Edit Block Window
The Edit Block pane allows you to edit the following tabs:
This provides basic information about the Block, as entered on its creation:
System Name - The system name of the Block. There is no functional requirement for a type letter in the System Name of a Block, but by convention we use 'B' for 'Block'. The default implementation is not system-specific, so a system letter of 'I' is appropriate. This leads to system names like "IB201".
User Name - The user name of the Block. The user name of a Block created here may be set to any text. The user name for a Block created by Layout Editor is set by Layout Editor and should not be changed.
Comment - You may enter any text in this field that will help you distinguish this Block from other Blocks, or provide useful notes about its use.
This tab allows you to assign a Sensor to the Block to change the occupancy state. It also allows certain information about the Sensor to be changed:
Sensor Select the Sensor from the drop down list that will be associated with this Block.
- You can edit the Sensor Debounce options from this tab; setting the Sensor Debounce helps to prevent false triggers of a Sensor being passed into the system and triggering other events in the system. Such false triggers could be due to a dirty piece of track or electrical interference.
- The Use Global Debounce Values check box, allows you to select if the sensor will use the default sensor debounce values if configured.
- Sensor Inactive Debounce and Sensor Active Debounce allow you to specify the amount of time in milliseconds that the system waits before registering the state change of a sensor.
- Reporter Set the Reporter assigned to this Block. See the Reporter Table. Selecting a Reporter and clicking Apply puts the Reporter Value into the Block value.
Use Current If we consider the scenario whereby
we want to track a train around the layout, typically this
is achieved via the use of Memory objects associated with
Blocks. Until the train is known, we have nothing to
track. Typically, we can manually type in the Train ID
into a panel and then this is tracked around the layout
based on Block occupancy. If, however, we have an
attached device that can provide us with the Train ID,
such as an RFID reader, we no longer need to manually
type in the Train ID - the reader does this for us. In
essence, the reader is little more than an 'intelligent'
sensor - not only can it sense that 'something' is there,
it can tell us which something it is. Now to the
implementation. A Sensor is purely ACTIVE or INACTIVE -
i.e. something is there or it isn't. A Reporter, however,
can tell us one of the following:
- 'Hey, I'm seeing something right now - this is it'
- 'Hmm, I'm not seeing anything right now'
- 'Hey, I saw something a while back - this was it'
- 'Hmm, I've not seen anything yet'
Describe the geometry of the Block using the fields shown.
- Length (optional) - Displays the length of the Block. Optionally, you may enter the length of the Block here. The length is used for automatic running of trains. If '0.0' is displayed, the length has not been entered. The entered length should be the actual length of the Block on the model railroad layout. Length is entered and displayed in either inches or centimeters, depending on which unit is next in the Block Table.
- Units - Choose one of both as the unit for the Block Length
- Curvature (optional) - Displays the curvature selected for the track in the Block. Curvature is used for automatic running of trains, and need not be entered if trains will not be run automatically. Curvature, if present, indicates to the computer that it should slow the train as it runs through the Block. If None or Gradual are selected, an automatic train will proceed at normal speed. Tight should be selected if the train should slow down some; Severe should be selected if the train should slow by a maximum amount. If the Block has variable curvature, your selection should be made according to the most limiting part of the Block.
- Speed - The speed is used with certain
automation tools and logic, to help determine the speed at
which a train can be set through the block. It is also used
by the Signal Mast Logic for determining which Aspect
should be displayed in a signal path.
In the drop down list, you are presented a set of named fixed speeds that have been predefined in the signalSpeed.xml file, in addition to a global option.
It is also possible to enter a numerical value to represent a speed. The global value is set via the Speeds menu option.
- Permissive - The Permissive option is used to identify Blocks that can be entered by another Train while it is already occupied. This option is used with certain automation tools and Logix to help determine if a Train can enter an occupied Block and what Aspect should be displayed on its Signal Mast.
This is an information field, showing where you have the Block displayed on a Panel:
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