Electrical Design Software | Elecdes Design Suite by Scada Systems Ltd

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.

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.

Category Tree

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 or wires 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 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 Association

Make the currently selected component associated with the last copied component.

This menu item will only be available if the currently selected component can be associated with 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 Instrument Manager 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 IM 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.

Adding New Components to a Container Component

Automatic "Bulk" Copy during copy operations

When doing copy and paste operations on an object, IM 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 section of plant, place it in an AREA and then copy that Area 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 Instrument Manager will offer to delete these also.

Pressing the Del key will also perform this operation.

Pick Loop Template Override

Choose a specific template to be used to represent this component on a loop diagram. All components have a default loop template. Use this function to override this default template with a specific template when required.

Output Diagram Templates

Output Diagrams

Pick Column

Run the Instrument Manager field dragging tool. This tool is used to create formulae on output diagram templates.

For more information see Editing Templates.

Edit with Excel

This menu item is only available for instrument and device components.

Automatically generate the datasheet for the instrument or device and open it with Excel so that the data of the instrument or device can be edited. When you close Excel, the data is automatically read back into the project database from the file. If the selected instrument or device does not have a datasheet associated with it, then Instrument Manager will ask which datasheet to use from the existing datasheets. If a suitable one is available it can be used otherwise the operation should be cancelled.

Output Diagrams

Pick Parent

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

Linking Components

Associate with a new document

Choose an external document file to be associated with the currently selected component. For example, associate a certification document to an instrument.

Associate a document with a component

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.

Navigate to Components and Diagrams

Linking Components