdirectory as the <project>.wdp file is located. Here is the AutoCAD Electrical search sequence:
Catalog information can be carried on parent or stand-alone components that have MANUFACTURER, CATALOG, and optional ASSEMBLYCODE attributes. You can assign catalog information to the attributes of a component at component insertion time or any time later during an edit of the component.
Each primary or stand-alone component type can have an associated table in your Access mdb file. This approach is taken for both performance reasons and to exclude invalid choices. For example, you cannot assign a blue press-test pilot part number to a standard red pilot light symbol. There can be multiple catalog tables for the same component family. Alternately, all master test and all neon pilot lights (of all colors) can be combined into a single catalog table named LT. AutoCAD Electrical determines the default catalog lookup table name based on the WDBLKNAM attribute.
The following example references a custom master control relay with block name “HCR1_MC_PWR.”
If your symbol does not carry the WDBLKNAM attribute:
If your symbol includes the invisible WDBLKNAM attribute with a value of “HCRM”:
If you want your custom symbol to go to table “CRM” in the catalog database file instead of the existing table “CR” you must:
The list of tables available in the default_cat.mdb is shown in the following table. All tables are family-specific and one table is created for each family.
Family Code/Table Name
Table used by Symbol Builder to map the attribute template type to a symbol type description. The description is displayed in the Type list on thedialog box. See .
Allows starting MFG/TYPE/RATING combinations to be predefined for each catalog lookup table, when AutoCAD Electrical would normally default to the values given in the first record of the selected catalog lookup table. See.
Default pin list data table. AutoCAD Electrical also contains manufacturer-specific pin list tables that have the same format as the _PINLIST table. The naming convention for manufacturer-specific tables is: _PINLIST_AB or _PINLIST_AROMAT. AutoCAD Electrical first searches manufacturer-specific tables; if not found, it then searches the default _PINLIST table. See.
Default terminal properties data table. AutoCAD Electrical also contains manufacturer-specific terminal properties tables that have the same format as the _TERMPROPS table. The naming convention for manufacturer-specific tables is: _TERMPROPS_AB or _TERMPROPS_AROMAT. AutoCAD Electrical first searches manufacturer-specific tables; if not found, it then searches the default _TERMPROPS table. See.
Cable conductors. See.
Table cross-reference style symbol mapping table. Maps a contact block name to a graphic drawing name. This graphic drawing is inserted as a block in the TYPE column of the cross-reference table for the contact. See.
Buzzers, horns, bells
Lights, pilot lights
Programmable logic controllers
Cables, multi-conductor cables
In Project Manager, right-click the project name and select Settings to find the location of the default_cat.mdb file. If you want to move this file to another directory, such as a shared network drive, then edit a small text file to tell AutoCAD Electrical where to look.
AutoCAD Electrical looks for a project-specific MDB file first, called <project>_cat.mdb, in the subdirectory of the project.
You can use two catalog database files when working with an AutoCAD Electrical project: the first file can contain the catalog information that you commonly use, and the second file can contain the full list of catalog content available with AutoCAD Electrical.
For each project you set up this file for, you only see the content from your default_cat.mdb file in the Parts Catalog dialog box. For catalog information that is in the full catalog database file (full_catalog.mdb), click Secondary File on the Database drop-down on the Parts Catalog dialog box. The Parts Catalog dialog box temporarily switches to the secondary catalog lookup file.