OpenUtilities Substation Help

Display Formats

The Display Formats mode is accessed from the Project Options dialog and allows the user to set the format of device IDs, cross references and part numbers.

Adjust device ID when symbol(s) is moved Enable when you want a symbol's ID to be updated when the symbol is moved. For example, when the ID format includes the line number and the symbol is moved to a different line.
Make Device ID Uniqueness Case Sensitive

Enable this option have the case of letters in an ID to make a difference. For example, if this box is selected then LS2 and Ls2 will be considered two different IDs.

If the check-box is not selected, then the following options are available for making the case of IDs consistent:

  • Convert lowercase to uppercase
  • Convert uppercase to lowercase
Nested Device ID
  • Enable Device ID Nesting: Enable to allow nested devices IDs. This applies only to symbols that are inside symbols created with the symbol on the fly function. Nested IDs allow these symbols to have a device ID that combines the ID of the symbol on the fly with the ID of the nested symbol. One application of this feature would be to use the box to represent a circuit board and then insert pin/plug symbols to represent the connectors on the board. The box could also represent a special controller module with terminal symbols inside that are related to that module.
  • Partial Tag: Enable option to display only the device ID of the nested symbol.
  • Complete Tag: Enable option to display the entire, combined device ID.
Device ID Format
For each format type, the dialog shows the name of the format that defines what the ID is currently based on ( page and line number, sequential number, etc.).
Note: The Device ID Formats group has an expand/contract (double arrow) button that allows the user to collapse or display the items in that group. Part Number formatting is accessed through a separate tab.

To change the elements that make up an ID, select the Edit button inside the field for a given format type to access the Device ID Format dialog.

Note: The Schematic (PLC Wired Device ID) and Schematic (PLC Wired Terminal ID) device ID formats will only be applied when the Replace Device ID function is used. The PLC Wired Device ID will assign the PLC address to the first non-terminal device connected to the PLC. The PLC Wired Terminal ID will assign the PLC address to the first terminal connected to the PLC.
Note: When creating a PLC symbol, the connection points order needs to include all of the addressed connections in order. Non-addressed connections need to appear after the addressed points. This also applies to PLC families (children with addresses should appear before children without addresses).
Some users require that a symbol display not only its own device tag but also the tag of some other device that it is connected to or associated with. This is done when you create a symbol using the Symbol Creation Wizard.
When a symbol with a TAG Associate attribute is placed, the user will be prompted with the Symbol Text dialog to assign the associated device tag.
Device Cross Reference A device cross reference is a cross reference that links two or more symbols in the schematic drawings. Examples would be the cross references between the coil and contacts of a relay or between a PLC parent and its child symbols. Select the Device Cross Reference line and press Edit to display the Device Cross Referencing dialog.
Wire Link Cross Reference Click in the field and press Edit to display the Wire Link Cross Reference Format dialog.