Electrical Wire Routing  

This page deals with General options used for wire routing:

Wire Extremity Management


  • To add properties to the list, select the property in the Available list and click the --> arrow.
    The Favorites list contains the properties displayed in the Interconnection frame of the Wire Extremity Management dialog box.
  • To remove properties, do the reverse: select the property from the Favorites list and click the <-- arrow.

By default, the Favorites list is blank.

Favorite column title

Select a property in the Favorites list and enter a name in the Favorite column title field.

It is displayed in the Wire Connection Management dialog box:

By default, this option is blank.

Separation Code File

The Separation Code File area is used to define Separation Code rules to optimize the routing.
Three options, mutually exclusive are available:

  • No Rule: the separation code is not used.
    The routing is done according to the shortest route found.
  • The separation codes may be File Based. In that case, define the path to access the compatibility table by clicking Browse to choose the separation code file.
    This file is used during the Automatic Routing and the Routing Simulation.
    Two options are available:
    • Signal-Signal Check manages compatibility between signals,
    • Signal-Arc Check manages compatibility between signal and pathways.
  • The separation codes may also be Rule Based, using the Knowledge language.
    Only one rule can be implemented at a time, but this rule may combine several conditions.
    The line above the input field is a reminder of the knowledgeware syntax.
    The Eraser icon is used to clear the input field.
    • Click Edit to enter a new rule: the Routing Rule Editor is displayed.
    • Enter the required elements by picking them from the lists.
      The rule is now displayed in the option box.

The default value is No Rule.

Extremity Color

The Color field is used to change the color of the extremity boxes.
Select a color from the list box. the result looks like this:


Bundle Segment Update

Diameter and bend radius to its content

Selecting this check box means that, after wire routing, bundle segment diameter and bend radius will be updated based on the wires and wire groups routed through the segment.

Click to clear this option if you do not want bundle segment diameter and bend radius to be updated. In case you clear this option, and you subsequently need to update bundle segment diameter, you will have to force the update of each multi-branchable document:

  • Select the Diameter and bend radius to its content option
  • Select Tools > Force Recompute Diameter.

By default, this check box is selected.

Bend radius according to the wire's

Three mutually exclusive modes are available:

  • Never: no update of the bundle segment minimum bend radius is performed.

  • Always: the greatest bend radius of the wires routed in the bundle segment determines the segment bend radius to be applied.

  • Conditional: the wire bend radius is taken into account for update when it is greater than the bundle segment bend radius.

The default mode is Always, and it is enabled if the Diameter and bend radius to its content check box is selected.

Use equivalent area method to compute bundle segment diameter

If this check box is selected, the system computes the bundle segment diameter based on its content, i.e. wire or wire groups.
For more information on the formula used in the calculation process refer Computing Bundle Segment Diameter in the Electrical Wire Routing User's Guide.

By default, this check box is cleared.

Percentage added to equivalent area

Enter a value, in terms of percent, to be added to the equivalent area.

By default, the value is 20, and it is enabled if the Use equivalent area method to compute bundle segment diameter check box is selected.