Main features

Introduction to the main features.

Alternative tekst The first step in creating your diagram is of course creating a new file. This is done as you would do in any other program.

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For creating your own components or symbols go to the chapters ‘Create New Component’ or ‘Create New Symbol’ in the manual respectively.

Saving the diagram.

To prevent data loss it is recommended to save your file regularly. Again this works like any other program.

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Insert a component.

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The first component that will be inserted is a 4 way 2 position directional control valve from Parker with the product code D3MW001E. To insert this component take the following steps:

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Insert a component using the find bar.

If you know the exact name of the component or a part of the name, then it is probably faster to use the ‘Find’-function to locate the component. For the next component we will use the ‘Find’-function in the library. Again, a 4 way 2 position directional control valve from Parker is used, but this time the component D3W020H.

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Components and symbols for example holes can also be added from the online library. The online library includes components provided by Paro. To make use of this library, select the “Online” bar, next to the default selected “Local” bar.

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How to move a component.

While drawing a hydraulic diagram it is likely that you need to move a component. Next we will move the second component.

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Also the whole drawing canvas can be moved. This can be done by holding the shift-key while you hold the left mouse button and drag. For a mouse with a middle button or a scroll wheel which can be clicked, only this button has to be pressed to move the canvas).

Select item(s).

There are several ways to select an item. The simplest one is just left-click on a line or text box of a component you want to select one-by-one. Selected items will become blue. If you want to select many items, this can be time consuming. Therefore, you can make a selection box by dragging your mouse when there are no drawing functions active. If you draw a selection box from the right to the left, all partially touched items are selected. If you draw the same box from left to right, only the items, which are completely in the box, are selected. Selected items can be moved just like a single component. Another option to move selected items is by pressing [Space] once, defining an anchor point with a left-click and confirming the new location with another left-click. The last option to move a selected item is by using the arrow keys. Try these different options to get a feeling of moving components and find the most intuitive way for you.

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Personalize your work sheet.

HydroSym has a large work sheet on which schematics can be constructed. There are a few functions by which this work sheet can be personalized to make the design of schematics more intuitive. In the top bar and bottom bar the following series of functions are shown.

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Here you can choose a paper size.

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Toggle the grid on or off.

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Toggle snap on or off. With snap on you will be drawing or moving on the grid size.

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Toggle on or off moving with endpoint, midpoint or centerpoint.

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Toggle on or off moving a cross the schematic or only horizontal and vertical in the schematic.

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Toggle on or off join. With join selected components can be joined automatically.

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Toggle between dv none, dv top and dv bottom when an directional valve is placed in the schematic.

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Toggle between main groups, sub groups and none in the schematic.

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Toggle on or off text borders in the schematic.

Align components.

Ports can be aligned manually by moving the components as shown in the previous step. Another possibility is to align the ports by selecting them and using an align function. After placing the desired valves, the port components have to be inserted. In this step the port components P and T will be placed. Inserting these components is done the same way as the two valves were inserted.

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The first selected item is used as reference. So if you select the P first, then the T port will move to the same x-coordinate as the P port

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By aligning ports of different components, you can align the components

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Match text properties.