To generate panel layout, follow the process as listed below:
Pages on the New Electra drawing template are set at 1:1 scale and measurement units set at inches. These page settings are optimized for schematic drawings. To prepare a page for panel layout drawings:
One of the first thing to do during panel layout drawings is to insert a plate (base plate or front plate). To insert a plate, select the Layout stencil and drag the plate symbol to your drawing. All Plate symbols have automatic dimensions that you can show or hide by right clicking on the plate. Users can also set units for plates, cable ducts and rails to be displayed on a drawing by right clicking on these symbols.
To measure length and diameters, Electra provides dimensioning shapes on the Layout stencil to be dragged and dropped on drawings. All of them automatically display the dimension when their handles are dragged. Right click on dimension shapes for more options.
To generate panel layout:
When the Generate All button is pressed, Electra will automatically synchronize your panel layout to your schematics. For example, you may have added or deleted some symbols on your schematics, and Generate Layout will insert or delete components accordingly. If you have changed the references of your schematics, GenerateLayout will also automatically reflect this change.
To create a guide:
Once a guide is created, drag layout symbol to guides for attachment (shape handles will turn red). When guides are moved, all syymbols that are attached to guides will automatically move and follow guides.
Placing shapes on a guide:
Layout symbols can be automatically placed and arranged on rails if Automatically Place Layout Symbols on Rails is enabled in Document Options. To automatically arrange layout symbols on rails, simply drag and drop a layout symbol onto a rail:
Automatic Placement on Rails are set to align layout symbols from left to right or if the rail is vertical (right click, select Vertical), from top to bottom. Each rail can be individually set to align on any orientation, by simply right clicking on the rail and selecting Place Layout Shapes at Left/Top (left to right and top to bottom) or Place Layout Shapes at Right/Bottom (right to left and bottom to top) orientation.
By default, all layout symbols are enabled for automatic placement on rails, but can be disabled individually or globally. To disable automatic placement on rails globally, see Automatically Place Layout Symbols on Rails. To disable a layout symbol from automatic placement individually, simply right click on any layout symbol and select "Enable automatic placement", to uncheck this option. Once unchecked, this individual layout symbol will not be automatically placed. This is useful for certain layout symbols like base plate, or relays that is placed on relay base.
To use the Layout 3D shapes, open the stencil "Layout3D E8.vss" in the C:\Program Files\Radica\Electra\ folder. Make sure the folder is opened in your document when you generate layout.
To make your own layout shape:
An icon will be generated automatically when the layout symbol is added to a stencil. Right click on the layout symbol in the stencil and select Edit Icon to modify layout symbol icon. After creating your custom icon for your layout symbol, right click on the layout symbol in the stencil, select Master Properties, and make sure to deselect Generate Icon automatically from shape data (In Visio 2010, it's called preview).