Electrical Design Software | Elecdes Design Suite by Scada Systems Ltd

How to Configure the General Routing Settings

Select Preferences from the Paneldes Menu. Choose the Routing tab at the top of the dialog.

Routing: General

Panel Path Limit Maximum number of steps Paneldes will execute to find a conductor route. Reduce this if you are running out of memory [and fix your model].
Wizard Error Factor Factor by which the Automatic Settings calculator will over-estimate the routing connection distances when estimating them from your model.
Corner Radius Prop Can be a value between 0 and 1. This specifies how much of an arc is draw between two connected length segments when doing wire routing. 0.0 will be a straight line and 1.0 will be a full arc.
Force Connect to Closest Duct

This setting overrides the default system of searching for raceway segments to potentially connect to within the Device to duct distance. The default system may identify several potential raceway segments and the one that leads to the best route will be used.

When this option is set each device will always connect to the single raceway segment that is closest to it.

Ignore missing / frozen terminations

When enabled, Paneldes will ignore wires or cables for which the terminations are missing or on a frozen layer.

See How to Route Wires on Multiple Panel Models.

Max Double Back Angle

Maximum angle at which a segment can "double-back" on another segment and still remain connected to it. Default is 170 degrees.

For example, a nearly parallel conduit will double back by ~180 degrees, which is > 170, so connections between parallel conduits will be rejected.

Multiplier for Length Estimate Multiplier for the straight line distance between two cable terminations which is used to make an estimate of maximum route length, beyond which Paneldes will not consider a route viable.
Conduit Run Delimiter

Delimiter placed after a conduit name and prior to the unique "generated" suffix created when a conduit is constructed by the Duct Bank Editor.

See Duct Banks.

Split Segment Delimiter

The routing program can split a segment into 2 parts to make a simulated 3+ way junction. To generate two unique names, for the 2 resultant "split" segments, two unique suffixes are added to the original segment name. A delimiter is placed after the segment name and prior to each suffix.

See Route List.

Used Tray Cable Factor

You can reserve an overall percentage of cable factor as already used by existing cables so that new cable routing fills only up to the remaining "unreserved and unused" raceway space.

This setting applies to Tray, Trench and Panel Duct.

You can also set Used Cable Factor for individual raceway segments, which overrides this global value.

NOTE: Paneldes will not use the Used Cable Factor setting specified in Preferences if CFUSED has been set for an individual raceway.

Spare Tray Cable Factor

You can reserve an overall percentage of cable factor as reserved for future cables so that current cable routing fills only up to the remaining "unreserved and unused" raceway space.

This setting applies to Tray, Trench and Panel Duct.

You can also set Reserved Spare Cable Factor for individual raceway segments, which overrides this global value.

NOTE: Paneldes will not use the Reserved Cable Factor setting specified in Preferences if CFRSVD has been set for an individual raceway.

Used Conduit Cable Factor

You can reserve an overall percentage of conduit cable factor as already used by existing cables so that new cable routing fills only up to the remaining "unreserved and unused" conduit space.

This setting is only applied to conduits that allow cables to be pulled in multiple batches.

Spare Conduit Cable Factor

You can reserve an overall percentage of conduit cable factor as reserved for future cables so that current cable routing fills only up to the remaining "unreserved and unused" conduit space.

This setting is only applied to conduits that allow cables to be pulled in multiple batches.

Routing: Troubleshooting

Max Bottleneck Passes

Number of route optimisation "bottleneck finding" passes that can be executed.

To enable Paneldes to find and highlight bottlenecks, use a non-zero number, e.g. 3.

For a final route list for issuing to site, use zero, 0, to prevent Paneldes from including routes with bottlenecks.

See Highlighting Routing Problems: Bottlenecks.

Join Disconnected Networks

This setting overrides the default system isolating raceway segments within their own connected network when using bottleneck passes to determine routes. In many cases joining disconnected networks during bottleneck passes can obscure real routing issues and this switch provides a means of ensuring the disconnection occurs.

When the "Join Disconnected Networks" option is set, raceway on 2 different networks can join on a bottleneck pass via a "bridging connection".

Wire Routing

Max Device to DuctThe maximum distance the Automatic Settings calculator will find for the Device to Duct setting.
Max End to EndThe maximum distance the Automatic Settings calculator will find for the End to End setting.
Max End to MidThe maximum distance the Automatic Settings calculator will find for the End to Mid setting.
Trim WastageThe length of wire to add to each wire route to account for trimming / connecting the wire at each termination.
Device to DuctThe distance for ducts etc. to connect to panel mounted devices, term-strips etc.
End to EndThe distance for any two panel route lines meeting at endpoints to be connected.
End to MidThe distance for any two panel routes intersecting with one endpoint and one mid point.
Link LengthUnused

Cable Routing

Use NEC filling Specifies whether Paneldes will use the NEC code to calculate raceway fill. See NEC filling.
Alt. Route Limit The maximum distance of an alternative route length. This limits the length of the route Paneldes will take when forced to take an alternative route because of route over-filling.
Max Angle Tolerance The maximum deviation angle from a straight line that a cable can take at a join of two length segments.
Max Device to Duct The maximum distance the Automatic Settings calculator will find for the Device to Duct setting.
Max End to End The maximum distance the Automatic Settings calculator will find for the End to End setting.
Max End to Mid The maximum distance the Automatic Settings calculator will find for the End to Mid setting.

Trim Wastage

Additional Trim Wastage (%)

Added to each length of cable to allow for some extra length over and above the exact length (e.g. for stress relief, trimming, connection etc.). The variables can be either a set size (e.g. 2m) or a percentage (e.g. 10%). The additional trim wastage variable allows a mix of set value and %.

Device to Duct The distance for any plant trays etc. to connect to panels and field devices or instruments.
End to End The distance for any two plant route lines meeting at endpoints.
End to Mid The distance for any two plant routes intersecting with one endpoint and one mid point.
Snug-fit distance The distance below which to consider two raceway segments to be snugly fitted together.
Non Split Distance Limits the size of the splitting allowed when routing. i.e. a length segment will not be split if it produces a segment shorter than this value.
Conduit to Trench The maximum connection distance for a conduit to connect to a trench.
Tray Division Horizontal The number of different positions across a segment of raceway that a cable can run down.
Tray Division Vertical The number of different positions up a segment of raceway that a cable can run down.
NEC Signals Power Levels Two power levels used for control or instrumentation (signals) cables and trays for NEC fill calculations. See NEC filling.
Group Cables by Location

Cables running between the same location (panel/device) will be routed together (i.e. follow the same route) if this setting is turned on.

See Conductor list sorting in the topic Routing Functions Description.

Large Cable Cut-off

Cables with cable factor above the size specified here will be processed before cable grouping is done. These 'large' cables will be routed first, other cables, grouped or otherwise, will be done after these.

If this setting is 0.0 then no cables are considered to be 'large' cables and instead all cables can be grouped by location if that option is enabled.

See Conductor list sorting in the topic Routing Functions Description.

Corner Correction (%)

Unused at present. For future use.

Diagnostic Logging: SegToPanelConnections.txt

You can enable a logging option so that Paneldes will create a text file listing the names of the route segments that are considered to be connected to each device or panel for each wire or cable route. This option is enabled directly in the settings file, EL32.INI.

Under a user's Paneldes preferences, the section with the header [user-Pnldes], look for the setting REPORT_SEGS_TO_PANEL_CONNECTION. Create the setting if it does not already exist. Set the value to 1 to enable this logging option, as in the following example for a user who's login name is "John.Smith":

[John.Smith-Pnldes]

REPORT_SEGS_TO_PANEL_CONNECTIONS=1

Paneldes will create a text file with the name <project>SegToPanelConnections.txt.

For information about the contents of SegToPanelConnections.txt, see the section How to view wire and cable routes.

Conductor Route Viewing

To improve the visibility of conductor routes that are viewed in Paneldes, the line for the conductor is drawn with a line weight. Conductor labels are attached to the conductor line at a different point for each conductor that is selected to keep the labels from overlaying each other.

Lineweight for viewed conductors

You can change the lineweight to choose a thickness for your conductors that best suits your model and display. A larger number results in a thicker line.

This option only applies when you choose to draw the conductors with polylines, not solids.

Conductor label spacing multiplier

You can change the multiplier for the spacing between conductor labels if you wish to separate the labels more or less. The actual spacing between two labels depends on whether the label is placed parallel or perpendicular to the conductor. Paneldes chooses between parallel and perpendicular labels based on the length of the line to which the labels are attached.

Tray Division Horizontal The number of different positions across a segment of raceway that a cable can run down.
Tray Division Vertical The number of different positions up a segment of raceway that a cable can run down.

Use Solids for Conductor Viewing

You can choose to use either solids or polylines when viewing cable routes in Paneldes. Solids can be directly exported to solids based software such as Inventor and Solidworks for clash checks etc.

You can also choose to UNION the conductors solids by ticking UNION Solids during conductor viewing. This option is OFF by default as it may affect the rendering/performance if your model contains a lot of long conductors.

Calculate final position in tray

Paneldes routing analyses your model and calculates a suitable position for each cable in the tray taking various different aspects into consideration (e.g. cable factor, size, fill factor etc.). When you are routing only a small batch of cables this analysis must still fit the chosen cables with all of the other cables in the project.

If you un-tick this option then the cable position will only take account of the cables selected in the batch but this will take considerably less time to calculate.

Tick this option for accuracy. Un-tick this option for performance.

Use power-based colours

By default cables are assigned one of the eight "main" colour numbers provided by AutoCAD. This means that 8 or fewer cables are easy to distinguish from each other and are bright and visible on the drawing.

Tick this option if you want instead to assign colour numbers to cables by power number.

This means that individual cables with the same power number will be indistinguishable from each other (by colour) but a group of cables with one power number can be easily distinguished from another group of cables with a different power number.

If this option is ticked, cable colours are read from the CABLECOLOR column of the Paneldes layer.dbf file.