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Managing components

A component represents an electrical device, a PLC, a connector or a terminal. It is represented by one or several symbols and has a mark. A component can be present in your electrical project without having a graphical representation (no symbol needs to be inserted into the drawings).

Components are listed in a specific tab on the dockable panel.

Double-click on a symbol of a component allows you to open the drawing in which this symbol is inserted.

 

 

Displaying Components

If you need, you can use the [F5] key or the Refresh command, in the contextual menu of the electrical project, to refresh the component list.

Several modes to display the component list are available in the contextual menu of the electrical project, in the View sub-menu.

Location view / Function view: This mode allows you to display the components grouped by location or by function.

Child components by hierarchy / Child components in real location (function): This option allows you to display a child component under its parent, or under its real location (function) when the location (function) of the child component is different from that its parent.

Sort by function (location) / Sort by mark: Allows you to sort the components by the mark or by the location (function).

In terminal strip and PLC, sort by position / Always sort by mark: This option impacts only PLC and terminal strips. It allows you to sort the sub-components of a terminal strip or a PLC, by the mark or the position.

Hide accessory terminals: Allows you to hide the accessories terminals.

Add a new component

A component can be added from a location contextual menu, or from existing components (where one component is dependent on another).

Create a new component

 

Component: If you select the Component option, only one mark will be added (if you have not selected a manufacturer part).

 

The component properties dialog box is displayed, letting you manage the component mark and if you want to assign it to a manufacturer part.

Create a new component from a manufacturer part

 

Component manufacturer part: Selecting the Manufacturer part option opens a dialog box where you can select a manufacturer part.

 

Refer to the Allocating a manufacturer part section for more information about this dialog box.

According to the equipment chosen and especially the classification it relates to, a mark is automatically generated and added to the components list.

You can also manage the number of components you want to create. At the Manufacturer part selection dialog box closure, enter the number of components and validate.

To create a new component, you can click OK (Continue), the Manufacturer part selection dialog box re-opens to search a new manufacturer part.

Set as permanent component

Generally, when all the graphical elements (symbol, 2D footprint) are deleted, the component is removed. You can activate a special property on the component to keep it in the component list.

 

The command to access this permanent component setting is available in its contextual menu. The icon is different on components with the option enabled.

 

Delete component

The delete command is available through the component contextual menu.

 

A component inserted into a drawing cannot be deleted.

Component properties

A component can be modified by using the contextual menu Properties command or the Properties of the component for a symbol.

 

It gives you access to the component properties dialog, where you can modify the mark and associate manufacturer parts.



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