Use Wire Sequencing to Your Advantage in AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor

26 Dec, 2015 By: Thayne Wickam

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Learn about how wire sequencing in AutoCAD Electrical works with multiple components or pins in a circuit, and how to use it for the Inventor Cable & Harness environment.

Next, we see different sequence combinations with three pins shorted together on J101 and the end results of the circuit. Take note that the sequence is controlled by the second entry in the Edit Wire Connection Sequence dialog box.

The Edit Wire Connection Sequence dialog box is perfect for controlling the information before going to Inventor. Once the wire sequence has been verified, AutoCAD Electrical can export the information to an XML file for Inventor to use in Cable & Harness. The command is located on the Import/Export Data tab.

Depending on the information, either the active drawing or a group of drawings from the project can be provided. Terminals can be exported as individual components or as terminal strips.

Save the XML file in a location where the mechanical users can import it into Inventor Cable & Harness.

Usually, when the data comes in wrong on the Inventor side, the corrections are done manually or the process is simply abandoned. If the information is incorrect on the sequence on the Inventor side, delete the incorrect wires in the cable assembly and correct the schematic sequence in AutoCAD Electrical. Updating the file from AutoCAD Electrical will allow the deleted wires to be imported again with the new wire sequence set. Providing a connection between AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor helps streamline the creation of cables and harnesses, and the process of updating any future changes.

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