Briefcase FB

See: Modelling FB toolbar >  Briefcase Function-Block


Edit the Briefcase FB

Icon-FB-Briefcase

Open the Briefcase FB dialog-box:

1.Double-click the Briefcase FB in the graphic-area

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Briefcase FB dialog-box

You use a Briefcase FB to hide Function-Blocks from the graphic-area.

You can add all of the Function-Blocks in your model inside one Briefcase FB. However, it usually better to add to a Briefcase FB those Function-Blocks that are connected together with wires. You can add further Briefcase FBs to hide Function-Blocks that are connected together different wires.

You can add a Briefcase FB to a different Briefcase FB

Dialog-13.2-BriefCaseFB-DisplayOptions

Display Options

Red-14-1 << write a label >>

Enter text for a label to remind you which FBs are in the Briefcase FB. The label shows above the Briefcase FB in the graphic-area.

Red-14-2 Background colour and Transparency

Use the Background Colour button to edit the colour of the Briefcase Display Window. See example, below.

Use the Transparency slider to edit the transparency/opacity of the Briefcase Display Window.

Red-14-3 Hide Elements / Show Elements

Show or hide the Briefcase Display Window.

Hide-Elements to hide Briefcase Display Window
Show Elements to show Briefcase Display Window

Dialog-13.2-BriefCaseFB-AddRemove

Add / Remove Function-Blocks

Add FBs to the Briefcase

1.Click the PadlockRed-14-5 to unlock the Briefcase (the PadlockRed-14-5 icon becomes unlocked - see image).
2.Click FBs in the graphic-area

Each FB you click moves from the graphic-area to the Function-BlocksRed-14-10a box in the Briefcase

3.Click the PadlockRed-14-5 again to lock the Briefcase.

Remove FBs from the Briefcase:

1.Click the PadlockRed-14-5 to unlock the Briefcase
2.Click a FB that is in the Function-BlocksRed-14-10a box to make a FB 'active'.
3.Click the Red CrossRed-14-4 button

The FB returns to the graphic-area, outside of the Briefcase Display Window.

4.Do 1 - 3 again to remove a different FBs.
5.Click the PadlockRed-14-5 again to lock the Briefcase

Arrange FBs with 'Briefcase Display Window'.

1.Click Show Elements check-boxRed-14-3 - see above.
2.Click the 'Arrange FBs'Red-14-6 button

The FBs are now in a linear array in the graphic-area.

You may still want to re-order the linear array


Add all FBs that are connected with wires 'upstream' of a FB

1.Click a FB in the Function-Blocks boxRed-14-10a in the Briefcase
2.Click the Add All Upstream icon Red-14-7

The FBs that are 'upstream' (connected to its input-connector) are now in the Function-Block box


Add all FBs that are connected with wires 'downstream' of a FB

1.Click a FB in the Function-Blocks boxRed-14-10a in the Briefcase
2.Click the Add All Downstream iconRed-14-8

The FBs that are 'downstream' (connected to its output-connector) are now in the Function-Block box


Remove all FBs from the Briefcase

1.Click the Remove All iconRed-14-8

The FBs are now in the graphic-area

GA-BriefcaseFB-Window

Example:

Briefcase FB and label: Lifter Mech.
The Briefcase Display Window is a light grey box, with a blue border.
The window resizes as you add or remove Function-Blocks.

To move the Briefcase FB and the FBs in the graphic-care

1.Drag the Briefcase FBRed-14-1 to move the Briefcase Display WindowRed-14-2

Note: When you open a model, Briefcase FBs stack on top of each other at the top and left of the graphic-area.

You must drag them one at a time to separate them.

Briefcase FB dialog-box

Dialog-13.2-BriefCaseFB-DisplayOptions

Display Option

Red-14-1 << write a label >>

Enter a name for the FB that will remind you which FBs you have put in the Briefcase FB. The label shows above the Briefcase FB in the graphic-area (when you show Function-Block captions. See Application-Settings for FB display options)

Red-14-2 'Background colour' and 'Transparency' Slider

Click the button to select a colour for the 'Briefcase Display Window'.

Use the Transparency slider to edit the opacity of its colour.

Red-14-3 'Hide Elements' / 'Show Elements'

Use this check-box to show or hide the 'Briefcase Display Window'.

'Hide-Elements' to hide 'Briefcase Display Window'.
'Show Elements' to show 'Briefcase Display Window'

Dialog-13.2-BriefCaseFB-AddRemove

Add / Remove Function-Blocks

Add FBs to the Briefcase

1.Click the PadlockRed-14-5 to unlock the Briefcase (the PadlockRed-14-5 icon becomes unlocked - see image).
2.Click FBs that are in the graphic-area

Each FB you click, moves from the graphic-area to the Briefcase: Function-BlocksRed-14-10a box.

3.Click the PadlockRed-14-5 again to lock the Briefcase.

Remove FBs from the Briefcase:

1.Click the PadlockRed-14-5 to unlock the Briefcase
2.Click a FB that is in the Function-Blocks box - in the dialog - to make a FB 'active'.
3.Click the Red CrossRed-14-4 button
4.Click the PadlockRed-14-5 again to lock the Briefcase

Arrange FBs with 'Briefcase Display Window'.

1.Click the 'Arrange FBs'Red-14-6 button to put the FBs in a 'linear array' in the graphic-area.

Note: You may also need to use the 'Show Elements' check-box - see Display Options above.


Add all FBs with wires that are connected 'upstream' of a FB

1.Click a FB in the Function-Blocks boxRed-14-10a
2.Click the Add All icon Red-14-7

The FBs that are 'upstream' (connected to its input-connector) are now in the Function-Block box


Add all FBs with wires that are connected 'downstream' of a FB

1.Click a FB in the Function-Blocks boxRed-14-10a
2.Click the Add All iconRed-14-8

The FBs that are 'downstream' (connected to its output-connector) are now in the Function-Block box


Remove all FBs from the Briefcase

1.Click the Remove All iconRed-14-9

The FBs are now in the graphic-area


GA-BriefcaseFB-Window

Example:

Briefcase FBRed-14-1 and label: Lifter Mech.
The Briefcase Display WindowRed-14-2 is a light grey box, with a blue border.
The window resizes as you add or remove FBs.

Drag the Briefcase FB icon to move the Briefcase Display Window.


Note: When you open a model, Briefcase FBs stack on top of each other at the top and left of the graphic-area.

You must drag them one at a time to separate them.

 

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