Can I copy the manufacturer and catalog reference from one like component to another? It seems the only thing I can do is to search again for the part number.
I have seen people post about #Task. That tool may be able to do what you want. You may also be able to do what you need with Custom Property Tab Builder. It's hard to answer your question better without more information. If you are trying to do this for 5 parts, it'd probably be easiest to just manually cut and paste the Custom Properties. But, if you need to do this for 5000 parts, you need a good tool...And you need to learn how to use it.
David , you're asking about a component already in place? I don't know of a way to do that, but I could see that being handy...right click, copy assignment, then paste assignment to a new component.
If you're looking to shorten this up , you can start by copying/pasting a symbol, that will create a new component and if it has a part assigned, it will include that in the paste. You can also right click on a location in your component tree, add a component manufacturer part, and when you select your part, hit OK, and it will let you fill in how many components with that part assigned that you want to create.
You could explore export/import as well, as that may let you add several part/mfr assignments to components with excel, and ingest the changes. That would take a little experimentation but it's a useful routine to master.
I'm coming from the AutoCAD Electrical world where you can assign the mfg's part number from another component that's already been assigned. Similarly you can do a BOM copy to several components from a master component. This would included auxiliary contacts and accessories. In my practice with SWE if you copy the circuit or component and then reassign it to an existing component that the catalog is wiped out. The only way to preserve the catalog information is like you said. You need to create a new instance of it. Now that I understand this I will probably assign the mfg & reference to the power component before I lay down the control side of things.
Thanks for your help!
Yes, you'll have to break from that thinking a bit.
I will add that when assigning parts, you can "group" parts that are always combined, so you assign them all at once using what's called a "superpart". A superpart takes several individual manufacturer parts and bundles them, so you create a component, assign the "superpart" to get all the bundled parts assigned at once.
I've seen it used most commonly with fuses, relays with accessories and aux contacts, and connectors with all of their goodies. Take a look.
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Thanks Evan, Great Tip! I will take a look at the video.
Superpart sounds like the equivalent to "assembly" in the ACADE world.
I feel your pain. I am also a former ACADE user (since 98).
Two things so far that I have not found a work around for is doing detailed views of panels (I used to xref the main panel into other drawings for detail views using paperspace) and there does not appear to be any item numbering available on the panel drawings.
I do really like how SWE does source/destination codes.
Glad to meet you. Been using ACADE(Cim/WD) since '98 as well and that dwg xref feature you mentioned is missed also. I'm just getting my feet wet with SWE, using the tutorials and trying to get the mfg library filled with useable information. Did you import any of your ACADE footprints into SWE? We have a lot of Hoffman enclosure and panel footprints that I'd like to transfer.
I have been slowing transferring the footprints over. I have also been transferring my custom symbols over as well. It is not too hard, just time consuming.
I have not completely started using SWE yet. (I have had it for about 5 months but have not been able to fully commit to it yet. Current workload has been a source of delay plus I have come up against many things that are not included.)
One thing I bounced against: Fuses and Fuse holders. I used to use the fuse as the primary part (so I can display the Amp rating as RATING1) and added the fuse holder as one of the multi-part items. This is okay if there is only 1 fuse but breaks down if this is a two or three pole holder. I am unable to get the terminal numbers to show properly unless I make the Fuse holder the primary and then I cannot display the fuse rating.
I definitely miss the "old days" when I could call Nate and ask for a feature and get a patch to do it the next day....
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