Electrical Design Software | Elecdes Design Suite by Scada Systems Ltd

How to Route Wires on Multiple Panel Models

General

A complete design may consist of many panel models in individual drawings. Each drawing is a partial model that shows only part of the overall design.

Paneldes supports completing the wire route optimisation procedure for one wire schedule by executing the route optimisation repeatedly, each time on a different partial model. The route optimisation procedure can be executed on each model independently, without erasing the results obtained from the other partial models.

Paneldes also supports XREFing the partial models into a master model and executing the route optimisation procedure once on the complete model. See How to break a large model into smaller models.

Wire Route Optimisation on Partial Models

The Cable Manager dialog, used during the route optimisation procedure, contains the following three options:

  • Ignore internal wires

  • Ignore external wires

  • Ignore missing / frozen terminations


If you enable the options Ignore external wires and Ignore missing / frozen terminations, then you can execute the wire route optimisation on a model that shows only one panel of many. Paneldes will not attempt to find a route for any wire that is connected outside the panel or for which the terminations are missing or on a frozen layer.

Instead of producing a warning about terminations that are missing, any previously calculated wire route length and route name will be carried forward unmodified into the results of this route optimisation pass.

You can then load the model for the next panel and re-run the route optimisation on that next panel model. The results of route optimisation for this panel model will be carried forward into the results of the route optimisation on the next model.


Similarly, if you enable the options Ignore internal wires and Ignore missing / frozen terminations, then you can execute the wire route optimisation on a plant model that shows all of the panels, but none of the detail within them. Paneldes will not attempt to find a route for any wire that is connected only within a panel or for which terminations are missing or on a frozen layer.

Any route lengths and route names for internal wires, calculated from each of the detailed panel models, will be carried forward unmodified into the results of the wire route optimisation for the plant model.

See also

How to break a large model into smaller models

Routing function description

How to generate wire and cable routes

Route optimisation panel setup

Wire Schedule