We just started using R13 and I am having problems with the panel BOM's. When working in a project with more than one panel assembly and I run a BOM report on one of the drawings it deletes the BOM reports from other drawings in the project. The only way I have found to get around this, so far, is to remove the drawing(s) with the BOM report(s) that I am NOT working on from the project, run the BOM on the drawing I am working on, then add the other drawings back to the project.
I have installed SP1. Are there any others available? Is any one else having this issue?
Check to see if when you put it on the page that you have the insert new (non-updatable) button highlighted.
In my experence, when you put the BOM on a page and that is not check it will update all the boms in the project the new time you put a BOM on a page
I've been using ACADE since 2007 (R6), and I've never had this problem before. I have always had it set to update because I when I run a report in an existing drawing I want it to update rather than insert new every time. When you update a report on a drawing it should only update that particular report on that particular drawing. It should not affect the reports on any other drawing in the project.
I have used ACAD Electrical since 2006 and it has always been an issue for me with updating existing BOM's. I ALWAYS have to insert them not to update otherwise I have the same issue you spoke of.
If you have had success in the past then maybe there is a different setting I am missing.
FYI I am on ACADE 2012
Here are some things to know about how report tables work in AutoCAD Electrical so that you have control over when a report table is updated or not.
When you run a report and place it as a table, AcadE looks for an existing, updatable table for that report. For a report table to be a match it must match in 3 ways.
First, the report type, i.e. Schematic Bill of Materials, Component, etc.
Second, report scope, i.e. active drawing, project-wide.
Third, the format .set file. This is the critical one if you run the same report in many different ways and place tables for those. Create a format .set file for the variations of a particular report. When you run the report, select that format file on the very first dialog. Then when you re-run that report and place the table it will only update the table that was run using that same format file. If you do not select a specific format file, it is actually using a default one for the report. So next time you run the same report with same scope and do not select a format file it can still match on the default format file.
If you never want AcadE to update existing tables when you run reports, always pick the "Insert New (non-updatable)" option. This inserts a table with no intelligence for AcadE to match it to a report later.
Okay, I've never seen anywhere to set the "scope" on a report. Apparently it has been set to active drawing but now it is set to project-wide. How / where do I set this?
This is on the initial dialog when you run a report. You pick the report type on the left, then on the right side there is an option to pick Project, Active Drawing, and in some reports Active Drawing (pick). I've attached a picture to illustrate.
I went to see if I could find what you were referring to and figured that was it. I do use that all the time, but it only determins what drawings are used to generate the report. This has nothing to do with where the report actually goes. Running a BOM report on a drawing (I haven't tried it with other reports) in my install of R13 deletes the BOM reports on other drawings in my project.
If no one else is having this issue I can only assume it is a problem with my particular installation.
The "scope" of the report has to do with whether AcadE will replace an existing table or not when you select to place a report ion a drawing..
It will only delete the table if those three things match when you run the report. So let's say these are the conditions -
1) BOM report
2) project-wide (whether you process all drawings or a subset of drawings)
3) no specific format file was selected.
So next time you run the BOM report, project-wide with no format file AcadE finds this table anywhere in the project and will delete it and use the new one to replace it even if it is on another drawing.
If you run a report with these conditions -
1) BOM report
2) active drawing
3) no specific format file
then it will only look on the active drawing for a table to replace with the new report's table.
When I run a BOM report I do the following:
1) select BOM report
2) select either the current drawing or select "project" and the drawings I need
3) use custom bompnl.set (modified to include the fields we use)
This is how I have been doing it for the past 5+ years with no problems. Whenever we upgrade our ACADE I always change the default .set file to match the way we do our BOM's. I have never had to actually select the bompnl.set when I run the report. Are you saying that now I have to select it every time I generate a BOM in a new drawing?
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