Electrical Design Software | Elecdes Design Suite by Scada Systems Ltd

How to Place Link Bars, Bus Bars, and Earth Bars


  1. To place a bar you need to use one of the Bar entries in the Paneldes Construction menu:

    IconMenu ItemAutoCAD Command
    Place a Terminal link BarBARC
    Place an Earth/Bus BarBART
  2. You will be presented with the Place Bar dialog shown below.

    • The set of data fields on the right of the dialog box contains the information about the bar that you are going to insert. You can manually enter data into these fields or click on the Catalog tab at the top of the dialog to pick a bar from a catalog. For an explanation of each of the fields for a bar, see the Paneldes Attributes reference item.

    • On the left side of the dialog you will see the Previous Components list. To learn more about how to use this, see the Using Previous Components reference item.

    • If you have an Elecdes bill of materials, you can import bars from it to Paneldes. To learn more about this, see the Using Components from Elecdes reference item.

  3. Once you think you have provided sufficient information to construct the bar, click on the Construct button. If you have not entered sufficient information for Paneldes to construct your bar, you will be warned that one or more parameters are missing.

    You may also be warned that a bar with the same tagname and location as the one you are about to place already exists on the drawing. You may duplicate the component but it is not recommended to do so as it will cause problems when you come to generate cable routes.

  4. Once you have fixed any problems, click construct again. The dialog will disappear and you will be asked to pick the position for the bar on the AutoCAD command line. You will also notice that the cursor will be showing you a white box representing the outline of the bar you are about to place.

    For a full description of all the available options when placing a Paneldes object, see the Placing Paneldes Objects reference.

  5. Once you have chosen the position and orientation for the bar you can, either, click the left mouse button or type in the position on the command line as a 3D point and push enter. The bar will be constructed and you will be returned to the Place Bar Dialog ready to place another bar.

    You have the option to place a bar with a length specified from the catalog, or you can pick the length of the bar in the drawing.

  6. If you want to undo the last bar you have constructed, click on the Undo button. Your drawing will be restored to the state it was in, prior to you constructing the bar. This button is equivalent to the AutoCAD undo command.