Why use a Briefcase Function-Block?

When a model becomes complex, and with many kinematic-chains in each Mechanism-Editor, it becomes more difficult to identify to which kinematic-chain each FB applies.

You can use Briefcase FBs to hide Function-Blocks from the graphic-area
You can use different Briefcase FBs to group sets of Function-Blocks.
You can name the Briefcase FB to help you predict which FBs are 'inside' the Briefcase.
You can select and edit each Function-Block directly, from inside the Briefcase FB
You can rename each FBs directly, from inside the Briefcase FB
You can put a Briefcase FB 'inside' another Briefcase FB, also.
If you have good naming convention for your Fbs, then a Briefcase FB is a good way to help you maintain your model.

Briefcase FB

Add Briefcase FB

Modelling FB toolbar > Briefcase FB [Above Graphic-Area]

Menu:

Add menu > Add Briefcase FB

How to Add and Edit:

STEP 1:  Add a Briefcase FB to the graphic-area:

1.Click Tools menu > Add Briefcase FB
2.Click in the graphic-area.

The Briefcase FB is now in the graphic-area.

STEP 2:  Open the Briefcase FB dialog-box

1.Double-click the Briefcase FB in the graphic-area or Assembly-Tree

- or -

See How to Open a Dialog-box

Dialog-13.2-BriefCaseFB-DisplayOptions

Briefcase FB dialog-box:

Display Options

1s-red << write a label >>

Enter text to be a 'label' 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]

2s 'Background colour' and 'Transparency' Slider

When you show the 'Briefcase Display Window', you can edit its colour.

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

3s '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 Padlock5s to unlock the Briefcase [the Padlock5s 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-Blocks10r box.

3.Click the Padlock5s again to lock the Briefcase.

Remove FBs from the Briefcase:

1.Click the Padlock5s 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 Cross4s button

The FB returns to the graphic-area, outside the 'Briefcase Display Window'. The wires that connect to and from this FB will now connect with the Briefcase.

4.Click the Padlock5s again to lock the Briefcase

Arrange FBs with 'Briefcase Display Window'.

1.Click the 'Arrange FBs'6s 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 box10r
2.Click the Add All icon 7s

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 box10r
2.Click the Add All icon8s

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 icon8s

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 FBs.

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


Note: When you open a model, the Briefcase FBs stack on top of each other. you must drag them one at a time to separate them.

 

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