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How to Omit Items from the Bill of Materials


Your schematic drawings may contain components that you do not want included in your materials reports; components that do not need to be purchased, e.g. existing equipment to which a new circuit is connected.

Procedure for individual components

  1. Add an attribute named "RSTATUS" (Report status) to the symbol (block) that represents the component or subcomponent in the schematic drawing.

  2. Add a field named "RSTATUS" to the template_$DEVIC.dbf, template_$TERM.dbf or template_$INSTR.dbf as appropriate for the type of symbol. These templates are in the RTEMPLATE directory of the Elecdes installation. See also How to Customise the Format of the Image Database Files (Global Editor).

    This will allow the attribute added to the block in the step above to be filled in when the block is inserted. It will also allow that attribute to be modified in the Global Editor.

  3. Set the RSTATUS attribute in the symbol to the value "No BOM". You can do this when the symbol is inserted or using the Global Editor.

  4. Regenerate the materials reports. The component will now be omitted from the materials reports.

  5. In Paneldes it is possible to use the AUX2: field to provide an RSTATUS control code instead of adding an attribute. Simply add the text "RSTATUS:NO BOM" to the AUX2 field of a Paneldes component to remove the component from the materials lists.

Procedure for a type of component

  1. Add column named "RSTATUS" (Report status) to the catalog file that contains the specification for the component type that you wish to omit from the materials reports.

  2. In the catalog record for component type, enter the value "No BOM" into the RSTATUS column.

  3. Regenerate the materials reports. Any instance of this type of component inserted into the project will be omitted from the materials reports.

Combined values

If you need to combine two or more RSTATUS values then separate the values with a comma, e.g. "No XREF, No BOM".