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Batch inserting components

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In order to approach all subjects in the Mechanical Layout category, such as Initiating layout in 2D, Inserting rails in the layout, Inserting gutters in the layout, Inserting components in the layout (customised), Inserting components in the layout (layout), etc, in a neater way, we’ve created an electrical design to control the direct start of an engine. It is the same design used in the Electrical Schematic.

What is batch insertion?

You’ve already seen that it’s abundantly to create a Mechanical Layout inside QC, be it with the Custom or with the Layout palette. But you probably also know that you will only rarely design something as simple as our sample and will many times have to add 200, 300 components to a single panel.In these cases, individual insertion as you’ve done so far would be exceedingly impractical due to the large numbers. That’s where batch insertion comes in. It adds several components at the same time with a set distance between them.

To show you how to use it, we will insert 8 terminals into our design. Before utilising the tool, however, we need to set it up.

Batch configuration…

1. Go to the Layout palette;

2. Click on Batch configuration;

Distance

Indicates the space between one component and another. As we want all the terminals to be together, set the distance to zero.

Angle

We want our components to be horizontal, so you need to leave the angle at 0. If you were to wish them vertically positioned, you would use 90 degrees, and so on.

Scale

This allows you to insert a component at a different scale than that of its creation. For example, typing in 2 will double the components size. In this case, simply use 1.

3. Click Ok;

Batch insertion…

1. Go to the Layout palette;

2. Select the X1:1 to X1:8 terminals in increasing order;

3. Click on the Batch Insertion tool;

Note that all 8 terminals will be displayed side by side.

Indicate the terminals’ insertion point on the lower rail. They should look like this:

In the first step, it’s important to select them in an increasing order as that order will be used by the QC for insertion and display in the design. You could, for example, select just uneven numbers and then just even numbers, and it would look like this:

Tip

The selection order in the Layout palette defines the order in which the components’ representations will be inserted.

After you’ve inserted the terminal strip, let’s add the components of the panel door, that is, all the design’s buttons and lamps.

Tip

You can insert all remaining components with the Batch Insertion tool and later alter the components’ disposition using Move.

You will probably have results similar to these:

After the insertion of all the components, you will be able to detail the panel through quotes, notes and texts, all available through the Draw palette.

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