Are there any terminals in the symbol library that use the wire number as the terminal number?
This is where the propagate command comes into play. You can number the terminals, then the wires (or vice versa) then choose to propagate the wire number to the terminal or terminal number to the wire...
Okay, great! So I imagine you can propagate PLC I/O addresses to the wire mark?
Yes, you can push the information from the PLC terminal to the wire OR terminal to wire or vice versa...so push PLC I/O to wire, then push wire data to Terminal, or as you suggest terminal to wire etc.
Evan is absolutely correct (as he usually is..)
You can copy multiple items from the PLC Channel to the wire.
Around here we use the equipotential (network ID) to identify wires. We identify our terminals based upon the equipotential.
You can add the "#P_EQUIP_TAG_0" attribute to your terminal symbol. This will show the equipotential on the symbol without having to do any extra steps. Bear in mind, this does not alter the terminal ID.
As noted above, use the propagate tool if you want the terminal to acquire its mark from the wire mark.
Our drawing standard specifies that 24vdc potential wires start with 9001 and the common is COM. Is there a way to set this up in the wire type?
Absolutely, what I have seen is the creation of two (for this example) wires. One for 24VDC and one for COM, each wire style can have unique equipotential formulas for numbering/naming.
Another thing I have seen is the creation of wire groups as you can not only control the formulas but how things are numbered or for some applications, not numbered.
The "COM" mark is an easy one. As for the "9001" mark, I am assuming you want to serialize the marks starting with 9001 onward. I am not sure how or if there is a way to start the wire marks from 9001.
Here is how the "COM" can be applied. The key is the "Wire Style Manager". You'll have to make or update an existing wire style and modify its equipotential or wire formula. Simply enter "COM" for the formula (including the quotation marks).
This is where the numbering groups come into play. SW starts off with an electrical, Hydraulic and Pneumatic group but you can add one and call it 9000 series for example. In the group properties you can set the 'Start numbering at' value to 9000.....
Cool! Thanks for the info Johnathen. I hadn't seen the "Start Numbering At" field.
Propagation is the route to go but one important side note is that if you show your terminals bridged together it will not transfer the terminal mark from the first terminal to the second terminal and there is no propagation tool for bridging at the moment. If you were trying to buss a potential you would have to manually label all of the subsequent terminals. This is what would show up before manual labeling.
Okay that is a very important note and it looks like I'm in for some manual editing. I wonder if someone has a trick for this?
Just for clarification. The jumpers are part of the post-process in the terminal editor? I wonder if there is way to represent the jumper on the schematic?
I find it best to wait till your terminal strips are complete to start Bridging/(Jumpering) between them. When You generate your terminal strip drawings the terminals will display as jumped.
As far as showing the Jumper in the schematics I have yet to find a suitable way to display that other than a common terminal mark.
The jumpers (bridges) can be configured within the project as a different color and/or line style. Right-clicking a wire and setting it as a bridge will cause the line to take on the associated parameters.
Thanks for everyone's help! This is a great forum!
Excellent Casey! So does this mean the wire mark would be propagated to bridged terminals?
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