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Hagerman Blog

Skips and Ties.  Time Waster!

Posted by Julia Grant on Oct 19, 2020 11:53:12 AM

If you have drawn schematics in AutoCAD, you know that one of the most time-consuming tasks is adding wire ties and skips. I'm using the schematic below to illustrate the difference.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Electrical

Wire Labels?  We don’t need no stinking labels!

Posted by Julia Grant on Sep 30, 2020 3:23:35 PM

One of the most boring topics for most designers and engineering are labels. Most specifically, wire and terminal labels. As you design a piece of equipment, each wire gets a label. The problem is that someone has to create the physical tag for each wire end. It may sound like an easy task to accomplish, but imagine that a 5-page schematic package might contain over 150 wire numbers. So how do we get those labels to the electricians? In the old days, we would print out the schematics and use a yellow highlighter to mark the wire label as you typed it into a Brady label maker. Doing this could take hours, and it was easy to miss some, resulting in electricians and assemblers stopping their work to make another label.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Electrical

AutoCAD Electrical Error – “Unable to communicate with the Project Database Service”

Posted by Gary Bergero on Nov 18, 2019 9:52:14 AM

In the month of November 2019, we received many phone calls that AutoCAD Electrical software started generating a message ““Unable to communicate with the Project Database Service”. A second strange error message also started appearing that read “No selection, Specifies the current thickness”.

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Topics: Electrical