Insert PLC modules
In AutoCAD Electrical, you can insert either PLC I/O points as independent symbols or as a complete PLC module into your drawing.
Edit PLC module
Use this dialog box when inserting or editing a PLC module. Specify the values you need and press OK. The values are then annotated onto the selected module.
Note: Editing the first address, I/O point address, or catalog information for a plc module that was imported using the Unity Pro Export to Spreadsheet tool may result in problems when you export the data back to Unity Pro. An alert displays to ask whether you want to proceed with the changes.
Ribbon: Schematic tab Edit Components panel Edit Components drop-down Edit.
Toolbar: Main Electrical
Menu: Components Edit Component
Command entry: AEEDITCOMPONENT
Select the PLC module to edit.
Specifies the first I/O address for the PLC module.
Lists the available I/O addresses to select from. When you select an I/O address from the list the I/O Point Description: Address automatically updates.
Used: Drawing or Project
Lists any I/O points already assigned to the drawing or project. Select a tag from the list to copy, or to increment for this new component.
Specifies a unique identifier assigned to each I/O point. The tag value can be manually typed in the edit box.
Substitutes a fixed text string for the %F part of the tag format. Retag Component can then use this override format value to calculate a new tag for the PLC module. For example, a certain PLC module must always have an "IO" family tag value instead of "PLC" so that retag, for example, assigns IO-100 instead of PLC100. To achieve this tag override you would enter "IO-%N" for the tag override format.
Specifies optional description text for the module. May be used to identify the relative location of the module in the I/O assembly (example: Rack # and Slot #).
Lists the manufacturer number for the I/O point. Enter a value or select one from the Catalog lookup.
Lists the catalog number for the I/O point. Enter a value or select one from the Catalog lookup.
Lists the assembly code for the I/O point. The Assembly code is used to link multiple part numbers together.
Opens the Catalog Information dialog box.
Lists the manufacturer number for the component. Enter a value or select one from the Catalog lookup.
Lists the catalog number for the component. Enter a value or select one from the Catalog lookup.
Lists the assembly code for the component. The Assembly code is used to link multiple part numbers together.
Specifies a unique identifier assigned to each component. The tag value can be manually typed in the edit box.
Opens the PLCIO table in the catalog database from which you can manually enter or select the Manufacturer or Catalog values. Search the database for a specific catalog item to assign to the selected component.
Lists the part numbers used for similar components in the current drawing.
Lists the part numbers used for similar components in the project. You can search in the active project, another project, or an external file.
Inserts or edits extra catalog part numbers on to the selected component. You can add up to 99 part numbers to any component. These multiple BOM part numbers appear as sub-assembly part numbers to the main catalog part number in the various BOM and component reports.
Displays what the selected item looks like in a Bill of Material template.
Optional line of description text. May be used to identify the module type (for example, "16 Discrete Inputs - 24VDC")
I/O Point Description
Specifies the I/O address assignment.
Optional description text. Enter up to five lines of description attribute text.
Selects a description from a module on the current drawing.
Lists the I/O point descriptions currently assigned to each I/O point on the module or connected, wired devices in a pick list. Selecting one of the buttons next to this displays a different list of description in the box below.
Lists I/O point descriptions used so far on the module. Pick to copy.
Lists descriptions of wired devices that are found to be connected to the I/O module. Pick to copy the description.
Displays contents of an external comma-delimited ASCII text file of I/O point descriptions. Pick an entry in the file and then copy the values to edit boxes in the Edit dialog box.
Changes the installation or location code s. You can search the current drawing or entire project for installation and location codes. A quick read of all the current or selected drawing files is done and a list of codes used so far is returned. Select from the list to update the module automatically with the installation or location code.
Assigns pin numbers to the pins that are physically located on the module.
View or edit any attributes that are not predefined AutoCAD Electrical attributes.
Specifies values for each ratings attribute. You can enter up to 12 ratings attributes on a module. Select Defaults to display a list of default values.
Note: If Ratings is unavailable, the module you are editing does not carry rating attributes.