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Adding Fields to the P&ID

Acquire must be in Config mode to perform these steps.

1. Select ‘P&ID’ from the ‘Acquire’ menu

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2. Select ‘Pallet’ from the ‘Acquire’ menu

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3. Select ‘Text and Buttons’ from the ‘Devices’ popup menu

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4. Drag the ‘Total’ or ‘First Field’ icon from the pallet onto the P&ID

First Fields are text cells that are associated with a device. They display the values and units from the first field in the sidebar for the selected device. Moving a First Field cell automatically attaches the cell to any device that is in close proximity to the new location.

Total Fields are similar to First Fields but display the value and units from the first field in their own sidebar. Total cells can have more than one field in their sidebar and can include charts.

Total Field
Dragging a Total Field onto the P&ID will display the Text Box Properties window so the styling of the field can be set:

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Font Size The font size of the field.
Tip: Don’t make the font size too large.
Font Style Tick the checkboxes to select bold, italic or underlined text.
Font Color Select the font color by clicking on the color tile. This will open the Windows color picker.
Tip: Keep the colors consistent and don’t make them too garish.
Alignment Select “Left”, “Center” or “Right” to position the text within the text area boundary.
Width This is the width of the text area in number of cells.
Height This is the height of the text area in number of cells.

First Field
Dragging a First Field onto the P&ID will display the Text Box Properties window so the parameters and styling of the field can be set:

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Device This is the device that the first field is attached to. The device list will show all devices that have been added to the P&ID. Acquire will attempt to select the device that is closest to the first field.
Font Size The font size of the field.
Tip: Don’t make the font size too large.
Font Style Tick the checkboxes to select bold, italic or underlined text.
Font Color Select the font color by clicking on the color tile. This will open the Windows color picker.
Tip: Keep the colors consistent and don’t make them too garish.
Alignment Select “Left”, “Center” or “Right” to position the text within the text area boundary.
Width This is the width of the text area in number of cells.
Height This is the height of the text area in number of cells.
Decimal Places By default, Acquire will present the first field without decimal places. Use this popup menu to assign the number of decimal places that should be used.

5. Click the ‘OK‘ button

The text field will be added to the P&ID:

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Note: The value used is the same as the first field in the sidebar.