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Tips for designing a reverse start (Part 1)

Apply to: 2016 R1
Is there any easier way to design a reverse start?

To facilitate the project development of a reverse start, we will show you a few tips that you can use while doing this exercise.

TIP 1: Repeat commands

Every time a component or wire is inserted, QC promptly enables a new insertion of the same wire/component, that is, it repeats the command automatically. Many people cherish this features, but it can be cumbersome to others. If that is your case, you can disable it following these steps:

Disable command repetition…

1. In the Manage tab, open Electrical Options;

2. On the left side, select Project > General;

3. Locate and disable the “Command Repetition” setting.

This way, every time a component or wire is inserted, the command will be closed definitely.

TIP 2: Wire properties

Every time a new wire is inserted into the project, the following window is displayed

As previously seen, this window refers to the properties of the wire to be inserted. Most times, the wires are not altered in their insertion and the window is closed soon after. For that reason, here is how to disable its display during insertion.

Disable the properties window when inserting wires…

1. In the Manage tab, open Electrical Options;

2. On the left side, select Wires > General;

3. Disable the option “Edit subcircuit atributes”.

There you go. Now, the window will no longer pop up every time a new wire is added into the project.  You can still edit the wire projects whenever you wish by doing the following:

View and edit wire properties…

1. Right-click on the desired wire;

2. Choose the option “Properties”;

3. The window will pop up.

TIP 3: Grouping components

During the contact insertion of the reverse start command, you will notice that it will be progressively harder to locate a component in the “Custom” palette as the project is developed. That is due to the increased number of components, which clutters the list.

To organize it in a better way, follow the instructions:

1.Open the Custom palette;

2. There are two icons in the upper left corner: Groupings and Filters;

3.Click on Groupings;

4.Select the option “Group components by relation”.

There it is, the palette is now organised by project component names.

Another way of locating a component is through a tool you already know: Search. You will see in the Custom palette that the Search option is available in the lower right corner, and you can use it to search for any component that has been added to the project.

TIP 4: Substitute components and contacts

In the design of an electrical project, you may often find yourself needing to substitute on component for other, be it of a different maker or of greater capacity. This usually occurs due to client demand or to poor scaling in the beginning of the project.

Substituting components…

In the example below, we will substitute a disruptor for one of different making and current.

1. Go to the Component palette;

2. Locate the substitute component;

3. Right-click on it;

4. Select the option Substitute > Maintain name;

5. Go to the graphic area;

6. Select the component to be replaced.

Substituting contacts…

1. Go to the Custom palette;

2. Locate the contact to be the replacement (In this example, we selected contact 33,34 of contactor K5);

3. Right-click on it;

4. Select “Substitute”;

5. Go to the graphic area;

6. Select the contact to be replaced (in this case, contact 13,14 of contactor K1).

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