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By: Bob RPosted on: Oct 1 2020 at 09:21:54 AM
I need to manage electronic parts used on PCB assemblies. Where is the reference designator(R4,C6,U5 etc) stored/displayed? For a common part number used in several places with different reference designators, how will that be displayed?

By: SupportPosted on: Oct 2 2020 at 04:04:01 AM
Hello Bob,

Reference/Designator is managed within a specific assembly. For example a common part that appears in many different assemblies willlikely not always occupy the same postion/ref/des on different PCBs.

So. Reference Designator is done within the assembly editor.

See the Ref/Pos column in the assembly editor here:-

When you've created/edited your assembly the reference appears in the Bill of Materials here:-

In our example above you'll see by the Levels that this is in a sub assembly. You would obviously only need to edit the sub assembly once. If that was a common used assembly used in other products that ref/des would appear within the sub assembly.

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