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Training Manual

E.schematic
E.cable
This training manual contains the functionality of
E.schematic and E.cable.
E.cable functions are highlighted in gray.

March 2009

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89079 Ulm/Einsingen
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Copyright 2009, ZUKEN E3 GmbH

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Table of Contents

Introduction ........................................................................................................................ 5
Information about ZUKEN E3 GmbH ..................................................................................................... 5
Overview of the E.series Modules ........................................................................................................ 5
E.series and Windows Terminology ....................................................................................................10

User Interface and Command Elements ........................................................................ 12


User Interface ........................................................................................................................................12
Command Elements in E.series ..........................................................................................................18
General lnformation about this Training Manual....................................................................................21

Basic Functions ............................................................................................................... 22


Project....................................................................................................................................................22
Creating a New Project ........................................................................................................................23
Sheet ......................................................................................................................................................23
Inserting New Sheets ...........................................................................................................................23
Opening, Closing, Deleting Sheet Windows; Opening Several Sheets Simultaneously .........................24
Renaming Sheets / Exchanging the Sheet Format / Adding Sheet Text ................................................25
Arranging Sheet Windows; Opening Additional Sheet Views ................................................................26
Placement Aids......................................................................................................................................27
Zoom ...................................................................................................................................................27
Grids / Rulers / Crosshairs ...................................................................................................................29
Global Settings (Sheet, Grid)................................................................................................................30
Components and Symbols....................................................................................................................31
General Information .............................................................................................................................31
Placing Components and Symbols .......................................................................................................33
Display Device Table (Change Device Attributes similar to Excel Table) ...............................................36
Manipulating Device Properties ............................................................................................................37
Manipulating Symbol Properties ...........................................................................................................37
Settings Affecting Higher Level Assignment and Location.....................................................................39
Additional Manipulations ......................................................................................................................40
Working with Dynamic Assemblies .......................................................................................................45
Dynamic Symbol ..................................................................................................................................47
Fields...................................................................................................................................................48
Placing Terminals ................................................................................................................................49
Component and Symbol Settings .........................................................................................................53
Selecting Elements ..............................................................................................................................54
Level Selection ......................................................................................................................................55
General Information .............................................................................................................................55
Manipulating Levels .............................................................................................................................55
Connections ..........................................................................................................................................56
General Information .............................................................................................................................56
Generating Connections (Corners, Skewed, Open End) .......................................................................57
Generating Single Connections ............................................................................................................58
Diagonal Connections (Forced Wiring) .................................................................................................59
Generating Multiple Connections..........................................................................................................60
Generate Multiple Connections with Direction Change .........................................................................60
Routing Graphical Connections and Cores (Conductors) / Wires in One Step .......................................61
Deleting Connections ...........................................................................................................................62
Assigning Signals.................................................................................................................................62
Connect Line Settings ..........................................................................................................................63
Handling Connectors ............................................................................................................................64

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Placing Connectors and Connector Pins ..............................................................................................64


Splitting a Connector ............................................................................................................................65
Plugging and Unplugging Connectors ..................................................................................................65
Inliners .................................................................................................................................................66
Placing Master Symbols .......................................................................................................................67
Changing a Mating Connector ..............................................................................................................68
Special Settings for Connectors ...........................................................................................................68
Block Functions ....................................................................................................................................69
General Information .............................................................................................................................69
Defining Blocks ....................................................................................................................................69
Splitting Blocks ....................................................................................................................................70
Hierarchical BlockDesign .....................................................................................................................71
Hierarchical Tree Structure ..................................................................................................................71
Generate Hierarchical Block and Sheets ..............................................................................................72
Using Hierarchy Ports ..........................................................................................................................74
Block Settings ......................................................................................................................................75
Signal Cross-References ......................................................................................................................76
General Information .............................................................................................................................76
Signal Cross-Reference Settings..........................................................................................................77
Handling Cables and Cores ..................................................................................................................78
Assigning Cable and Core Definitions (Dynamic Cables and Database Cables)....................................78
Special Functionality using Single Wires ..............................................................................................80
Settings for Editing Cables and Cores ..................................................................................................82
Attributes ...............................................................................................................................................84
General Information .............................................................................................................................84
Assigning / Deleting Attributes..............................................................................................................84
Exporting and Importing Subcircuits ...................................................................................................85
Exporting Subcircuits ...........................................................................................................................85
Importing Subcircuits............................................................................................................................86
Free Graphics and Text .........................................................................................................................87
Use Any Text as Hyperlink to Objects ..................................................................................................90
Graphic and Text Settings ....................................................................................................................91

Generating Data ............................................................................................................... 92


On-line Terminal Plan ............................................................................................................................92
General Information .............................................................................................................................92
Calling Up Terminal and Cable Plans ...................................................................................................92
Functions within Terminal and Cable Plans ..........................................................................................95
Reports SHEET / ASCII / EXCEL / ACCESS ..........................................................................................96
Inserting OLE Objects ..........................................................................................................................97
Inserting Files ......................................................................................................................................97
Exporting / Importing Data ....................................................................................................................98
Print .....................................................................................................................................................107

Displaying Cable Harnesses in E.series ..................................................................... 108


Handling Connector Views .................................................................................................................108
Component Views ..............................................................................................................................109
Cable and Core Properties .................................................................................................................110
Using Attribute Templates ..................................................................................................................110
Special Settings when Working with Views .........................................................................................111

Exercises ........................................................................................................................ 112

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Introduction
Information about ZUKEN E3 GmbH
CIM-Team, which was founded in 1987, will operate under the new name ZUKEN E3 GmbH
(www.zuken.com/e3) as of April 2009.
ZUKEN E3 creates intelligent CAE programs for use in the areas of

Electrical Engineering

Electronics

Cabling

ZUKEN develops CAE software products, which are being used world-wide for design and
documentation purposes.
ZUKEN maintains excellent working relationships with international companies in the areas of
electrical, electronic and machinery manufacturing, using their feedback to implement the latest
industry requirements into its software products. CIM-Team has the integrated software solutions for
many requirements, such as the design of circuit diagrams, drawing and wiring panels, designing
electronic circuits, as well as creating circuit board layouts. These products are used in the
automobile and supply industries, and can be used, for example, to transfer data from electrical
engineering to hydraulics and pneumatics.
ZUKEN keeps in close contact with its affiliates throughout the world, who are responsible for
marketing and support in their respective countries.

Overview of the E.series Modules


E.series software consists of several, different modules. All modules work with the same data
kernel, which allows data and information to be shared between modules.
E.series software has been designed specifically for the Windows operating system, including
Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
In E.series, the symbol and component databases form the foundation, on which everything else is
based
E.series mod.ules are used to design, create, modify and check the electrical, electronic, hydraulic
and pneumatic design and associated documentation.

Areas of Use:

E.series

Plant and Machinery Applications


Automobile Industry
Power Supply Industry
Electronic Design
Telecommunications and Switching Technology
Hardware Manufacturing
Measurement and Precision Technology
Basic Research
and much more

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E.series Modules

E.series

Nr.

Module

E.schematic

E.cable

E.formboard

E.panel

Used for generating panel layouts and associated wiring

E.logic

Used for designing and documenting the electronic circuits used


in the creation of Printed Circuit Boards (available with E.series
2003)

Cadstar

Circuit board routing and documentation In preparation

E.view

Free-of charge module for viewing all E.series documents

E.viewplus

See E.view plus level manipulations and translation table

E.redliner

For use in designing, start-up and production phases

E.series

Short Description

Used for designing electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic control


diagrams and documentation

Used for the creation of wiring, cabling and harnessing of


electrical and electronic components; it also includes the
functionality of E.schematic

Generating 1:1 models for cable harness

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E.series Modular Structure

E.series
Flow Chart
Scripting Interface (COM)

E.
schematic

E.cable

E.logic

E3.formboard

E.view(plus)
E.redliner
E.panel

Cadstar

Database Editor

ADO Interface

Database
A

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Database
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Starting the Program


To start E.series, use the:

Windows Desktop Start Symbol


After installing E.series, the E.series logo will appear on your desktop.

Windows Start Menu


After being installed, E.series is integrated into the start menu and can be started with Start ->
Program -> CIM-Team -> E.series.
The interface appears the first time with the standard settings and then returns the next time with the
settings last used when the program was ended.
Double-click on this logo to
start E.series.

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Demo Version
If a valid license is not available when starting E.series, the Demo Version will be used. Use of the
Demo Version must be confirmed by the user.

Note:
A project, that was saved using the Demo Version, can only be opened with the Demo Version.

When exiting a project that was opened using the Demo Mode, the following warning will be
displayed!

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E.series and Windows Terminology


Terminology used in E.series
E.series uses recurring terminology, which is summarized in the following table:
Nr. Term

Explanation

Project

Defines an E.series project, which consists of one or more sheets as


well as OLE objects.

Object-oriented

E.series manages objects. These are, for example, devices, symbols,


connectors, blocks, connections, graphics and text.
An object is used only once in a project and can be displayed in different
views.

View

Different representations of an object.


For example: terminals in the circuit diagram and as a terminal plan

Sheet

Drawing area, on which symbols, graphics and text can be placed

Component

Exists as a physical device.

Symbol

Graphical display of a component or a part thereof

Device

A component used in a circuit that has been assigned a device


designation.

Attribute

Additional information that can be assigned to an object

Dialog

Menu, in which the user can input data that will be processed by
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Subcircuit (Part)

Subcircuits, which may contain devices, symbols and connections, can


be saved in the database.

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Windows Terminology in E.series


Nr. Term

Explanation

Window

Working area, in which project-related functions are displayed

Context Menu

An object-related menu accessed with the right mouse button. Any


modification to an object can be carried out using Context Menus.

Scrollbar
Vertical Scrollbar

Register or Register
Card or Tab

Register in a Menu

Toolbars and
Pushbuttons

Toolbars containing Pushbutton Icons

Tab

Toolbar

Pushbutton
Icon

Hotkey

Keyboard key or key combination, that directly call up an E.series


command (Shortcut)

Tool Tip

Displays explanatory text when a mouse pointer is held over a symbol.

Tool Tip
8

Clipboard

Memory, which is used to temporarily store data when copying and


pasting between the different modules or programs

Drag & Drop

Press and hold the left mouse button on the selected object so that it can
be moved.

10 Copy & Paste

Cut & Paste


11 ADO

Copies the selected object in the clipboard (Copy) and then inserts it on
another sheet or in another program (Paste).
Cuts the selected object (Cut) and saves it in the clipboard and/or inserts
it on another sheet or in another program (Paste).
ActivX Data Object
Interface, which manages the other Windows databases

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User Interface and Command Elements


User Interface
E.series is a pure Windows application, which makes it simple to learn and easy to use: Drag &
Drop, Pick & Place, Cut, Copy & Paste, OLE, and dont forget Undo/Redo. Everything you know
from other Windows programs can be used in E.series.
After starting and opening a project in E.series, the user interface is arranged as follows:
1
8

10

5
3

9
6
7

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E.series

Main Menu
Project Window
Database Window
Preview Window
Sheet Window
Output Window
Status Bar
Toolbar
Main Window
Device Table

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1 - Main Menu
The main menu contains all of the commands available in E.series
Commands are combined in groups and displayed as pull-down menus
The main menu cannot be switched off

2 - Project Window
The projects hierarchical design is displayed in the form of a tree structure in the Project
Window in E.series (can be individually furnished).
Tabs represent the three object classes, which appear in the Project Window. They can be used to
switch between areas.

Tabs Sheet (sheets and OLE documents), Device and Panel (Panel only available with a
corresponding license)

Project Window
Sheet

Project Window
Device
Project Name

Folder Name

Sheet Name or
OLE Document
Device or Symbol
Name

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3 - Database Window
All Components and Symbols in the database are displayed in a tree structure in the Database
Window.
They are sorted by the attribute Main Class.and Database Class English
Position of Defined
Database

Components Class English

Tabs:

Component
Symbol
Misc

4 - Preview Window
The Object currently active is displayed in the Preview Window. This can be a sheets contents
(zoomed area), circuit diagram symbol or panel symbol.

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5 - Sheet Window
The projects sheets and documents are edited in the sheet window(s).
The Sheet Window, like other Windows applications, can be changed through the title bar:
Title Bar

Context Menu

Pushbutton

Normal mouse functions


Drag & Drop the title bar
Click on the pushbuttons in the title bar
Context menu (called up using the window symbol in the upper left-hand corner)
Hotkeys
CTRL-F4 Closes the current window
CTRL-F6 Changes to the next window
Page down / up (go to the next sheet / previous sheet)
Home and end (go to the first sheet / last sheet),
Main Menu: Window

Used to arrange open sheets

Active Open Sheet

InactiveOpen Sheet; Closed


sheets are not shown.

Sheet Windows cannot be positioned outside of the Working Area


The Sheet Windows size and position will not be saved when the window is closed

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6 - Output Window
All program-related information is displayed in the Output Window.
The output window is divided into different areas. These areas can be displayed using the tabs:

Messages
Results

General Messages
Results of Search or List Functions

7 - Status Bar
Current settings and other important information are displayed in the Status Bar.
For example:
Results of an operation, e.g. *** Invalid Position ***
Component descriptions

8 - Toolbars
Several commands can be grouped together in a Toolbar. The individual commands are displayed
as Icons on the toolbar.
Toolbars contain the most important commands for creating or modifying drawings. By simply
clicking on an Icon, the corresponding command will be activated.
Toolbars can be modified and switched on and off in the main menu Tools:

List of available toolbars

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9 - Main Window
The main window displays the working area in E.series. All other windows are displayed within this
window.
The individual sheet windows are displayed and edited in this area.

Sheet Window

Minimized Sheet Window

10 - Device Table
All used devices are contained in an Excel-like table. Modifications to the device designations can
also be carried out here.

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Command Elements in E.series


Commands can be executed through menus, the keyboard or mouse.

Input Devices:
Keyboard
Mouse

Keyboard
Keyboard inputs can be carried out using Hotkeys as well as directly through the Main Menu.
The main menu is activated using the ALT-key. The Cursor keys can then be used to navigate
within the menu.
Once the desired command is highlighted in the menu, the ENTER key is used to execute the
command.
If a hotkey is available for a command, it will be displayed alongside the command in the pull-down
menu.
The drop-down menu can be closed with the ESC-key. To switch from the main menu to the
schematic editor, press ESC once more.

Use the cursor keys to move LEFT/RIGHT


Cursortasten

Hotkeys

as well as UP/DOWN.

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Defining the Mouse Buttons


The mouse is the main input device in E.series.
E.series supports a three-button mouse. To select a command, place the cursor on the desired
object or menu item, and click the appropriate mouse button. The individual mouse buttons have
different functions.
Standard Mouse Button Functions:
Left Mouse Button To select, move or modify
Center Mouse Button
To zoom
Right Mouse Button To display an objects context menu

To zoom
To call up context menus

To select

Object-Oriented Context Menus


A context menu is available for every object in E.series. Context menus are activated with the right
mouse button.
Context menus contain commands for modifying the corresponding object.
The selected objects properties can be changed in the lower part of the context menu.

Context Menus Available:


Sheet
Symbol / Device
Connection
Pin
Text

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Examples of Context Menus


An objects context menu can be activated
by right-clicking on the object.
Context menus adapt themselves
dynamically depending on the object
selected.

dynamic

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General lnformation about this Training Manual


E.schematic AND E.cable functionality are described in this training manual.
These products differ only in regards to their functional range.
Functions, which are only valid for E.cable, will be highlighted in gray.
Additional information concerning the Database, Panel and Advanced Training
(course for application and/or system administrators) can be found in the respective
training manual.

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Basic Functions
Project

Creating a New Project


Opening an Existing Project
Saving a Project
Saving a Project under Another Name
Closing a Project

Main Menu: File

Function

Symbol

Hotkey

New

Ctrl+N

pen ...

Ctrl+O

Mouse

Close
Save
Save as ...

Ctrl+S
F12

Toolbar: Standard

Description:
After starting E.series, a new or an existing project can be opened.
New projects always receive the name untitled. A file
will be generated on the hard drive with the name
untitled.e3s. If such a file already exists in the project, a
number will be affixed to the file name.
Current Project Name

When closing a project, the modifications will not be


saved!

The asterisk (*) indicates


that the project was
changed but not yet
saved.

With the command Save as ..., a copy of the current


project will be created under a new name. This project
can then be edited.
A project file contains all the data required by the circuit
diagram.
The project name is displayed in the Project Window and the Title Bar in E.series.

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Creating a New Project


Main Menu: File

Sheet

Inserting a New Sheet


Opening, Closing, Deleting a Sheet Window; Opening Several Sheets Simultaneously
Arranging Sheet Windows; Opening Additional Sheet Views
Sheet Properties: Renaming a Sheet / Exchanging the Sheet Format / Adding Sheet Text
Global Properties

Inserting New Sheets


Main Menu: Insert

Context Menu: Project Window

Description:
If a new sheet is opened, a dialog window appears, in which the Sheet Format and Sheet Name
can be entered.
Sheet Name
Maximum length: 64 characters
Permitted Characters:
a-z; A-Z; 0-9; special characters
Characters Not Permitted:
blank < > ; `
Sheet format displayed in the
Preview Window

Selection list of the sheet formats


available in the database

Defines where the


sheet will be inserted.

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Opening, Closing, Deleting Sheet Windows; Opening Several Sheets


Simultaneously
Main Menu: Window

Context Menu: Project Window


Opening several sheets
simultaneously:

The respective
sheet can be
opened or closed
by simply clicking
on its check box.

1)
2)

3)

Open sheet

Mark the first sheet.


To mark additional sheets or
the last sheet, press the
SHIFT key (for an area) or
CTRL key (for individual
sheets).
Select the command Open in
the Context Menu.

Note:
Use the same procedure to close
several sheets.

Closed sheet

Note:
When deleting sheets, a query follows:

Description:
Existing sheets are usually opened in the Project Window.
Open sheets can be minimized or maximized in the Main Window and listed in the main menu
Window.
With the keys
Page down / up
Home and end

(go to the next sheet / previous sheet)


(go to the first sheet / last sheet),

the corresponding sheet will be opened in the current window.

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Renaming Sheets / Exchanging the Sheet Format / Adding Sheet Text


Main Menu: Format Sheet Properties
Context Menu: Called up through the sheet window or project window

Description:
The modifications are carried out through the Sheet Properties but the sheet must be selected in
the Project Window.
Sheet properties can be changed in the dialog window.
The Sheet Name can be changed in the Project Window with the function key F2.
!! The location (in the project window or on the sheet itself), in which the sheet properties are called
up and changed, is irrelevant. The modifications take effect immediately on the sheet and in the
Project Window!!

Sheet Information
All sheet text in this list can be
edited.
Click on the desired field with the
left mouse button.
Visibility of the text On/Off
T Type TEXT
A Type Attribute

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Arranging Sheet Windows; Opening Additional Sheet Views


Main Menu: Window

Function

Symbol Hotkey

Sheet
Window/View in the
foreground

CTRL+TAB

Mouse
Simply click with the left mouse
button on the sheet window

Toolbar:
Description:
Sheet windows can be displayed as overlapping (Cascade), one below the other (Tile
Horizontally) or side by side (Tile Vertically) in the main window.
Once a sheet has been opened, additional views of this sheet can be opened. The user can view
the complete sheet in one window and the same sheet zoomed in another window. Modifications
are displayed immediately in all sheet views.

Views
Sheet views are different views of
the same sheet. Modifications are
displayed immediately in all sheet
views.
Example:
Sheet 7:1 Total view Sheet 7
Sheet 7:2 Zoomed area - Sheet 7

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Placement Aids
Zoom

Display Detail (Static ZOOM)


Dynamic ZOOM (ZOOM IN / OUT)
Moving the Display Window (Panning)
Display Whole View

Main Menu: View

Context Menu: Sheet

Function

Symbol

Zoom

Hotkey

Mouse
Press and hold the middle
mouse button

Toolbar: Schematic

Description:
Enclose the area to be zoomed with a rectangle in the Sheet Window. Click on the starting point
and while pressing the middle mouse button, drag the mouse to enclose the area and then release
it.
These menu items are only active if a sheet has been opened.
The complete sheet is displayed in the Preview Window. The area zoomed is enclosed by a
rectangle.

ZOOM IN /OUT

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To enlarge or reduce the area zoomed, click and hold the left mouse button on the rectangles
lower right-hand corner in the Preview Window and move it back and forth to change the size.

Moving the Display Detail (PANNING)


The zoomed area can be moved in the preview window by pressing and holding the left mouse
button on the rectangle.
The zoomed area can also be moved using the sheet windows scrollbars.

Dynamic Zoom
By holding the <Ctrl> key and moving the mouse wheel forward a so called dynamic zoom is
executed and the cursors position defines the centre of the Zoom area.

Complete View
Main Menu: View

Context Menu: Sheet

Function

Symbol

Fit to Window

Hotkey

Mouse

Toolbar: Schematic

Description:
By clicking on the desired sheet, this resets the display window.
This menu item is only active if a sheet has been opened.
The complete sheet will be displayed in the preview window and the rectangle disappears.

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Grids / Rulers / Crosshairs


Main Menu: View

Function

Symbol

Grid

Hotkey

Mouse

not defined

not defined

Ruler
Crosshairs
Toolbar: Schematic
Description:
Switches the placement aids on in each sheet window.
Rulers
Red indicators display the position of
the crosshairs.
The display is in mm or inches.

Crosshairs
The arrow keys can be used
to move the crosshairs in
the working grid.

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Global Settings (Sheet, Grid)


Main Menu: Tools

Function
Settings

Symbol

Hotkey

Mouse

Toolbar:

Description:
The viewing grid can be defined through the dialog Settings -> Display.
The smallest Working Grid/Viewing Grid unit is 0.1 mm or 0.001 inch (= 1 mil)
Pressing the <Ctrl> key activates the Alternative Grid.

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Components and Symbols


General Information
E.series is an object-oriented E-CAD system. All symbols and components are stored in a
database, which can be either symbol-oriented or component-oriented. This results in the following
questions:

What is a Symbol
What are the different Symbol Types
What is a Component / Device
What are the different Component Types
What is an Item Designation

Symbols
A symbol is a graphical symbol, which displays the devices function in the circuit diagram.
Symbols are stored in the database.
Symbols consist of four basic elements:
graphics
pins (nodes)
text types (These positions can be filled in automatically or by the user.)
attributes
Text Types
Symbol Graphics

Text nodes are reserved for system and


user-defined information (e.g. pin name).

The graphics can be


on different levels and
cannot be changed.

Pin
Pins, on which the connect lines will
be connected

Symbol Types
standard symbols (NO, NC, etc.)
sheet symbols (sheet formats)
signal cross-references (sources, destinations)

Component/Device
Components exist as physical devices. A device is a component that has an item designation.
Components are stored in the database. A device contains one or more symbols. E.series
manages a devices elements automatically.
A device consists of three elements:
one or more symbols
an item designation
attributes

Motor Symbol

Item Designation
The item designation clearly
identifies a device in the circuit
diagram.

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Component Types
Component types differ in function and the way they are displayed in the circuit diagram. E.series
manages these elements, such as their device designations, defined contacts as well as
references between the contact arrangement and a relays contacts. Based on this component
functionality, we must distinguish between the following component or device types:
Standard Components (motor, contactor, etc.)
Terminals
Cables, Wires
Connectors and Couplings

Item Designation
Identifies the Electrical Device
Standards
IEC 1346-1 (1996)
DIN 40719 Part 2 (1978)
IEC 61346

Electrical devices use algebraic signs, which identify the different blocks (1, 2, 3, 4).
The identification must be unique.
Block
Meaning
Designation

Algebraic
Sign

Term

Higher Level
Assignment; shows the
interactions with other
Higher Level
Assignments in regards
to location / function

Higher Level
Assignment

Devices location

Location

Identifies the device.

Device
Designation

Pin and wire designation

Pin Name

3A

3B

Preferred Sequence:
1

Higher
Level
Assignment
(HLA)

Location

Type

Device
Designation

3C

Pin

Function

In most cases, only the third block is needed when identifying an electrical device. If only block 3 is
used, the sign (-) can be dropped.
Permitted:

or
3A

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3C

or
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or
3B

3C

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Placing Components and Symbols


Searching and Loading Components/Symbols from the Database
Components and symbols can be loaded from the database and then placed on a sheet. A
component search can be configured to find the desired object more easily.

Click the right mouse button on


the title bar to open the context
menu.

Select the criteria for configuring the Database


Search
Description: Prompt text for the search criteria
(The prompt text can be user-defined.)

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Placing Components/Symbols on Sheets


There are different ways to load components from the database and place them on a sheet. This
can be accomplished using:
1. drag & drop
2. the component or symbols context menu
Description:
As soon as a component is placed, it automatically receives a device designation. The device
designation is unique throughout the entire project. The device along with its affiliated symbols will
be inserted in the Project Window under the Tab Device. By using either drag & drop or the context
menu, additional symbols can be placed.

Device Tree
Devices are managed in the Project
Window. Unplaced (available) contacts
are displayed in yellow, while those that
have been placed are in blue.

Drag the marked component


onto the sheet while pressing the
left mouse button.

Information

Device Designation

Component Call Name

Circuit Path

Unplaced Elements

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Placing Symbols from the Device Tree


Unplaced symbols in the device tree can be placed on a sheet using different means:
Drag & Drop
through the context menu; with the <SHIFT> key for an
area or the <Ctrl> key to select individual symbols
(see figure at right)

Jump to
The user can jump from the device tree to an already
placed symbol by either double-clicking on the symbol or by
using the appropriate "Jump to " command in the context
menu.

Jump to Schematic

Jump to Panel (if existing)

Jump to Terminal Plan (if existing)

By using the placed symbols context menu at the


sheet position, the user can also jump back to the
corresponding position

in the Device Tree

in the Panel Tree

in the Panel drawing (if existing)

in the Terminal Plan (if existing)

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Display Device Table (Change Device Attributes similar to Excel Table)


In order to be able to configure used devices before drawing a schematic, the device information
(names, properties, component codes, attributes) can be displayed and maintained in a concise
table dialog.
A device is described in each row. The display (which properties, which columns, how the table is
sorted) can be defined by the user.
Main Menu: View -> Device Table
Display Possibilities

Modification Possibilities:
Individual fields, such as the HLA, Location or a columns complete contents, like in Excel, can be
modified in this table. Naturally, these modifications are written back into the project online.
Mark and then drag
below, i.e. all fields
receive the same value

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Manipulating Device Properties


Description:
Devices can be manipulated in the circuit diagram as well as in the device tree. The same dialog
appears in both cases:

Modifications in the circuit diagram

Modifications in the device tree

For example, modifications to the device designation will be entered immediately in the circuit
diagram AND in the device tree.

Manipulating Symbol Properties


Description:
Symbols can be manipulated in the circuit diagram as well as in the device tree. The same dialog
appears in both cases:

Modifications in the circuit diagram

Modifications in the device tree

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Remarks regarding Device and Symbol Properties


If you make changes to the symbol or device properties, they will have different results. Generally,
modifications to the device properties affect ALL device symbols (all symbols having the same
device designation). Modifications to the symbol properties affect only the selected symbols.
Modifications to the Device Properties:
Component Type
Devices Complete Item Designation
...
Modifications to the Symbol Properties:
Symbol Itself
Symbols Affiliated with the Device Designation
Invisible Symbol Text Desired
...

Example 1:
A contact from device F1 is assigned through the Symbol Properties to the existing device
F2. If the device designation entered does not yet exist, then a new device will be created
(equivalent to a copy).

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Example 2:
The device F2 is renamed in the Device Properties as F100. The new device designation MAY
not yet exist.

Settings Affecting Higher Level Assignment and Location

Shorten higher level


assignment/location or not
The devices get the higher level
assignment/location of the sheet
and not the one set above
If the higher level
assignment/location of the sheet is
changed, the ones of the devices
on the sheet are changed as well.
According to DIN/IEC/EN
standards, not only the whole HLA,
location or device designation can
be shortened between a sheet, field
and device but also parts thereof.

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Additional Manipulations
Deleting Devices
Copying Devices

Deleting Devices / Symbols


Main Menu: Edit
Context Menu:

Function

Symbol

Hotkey

Cut

Ctrl+X

Delete

Del

Mouse

Toolbar: Standard and Schematic


Description:
There are two delete functions. Cut deletes the device from
the sheet and simultaneously copies it to the Clipboard. If
the command Delete is used, the device is deleted only on
the sheet. In both cases, the device has not yet been
deleted from the project. The device will be stored in the
device window as unplaced (free) and can be used later in
another location.
If a device is deleted in the project window, it is removed
from the project.
The Delete command is used to delete devices that do not have any elements (e.g. relay contact,
panel symbol) placed in the project.
With Delete Forced devices can be removed from the project even if individual graphic elements
have been placed.

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To delete unused objects, the Purge Unused Objects command in the Device Tree context menu
can be used to delete ALL devices (EXCEPT terminals), which have no graphic elements placed.

For deleting unplaced terminals, use the Purge Terminal Strip command in the terminal strips
context menu.

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Copying Devices / Symbols


Main Menu: Edit
Context Menu:

Function

Symbol

Hotkey

Copy

Ctrl+C

Insert

Ctrl+V

Mouse

Toolbar: Standard

Description:
The copy function loads a new component from the database into the project. The command
Copy stores the device in the clipboard. The command Insert will insert the device from the
clipboard into the project and then it can be placed with the cursor.
The device will be assigned a new Device Designation:
- an asterisk will follow the device designation or
- the device designation receives the next higher number
Attach a defined
character or the device is
simply numbered.

The terminal strips are


numbered automatically
when copying/importing.

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With Paste Extended devices can be copied and combined together.

Before copying:

After using Paste Extended:

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Any copied devices are managed in a Clipboard outside the structure of the Device Tree.

From there, they can be transferred into the structure in various ways:

This item designation


already exists.

With View > Clipboard Window or the


toolbar button, the contents of all existing clipboards
can be displayed and edited in a separate window.

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Working with Dynamic Assemblies


Description:
With the assembly functionality, different
component types with the same device
designation can be combined (Example:
contactor with additional contacts). Any
component type can be part of a dynamic
assembly.

Possibilities for generating:


Select the desired devices from the device tree and combine them using the context
menu to form an assembly

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through the Device Properties context menu

or by using drag & drop in the Device Tree

or by dragging from the Database Window into the Device Tree

Remarks regarding working with Database Assemblies:


These structures cannot be changed in a project.
Its possible to have an assembly within an assembly.

Cross-References between Assembly Elements


A cross-reference can be displayed between the
elements of an assembly in the schematic. The reference
can be from the assembly part of a numerically lower
sheet (or conducting path) to an assembly part of a
numerically higher sheet (or conducting path).
Therefore, it is necessary to designate a device as the
master of the assembly in the Device Properties:

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Dynamic Symbol
Main Menu: Insert

Description:
Dynamic symbols are defined in the Project as rectangles (not in the database). They have a
device designation and can be assigned pins (symbol type Pin Template).
Additional symbols can be placed within. Their pins will be recognized as belonging to a Dynamic
Symbol and will be evaluated in the connection list.

The appearance as well as the


text template to be used has to
be defined in the settings.

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Fields
Main Menu: Insert

Description:
The devices higher level assignment and location inside the field is shortened and placed outside
the field (See: Rules for Shortening Higher Level Assignment and Location on a Sheet).

These will appear in the settings as well as the text template used.
In the settings the display as well as the standard text to be used as well as the handling of the
higher level assignment/location within the fields are defined.

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Placing Terminals
Terminals are special component types that can
be selected and placed from either the
Database or Project Window. If they are placed
from the Database Window, a new device
designation (new terminal strip) will be
generated. If Insert Terminal from the device
tree context menu is used, then new terminals
will be generated within the terminal strip. By
using drag & drop or Place, a new terminal
symbol from the same strip will be placed in the
circuit diagram.

Important Settings when Copying/Importing Terminals


Numbering method
When copying/importing
terminals, the terminal number is
increased automatically.

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Additional Terminal Manipulations:


Sorting Terminal Strips
Note: This will also have an effect on the terminal-cable plan.

Sorting sequence:
Dark red arrow = first sorting direction
The sorting takes place based on the
placement coordinates of the symbols in the
circuit diagram.

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Numbering Terminals

Example:
Initial situation

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Component and Symbol Settings


Main Menu: Tools Settings

Predefined
-

Algebraic signs used for HLA,


Location, Device Designation
Uses the sheets HLA and
Location

Define the reference format.

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Selecting Elements
To manipulate an element (symbol, text, line) in E.series, it must be selected. Elements can be
selected in different ways:

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a simple click selects an individual element

a double-click selects all elements, which are connected with the element selected
(e.g. symbols and connect lines)

<Ctrl> and <A> selects all elements on a sheet

dragging an area with the left mouse button, selects all elements within the area

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Level Selection
General Information
All schematic objects, including connect lines and supplementary graphics, can be arranged on up
to 256 different levels. Sometimes, it is extremely useful to be able to switch specific levels on or
off before outputting to a printer, for example, when working with multilingual documentation or
different graphics.

Manipulating Levels
Main Menu: View Levels or Hotkey 'L'

Visibility OFF
Visibility ON
Display all
levels that can
be manipulated.
Display only the
levels used
in active project
Load a .vis- file
containing level
settings
Create
a .vis- file with
current level
settings

Level name is
indicated in the
Text Properties

Key:
Symbol (complete symbol graphics; symbol texts cannot be made visible/invisible)
Symbol graphics (part of a symbol graphic; e.g. level 3 of sheet symbol)
Symbol text (text placeholder that belongs to the symbol)
Empty text nodes (placeholder (X) for symbol texts)
Graphics

(free graphics)

Text (comment text)


Connections (graphic connect lines; not cables/single conductors)

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Connections
General Information
Electrical connections are used to define which component pins will be connected and what
properties these connections will have. Pins can be displayed in different ways in the drawing;
therefore, several different connection types are necessary:
Individual Connections (default)
This type of connection is used to connect individual pins and carries a signal.
Individual Connections without Signals
Connect individual pins but carry NO signal. Imagine these unnamed connections as being made
up of 'non-conducting' materials. This type of connection will also be used for a "complete
connector" or in displaying a cable harness.
Cores
Physical cores can also be used to connect pins that carry signals. They override both individual
and unnamed individual connections.
Multiple Connections
connect at least all selected pins of a symbol per rubberbanding with pins of another symbol in one
step and possibly direction change and the option to create a folded connection line

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Generating Connections (Corners, Skewed, Open End)


Main Menu: Insert Connection / Autoconnect

or through a pin or connect lines context menu


Function

Symbol Hotkey

Connection

Mouse

Curve
Connection
Autoconnect
Vertical
Autoconnect
Horizontal
Autoconnect
Inside Area
Autoconnect
From/to Area
Connection
with Default
wire
Toolbar: Connect

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Generating Single Connections


Start the command:

using Insert Connection in the Main Menu

clicking on the pushbutton Insert Connection


; by doubleclicking on this pushbutton, the command remains active until the
Esc key (CTRL) has been pressed

through the Context Menu

by pressing the Hotkey 'C'

If the command is active, the cursor appears as


follows:
When the cursor is placed over a pin, its shape will
be displayed as such:

Direction Changes
use the left mouse button or space bar to change direction
Endpoints

by clicking on a pin

through the context menu or by double-clicking on an "open" line end


segment

Move Open Line Ends


By clicking on a line end and moving the end point, the line can be lengthened (stretched) or
shortened.

Curve Connection
By clicking on pushbutton

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Diagonal Connections (Forced Wiring)


With the SHIFT key, diagonal connections can be generated during inserting connections.

Change from Normal Wiring to Forced Wiring


To change from normal connections (T-connection) to forced wiring connections, there are two new
commands available:

Incline clockwise

Incline counter clockwise

in the Connections toolbar.

Procedure:
1. Select the desired command, either Incline clockwise or Incline counter clockwise,
(double-clicking causes the command to remain active abort with ESC key)
2. Click on the T-connection line segment,
3. Line is bent (inclined) at the junction point in the corresponding direction.
Or
1. Select the T-connection line segment,
2. Choose the Incline clockwise or Incline counter clockwise command,
3. Line is bent in the corresponding direction.
To switch from a forced wiring connection to a T-connection, the procedure is the same.
Examples of Incline clockwise:
Select this line segment.

Examples of Incline counter clockwise:

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Generating Multiple Connections


Automatic connections can be generated in different ways depending on the connection direction:
Horizontally
Vertically
In an area
From area to area

Generate Multiple Connections with Direction Change


To generate parallel connection lines, proceed as follows:

Call up the Insert -> Multi-Connection command in the main menu

Drag a frame over the pins, which shall be used as the starting position fort he multiconnection

Afterwards, the parallel connections are displayed in the rubberbanding and can be moved
to any position with the cursor

Use either Right-click -> Fold or Shift key to fold connections. (ribbon cable)

Create staggered connections

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Direct left / right staggered connections to parallel connect lines by pressing <Shift>-key

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Routing Graphical Connections and Cores (Conductors) / Wires in One Step


When routing a graphical connection, a defined
wire can also be automatically routed.
There are three options available for this in the
dialog under Settings -> Connection:
Its possible:

like previously to connect only


graphically, i.e. no wires are routed; or

Connect and use default wires previously


defined under Settings > Connection ->
Cores / Wires

Connect and use default hose/tube


means that the default hose or tube is used,
like defined under Settings Connection
Hoses/Tubes

For these options, the Wire Setting Toolbar is also available


template symbol for vertical lines
:
Wire group
Wire type
template symbol for horizontal lines

If the Use default wire when connecting icon is active, the defined settings
are used when connecting and simultaneously routing the default wire on
the graphical connection.
With this button it is possible to place the defined default Wire Type on an
existing graphical connection.

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Deleting Connections
A connect line can be deleted in two ways:
-

deletes the connect line including the signal on the line and on the connect pin or

deletes just the connect line (corresponds to the DEL key).

Assigning Signals
The signal on a connect line can be changed through the Connection Properties context menu:

Change the net signal.

Changes the signal project-wide;


new signal may NOT exist.

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Connect Line Settings


Main Menu: Tools Settings

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Handling Connectors
Placing Connectors and Connector Pins
Connectors can be placed in the project as a complete connector, in pin groups or as single pins.
The pin groups can be changed at anytime during the design phase.
The connector, displayed in E.schematic, can only be placed as individual pins.
The desired connector in the database tree can be placed through the context menu Place (the
complete connector can be placed using a connector symbol) or Place Single Pins (all of the
connectors individual pins).

Whole Connector

Single Pins

The menu item Place as Graphic places the defined symbol as documentation graphics in the
component database. Place as Symbol affects the placement of pin or socket symbols without being
assigned to a component.
Unplaced connectors in the device tree can be placed as a "complete connector" or placed as
individual pins.

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Splitting a Connector
Likewise, already placed connector symbols can be placed as grouped or individually.

Places the connector pins as single pins

Combines the pins to form a group

Connector symbol with a device designation can be combined with a new connector or assigned
to an existing connector.

Plugging and Unplugging Connectors


Already connected pins can be temporarily disconnected and later reconnected.
If you move a pin or socket symbol while
pressing the left mouse button, the connector
can be plugged or unplugged E.series
displays this action as two connected
connector symbols.

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Inliners
An inliner is a plug connection inserted
across the wires of a cable set, which results
in a second cable set being automatically
generated.
With E it is possible to place a connector
with a defined mating connector in a
connection. This results in the defined mating
connector being generated and placed in the
plugged state. E behaves the same when
placing from the database tree or the project
tree.
An Inline Connector can also be inserted by the context menue on selected connections in the
schematic or on selected cables, conductors and wires in the Device Treeview

Views:
The drop-down list displays all graphical
connections that are connected in project. <none>
means that no views are selected nothing is
graphically disconnected.
Formboards:
The drop-down list displays all formboard sheets
that are to be disconnected.
Component:
Select the component of the inliner. The dropdown list only shows connectors, that have at
least the same number of pins as the selected.
Symbol:
Places the defined symbol under
Settings -> Placement -> Symbol -> For connectors without component.
Placement Direction Selection
The example shows the selection direction -X1, thus the selected inline connector is placed in direct
connection to X1, whereas the mating connector is placed on the side to X2.

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Placing Master Symbols


A connector can have a master symbol containing cross-references showing where the individual
connector symbols are placed. The master symbol (can be both the master symbol as well as the
documentation graphic) is placed using the device tree view:

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Changing a Mating Connector


A connectors valid mating connectors are stored in the
component database. The desired mating connector
must be selected before being connected. A mating
connector cannot be modified once it has been
connected.

The mating connectors are predefined in the context


menu Device Properties under the tab Pins. All defined
mating connectors are displayed in the list.

The same is true when modifying a connector pin


terminal.

Special Settings for Connectors

If a mating connector is generated, it


receives the HLA/Location of the affiliated
device.
This option defines whether the mating
connector pin is to be executed via the
pin order or simply via a name.
If the Try to assign pins via names first
option is active, the system first tries to
assign pin names to the mating
connector pin. If this is not or only
partly possible the pin order is
considered.

If the pins of a component are assigned to


different connectors and the connector pins
each have the corresponding pin attribute
.CONNECTOR_NAME, the connected
connector name can be created
automatically as follows
Device
Designation/Separator/Connector
name.
If, for example, the pin attribute
.CONNECTOR_NAME=X32 is connected to
component A31 and the option is active
and defined as the Separator to use, the
connector name of the connected
connector is A31.X32.

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The mating connectors device designation is a


combination of the blocks device designation
and the block connectors device designation
along with the defined separator.

-A1 = blocks device designation


-X1 = block connectors device designation
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Block Functions
General Information
Blocks are functional devices. In connection with EDA-systems, it is possible to import a circuit
boards connector components with their adjacent signals.
A block, like a device, can be furnished with a device designation (as well as a location and higher
level assignment). To display the device designation, the corresponding text nodes must be defined
in the database.

Defining Blocks
Main Menu: Insert Block

Function

Symbol

Hotkey

Mouse

Insert Block

A block design file can be adopted from a circuit board design by using the pushbutton Create from
file. CADES-G data (DF, DFS, DFB, PDF) will be displayed there in a file selection window.
Block symbols can be defined in the database with fixed or variable graphics. After placing a
variable block symbol, its size can be changed. To do this, select the block and while pressing the
left mouse button on one of the points, adjust its size.
Blocks can also be defined as components in the database. These can then be supplied with block
connectors. This structure, however, cannot be changed in the project.

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Splitting Blocks
A functional block can be displayed as several individual blocks, which are used to document the
individual functions on several pages. The function Split Block can be found in the context menu.
The blocks automatically reference each other online.

Splitted blocks can be optionally displayed with a broken line (breakline) at one edge.

If graphics are bound to a block and the block is


split, then the graphic will be displayed on both
blocks.

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Block connectors can only be placed on blocks. A block


connector symbol must be defined for the connector in the
database before it can be used as a block connector. The
connector symbol is placed on the blocks border and later,
moved along its border.

Hierarchical BlockDesign
Hierarchical design makes it possible to structure projects to any level of detail. Therefore, projects
can be nested to any depth. Sheets containing schematics, panel sheets and so can on be hidden
behind hierarchical blocks.

Hierarchical Tree Structure


The Sort sheets hierarchically option under the Sorting tab in the Tree Control Properties
context mneu determines whether the tree view is displayed hierarchically or shall be structured.
Views of structural blocks are displayed directly underneath the structural nodes in the tree view.

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Generate Hierarchical Block and Sheets


A hierarchical block is generated using the Hierarchical Block option in the Block tab of a blocks
Device Properties. Hierarchical blocks are displayed in gray.

By right-clicking on a hierarchical block, which presently


contains no sheets and selecting the
Into hierarchy or
Into hierarchy in new window command,
a new sheet is automatically created with the next
consecutive designation on this hierarchical block.

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Connectors, which are placed on a hierarchical block are automatically displayed as hierarchical
connectors in the device tree view. Connectors which were placed on a hierarchical sheet first, can
be changed to hierachical connectors by using the option in the device properties.

Connectors, which are placed within a hierarchical instance, are correspondingly displayed in the
device tree view:

Displays connector on a hierarchical block (outer level)

Displays connector within a hierarchical instance (inner level)

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Using Hierarchy Ports


Hierarchy ports are used as interfaces between the pins of the hierarchical block and the circuit part,
which is represented by the block. This means connections lead from the hierarchical schematic
through the hierarchical ports to the "outside".
A hierarchical interface always consists of two hierarchy port symbols:

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Hierarchical port symbol on the hierarchical block for defining the hierarchical blocks inputs
and outputs.

Hierarchical port symbol on the sheet of the hierarchical block for continuing the signals in
the schematic.

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Block Settings

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Optionally, the block connectors higher


level assignment or its location can be used
as the blocks device designation.

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Signal Cross-References
General Information
Sheet references can be generated from sheet to
sheet within E.series. Special symbols are available
for this.
There are four different types of symbols contained in
the Signal Reference folder in the Database Window
Misc tab. For every "Source Symbol", there exists a
corresponding "Destination Symbol. Together with
the same signal, the cross-references will be
generated from sheet to sheet.

SOURCE_* / DESTINATION_* (star)


A source symbol can refer to
several destination symbols. The
corresponding signals/reference
symbols will be "manually" defined
under Sheet References in the
context menu.

SOURCE_DIRECT /
DESTINATION_DIRECT (Point-to-Point)
For every source symbol, there is
exactly one destination symbol.
The destination will be "manually"
assigned.

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SOURCE_AUTO / DESTINATION_AUTO (automatic)


This is a special type of Point-to-Point Connection. Cross-references will be written and
modified automatically, for example, when a sheet is inserted.
This is used if the signal is looped.
!! Prerequisite!!
The signal may only lead away from the sheet one time.

SOURCE_*_AUTO / DESTINATION_*_AUTO (automatic)


One source symbol can refer to several destination symbols. The corresponding signal
and reference symbols will be entered automatically.

Signal Cross-Reference Settings


Main Menu: Tools Settings

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Handling Cables and Cores


Assigning Cable and Core Definitions (Dynamic Cables and Database Cables)
Main Menu: Insert Cable

Cables are treated like components, i.e. they can be loaded from the database window and
inserted into the device tree using Insert Cable in the context menu.

The cable can be loaded from the Database Window into the device tree.

From there, the individual cores can be placed on connection lines using Drag & Drop
or by dragging a placement line on the connection, or through the context menu
Connect Cores from pin to pin (only possible in E.cable).
!! When routing conductors/wires, a cross-section check is performed!!
With the help of the Place Core Indicator pushbutton
visible anywhere along the connect line.

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Regarding Dynamic Cables:


In contrast to database cables, a dynamic cables conductor numbers and names can be modified
in a project. The conductors within a dynamic cable can be moved with drag & drop or from one to
another (NOT in a database cable)
Sorting conductors within a dynamic cable:

Add the shielding/twisted pair/bundle and then


move the desired conductor into the shield using
drag & drop.

Use when a cable /


wire is to be copied.

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Special Functionality using Single Wires


Single wires are treated like components, i.e. they can be loaded using either the Insert Wire
Group context menu in the database window or Insert Wire in the device tree, and from there,
placed in the same manner as cores.
!! When routing conductors/wires, a cross-section check is performed!!

With the Connect Wires command, a wire can be placed by


clicking on a connection (corresponds with using Drag &
Drop in the plan).
By dragging an intersecting line (horizontal or vertical)
across the connections, the respective wire type can be
placed on all the connections.

Connect Wires Continuously functions in the same way as


the Connect Wires command so long as the same wire type
is being placed. It can be used on single connect lines or
several using an intersecting line until the function is
aborted.
This mode remains active until Esc is pressed or the
command is aborted in the context menu.

Furthermore, the Connect with wire command can be


used in the database tree to generate a graphic connection
with the selected wire in one step. This command is only
active for wires of wire groups in the database tree.

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Regarding wires:
Used wires are managed in the Device Tree. Like with a dynamic cable, these can be displayed with
shielding, as twisted pairs or bundles.
Sorting wires:

Add the shield/twisted pair/bundle and move


desired wire using drag & drop into the shield.

the

twisted

bundled

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Settings for Editing Cables and Cores


Main Menu: Tools Settings

Defines which template


symbol is used.

Display signal logic lines.

Display core logic lines.

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This option specifies the


range for the core
numbers in the
subproject.
If such a range is defined,
only numbers from this
range are automatically
assigned. The user can
manually assign any
number.

Use when a cable /


wire is to be copied.

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Attributes
General Information
Attributes are properties, which can be assigned to elements (projects, sheets, components,
connect lines, pins, etc.).

Assigning / Deleting Attributes


Attributes can be assigned and manipulated in the respective elements device properties.
Example: Device Attributes

Double-click to activate the


attribute list.
Attribute visible / invisible
Right mouse button

Example: Connection Attributes

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Exporting and Importing Subcircuits


Exporting Subcircuits
Main Menu: File Export Drawing
Description:
Drawings (subcircuits; e.g. specific sheets) can be exported so that they can be imported into other
projects.

Only the components (device tree


list) will be exported. When
importing, "only the component list
will be imported.
Only under these conditions are
wires and cables exported.
!!! Also valid when copying!!!
Only under these conditions are
wires and cables exported.
!!! Also valid when copying!!!

Before exporting the marked


objects will be grouped

Before exporting, a special "origin" can be defined:

The subcircuit will be positioned at this point later when


importing.

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Importing Subcircuits
Main Menu: File Import Drawing
Description:
To read an exported E-drawing later

Settings for import


subcircuits

Subcircuits can also be loaded from the database:

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Free Graphics and Text


Main Menu: Insert Graphic
From the Graphic menu drop-down list, additional graphic
elements can be inserted into a drawing:

Line
Click on the starting point and while holding the left mouse
button, draw a line.

Polygon
Establish the starting point and direction changes. To close
the polygon, double-click on the last points position. If the last
point defined is identical to the first, then the polygon will be
closed.
The right mouse button displays a context menu, which
contains the following commands: Abort (to abort the
command), End (last point), Close (for closing the polygon)
and Point (to insert a point and continue the command).
An existing polygon can also be modified:

Rectangle
Click on the starting point and while pressing the left mouse button, draw a rectangle.
Circle
Define the center and while pressing the left mouse button, define the radius.
Curve
Select the start point with click and release the left mouse button and than click the subsequent
input points along the desired curve. To change the shape of a curve right-click on it to display the
context menu and select the Edit points command, move or delete one of the points that create
the curve
Oval
Define the first point and then by holding the left mouse button, establish its size.
Arc
Establish the arcs center and then its starting and endpoints (Radius).
Arc (3 Point)
Establish the arcs starting and endpoints and then its radius.

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Main Menu: Insert Text or the Hotkey 'T'


E.series uses a language database, which can simultaneously display up to 5 predefined
languages.

Within the Text Properties or when defining comment text, one can call up the Translation Table
(with <F3>) and select the desired text.

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Textbox
With a text box the maximum width and height of multi-line text can be dynamically displayed.
The text box is displayed as a rectangle.
A text line break follows automatically.
Procedure:
1. Place the text
2. Select the placed text
3. Using the text handles the text is
automatically converted into a text box.

With Reset text box in


the Text properties
dialogue, a text box could
be removed.

Symbol is displayed,
when text is selected
The text can`t be moved

Ballooning
All text, except for fixed symbol text, can be defined as ballooning text. This takes place in a project
when inserting comment text or through the Text Properties.
Display subsidiary lines to owner can also be used to indicate that lines should be drawn to the
owner. These lines (with arrows) always display the shortest distance between the balloons border
and the owner object.

E is Unicode-compatible.
Because Unicode allocates a unique number for every
character, E.series can be used with any language.

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Use Any Text as Hyperlink to Objects


To use any text as a hyperlink, the following objects can now be used:

Internet:

Format: //www.cim-team.de

File:

Format:C:\Programme\CIM-Team\E3.series 2009\Quicktour_d.chm

Document:

Format: Name of the file in the project structure

Sheet:

Format: Possible to select all sheets in the project structure

Symbol:

Format: Enter the symbol designation!

To create the hyperlink, proceed as follows:

Select the desired text


to be defined as the
hyperlink in the plan

Open the Text


Properties using the
context menu

The following dialog


appears, in which the
type of hyperlink and
corresponding target
can be defined:

Afterwards, the
Open Hyperlink
command is available
in the context menu,
to jump o the
specified object

Setting:
Conditions for an
underlined display of
hyperlinks

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Graphic and Text Settings


Main Menu: Tools Settings

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Generating Data
On-line Terminal Plan
Main Menu: Insert Terminal Plan

General Information
A terminal plan displays all of the terminal strips connections and pins. It is nothing more than
another view of the circuit diagram. Therefore, all modifications to the terminal plan will be updated
immediately in the circuit diagram and vice versa. It only has to be "activated" once for a terminal
strip.

Calling Up Terminal and Cable Plans


All connections to
terminal pins with
the same name
are combined.

Write only unique


connections in the
terminal plan.

Outputs the wires


used in the terminal
plan.
All connections
of pin view
symbols are also
displayed.

Display only userdefined signals.

Generate terminal
plan with all devices
(not terminal
components).

These settings can be saved as project-specific in Settings Placement Terminal Plan. The
settings defined here are valid for all terminal plans generated immediately thereafter. Already
existing plans are not affected by these settings.

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Plan: Establishes the starting sheet name, the sheet format to use and the appropriate "Table
Symbol", which contains the terminal number, external and internal destinations, and so on.
Terminal Strip: selects the terminal strip to be edited.
Sort by: determines the sorting criteria to be used for the terminal strips.
None: no procedure; uses the sequence in the device tree
Pin name: according to the terminal number
Cable: Cables that are connected to the terminal strip will be sorted by their device
designation. The terminals will then be sorted based on the order the cores appear in the
cable description.
Placement: The sheets will be sorted in ascending order first
and then according to their terminals X/Y-coordinates. Different
sorting options are available.

Jumper: The rows are arranged so that the jumpers will be clearly displayed in the plan. (Jumper
blocks are displayed together.)

Jumper: Specifies the type of jumper


Jumpers by Connections: Terminals, which are connected with one another, will be
displayed as jumpers.
Jumpers by Attributes: If this option is activated, a jumper is placed on the core in the
terminal plan by using the attribute "Jumper for Terminals".
No Jumpers: Jumpers not displayed.
In line: All graphically connected terminal connect points are combined (also by equivalent
pins) and the sequence bridged. Therefore, its possible that a pin-to-pin bridge can be
displayed in the terminal plan even though this exact
graphic connection
doesnt exist.
Example:

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Automatic Compression:

A table symbol can already be defined


in the database for every terminal
component type in the terminal plan.
These can, however, also be assigned
(changed) in the project through the
Device Properties.

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Functions within Terminal and Cable Plans


General Modifications:
Terminal numbers, signals, device designations of targets can be changed through the context
menu "Properties", whereby the modifications will be written back to the circuit diagram online.

Moving Lines:
Lines can be moved by pressing and holding the left mouse button on the line to be moved and
then releasing at the desired position. The sequence will also be changed in the device tree.

Internal Allocation/External Connection:


Whether a device appears in the external or internal column, it is independent of the HLA/Location
of the affiliated device or the attribute External/Internal Connection (attribute .EXTERN/.INTERN)
on the terminal connect points. If a pin is changed to external or internal in the terminal plan, the
corresponding attribute on the pin will be written back to the circuit diagram. In the settings, this
attribute can be made visible (switched on).

Unique pin numbers will be


assigned.

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Reports SHEET / ASCII / EXCEL / ACCESS


Main Menu: Tools Reports
Predefined lists, such as Table of Contents, Parts List, Connection List and Cable List, can be
displayed in different formats (graphic sheet, Excel, ASCII ...).

Main Menu: Add-ons


Through the integrated Visual Basic Programming Interface, additional user-defined reports as
well as interfaces with other programs can be generated.

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Inserting OLE Objects


Main Menu: Insert New Object
or through the context menu in the Project Window

OLE objects (Object Linked Embedded) can be inserted


into an E project. These objects are stored in the
External Documents folder in the Project Window.

Inserting Files
Using the Insert File command in the
main menu or Insert File in the Sheet
Tree context menu, any file (e.g. PDF
files, Text files, etc.) can be embedded
as an external document in E.series or
simply inserted as a link to this file in the
project with the Create as reference
option.

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Exporting / Importing Data


Main Menu: File Export
Main Menu: File Import

Description:
These functions can be used in E.series to export drawings to other projects or to import them as
graphics (and text) into other programs.

Exporting DXF / DWG Files


Main Menu: File Export DXF/DWG
Description:
To export drawings in DXF or DWG
format

When several sheets are output, the file


names are generated corresponding to
the project structure.
An assignment table is used to assign
the layer names/colors from DXF/DWG files to defined levels/colors in E.series.
The DXFExport.CFG assignment file in the installation directory is used for this (for formatting this
file, see DXF Import).

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Exporting a Drawing in SVG Format


Main Menu: File Export WebView
Description:
To access drawings over the Internet, a plug-in is
required, e.g. Netscape or Internet Explorer

Example:

Sheet Reference (Jump to)

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Exporting PDF Files


Main Menu: File Export PDF
Description:
To output a project in PDF format
(which can be viewed with Acrobat
Reader)
Note:
This is a licensed feature.

Example:

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Exporting CGM
Main Menu: File Export CGM
Description:
To output a project in CGM format (graphic format, vector graphic like PDF)

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Exporting Sheets as Image Files


Main Menu: File Export Image
Description:
To export a project or parts of a project as image files

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Export as DGN
Main Menu: File Export DGN
Description:
To output a project in DGN
format (a special graphic
format)

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Importing DXF / DWG Files


Main Menu: File Import DXF/DWG
Description:
To import files in DXF/DWG format;
scaling factor and position can be
established in the sequence dialog.

Through the assignment table, its possible to assign the layer names/colors of the DXF/DWG files
to levels/colors in E.series.
The assignment file DXFImport.CFG is searched for in the installation directory. It has the
following format:
Note:
Semicolons can be used as comment characters.
If the [DefaultLevel] is not defined, then use 255.
Sample File:
[Layers]
Level100=10
12=12
18=18
3=3

<Layer name from AUTOCAD>=<Level in E.series>

[DefaultLevel]
100

<Level, on which the others not defined above are placed>

[Linetypes]
CONTINUOUS=1
HIDDEN=3
DIVIDE=4
DASHDOT=3
VONLAYER=3

<Line type from AUTOCAD>=<Line type in E.series>

[Colors]
2=32

<Color from AUTOCAD>=<Color in E.series>

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Importing Images
Main Menu: File Import Image
Description:
To import various image formats (*.bmp; *.jpg; etc.).

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Default Directories
Main Menu: Extras Settings

Default directories can be specified for project files, parameter files, subcircuits and for export/import
interfaces.

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Print
Main Menu: File Print or Hotkey 'CTRL + P'
Context Menu:

or

E3.series uses standard Windows printer drivers so that every available printer can be accessed.
Function
Print

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Displaying Cable Harnesses in E.series


Handling Connector Views
For documenting cables and cable harnesses, E.cable makes it possible for the user to create
different views of the cable set. Therefore, the connectors must be defined in the database.
The function Place New View can be accessed through the connectors context menu in the circuit
diagram or device tree.

It can generate up to 99
connector views. The views
are numbered.
All defined connector views in
database will be displayed in
menu under the symbol name
and can be previewed before
being placed.

the
the

A new view can also be


generated for all the
connectors in a cable set. The
lowest possible view number
be selected for all of the cable
sets connectors. The Dialog
Place New Connector View
displays all of the connectors
a cable set one after another.

will

in

This function can be achieved


through the cables context
menu in the project windows component view.

Note:
All modifications to such views in the circuit diagram will be updated online and vice-versa (e.g.
changing the device designation, assigning cores, modifying attributes, etc.).

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Component Views
Additional symbols for views can also be defined in the database for normal components.
e.g. the single pin display of a device (Topology Plan):
Prerequisite therefor:

Symbol in the database, which can contain several pins on a pin node.
(Node Properties... Represent more than one pin)

In the DBE this symbol was inserted using Place as view and the pin assignment between
the original and the view symbol already defined in the database.

There are two ways to generate views in projects:


1. Automatically
To automatically generate a view in the project, the Automatic Generate option must be
activated in the DBEs View Assignment dialog.
This enables the defined view to be generated automatically in the device tree as unplaced
once the component is transferred to the project.
2. Dynamically
A view can also be generated dynamically. To do so,
select the Place New Device View command in the
device context menu:

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Cable and Core Properties


Every cable and core can be assigned
properties. The properties are divided into both
ends (End-1 and End-2) and the cable or core
body (Cable / Core).
These properties are assigned in the dialog
Connection Properties in the Tab Cable/Core.
The desired element is marked in the Preview
Window, the position defined (End-1,
Cable/Core, End-2) and the attribute to be
assigned is selected from the attribute list.

Using Attribute Templates


An additional way of displaying attributes is to use them as display symbols. These symbols are
defined in the component database with attribute text.
After placing such a symbol, the desired attribute will be displayed in the text node. This is especially
important for connection attributes.
Connections, which involve attribute text and attributes, are defined in the text type table in the
configuration database.

The attribute text symbol will be placed on the connection and the corresponding value displayed in
the predefined location. The symbol can be moved or deleted.

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Special Settings when Working with Views

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Exercises
Exercise 1 Projects and Sheets
1. Start the E3.series module (E3.schematic)

2. Open and save new project


Project name: TRAINING.E3S

3. Generate two new sheets


Format DINA3
Names 1 2
Document type: Main Circuit
4. Enter sheet header text Main Circuit
Name (1): Ventilator 1 (Sheet 1)
Name (1): Ventilator 2 (Sheet 2)
Name (2): Ventilation (both sheets)

5. Generate three additional sheets


Format DINA3
Document type: Circuit Diagram
6.Enter sheet header text Circuit Diagram
Description 1: Control unit Motor 1 (Sheet 1)
Description 1: Control unit Motor 2 (Sheet 2)
Description 1: Messages (Sheet 3)

7. Renumber sheets in the Circuit Diagram folder


New sheet names: 100 102
8. Switch on Description 1 column

9. Save the project

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Exercise 2 Components and Symbols


1. Open training project TRAINING.E3S

2. Activate placement settings:

3.Label sheets with HLA and Location


HLA:

=A1

Location:

+O1

4. Create Sheets 1, 100 and 102 using templates


Device designations (if no others are given):
HLA:

=A1

Location:

+O1

5. Save the project

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Sheet 1

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Sheet 100

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Sheet 102

Exercise 3 Connections and Cabling

1. Open training project TRAINING.E3S

2. Generate connections on Sheets 1, 100, 102


3. Connect Motor M10 =A1 +F1 with Cable -W10=A1+F1
Cable type: OFX-100-4G2.5
5. Connect Main Contactor KM10=A1+O1 and Terminal Strip XT2=A1+O1 with "Single Wire
Class "Wire Group Wire group H07V-K 2.5 mm wire: BK,BU,BN
Use Connect with wire command in database window
Insert default wire on existing connections
between -F10 and Q10.

6. Insert terminal jumpers in terminal strip

Use default wire


H07V-K-1.5-RD
when connecting.
Attribute texttemplate:
CoreTypeAndCore_hori

Sheet 100
Terminal strip:
XT3=A1+O1
Class "Terminal Jumpers
Jumpers: 280-482

7. Insert fields on Sheet 102


Field-HLA:

=A1

Field-Location:

+T1

8. Switch off level 3 (Placement Grid)- Switch off all component names

9. Save project

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Sheet 1

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Sheet 100

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Sheet 102

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Exercise 4 Reports

1. Open training project TRAINING.E3S


2. Insert comment text Supply from the language database on Sheet 1

3. Insert terminal plan


All terminal strips
Jumpers by attributes

4. Create subcircuit on Sheet 100


Filename: Sheet100.e3p
5. Import subcircuit Sheet100.e3p from Sheet 101
Change higher level assignments for all devices: =A1 =A2

6.Save project

7. Generate Table of Contents

8. Output BOMs and Connection Lists in Excel format

9. Export the complete circuit diagram as a PDF file

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Exercise 5 Blocks and Connectors


1.Open training project TRAINING.E3S with E.cable

2.Create new sheets including sheet header text

HLA:
Location:

=A1
+O1

3.Create sheets 200 and 201 according to template

4.Save and close project

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Sheet 201

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Exercise 6 Dynamic Cables, Cable Harnesses, Views

1. Open training project TRAINING.E3S with E.cable

2. Switch on signal and conductor logic lines

3. Connect block connector and free connector on sheets 200 and 201 with graphic connect lines

4. Generate and insert dynamic cable (=A1+O1 -W1 - -W5)

5. Add shield to cable =A1+O1-W3 and connect both ends

6. Generate sheets A and B


-Place View #1 for all connectors (TABWIRE2 symbols) on Sheet A
-Place master symbols on Sheet A
- Place View #1 for all connectors (TABWIRE3 symbols) on Sheet B
-Place master symbols on Sheet B

7. Output cable list and BOM in Excel

8. Save and close project

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