Physical Layout drawings

Physical positions of devices are shown using Equip Item objects on floor plans or rack elevations. In most complex systems equipment is mounted in racks and consoles so the elevation drawing is the natural starting point for planning physical layout.

The process of creating a rack elevation usually begins when the schematic is fairly advanced. At this point you execute the Put Devices On Layout menu command, which creates a layout layer, and adds an Equip Item object to the layout layer for each device on the current schematic layer.

Rack Elevation


Physical locations can be defined in terms of Rooms, Racks and Rack Frames. You can add named rooms using the Room tool . You can then add racks in these rooms using the Rack tool, and drag and drop the various equipment items into their locations in the rack. Or you can leave non-rack-mounting equipment stand-alone inside a room. Each time you move a piece of equipment on the layout it updates its location data and effectively ‘knows’ where it is.

If you are using modular devices, you will need to create Rack Frames. Modular devices are represented on the layout as Equip Item objects which have the Fit To Slot property checked. These adjust themselves to fit when you drag them over a Rack Frame slot.

Showing location info on the Schematic


Equip Item objects update the corresponding schematic devices as you move them around.

However on larger projects you may be using a Rack Elevation referenced from another document. In this case you can use the Update Location Info command to update the device locations on the schematic. The cycle of Put Devices On Layout, edit layout, Update Location Info, can be done at any time during the design process to make and apply changes to the physical layout. so if you modify the schematic all you have to do is execute Put Devices On Layout and any new devices are added.

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