How to draw 2 different wires attached to a same point in scheme? When I draw alway auto change wires to same type. Anyone know how? Thanks
I put together a video with a couple of options, hope this helps.
Thanks for the video Evan, I was about to ask a similar question - I find it really confusing trying to reorder a load of wire marks when the system as automatically made wrong assumptions.
I would also like to know how to only show 1 mark per wire per page (the option to do this is greyed out and automatically goes to 2 marks per wire when i'm using 'non equipotential' marking i.e. each wire has a unique number.
is there a way to work around this? otherwise i need to manually delete some wire marks that overlap other wires.
Use equipotential wiring. It's much better, but you do have to deal with some annoyances.
But if I remember correctly, the trick when you do wire numbering to get it to only show up a single wire mark is to make the X value on ridiculously large. Then it forces both text fields to the middle of the wire and they merge into a single label.
The best option that we've found is to create a double wire connection. This is a symbol that you associate with the component that your wire is attaching to. We worry about SWE remembering properly that two different wire types are connected together. Another advantage is that the reports work out better; when you have a number of different wires connected together, it confuses the reports. Also, this is necessary, because we do equipotential numbering, not wire numbering so that wire numbers don't get lost if you accidentally disconnect a wire; we want the two wires connected together to have different numbers.
Thanks for your response. I did notice the 'X' value solved the annoyance for some wire numbers but then made others a bit too far away from the connection or they overlapped a nearby crossing wire on the same page!
Out of interest, you said the best option is to use equipotential numbering (e.g. 4 individual wires that are connect together would have the same wire number) which is the method i used to use before I had to start using SWE with a different employer (i used to use EPLAN), but then you said (while using equipotential numbering) that you "want the two wires connected together to have different numbers", maybe i'm just getting my wires crossed but i'm now a bit confused as to what you refer to as equipotential or wire numbering.
We use equiptotentials because of the issue of losing data. If we move a wire and lose its number, you could lose a lot of time trying to get that number back. In the past, we haven't been the greatest with revision control for electrical drawings, so it could get to a point where you have to go out to a machine to go look at it and see what the wire number is, and hope that you didn't intend to change it.So we are willing to put up with small annoyances. Inserting symbols in place to make sure that no two wires ever touch each other in the schematic, which makes all of their numbers unique. It works better for us, but with our new revision control methods in place, it may not be so much an issue now.
I didn't understand what you meant by using a symbol with 2 connection points. I see what you are doing here now. you are using equipotential numbering within SWE but have made an additional connection symbol so that every wire still has a unique number. Seems like a lot of effort to design every device/macro with a dual connection point but i guess you have it sorted now. There are so many annoying things with SWE, i despair sometimes.
that little 45 degree angle thing is a separate symbol. we just drop it in when necessary. But I agree, there are a lot of headaches with this software. It's main value is its integration with Solidworks.
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