Validating and Updating Component Revisions
We have already reviewed working with the revision status of a component in the Component Properties in the Schematic Editor Chapter. We can now work on updating the revision when necessary by validating component status. Component validation creates a navigable report with found errors. Note that if errors are found during the project's release, execution pauses until they are corrected.
You can set the validation requirements in the project settings:
An ActiveBOM document allows you to add manufacturer/supplier references, as well as, perform a component search, selection, and replacement. In our case, we will perform a dynamic validation of each object in the list. Using ActiveBOM, we can control and update the revision status of all components at once.
Consider the columns in more detail:
- Revision State: Component Lifecycle State
- Revision Status: Component Status in relation to latest component Revision. (i.e., Up to date or Out of date status)
- Revision Applicable: Indicates compliance with the Revision Status of the project (Fig.6).
You can update revision status using Operations > Update to the Latest Revision in the ActiveBOM document (Fig.7).
You can also use the Item Manager (Tools > Item Manager) when the number of outdated component revisions is too high. However, keep in mind that the primary use of the Item Manager service is for migration from file-based libraries to Altium 365 cloud components (Fig.8).