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Configuring Panel Schedules to Wrap Circuit Descriptions

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Panel schedules in Design Master Electrical are made up of multiple blocks. In order for circuit descriptions to wrap, it is necessary to configure these blocks properly.

Wrap Block

When the circuit description wraps, an additional block is inserted in the schedule to extend the space available for the circuit.

To set the name of this block, go to DM Electrical->Customization->One-Line Diagram Schedule Blocks. Look for the “Circuit Wrap” blocks. The name of the block that will be used is listed there.

To create the block, you will want to start with one of the existing circuit blocks. Insert a panel schedule on the drawing. Use the DM Electrical->Customization->Open Block From Drawing command. Select the panel schedule on the first circuit line. This will open the circuit block for you.

Save the drawing using a new name for the wrap block. Erase all of the text and attributes from the drawing. Change the height of the lines so they are 1 unit tall.

One way to do this is to select all of the lines and use the Properties window in AutoCAD. You can open this by pressing CTRL+1. Set the Starting Y value to 0 and the Ending Y value to -1.

Description Width

The width of the circuit description area is specified in the first circuit block. To modify this width, insert a panel schedule on the drawing. Use the DM Electrical->Customization->Open Block From Drawing command. Select the panel schedule on the first circuit line. This will open the circuit block for you.

The insertion point of the DEND attribute is used as the end of the circuit description area.

If you can find the attribute, move it to the appropriate location.

If it does not exist on the drawing, use the DM Electrical->Customization->Block Creation->Insert One-Line Device Schedule Attribute command to insert it. Insert the Circuit: Description End (DEND) attribute.

After you have modified the location of this attribute in the block, return to your original drawing with the panel schedule on it and use the DM Electrical->Customization->Redefine Block in this Drawing command to select the circuit block. Update the block, then erase the panel schedule and reinsert it.

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