Why use a Briefcase Function-Block?

When a model becomes complex, it becomes more difficult to identify to which kinematic-chain each FB applies.

You can use one or more Briefcase FBs to hide any number of Function-Blocks from the graphic-area

You can use different Briefcase FBs to to group different sets of Function-Blocks.

You can select and edit each FB directly, from inside the Briefcase

You can rename each FB directly, from inside the Briefcase.

Briefcase FB

Add Briefcase FB

Modelling FB toolbar > Briefcase FB


The toolbar is 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 the Assembly-Tree

- or -

See How to Open a Dialog-box

Dialog-13.2-BriefCaseFB-DisplayOptions

Use the 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. [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 density of its colour.

3s 'Hide Elements' / 'Show Elements'

Use this check-box to show or hide the elements in 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 FBs you click, moves from the graphic-area to the Function-Blocks10r box.

3.Click the Padlock5s again to lock the Briefcase.

Now you cannot add more FBs to 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 above.


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

1.Click a FB in the Function-Blocks box10r, to pre-select it.
2.Click the Add All icon 7s

The FBs that are 'upstream' [connected to its input-connector] will be added to the Briefcase.

Add all FBs with wires 'downstream' of a FB

1.Click a FB in the Function-Blocks box10r, to 'pre-select' the FB.
2.Click the Add All icon8s

The FBs that are 'downstream' [connected to its output-connector] will be added to the Briefcase.


Remove all FBs from the Briefcase

1.Click the Remove All icon8s
2.The FBs are removed from the Briefcase.

GA-BriefcaseFB-Window

Example:

Briefcase FB and label: Lifter Mech.
The Briefcase Display Window [a lighter grey box, and with a blue border.
The window resizes as you add or remove FBs.
1.Drag the Briefcase FB icon.to move the Briefcase Display Window

 

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