Electrical Design Software | Elecdes Design Suite by Scada Systems Ltd

How to place a 2D Terminal Strip

Elecdes can create a 2D strip of terminals (and devices) using the Terminal Strip Rail Builder.


  1. Start the Terminal Strip Rail Builder using one of the following methods:

    • Click the Place Terminal Strip button on the 2D Panel Layout Components menu or toolbar.

    • Enter RAILBUILDER into the AutoCAD command window.

  2. The Elecdes Terminal Strip Rail Builder dialog will then be shown.

  3. Add terminals and/or devices, or load an existing terminal strip.

  4. Reorder components in the terminal strip if required.

  5. Add link bars, if required.

  6. Set the Location and Tagname (at the top of the right hand pane of the dialog).

  7. At the bottom of the dialog, select the Face to Draw. These faces refer to the terminal strip as if it was in top to bottom orientation (as shown in the preview).

  8. Click Construct to create the terminal strip in the Elecdes drawing. The dialog will close and return to the drawing session, allowing to you place the terminal strip.

  9. The Elecdes dragger will show crosshairs and a bounding box to assist you in placing the terminal strip:

    Pressing Tab or o will rotate the terminal strip. The current orientation is shown in the AutoCAD command window. The default orientation is Top to Bottom.

  10. Once you have selected the desired orientation and position, click to place the terminal strip:

Adding Terminals and Devices

Use the Add Terminals and Add Devices buttons to add terminals and devices. Terminals and devices will be shown in the preview pane of the rail builder dialog once added.

The following dialog allows you to pick terminals and devices to add to the terminal strip:

  • The first page controls terminal strip numbering, and shows a combobox of recently used terminals/devices.

    The First Terminal value starts as 1, and increases automatically the more components you add to your terminal strip.

    Enter the number of the last terminal/device (of the selected type) into the Last Terminal text box.

    The number of components added will be equal to: Last Terminal - First Terminal + 1

  • The second page displays the standard catalog, allowing you to browse and select a specific terminal or device to insert.

For details on attributes used for 2D Panel Layout Components, see Symbol Customisation for 2D Panel Layouts.

Loading an Existing Terminal Strip

You can load existing Terminal Strips from an Elecdes Bill of Materials.

  1. If a project BOM is available, you can click Load Project BOM to load it. Alternatively, you can load any other BOM using the ... (browse) button.

  2. Select a panel from the Panels combo box.

  3. Select a terminal strip from the T-Strips in Panel combo box.

  4. Click Load this T-Strip.

For more detail, see Selecting Components from Elecdes (in the Paneldes User manual).

Preview Pane

The central pane of the dialog shows a preview of the terminal strip, as viewed from the front when placed top to bottom. The preview can be zoomed in and out.

Note that only outlines of components are shown - full details will only appear when the terminal strip is actually constructed.

Reordering Components in the Terminal Strip

The order of terminals and devices in the strip can be changed by using the buttons to the right of the terminal list. Select the appropriate terminals and devices, then use the following buttons:

  • Top Moves the selected components to the top.

  • Up Moves the selected components up by one place.

  • Dn Moves the selected components down by one place.

  • Bot Moves the selected components to the bottom.

  • 1,2,3... Orders all of the components in ascending numerical order.

  • Reverse Reverses the order of all the components.

  • Delete Deletes the selected components.

The preview will be updated to reflect any changes.

Adding Link Bars

Link bars can be added to the terminal strip using the controls at the bottom of the left pane of the dialog. Note: Link Bars can only be used when in Front View.

  1. Select the components to bridge from the terminal list.

  2. Click Add Bar

  3. Select an appropriate bar from the catalog.

Bars will be shown in the preview pane of the main dialog, and added to the terminal strip when it is placed on a drawing.

Bar spacing can be controlled using the First Space and Gap text boxes. Enter a value and units (eg: mm or ").

See Also

Symbol Customisation for 2D Panel Layouts