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PLC design Configuration (IEC)

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A PLC drawing configuration file groups all the PLC file layout settings. You can create as many configurations as you wish. The configurations are grouped in the PLC configuration management.

 

The configuration file dialog box is divided into two parts. The top part illustrates the settings displayed in the lower part. When you select a setting, the graphics display the correspondence in red.

Several tabs group the settings by theme.

General

Name: The name of the configuration file.

Description: Enter a description in all languages supported by the software.

Size

General

All numeric values use the unit system set in the electrical project configuration.

Orientation: Select the direction of the module drawing. In Horizontal mode, the module can be inserted at the top or bottom of the drawing. In Vertical  mode, it can be inserted on right or on left.

Size

Symbol height: Enter the height of the module.

Maximal length of symbol in a drawing: Enter the length of the module.

Channels

Channel separator height: Enter the length of the vertical line separating 2 PLC channels.

Channel width: Enter the width of the channel.

Combs

Comb height: The comb is the graphic element grouping channels. Enter the distance between the bottom of the module and the horizontal line of the comb (E).

Comb tooth height: Enter the height of the vertical line of the comb (F).

Attributes

This tab allows you to manage the location of the attributes to be inserted; these attributes can also be edited.

 

Opens the symbol selector to select the desired symbol.

Removes the symbol.

Opens the symbol editor to modify it.

Information (Left)

X coordinate: Enter the distance between the vertical line of the module and the insertion point of attributes. These attributes have a left justification (A).

Y for bottom symbol: Enter the distance between the horizontal line of the module and the insertion point of attributes for a module symbol inserted at the bottom of the drawing (B).

Y for top symbol: Enter the distance between the horizontal line of the module and the insertion point of attributes for a module symbol inserted at the top of the drawing (C).

Information (Right)

X coordinate: Enter the distance between the vertical line of the module and the insertion point of attributes. These attributes have a right justification (D).

Y for bottom symbol: Enter the distance between the horizontal line of the module and the insertion point of attributes for a module symbol inserted at the bottom of the drawing (E).

Y for top symbol: Enter the distance between the horizontal line of the module and the insertion point of attributes for a module symbol inserted at the top of the drawing (F).

Layout

Allows you to manage the PLC module drawing layout settings.

Settings in the General section are available only for vertical representation of the module (set on the Size tab).

General

Options: (Available only for a vertical drawing) You can draw one or more modules per drawing. Select the option you want.

Column size: If you select One symbol per column in the previous parameter, enter the size of the column. The preview displays a vertical line to show this value.

Symbol insertion point

X coordinate: Enter the X coordinate corresponding to the insertion point of the module (A).

Y for top symbol: Enter the Y coordinate corresponding to the insertion point of the module when the module is drawn at the top of the drawing (B).

Y for bottom symbol: Enter the Y coordinate corresponding to the insertion point of the module when the module is drawn at the bottom of the drawing (C).

Connection points

Allows you to define the symbol used to propagate the terminal number. This symbol must contain the attribute #P_TAG_0.

 

Opens the symbol selector to select the desired symbol.

Removes the symbol.

Opens the symbol editor to modify it.

Circuits

These settings allow you to define symbols and macros associated to a type of circuit for a graphical representation at the top or bottom of the drawing.

Circuit type / Direction: These settings allow you to define the direction in which the module is drawn (insertion in the top or bottom part of the module). SOLIDWORKS Electrical examines the module circuits in the order that they appear in the PLC management. The module circuit is compared with the circuits in the configuration list. As soon as the circuits match, SOLIDWORKS Electrical saves the setting you have selected (Undefined, Top or Bottom) and uses it to insert the module. If you choose Undefined for a circuit, SOLIDWORKS Electrical will move on to the next circuit until it finds a circuit for which Top or Bottom mode has been selected.

Example 1:

The first circuit for the module is Digital PLC output. If you select Digital PLC output in the configuration list and you select Bottom mode, the module will be inserted in the lower part of the drawing.

Example 2:

The first circuit for the module is Power supply. It is not possible to tell from this type of circuit if the module will be inserted in the top or bottom part of the drawing. You must therefore select the Undefined mode for Power type circuits. In this way SOLIDWORKS Electrical will move on to the next circuit until it meets a circuit for which you have selected Top or Bottom mode.

Delete circuit type association: This button allows you to dissociate a symbol or macro from the circuit, or to delete the existing associations.

PLC channel pattern symbols: Allows you to select the symbols representing the inside the module for insertion in the top or bottom part of the drawing. These settings are associated with the circuit selected in the list.

Macro connected to channels: In addition to automatic generation of the module drawing, SOLIDWORKS Electrical allows you to automatically generate the diagram connected to the module for insertion in the top or bottom part of the drawing. A macro can be associated with each type of circuit.

File data

This tab allows you to define the parameters for the automatic generation of information to be transferred to the properties of PLC drawing. Clicking the column allows you to open the Formula management.

Description: Allows you to define the parameters for the automatic generation of data to be transferred to the description of the PLC drawing.

User data/Translatable data: Allows you to set the parameters for the automatic generation of data to be transferred to the user data of the PLC drawing.



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