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How to Perform Operations on Components in the Database

Component Specific Pop-up Menus

Each component in the category tree has its own pop-up menu. The functions available on this menu vary depending on the component type and the linking of the component.



Above is a typical pop-up menu that can be displayed by right clicking on a component in the category tree. Some functions may not be available for all types of components, generally the pop-up menu will consist of a subset of those shown here.

Note that components displaying an "E" overlay on their icons are present on an actual drawing file of the current Ebase project. These components may only allow the use of a limited subset of the commands described below depending on the type of component.

Subdivide/Split folders

CS allows you to manage large lists of components by subdividing the lists into several folders. When you select a component type folder (i.e. a folder containing wires/cables/raceway segments etc) you can use the right button menu to subdivide that folder. Your lists can be split into lists of a more manageable size.

Subdividing the folder creates a container which can contain the identical type of component as the original folder. You can subdivide a cables folder to create more cables however you cannot subdivide a cables folder to contain enclosures.



During the subdivision you have the option of setting the folder name.



Moving components between Split folders

When folders have been split or subdivided you can move a component or a group of components from one folder to another. This is done with drag and drop operations.



Select From Catalog

Reselect the specification for a component from the EDS catalog files.

Reselecting the Specification for a Component

Add New

Create new components contained within the currently selected component. For example, creating a new terminal strip within the currently selected enclosure.

Adding New Components to a Container Component

Add Existing

Choose one or more existing components to be contained within the currently selected component. For example, placing two terminal strips into the currently selected enclosure.

Adding Existing Components to a Container Component

Connect To

Choose one or more cables to be connected to this component.

Electrical Connections

Disconnect from...

Remove electrical connections between this component, cable or wire and any other items.

Multiple disconnection options may be shown based on the type of component, and the number of different connections it has.

Electrical Connections

Copy

Store the currently selected component in a buffer in memory. When a paste operation occurs, the component last copied in this way will be used as the component to be pasted.

Pressing Ctrl-C will also perform this operation.

You can also use the key stroke [Control-C] on a component and then [Control-V] on that same component to force IM/CS to make a new copy of that component in the same folder as the original.

The copy functions automatically bulk copy if you require, see bulk copy below.

Paste Link

Make the currently selected component the container of the last copied component.

This menu item will only be available if the currently selected component can be a container of the last copied component.

Pressing Ctrl-V will also perform this operation.

Linking Components

Paste Connection

Make the currently selected component connected to the last copied component.

This menu item will only be available if the currently selected component can be connected to the last copied component.

Pressing Ctrl-V will also perform this operation.

Electrical Connections

Paste Copy

Create a new component, duplicated from the last copied component, contained within the currently selected component or component folder. The number following the menu entry indicates the number of components that have been copied into memory waiting to be pasted.

This menu item will only be available if the currently selected component can be a container of the last copied component.

You will need to specify the name for any copied components. If the copied components contain other components, then Cable Scheduler will offer to copy these also.

You can also use the key stroke [Control-C] on a component and then [Control-V] on that same component to force CS to make a new copy of that component in the same folder as the original.

The copy functions automatically bulk copy if you require, see bulk copy below.

See Also: Adding New Components to a Container Component

Automatic "Bulk" Copy during copy operations

When doing copy and paste operations on an object, CS will now attempt to intuitively copy all items contained in that object and also copy all conductors connected to that object or the items it contains.

The contained items are referred to as "child objects".

The connectivity of the copied conductors is maintained.

You will be asked if you wish to copy "conductors" and "children" if IM/CS detects that there is a possibility of this being done.

The power of this function is obvious, you can make a Panel and its connections then copy that Panel several times, recreating all components, conductors, terminations, loops and other diagrams and avoid significant amounts of work creating individual components.

Delete Link

Remove the currently selected component from its container. The component is not deleted from the database, only the containment relationship. The container component remains unchanged.

This menu item will only be available if the item selected in the tree is a link to a component, which represents that the component is contained by the item at the next level up in the tree. Links can be identified by the small 'L' displayed on the icon of the component.

Linking Components

Delete Component

Permanently delete the selected component from the project database. If the component contains other components, then Cable Scheduler will offer to delete these also.

Pressing the Del key will also perform this operation.

Pick Container

Choose a container component in which to place the currently selected component. For example, choose an enclosure to contain a terminal strip.

Linking Components

Navigate To

The navigation functions in the submenu of "Navigate To " allow an easy way of moving between link objects in the tree and their actual (master) objects. The master objects exist in the folder on the tree that represents the table in which the record for the component exists in the project database. Objects that are links are shown in the tree will an 'L' in the corner of their icon.

The number of navigate functions that will be available in the submenu depends on the types of links that can exist for the component.

  • Navigate To Parent Record. Set the current selection in the tree to the container of the currently selected component.

  • Navigate To Master Record. Set the current selection in the tree to the master object for the currently selected link object in the tree.

See Also: Linking Components