COMPONENT WIZARD
How to create components in the PCSCHEMATIC component database.
From version 19.
Developed by PCSCHEMATIC A/S
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PREFACE
This booklet shows you how to use the Component Wizard to create components in the
PCSCHEMATIC database. The Component Wizard is part of Automation from version 16 and
has been improved continiuosly.
The Wizard can be used for different functions, among them
 Create a totally new component
 Create a new component as a copy of an existing one
 Edit an existing component
Edit a list of existing components
Multi-create components by editing an Excel-file, which can later be imported into the
database.
All functions are described in this booklet.
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A FEW DEFINITIONS …
It is compulsory to connect a database if you want to use the wizard.
COMPONENTS are found in the database and they must have a unique number/id, which in
our database is the EANNUMBER (the EANNUMBER is a barcode number, that identifies a
component uniquely).
In our database setting we have connected the EANNUMBER from the database with the
Article number in the Automation program, and we have connected the TYPE from the
database with the Type in the Automation program.
You can see our default setting in page 40 (which also shows a few extras).
COMPONENTS consist of one or more diagram SYMBOLS – and a lot more information.
(Some of) this information is tied together when using this wizard.
REMEMBER THAT …
If you create components for you database, we recommend that you rename the default
database or that you make a copy of it, which you give another name. In that way you can
control the database’s name and you don’t risk to have it replaced as part of a program
update.
The Component Wizard uses your database settings. In page 40 you can see the default
database settings – with a few extras. If your Component Wizard looks differently it is because
your settings are different.
Last edit: January 2017
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CONTENTS
PREFACE ................................................................................................................................ 3
A FEW DEFINITIONS … ............................................................................................................................. 3
REMEMBER THAT … ............................................................................................................................. 3
OPEN THE WIZARD ................................................................................................................... 7
CREATE A NEW NORMAL COMPONENT ........................................................................................ 8
ARTICLE NUMBER AND TYPE ..................................................................................................................... 8
COMPONENT KIND.................................................................................................................................... 9
SELECT DIAGRAM SYMBOLS .................................................................................................................... 10
LOOKUP SYMBOLS FROM THE COMPONENT DATABASE ............................................................................................ 10
FIND SYMBOLS IN THE SYMBOL MENU .................................................................................................................... 12
SYMBOL SETTINGS.............................................................................................................................................. 13
ALTERNATIVE SYMBOL SELECTION ........................................................................................................................ 14
MECHANICAL SYMBOL ............................................................................................................................ 15
OTHER DIAGRAM SYMBOLS, E.G. SLD AND INSTTYPE ............................................................................... 16
COMPONENT ACCESSORIES ................................................................................................... 17
FIXED ACCESSORIES ........................................................................................................................................... 17
OPTIONAL MECHANICAL ACCESSORIES .................................................................................................................. 17
OPTIONAL ELECTRICAL ACCESSORIES ................................................................................................................... 17
HOW TO SELECT ACCESSORIES ............................................................................................................................ 17
EXTERNAL FILES, E.G. PICTURES AND DATA SHEETS .................................................................. 18
OTHER FIELDS 2 .................................................................................................................................... 18
FINISH ................................................................................................................................................... 19
FIRST TAB – ONCE MORE ........................................................................................................................ 20
FIRST TAB – ONCE MORE - AGAIN ............................................................................................................ 20
COPY OF AN EXISTING COMPONENT ......................................................................................... 21
EDIT EXISTING COMPONENT .................................................................................................... 22
CREATING OTHER COMPONENTS KINDS .................................................................................... 23
CREATE JUMPER LINK ............................................................................................................................ 23
CREATE WIRE ....................................................................................................................................... 23
CREATE WIRETRAY................................................................................................................................ 23
HOW TO DRAW JUMPER LINKS, WIRES AND WIRE TRAYS............................................................................ 24
CREATE CABLE...................................................................................................................................... 25
LOAD FILE .......................................................................................................................................................... 25
EDIT FILE ........................................................................................................................................................... 25
LAST CONDUCTOR IS GNYE ................................................................................................................................ 25
PLUGS FOR CABLES – ACCESSORY....................................................................................................................... 25
CREATE PLC ........................................................................................................................ 26
EXAMPLE 1: CARD WITH 8 DIGITAL INPUTS AND SEPARATE SUPPLY ........................................................... 26
SELECT THE NUMBER OF INPUTS AND OUTPUTS...................................................................................................... 26
SELECT PLC-SYMBOL......................................................................................................................................... 27
SELECT PLC REFERENCE SYMBOL ....................................................................................................................... 28
SEPARATE SYMBOL FOR SUPPLY ETC. ................................................................................................................... 29
EXAMPLE 2: COMPACT PLC WITH 8 INPUTS AND 8 OUTPUTS .................................................................... 30
SELECT PLC SYMBOLS AND REF. SYMBOLS ........................................................................................................... 30
EXAMPLE 3: A CARD, THAT CONTAINS EITHER 8 INPUTS OR 8 OUTPUTS ..................................................... 31
EXAMPLE 4: A CARD, WHERE EACH ADDRESS IS EITHER INPUT OR OUTPUT ................................................ 32
EXAMPLE 5: ANALOG INPUT CARD ........................................................................................................... 33
EXAMPLE 6: CARDS, THAT CONTAINS DIFFERENT PLUGS (SUBNAME) ........................................................ 34
LOAD EXTERNAL – OR CREATE MANY COMP. IN ONE OPERATION ................................................. 36
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EDIT MORE COMPONENTS IN ONE OPERATION ........................................................................... 38
ADVANCED FILTER.................................................................................................................................. 38
DELETE COMPONENTS ........................................................................................................... 39
COMPONENT DATABASE SETUP ............................................................................................... 40
MAKE YOUR OWN DATABASE ................................................................................................................... 40
COMPONENT DATA ................................................................................................................................. 40
SETUP OF ACCESSORY DATA FIELDS ....................................................................................................... 41
POSSIBLE TO EDIT IN ALL SELECTED DATA FIELDS ..................................................................................... 41
DATA FIELDS MAPPED TO A PAGE .......................................................................................................................... 42
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Component Wizard
OPEN THE WIZARD
You can open the wizard by clicking the icon in the top toolbar or you
can find it in Functions|Component Database|Component Wizard:
In the top line you
can see the name of
the attached
database and the
current table.
In the next line you
can see the steps
you are going
through to create
your component.
In the middle of the
dialog you can select
your options with the
wizard.
At the right side you can see a help text for each step.
You can open or close this part of the window by clicking the
icon.
At the buttom of the window you can – in the next tabs – see which main option you selected,
ie Edit Component or New Component.
You can always close the wizard by clicking the X in the top right corner.
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CREATE A NEW NORMAL COMPONENT
When you click the button NEW you enter this dialog:
ARTICLE NUMBER AND TYPE
Here you type the
EANNUMBER and
TYPE for the new
component.
In the default setup the
Article number is
mapped to
EANNUMBER and
Type is mapped to
TYPE. That’s the
reason they are seen
here in parenthesis.
You can type any number, if your component doesn’t have an
EANNUMBER, but the number must not be used in another
component. If that is the case, you will get this warning:
It is possible to select
the appropriate Table
code or Component
group, for your new
component
If you press the browse
button you get a list of
the table codes
available in your
database.
If you remember the
number, you can also
type it.
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COMPONENT KIND
When you start
creating a new
component you also
select the
component kind.
Depending on the
selected component
kind, the Component
Wizard will use
different dialogs in
the next tabs.
In this first section, you will see the basics of how to create components. In later sections you
will see examples of special kinds.
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Component Wizard
SELECT DIAGRAM SYMBOLS
In this window you
start by selecting the
reference ID for the
component, it is
optional but absolutely
recommended.
The letter code is
based on ISO 81346-2.
And then you select the electrical symbols for the component. This can be done in two
different ways, both of which can be seen below.
Lookup symbols from the component database
The default setting of the wizard is that it looks up symbols in the component database.
It is an easy way to
find the correct
symbols, as you
almost always use the
same symbols for the
same kind of components, ie components with the same tablecode use the same symbols.
When you click the button you enter this window:
The wizard finds the used symbols in the component group/table code ‘Filament lamps’. ‘Show
as combination’ is selected
Example 1
If you want to create a
component with the
same electrical function
as one of the shown
article numbers, ie
’PCS500004: White
lamp with built-in
resistor’ simply double
click to select the lamp
symbol.
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When you select
the symbol in this
way you also get
connection names
and possible
connection point
settings.
If this is ok, then
click Next to
select mechanical and other symbols for the component.
Example 2
If you want to create a component with more electrical symbol, eg a contactor, your windows
will look like this:
When you select
one of these sets of
symbols, you also
get it all:
You need to select
the refID yourself,
but the rest,
meaning all
symbols with
connection names
and properties are
included.
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Find symbols in the symbol menu
If you don’t have a component of the same kind from which you can copy the electrical
symbols, you can find the symbols in your symbol menu.
Deselect this setting
and click the Choose
symbol button.
Now you enter the symbol menu – and if you are about to create a lamp as in this example –
you go to the 60617
folder to find a lamp
symbol.
Here, the symbol for
lamp with resistor.
When you select the
symbol you can see it
in the window.
Here you can see the
lamp from above and
the PCSMulti from the
MISC-folder.
When you mark a
symbol, you can delete,
replace or copy this
symbol.
You can also select an
alternative symbol,
which you can read
more about alter.
You cannot open the
Symbol Generator to
create diagram
symbols directly from
the Component Wizard.
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Symbol settings
You have the following options when you selected the symbol, depending on the actual
symbol(s).
Generally, you have the same options for each symbol as you have when you design the
symbol:
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You can name the symbol with a subname: if you are creating a switch with an
indicating lamp, the refID of the component is S (the primary function of the
component), the switch symbol gets the subname S and the lamp symbol get the
subname P.
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If you selected a symbol with
symbol states, you can select a
specific state for the current
component
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You can change symbol type. If
you select a type with subtypes
you get further options
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You can copy the symbol – with
all its settings.
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In the buttom part of the window
you can type the connection
names for each symbol.
Depending on symboltype you
will see extra options here as
well.
If you type more than the data field size
allows, the system automatically
creates ’pcs’ or ’pin’-files.
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Alternative symbol selection
For some components,
you can select between
symbols.
In this example, you see
a contactor with an
activating coil – selected
as shown above – and
two sets of contacts, that
each are selected as
either a make (NO), a
break (NC) or a changeover contact.
You create the alternative
symbol selection by
placing the first selection,
then mark it, and then
click the Add Alternative
button.
This will replace the
symbol with the ALTsymbol and open a new
window where you add
the three alternatives.
When you pick the
component from
the database, you
will get this result:
This window shows, that
first you have a coil, then
you have two contacts,
each with three alternative
symbols: a make, a break
or a switch. When you
select one, the others are
gone.
Here you have a wrong
creation of the
component: It has either
two make or two break or
two change-over contacts.
When you pick it in the
database, it will look this
way:
So, shortly, pay
attention to each
symbol position in
the component.
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MECHANICAL SYMBOL
In this tab you can add a mechanical symbol to the component.
Database lookup is
also possible when
looking for
mechanical
symbols, and in this
way you can find
the symbols that
are in use for
components in the
selected
component group.
Alternatively, you
can click the
Generator button to
open the Symbol
Generator.
Remember the
RefID /
Design.character.
Note that the symbol generator only saves symbols without connection names, when
you use it together with the Component Wizard.
If you want a mechanical symbol with connection terminals – and that is definitelly a
recommended – then simply make a mechanical symbol by using the Symbol generator
(and Symbol editor) to create a symbol with a name, and select this symbol with the
Component Wizard, when you create the component.
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OTHER DIAGRAM SYMBOLS, E.G. SLD AND INSTTYPE
The Singleline symbol field is this page. If you have need other types of diagram symbols and
you have created data fields for those in your database and made them accesible as seen in
page 40, you will can see the data fields in this tab.
You choose the symbols as seen in the previous pages, either by database lookup or by
looking up in the symbol menu.
One way of using the other diagram symbols is to dedicate certain data fields to certain kinds
of symbols, ie Singleline symbols in one datafield, communication symbols in another, power
supply in a third etc., and then you select the datafield on the diagram page. By default, the
PCSTYPE is connected to DIA-pages and the MECTYPE is connected to GRP-pages.
It applies for all data fields, that you only see the data fields that are mapped in your
installation. See more from page 40.
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COMPONENT ACCESSORIES
You can attach accessories to all components. Below you can read about the different types of
accessories that are in the program and how they work.
Accessories come in three types.
Fixed accessories
Fixed accessories is in the ACCESSORY data field.
The accessory is only seen in parts and component list. It inherits it name after the component
it is attached to.
You can select/deselect fixed accessory from the part/component lists in each list’s settings.
Optional mechanical accessories
You find it in the OPT_ACCESSORY data field.
In earlier versions of the program, this kind af accessory was placed using the Support
symbol. Optional accessory – where you can select between several possible articles. This
might be dividers and end plates for terminal rows.
Optional electrical accessories
You find it in the OPT_ADDON data field.
In earlier version you would place this as individual electrical symbols, eg auxilliary contacts,
which were manuallly named after the main component. In this way, it was shown correctly in
various lists and the arrangement drawing.
The new data field makes it possible to maintain info, telling whether an add-on component is
valid or not for the main component.
Optional electrical accessory is included in Show available on DIA and GRP-pages.
How to select accessories
The desired accessory
must be created as
individual components in
the database, that means
it must have its own
EANNUMBER.
For each type of
accessory, simply select
by clicking the Add button,
give it a new count if it is
not 1, and click the
Remove button, in case
you made a wrong
selections.
Counts can also be
change on the project
component.
The picture is an example.
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EXTERNAL FILES, E.G. PICTURES AND DATA SHEETS
In this tab you can
attach external files,
e.g. pictures or data
sheets.
The program will look
up in the preferred
ALIAS folder for the
data field and if you
select a file from this
folder, the ALIASname is automatically
written in the data
field. Alternatively,
the program writes
the full path.
OTHER FIELDS 2
In this window you
see the rest of the
mapped datafields.
You can map other or
more data fields in
Settings|Database
settings|Component
wizard.
See more about this
from page 40.
You can also press
the ‘All fields’ button,
after which the
complete data record
opens.
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FINISH
If you exit now, you will
be directed back to the
first tab of the wizard.
And if you close the
wizard and open the
component database, the
new component is at the
top of the list.
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FIRST TAB – ONCE MORE
When you are back
here you have the
same choices as
you did the first
time.
‘Copy of’ suggests
that you make a
copy of the
component, you just
made.
‘Edit’ suggests that
you edit the
component, you just
made.
FIRST TAB – ONCE MORE - AGAIN
If you stop
somewehere in the
process of creating
a component, the
wizard will
remember what you
were doing creating/ editing/
copying – and will
suggest that you
continue with this.
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COPY OF AN EXISTING COMPONENT
If you choose the Copyoption, you will get this
window, where you
download the "original"
and give it the new
name. As the ‘copy’ and
the ‘original’ component
often have type and item
numbers that are very
alike, the wizard
suggests the orginal’s
values. Then continue
as "New".
You are, however, not
allowed to continue
"copy of" unless you
type a new, non-existent
article number.
Alternatively, the wizard
suggests that you edit instead.
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EDIT EXISTING COMPONENT
If you choose this
option, you must also
fetch the component
by clicking the ‘…’
button. Then you
continue with the
same tabs as "New".
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CREATING OTHER COMPONENTS KINDS
When you create a new component using the Component Wizard, you can choose between
different component kinds.
Below you will see examples of different component kinds and how they are created in the
database.
CREATE JUMPER LINK
When you create jumper links in the database, select (and show) how many links it contains
and type the distance between each link.
CREATE WIRE
When you create wires in the database, type its outer diameter (mm or “) and meters per
reel/drum. The diameter is used to calculate capicity in wiretrays when using the Panelrouter.
The length is used to calculate quantities for the parts list.
CREATE WIRETRAY
When you create wiretrays in the database, you type height and width (mm or “) and the length
of one section. The dimensions are used to calculate capacity when using the Panelrouter, the
length is used to calculate quantities for the parts list.
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HOW TO DRAW JUMPER LINKS, WIRES AND WIRE TRAYS
The main reason for creating jumper links, wires and wire trays in the database is that the
Panelrouter uses the data to calculate capacity in wire trays.
If you want your drawing to contain a certain wire type, you cannot pick it directæy from the
database, you need to pick it from the Pickmenu:
Add a line with the desired type, width and color to the pickmenu, it could be a blue line for a
normal conducting wire or a pink line with jumper status. You assign component data to the
line by right-clicking on the line, select Component article data. The select the wires from the
database – click DB. You can have several wires on one line in the pickmenu.
If you create wiretrays in the pickmenu, you only select the line type and color, that data in the
database – and the page scale – will decide the width on the drawing.
You can read more in the manual about adding components to the pickmenu.
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CREATE CABLE
When you create cables, you must select a cable symbol, either through database lookup or
manually in the symbol menu. The Component Wizard only accepts Cable symbols!
You can type diameter (mm or “) and meters per drum. The diameter is used to calculate
capacity in wire trays when using the Panelrouter.
After this, you must select the number of conductors and how to mark the conductors – colors,
numbers or free texts. The wizard helps you to automatically fill out the list with colors or
numbers.
The help text shows color codes.
Load file
You can create cables with specific conductor colors by loading an existing file. Cable files are
made in Notepad or similar, and they (often) follow a cable standard, they have one conductor
color or number per line, and they are saved as *.cbl-files in the database folder.
Edit file
If a selected file is wrong, you can edit it. Beware that other cables might use the same file,
Last conductor is GNYE
When you select this option, the last conductor will be GNYE.
Plugs for cables – Accessory
When you go to the Accessory tab, you can assign Accessories per cable or per meter.
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CREATE PLC
The Component Wizard can also create PLCs in the database.
You start by selecting the PLC component kind, after which you enter a special PLC page.
Below you will find examples of various kinds of PLCs, which will show you how to create the
different kinds of them in the database.
The first example will take you through all the dialogs, showing you the options you have.
EXAMPLE 1: CARD WITH 8 DIGITAL INPUTS AND SEPARATE SUPPLY
Select the number of inputs and outputs
Here you tell about the structure of the PLC.
Definitions
Channels – we have selected the word Channel, which mostly will be synonymous with
Address, but sometimes it means plugs or channels.
Addresses – mostly it will be the same number as in Channels, but where you have plugs,
single plugs or channels can have more addresses. You select the number of addresses on
the next tab.
IO status
Here you choose whether your channels are inputs, outputs, other (e.g. IO-link) or a
combination of thsoe.
IO status type
You can create your channels with digital, analog or no status type. The status types can be
used as filters, e.g. when you transfer plc addresses in the project.
Variants
An analog input can be connected in different ways, depending on the equipment you connect
and the input type you want. Here you type the number of different connection methods, as it
influences the IO symbol selection. Variants cannot be combined with input/output
combinations in IO status.
Path to PLC-directory
Here you select the directory from which you choose your plc symbols. Default selection is the
PLC346 directory.
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Component Wizard
Start creating
Start by typing the
total number of
channels, here 8.
Then you type the
number of input
channels – 8 again.
Press the Next
button.
This tab is the
starting tab when
create PLCs. Here
you select its
overall structure
and whether you
have fixed or
variable functions
on each address.
See the examples
below to learn
about the option you have in this tab.
Select PLC-symbol
Type the number of
addresses per
channel (default = 1)
and how many
connection points
you have per
address.
With the
combinanation in the
picture, the program
finds three possible
symbols, which you
can choose between
using the arrow keys.
You can change to
another IO symbol as
long as you are on
this tab. If the IOsymbol contains
states, you can select one by using the drop-down list.
Type the first connection name – the connection with IO-status – type the first address and
place the mouse on the ‘Fill Grid’ button to see what the program suggests, If it is ok, simply
press the button, and you have addressed the IOs.
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Select PLC reference symbol
When you press the
’Add symbol’
button, the Wizard
has already found
the reference
symbols that match
your selected IOsymbol.
When you have 8
inputs, you can
choose between
ref. symbols with 8,
4, 2 and 1 inputs.
The ref. symbols
must match in
terms of connection
points per address,
which is difficult
when you create
the plcs manually.
Here the selection is 8 ref.symbols each with 4 addresses.
The 8 connection
points with input
status have the
same names and
addresses as the
IO-symbols in the
first tab – which
means that they
match. The only
thing left for you to
do, is to decide
whether you want to
use the connection
points at the buttom
of each symbol or
not. They are often
used for supply, if
you want to do that,
simply type e.g. 24V
and 0V, alternatively
disable them.
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Separate symbol for supply etc.
On the last tab you can select other symbols, for instance for supply and communication.
Press the ’Add symbol’
button and select a
supply symbol. You
can also select
symbols for bus
connections in the
same way.
If you have made
special data fields in
the database – see
pages 16 and 42 – you
select the symbols on
the ‘Other diagram
symbols’ tab.
When you have
selected all diagram
symbols, press the
Next button to go to
the mechanical
symbol, accessories,
data sheet etc..
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EXAMPLE 2: COMPACT PLC WITH 8 INPUTS AND 8 OUTPUTS
In this example you see a compact PLC, which consists of 8 fixed inputs and 8 fixed outputs.
Start again by
selecting the
component kind PLC.
Type 16 in the ‘Total
number of channels’
field.
In the next section,
you type 8 input and
8 output channels,
which total to 16. If
you don’t get the
correct total number,
the Next button is
inactive.
Press the Next
button.
Select PLC symbols and ref. symbols
Now you see 2 tabs
in which you select
PLC-symbols: one
tab for inputs, one
tab for outputs.
You use the 2 tabs
in the same way as
described in
example 1, select
PLC-symbol and
PLC ref. symbol.
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EXAMPLE 3: A CARD, THAT CONTAINS EITHER 8 INPUTS OR 8 OUTPUTS
The data on the first tab determines how the PLC is created.
That means that the number of channels and the combination of the channels are determined
on this tab.
You need to notice the small ‘boxes’ around each section. The boxes indicate one part of the
PLC and it can either a fixed section or an option.
When you have more sections, each section gets a name, and this name is also found on the
following tabs in which you select your symbols.
Below you will find more examples of how the first tab can be filled out.
This example is
based on a card
where you determine
– e.g. by using a
jumper – that the
card contains inputs
only or outputs only.
The total number of
channels or
addresses is 8.
Option 1 is 8 inputs.
Option 2 is 8 outputs.
When you continue
to select symbols for
PLCs and PLC
references, the
dialogs look exactly
as in the previous
examples.
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EXAMPLE 4: A CARD, WHERE EACH ADDRESS IS EITHER INPUT OR OUTPUT
This example is based in a card where you address by address determine its IO-status.
The total number of channels is 8.
Option 1 is 8 input/output. It means that when you place a PLC-symbol you choose between
input and output symbols for each channel.
This means 2 sets
of tabs, where you
select PLC symbols
and PLC ref.
symbols.
Selection of PLC
ref. symbols is very
easy: as you have a
choice per channel,
you also have 1
ref.symbol per
channel.
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EXAMPLE 5: ANALOG INPUT CARD
Analog cards can often be connected in different ways, determined by the measurements you
want to get, e.g. a current value, a voltage value or a resistance value. Which again means
that you use different connecftion terminals per address/channel when you connect the
sensor.
You can create the PLC with all its connection points in one symbol, but this will not work
optimally in relation to PLC-lists etc. The solution is to make symbol sets per connection
method, a solution which is very time consuming when you make it manuallty, but very easy,
simple and quick when you use the Component Wizard.
On this first tab, where you select what the PLC consists of, you type it this way:
This data means
that you create 3
sets of tabs
where you select
PLC symbol and
PLC ref. symbol.
As every
channels has
alternative
symbols, you also
get 1 ref. symbol
per channel.
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EXAMPLE 6: CARDS, THAT CONTAINS DIFFERENT PLUGS (SUBNAME)
This example is
based on a
component with the
following functions:
The component is a
module, which per
plug has either 2
inputs, 2 outputs or
1 IO-link. In addition
to that it has to fixed
IO-links and 2
supply plugs.
When we create it,
we create 8
channels, where 1
channel relate to 1
plug.
Eachh channels can
be input, output or
other:
As each
channel/plug
contains more
addresses and all
channels are
identical, we use
subnames to differ
between them:
Here, each channel
has a X-subname,
and we typed the
first channel and
used the Fill Grid
button for the rest.
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The outputs are made the same way as the inputs, and below you can see, how the IO-links
might look:
As every channel
has alternative
functions – and
symbols – you
will also find one
ref. symbol per
channel.
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LOAD EXTERNAL – OR CREATE MANY COMP. IN ONE OPERATION
With this function you
can load an Excel list
that contains many
components.
It works in this way:
Columns in the list
must have the exact
same names as the
datafield names in the
database. That
means that you will
have column named
EANNUMBER, TYPE,
PCSTYPE etc in
order to use the
function, because the
wizard uses the
column names to
import the data
correctly.
If you find it difficult to remember the names of the data fields, you can start by
exporting the project’s internal project database – this will give you an Excel file with
the correct column names (including some, that you might not use )
The function does NOT create the components into the database, but it makes a list which is
ready to be imported into the database.
When you select the
list, it is loaded into
the wizard.
At the top you see the
top row, which
contains the names of
the datafields. At the
buttom you can see
the file name of the
list and you can see,
that the file is ok.
In this window you
select one or more
components. Then
you will go through
the same tabs as
shown previously.
When you use the
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guide, you only see the datafields that are mapped. However, your Excel file may contain
more data.
When you go through the wizard, you may encounter ’grayed out’ datafields. This means that
there is a difference between the components’ contents in this datafield. If you want to keep
the differnect entries, simply press Next to continue to the next tab; if you want to change the
contents, click in the grey window to select new data.
You have the same options with this function as with the ’normal’ component creation
functions. The big difference is, that data is written into the external file and not into the
database,
The purpose of the function is to make it easy to create a long list of components from a new
supplier or manufacturer and then be able to select – simultaniously – the same symbols for
(some of) the components.
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EDIT MORE COMPONENTS IN ONE OPERATION
When you have a (old) database you need to be able to maintain your data and in that
connection you often need the possibility to edit more than one component in one operation.
When using the Multi-edit function you can select multiple components based on one or more
criteria and apply the same data to all components at once, ie the same electrical diagram
symbols or the same datasheet or the same status such as approved or obsolete. All together
the functions that you also can do by means of the PCSCHEMATIC Database’s built-in sqlfunction.
When you select the
Multi-edit function,
you enter this
window, in which
you can make your
filter settings, which
is how you select the
components you
want to edit.
You can filter by all datafields in the connected database, and you have a selection of
conditions for all data fields, ie TYPE contains ‘PCSxx’ or MANUFACTUR contains ‘PCS’.
ADVANCED FILTER
When you select the
Advanced option,
you can see the
query as a SQL.
The ‘normal’ filter is
an AND-filter, that means that the components you find fulfil Filter1 AND Filter2 AND Filter3
etc.
With the Advanced setting, you can replace and AND with an OR and in this way make a very
different query, which used to be difficult to make.
Note, that if you want to filter by using Boolean fields, e.g. find APPROVED components, you
select the field to Contain 1 (=True).
When you have setup your filters, you go further by pressing Next. If anything is ‘grayed out’ in
the tabs, it means that the selected components don’t have identical data in the shown
datafield. If you want to keep the original data, simply continue (press Next), if you want to
change the data, simply click in it to activate it, and select or type the new data.
NOTE that this function operates directly in the database. And that means that you
don’t have any UNDO option!!!
Therefore we strongly recommend that you make a copy of your database BEFORE
you use this function.
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DELETE COMPONENTS
You can also use the Component Wizard to delete selected components.
The Delete
function contains
the same filter
functions as in
Edit and Edit
Multiple. This
means that you
start by selecting
the component(s)
that you want to
delete, and you
delete the
selected one(s) –
visible in the
window – by
clicking the
Delete button at
the lower right
corner.
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COMPONENT DATABASE SETUP
In Settings|Database|Database setup you find this window, in which you tie – map – the two
programs – Automation and Database – together.
That means that this is where you ’tell’ the program in which data fields it finds various types of
information.
MAKE YOUR OWN DATABASE
We recommend that you make your own database, which means a database with another
filename.
See how to create your own database in the Database manual.
COMPONENT DATA
In this example, diagram symbols are found in PCSTYPE and furthermore you can make
’connection diagrams’ or mechanical layouts with MECTYPE, SINGLELINESYMBOL and
INSTTYPE.
The datafields are all found in the normal database.
The field Other
symbols is used to
select datafields that
contains symbols for
either other diagram
types than normal
connection diagrams
(bus connections,
infrastructure,
pneumatics, etc.) or
other types of
arrangement
drawings. The fields
must be created by
yourself if you need
these kinds of
diagrams.
You can see how to
create other datafields in the Database manual.
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SETUP OF ACCESSORY DATA FIELDS
Mapping of data
fields for the various
kinds of
Accessories now
has its own tab.
Read more about
Accessories on
page 17.
POSSIBLE TO EDIT IN ALL SELECTED DATA FIELDS
When you work with
the Component
Wizard, you edit in
the data fields that
are mapped in
Settings|Database
Settings.
As a user, you
might need to edit
in other fields. To
select those other
fields, go to the
Component Wizard
to select them. Add
by using the +,
delete with – and
change the order
with the arrows.
See the database manual for how to create your own datafields.
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Data fields mapped to a page
PCSTYPE is the standard selection for diagram
pages (DIA).
When you fetch components in the database, the
program finds the symbols in the datafield
PCSTYPE, and if you use the Show available
window, you can see the unused/available
symbols for the component in the current project.
When the program uses the default datafield, you
don’t see the name of the datafields.
If you go to the layout page (GRP), it finds
symbols in the MECTYPE datafield.
This is the default function for Automation and the database.
If you have other component types, meaning that they are not represented in ordinary
connection diagrams, it is possible to create extra datafields for this in the database.
An example might be components for house installation diagrams. Symbols for installation
components are not of a ‘connection diagram’ type, so it would be more logical to have the
symbols in an INSTTYPE datafield.
Also, components that connect to a communication bus can have the bus symbol in the
BUSTYPE datafield. If the page has been setup to use this datafield (see below), the Show
available function will automatically show available bus connection symbols.
If you want to use one of
the other datafields on a
certain page, enter the
Page setup, and select the
datafield.
The option is available on
DIA and GRP pages.
You can do this at any
time in a project and/or
you can make a page
template with the setup.
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How do I use the database’s symbols
You can get help from the database to retrieve different symbols for your components
when you draw in Automation:
When you draw circuit diagrams, you use the Show available function to keep track of
your available/unused symbols. The program retrieves the symbols from the datafield
PCSTYPE, and the field contains all diagram symbols.
The mechanical symbols for arrangement drawings are in the MECTYPE, and they can
also be retrieved from the Show available window.
How can I use the Other symbols settings
If you draw , eg., many PLCs, you may find it useful to be able to easily retrieve a
symbol, which only shows the connections to your infrastructure/bus. Of course, the
symbol can be part of the (long) list of normal diagram symbols, and then you just search
for it, when you make the infrastructure overview.
But alternatively, you could make a datafield in the database which only contained this
infrastructure/bus symbol. This would make it so much easier to find it.
And if you want to make a separate page with just this part of the documentation, you
could link a page to this datafield as well. In that case the Show available function will
show only this kind of symbol, eg the infrastructure/bus symbols.
See how to map the datafields on page 40 and 42.
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