First, insert a relay and the select catalogue lookup.
Find the relay you normally use and click on it to highlight the entry then click on the EDIT button.
Select the Main->subassembly checkbox and then put a code (I suggest the part number of the base) into the Assemblycode box.
You can have multiple parts in this box seperated by a SEMI colon ( .
Close the edit box by clicking on OK.
Find the base part number and go into the edit screen for it. NOTE that if you can't find the base part number, try de-selecting the Symbol Name Filtering. (anything that is set to be a sub component is normally hidden from view
Select the Sub-Assembly box and put the same part number in to the Assemblylist box.
Exit out and reselect the relay. On the right hand side under the Web-View button there should be a piece of text saying MAIN->sub followed by some part part number. This indicates any sub components used for the item.
Any component that has a code in the Assemblycode box will automatically add any components that have the same code in the Assemblylist box. More than one component can call the same sub component which makes it easier. For example, you could have several different relays with different coil voltages, all using the same base, securing clip and label.
An easy way to set this up is to have CODE1 in the Assembly code box of the relay and CODE1 in the Assemblylist boxes of the base, Securing clip and label.
Another way is to have CODE1; CODE2; CODE3 in the Assemblycode box and have CODE1 in the base Assemblylist, CODE2 in the Securing clip Assemblylist box and CODE3 in the Labels Assemblylist box.
This will work on all the components so I would reccomend setting this up on your commonly used components as you come across them. It only has to be done once and will not need to be done again unless you upgrade or have to change part numbers.
I'm having trouble finding the base part number in the "Parts Catalog" dialog. How do you disable "Symbol Name Filtering?" Do you mean by clicking on the little funnel icon with the red x that is located on the upper left of the "Part Catalog" dialog box? By convention, what table in the catalog database should the base by in?
It's also possible that I can't find the base PN because don't have it in the default_cat.mdb. I just want to make sure that I disable filtering correctly.
I haven't seen the new look Lookup Table as I'm stuck using 2008. That said, try hovering your mouse pointer over the funnel icon. If it is the Symbol Name Filtering, then yes try clicking on it.
The 2008 version has 3 checkboxes undernearth the part number list. the third checkbox is the one for the Symbol Name Filtering.
The base itself should be in the same table as the relay. If you know the part number, try clicking the Other button and typing it into the bottom box with the find button next to it. This will perform a search for that part number.
The base may also be listed in the Accessory section of the CR table or one of the other sections.
You can also select the first item in the component list and start typing the base part number. If it is available and not blocked the the symbol filtering, the selection will move th what you start typing.
It may also be that the base itself is missing from the database, especially if you inserted the relay itself. If the relay was in the database OOTB, it is possible that there has been a catalogue number change or a different base was suggested to the people who typed in the database.
I don't think the relay base is in the catalog. I cleared all filters and browsed through the CR table but couldn't find a relay base.
If I were to add a relay base PN entry to the catalog mdb file, is it a pratice to add it to the CR table? Pretty much anything related to relay such as holding clips should be added to the CR table?
Before you go adding anything, did you check under the type drop down for ACCESSORY or BASE listings? Did you select ALL for the type and coil. Sometimes they are hiding in different areas of the manufacturer in the same table.
Always add the subcomponents to the same table as the main component. It makes it easier to find. To make them easier to find, make the type as either BASE or ACCESSORY. then when you are looking in that manufacturer later, they have their own type.
Version 2011 has the check box in almost the same location as previous versions, at lower left. See the attached screen capture of a page from my What's New Tutorial for version 2011, which shows the position.
I don't think there's a catalog # for the base in my CR table.
There is a "Display subassembly entries only for editing" check box in the parts catalog dialog. I checked it but nothing came up. I went ahead and added a record for a relay base to the CR table. I set the type field to accessories.
Under Component->Component Miscellaneous, there is the Stretch PLC Module function. Ideally it should be renamed Stretch Block as it will stretch any block it is used on.
Give this command a try and see how it works for you.
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