OpenUtilities Substation Help

Insert Symbol By Device ID

Used to place objects in the current model by the symbol Device ID.

Accessed from:

2D Design/Panel Design

3D Design

  • 2D Design Ribbon > Components Group
  • Panel Design Ribbon > Components Group
  • 3D Ribbon > Components Group
Note: If accessing from the 3D ribbon, the Symbol By Part number will be selected by default. The user will need to switch to the Symbol By Device ID mode.
Note: Selecting the pin button in the upper right corner of the dialog will cause the dialog to reopen after you finish placing a symbol or macro.
Note: Many of the panes available in the interface can be moved, docked, minimized, or closed to suit your preference.
Filter Devices Allows you to filter the list of displayed device IDs. By selecting the appropriate radio button you can restrict the filter to Terminal/Plugs or Devices (non-terminals/plugs). Select or enter any combination of Installation, Location, Tag, Part Number and Function Text and then select the Search button. Any device IDs that match all the entries will be listed. If the Ignore Case check-box is selected, the case of entered letters will not be taken into account.
Display Tab
  • Show Placed Devices in Current Drawing Mode - When this check-box is selected, the IDs of any placed devices will remain in the list in grid rather than being removed from the list as they are placed. Placed IDs will be marked with an X.
  • Show Only Devices with Assigned Part Numbers - When this check-box is selected, only devices with part numbers assigned will be listed.
Show Devices Tab
  • Parts Allocated in Primary Drawing Mode - Selecting this check-box will display all the device IDs that had part numbers assigned in the primary drawing mode. This check-box will be selected but unavailable if you are currently in the primary drawing mode.
  • Parts Allocated in Non-Primary Drawing Mode - Selecting this check-box will display all the device IDs that had part numbers assigned in a drawing mode other than the primary drawing mode.
  • Parts Allocated in BOM Explorer - Selecting this check-box will display all the device IDs that had part numbers assigned in the BOM Explorer function.
Symbol List

The software lists all the symbols that match any filters that you have applied. You can apply additional filters by selecting a field heading and picking the down arrow which displays all the values for that field. Picking a value will filter the list of symbols and only list those that have that value.

Clicking on a field heading will sort the list in ascending order. Clicking a second time will sort it in descending order.

You can click and drag the fields in any order you wish. Right clicking on any field heading will allow you select which fields from the database you wish to display. You can toggle on/off fields as desired.

You can select the symbol that you want to place from the list.

Preview Tab Shows a preview of the symbol for the selected device based on the current drawing mode.
Settings Flyout

Selecting the down arrow on this button will flyout the button menu with 3 choices:

  • Symbol Settings - Opens the symbol settings dialog which allows you to specify a rotation angle, scale factor, and mirror setting which gets applied to any new symbol you insert.
  • Group Settings - Opens the group settings dialog. If you select more than one item you can place them as a group. You can make settings to determine how symbols are placed as a group.
  • Reset Dialog - If you had changed the layout of the dialog from the default or closed any panels you can reset the dialog to its default layout.
Place Symbol Places a new device, based on the symbol settings specified.

Row indicators are as follows:

  • X = If the device has no family and the symbol is placed in the current drawing mode. Or if the device has a family, a symbol has been placed for every role (parent, child, cable, terminal, pin, etc.) in the family. Whether the family is compound, standard, terminal, or cable, a symbol is placed in every role. (This should be the existing rule for when we show X.)
  • / = Applies only to schematic mode for devices that have a family assigned. If a symbol has been placed for at least one non-parent role in the family but not every non-parent role, then this should be displayed. Again, pay no attention to the parent role when determining whether to show a /. (This is the modified rule for when to show /.)
  • Blank = Any other row in the grid. Based on these rules, if a symbol has been placed only in a parent role but not in any of the child roles of a family, then the device should still have a blank value in the left-most column.