For device selection, the part behavior described below is relevant.
Parts can be saved in the project in the following places:
- Parts to be provided in the delivery, general installation materials, and so on, can be assigned directly to the project. Up to 1,000 project parts are allowed.
- Up to 50 part numbers can be assigned to the main function of a device.
- You can put up to 50 parts in one place in the schematic using a part definition point (as you can with every main function).
Parts stored in the project
Some part properties (e.g. the purchase price) are needed for calculations in output lists, but shouldn't be provided to the end customer. You can use a configuration dialog to determine which properties should be stored in the project. These properties will then be included when the project is transmitted. Parts properties that are not stored are only available through access to the parts database.
In the Delete stored parts properties dialog you can quickly identify which parts properties are stored in the project. You also have the option of deleting individual properties from the parts stored in the project.
In the Synchronization of parts - <Project name> dialog box you can synchronize the parts stored in the project with the system parts.
Parts generated from schematic data
The Generate part command allows you to create a part from the schematic data. This part is saved as a part stored in the project. This creates a device in the parts management, i.e. the part and the device data are stored in the database.
You can only do this for the component of a main function. It is only available if exactly one part reference (with a quantity of 1) is entered in the DT.
The part generated in this way contains function templates for all functions of the device.
If the command for a main function is carried out again, you can decide by means of a two-step security prompt whether you want to overwrite only the existing part in the project or also want to update the part master data.
Bill of materials
You can use the stored parts to create a bill of materials containing additional data such as "Description", "Supplier", etc. This bill of materials can be passed on to clients, for example (and contains the additional information) without having to send the entire parts database.
The parts list can be output in different sorted / grouped output lists. Hierarchically structured parts groups can optionally be broken down or output down to a predetermined depth.
Parts with the Quantity = "0" are always output! To avoid this, use a filter.
The parts stored in the devices in the schematic determine the mechanical space requirements on the mounting panel. In parts management (the Mounting data tab), an assignment of order data to the mechanical symbols with scaling information can be managed.
When assigning parts to devices, hierarchical assemblies can be broken down. The information is retained regarding the assembly to which each individual part belongs.
You use the Break up assembly user setting (Options > Settings > User > Management > Part selection) to define if assemblies should be broken up on insertion and to what level this should occur. There is also a Break up assembly project setting (Options > Settings > Projects > "Project name" > Reports > Parts) that you can use to define whether assemblies should be broken up in reports and to what level. If assemblies were broken down during insertion, they can't then be treated as assemblies during reporting.
To support multifunction relays, so-called parts variants can be created in parts management.
If a new part is added to a device and if a function template is contained in that part, then that function template is attached to the device. If a part is removed from a device, then all of the function templates belonging to the part are also removed.