Creating a Part with a Specified Type

This task shows you how to create a part with a specified type. You can also modify the type of some existing parts. See Defining the Part Type.
Before you create parts you should specify where to store them. A default directory exists, however, if you want to change it refer to Understanding Project Resource Management before you do. The parts are normally moved from this directory into the catalog. You should also create a graphic representations file and specify its location. (See Defining Directory Paths and Define Graphic Representations for a Part.)



Click the Build Part button . The Create Part dialog box appears.

2. Click the Display Class Browser button next to the Component Type field. The Class Browser appears.

The Class Browser allows you to select the type of part you want to create.

3. Navigate to the part type you want by clicking on the "plus" sign next to each directory, or by using the three navigation buttons at the bottom. You can also filter for certain types.

For instance, you can enter "ladder" in the Filter field and press Enter to see all ladder types. Click OK after making your selection

The Create Part dialog box displays again.

4. (Optional) Click the Define ID Schema button next to the Symbol Name field if you want the application to generate a name for the part.
5. Enter a name for the part in the Symbol Name field and press Enter. Click Apply or OK. This creates the part and displays it in the specifications tree.

The part has been created but it still does not have a graphic representation - it has no "looks." Refer to Create Graphic Representations for a Part.

To activate the buttons on the Create Dialog box, you must activate the part by selecting it in the specifications tree. You can also activate these buttons by using the Open Exiting Part button, which allows you to navigate to a directory containing an existing part.
The Define Properties button brings up the Properties box, allowing you to change properties if needed.
The Override Parameters button brings up a dialog box which allows you to override a parameter. When you click on a parameter on the left side of the box and then click on the arrow to bring it on the right side, that means the parameter can be overridden. (See Change the Parameters of a Part.) When you place this part, the application tries to determine a value for that parameter. If it cannot, it prompts you to enter one.
Use the Design Table button to create a design table and associate it to the part you are creating. For more information on this see the Infrastructure document - Advanced Tasks - Using Knowledgeware Capabilities.
Use the Formula button to create formulas and parameters. See the Knowledgeware document mentioned above for more information.
The Define Connector button allows you to add connectors.

The Associate attributes to connectors button is not available in this product.
The Manage Representations button lets you create and manage graphic representations.

6. Save the part to the directory specified in the resource management file by double-clicking the part and using the File - Save menu.