Electrical Design Software | Elecdes Design Suite by Scada Systems Ltd

Device Builder


The Device Builder is a function that builds the records required for a device, its terminals and a cable. Component builders are started when you choose to add a component or to reselect the specification for a component.


  1. Enter the name of the device in the device name edit box. A default name is provided by the name sequence assigned to the device folder.

  2. You can choose the specification for the device from the EDS catalogs. Click the Pick from EDS Catalog files button, then choose the desired device specification.

    If the catalog entry specifies a cable to use with the device (in the CABLEMFG and CABLECATNO fields), then a new cable of the specified type will be automatically created and connected to the device.

    A default map file is used to map the columns from the catalog file to the columns in the ratings record of the component. You can choose a different map file by clicking the Browse button.

  3. Enter the first terminal name, and the number of terminals for the device.

    If the device was selected from the catalog, the first terminal name will be set and will require no further configuration.

  4. If the catalog specification for the device specifies a cable to connect, you may optionally connect the cable screen (if available) to the device, by turning on Connect cable screen to device. Note that this is not a typical scenario, so should not normally be turned on. If the cable specification has no screen, this checkbox has no effect. If no catalog specification was chosen for the device, then the checkbox will be disabled.

    • Click the Create one button to add the device to the database without exiting the dialog. The device name on the dialog will be updated to show the next name as determined by the device folder name sequence. Further presses of the Create one button will add devices named incrementally.

    • Click the [OK] button to add the device to the database and exit the dialog.

    • Click the Create all and close button to add the number of devices specified in the "Number of Devices" box, then exit the dialog.

      If you are re-selecting the devices from the catalog then the number will be disabled, but clicking Update all and close will modify all of the devices that you have chosen to re-select from the catalog.

    • Click the Cancel button to exit the dialog without adding any further devices to the database.

Output Diagrams

For each new device, the builder can create a datasheet, hook-up diagram and loop diagram. If you are reselecting the specification for an existing device then the function will not add any diagrams.

  • When you exit the builder, you will be asked if you wish to add the output diagrams for each new device.

  • The automatically created output diagrams are named by concatenating the diagram type followed by the device name.

    You may rename the diagrams if required. You may remove the devices from the diagrams and place them on other diagrams if required.

See also:


User Defined Component Types

Component Operations

Adding Components to a Folder

Adding New Components to a Container Component

Reselecting the Specification for a Component

Specifying the Cable Screen Identifier (EDS Setup)