Edit components

Component properties are shown in the column between the component list and the graphic viewer. Which properties may be edited depends on which level in the component list is chosen. Component properties may be edited as follows:

  1. Select a component in the component list, right-click and choose Edit component. This puts the ADM module in edit mode.
  2. Edit properties as necessary.
  3. After making necessary changes, click on the OK button to update the component.

Note: There is nothing to edit when the component class level is chosen.

Editing a component instance

When editing a component instance, the RotationInclude in PnP output and Do not place properties may be edited. Once these properties are confirmed to be correct, the instance should be marked as Approved for placement.

Component instances which have been approved for placement display a blue check mark in the component list.

Each component instance also displays a placement icon, based on the component layer and the state of the Include in PnP output and Do not place properties.

Editing a component

When editing a component, the bill of materials and process parameter properties may be edited.A primary goal when preparing a BOM is that each component be unambiguously specified, preferably with a complete manufacturer part number. For components (such as resistors) where a specific manufacturer is not critical, then all necessary parameters should be specified so that there will be no doubt which component the purchaser should acquire.

Once these properties are confirmed to be correct, the instance should be marked as  Approved for BOM. This adds a green check mark to the component list.

Component search

When editing a component, you may click on the Search button to open the component search module. This displays relevant component properties for searching. Put a check mark beside the properties to use in your search (modifying texts as necessary) and click on the Search button. A list of matching components (from the Octopart database) is displayed.

Note: Access to the search feature may be limited for Macaos Enterprise users who are not active customers.

Component search dialog

By default, up to 5 matching parts are returned in the list. This Part limit may be changed, if desired, up to a maximum of 20 per search. If more than 20 matching parts are found, the Offset may be used to specify how many parts to skip before returning a list of matching components.

For each stocked component, the quantity of suppliers and maximum inventory are listed. This gives a good estimate of the component’s availability.

Right click on a search result to:

  • Use the search result's Manufacturer and Manuf part # properties
  • Add the search result to the Alternate parts list
  • Open the Octopart web page for the component

Once the correct Manufacturer and Manuf part # have been specified, click on the OK button to update the component's properties in the component editor.

Additional editor operations

Some operations may be performed on multiple components. To do this, select one or more components (pressing the Ctrl and Shift buttons as necessary) and then right-click on the list.

  • Edit Mounting style for all selected components
  • Edit Height for all selected components
  • Edit Max solder temp for all selected components

For these three operations, the chosen property/properties of all instances of all selected components will be modified, regardless of whether selected at the component or the instance level.

  • Mark all selected components as approved
  • Remove approval from all selected components

For these two operations, the Approved for placement property is marked or unmarked for all selected instances and the Approved for BOM property is marked or unmarked for all selected components.

  • Mark all selected components as Do Not Place
  • Remove Do Not Place from all selected components

For these two operations, the Do not place property is marked or unmarked for all selected instances. Selections at the component level of the list are ignored.

  • Swap layer
  • Delete component

For these two operations, the operation is performed on all selected component instances. Selections at the component level of the list are ignored.

Note: When selecting multiple components with the Shift key, all instances between the selected components in the list will also be selected, even if the instance level is collapsed. However, if the last item selected is a component, then its instances will not be selected (since the parent is the last item in the selection range).