Adding PLC Drawing Configurations to SOLIDWORKS Electrical Projects

Article by GoEngineer on Dec 04, 2017

When you are designing a SOLIDWORKS Electrical project, many times you will use a Programmable Logic Control for automation. This article shows the steps required for adding PLC drawing configurations to your SOLIDWORKS Electrical project. 

Where to find it 

To locate the PLC Configuration Manager: 

  • Open SOLIDWORKS Electrical Interface 
  • Open your Project through the Projects Manager 
  • Select the Project tab 
  • Select PLC Drawing under the Configurations drop-down menu

Adding a PLIC Drawing Configuration in SOLIDWORKS Electrica

Add Project Configuration 

Once inside the PLC Drawing Configuration Management tool, this is where you decide which application-level configuration you want to start from. 

  • Select the Application Configuration you would like to start from
  • Select Add to Project
    • This will copy the application configuration and add it to your project and allow you to make custom project level edits
  • A Project Configuration will appear in the Project Configurations 

Editing the Project Configuration 

  • Select the Project Configuration created and select Properties 
  • Select the General tab to name your configuration by typing in a Description 
  • Select the Size tab to edit the sizing for this configuration 
    • This will decide how many terminals are shown per page and the spacing for them 
  • Select the Attributes tab to change how the attributes are displayed, and the symbol used 
  • Select the Layout tab to control how the PLC displays on the page 
  • Select the Connection Point tab to change/edit the symbol in which displays the terminal information
  • Select the Circuits tab to change the circuit type and the direction of the connection point, and the symbol associated with each type

Edit the Project Configuration

Adding the PLC to a Drawing

Now that the PLC configuration set up, it may now be added to a drawing 

  • Right-Click on Document Book 
  • Select New > Scheme 
  • Rename drawing to the desired name 
  • Insert PLC into drawing in one of two ways: 
    • Right mouse button on the PLC in your components panel and select Insert PLC 
    • Select Insert PLC from the schematic toolbar 

PLC Insertion 

When you place the PLC onto your drawing, before clicking on the drawing to place, you want to select the terminals and orientation first

PLC Insertion SOLIDWORKS Electrical

  • Select the configuration by choosing your configuration in the drop-down under Configuration Selection
  • Under Channel Selection, you want to select the terminals you want showing on the drawing by checking or unchecking the terminals you want showing 
  • The non-selected terminals will still be present in the device, just not shown on the drawing
  • Select the channel direction by selecting the Channel Direction icon Channel Direction Icon in SOLIDWORKS Electrical
  • Since selected the 12 channels per page it will only show 12 channels 

    Channels in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

  • The rest of the channels will show on the next page
    • Please see the steps above under Adding the PLC to a drawing 

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Channels

The next or previous PLC drawings are referenced to the left or right of the PLC

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