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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 create the block, start with one of the existing circuit blocks. Insert a panel schedule on the drawing, then use the Open Block From Drawing command.

Ribbon: DME: Customization->Block Creation->Open Block from Drawing

Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical->Customization->Open Block from Drawing

Select the panel schedule on the first circuit line. This will open the circuit wrap block for you.

Save the drawing using a new name. 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, which can be opened with 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 and use the 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 Insert Distribution Equipment Schedule Attribute command to insert it.

Ribbon: DME: Customization->Block Creation->Insert Distribution Equipment Schedule Attribute

Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical->Customization->Block Creation->Insert Distribution Equipment Schedule Attribute

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.

Redefine the Block

Set the block file that is used with the Distribution Equipment Schedule Blocks command.

Ribbon: DME: Customization->Project Customization-> dm_elec-oldSP Distribution Equipment Schedule Blocks

Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical->Customization->Distribution Equipment Schedule Blocks->Edit Project List

Look for a block with “Circuit Wrap” in the description. The name of the block used is listed beside it in the Block Name column.

Change the Block Name to the name of the new block.

To update the block on the drawing, use the Redefine Block in this Drawing command.

Ribbon: DME: Customization->Block Creation->Redefine Block in this Drawing

Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical->Customization->Redefine Block in this Drawing

Select the circuit block to update it, then erase and reinsert the panel schedule.

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