I draw a wire from point A to point B. I have lenght of it (from solid works electrical 3D). Is it possible to add ferrules to ends of this wire automaticly in reports (or somewhere)?
Yes. What you need to do is insure that you have the part created in your Manufacturer Parts Manager. Then, you assign the ferrul P/N(s) to the device (terminal block or VFD and so on). So, if you have an eight position terminal block and you are bringing eight wires to it that all need ferruls, you just assign/add qty 8 of the ferrul part numbers to that device and so on.
I cant find where I need to assign the ferrul p/n in the solid works electrical Manufacturer Parts Manager
p.s. I am using 2013 version.
You need to add the part number of the ferrul to the manufacturer parts manager. As a new part number, all by itself. Then do as follows:
1. In your schematic, double click on your symbol for a terminal block or VFD (or whatever component you will be landing wires within ferruls at)
2. Then the component properties of that part will show up. Click on the tab titled "Manufacturer parts and circuits" (upper left)3. Here, you should see the part number and description and so on of the terminal block or whatever that you assigned. On the left side of this block, click on the "Search" button
4. In the "Reference" area, type in the ferrul part number. Make sure you have all libraries being searched, and all manufacturers (so it can find that P/N) And also you need to have "Type" set to Base (Auxillary) and at the top of the box, you should have the box titled "Automatic Refresh" checked (so it will automatically show up/search)
5. The part number and description for the ferrul should pop up in the main/center white box. Click once on it.
6. Then, down low in that box, you should see a green "+" box. To the left of it is a box with number 1 in it and up/down arrows. Use the arrows (or type in the box) how many ferruls you will need at that component. So if it is a 10 position terminal block that will have ten wires to it, type in 10 in the box.
7. Click on the green "+" box. That will add the ferruls to the component
8. On the bottom right, click on the "Select" button.
9. On the bottom right of the next box that pops up, click on the "OK" button
And you're done!
Let me know if this works for you, or if you get stuck.
I done it. It works. But:...
In some cases I need double ferrul, and it depends on electrical scheme. Do I need every time to change type of ferrul manualy for every component, or it is possible to do it automaticly from electrical 3D (route wires). Example: I have two wires 0,75mm2, and two of it is connected together (side by side) in one terminal. How to do better in this situation?
The simplest answer is to simply add a note to your schematic or report page saying
"All wires to be terminated using appropriate ferrules."
Possibly also include a table matching wire sizes with ferrule part numbers.
Yes, you can add a note. But then, you don't have the part numbers and quantities and locations listed in your BOM. But that may or may not be a problem, depending on how deep you want to go. Many businesses will consider ferruls in the "consumables" needed for a project, and as such aren't tracked with any kind of resolution.
I can see counting every terminal, ground lugs, etc.. But ferrules.... There are many ferrules that would be wasted during wiring/troubleshooting so you would end up short on them anyways, just add a note as Ian W. suggested.
Added note: By the way, ferrules should be used in every application, they do add upfront cost (increase wiring time), but save a lot of time later (time is money).
Ferrules are also money!
Yes, money that save more money when troubleshooting weak signals (due to poorly inserted/terminated wire) in hundreds of wires. Average panel shop electrician rate is a lot smaller than field personnel rate and equipment downtime.
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