Before moving on to the next article on Project Setup, I wanted to cover a few tips that help us in the CADWorx Equipment environment (in no particular order). This article will cover loading equipment into plant, using multiple equipment tags in a drawing file, the reference line, Isogen & Equipment, and the fastest way to model (have to read down for this!).
1. Load Equipment into CADWorx Plant. Personally, I always run CADWorx Equipment inside of CADWorx Plant. The down side is that you miss seeing some of the data from the tooltips in Plant. Click here for instructions on loading Equipment inside of CADWorx Plant Professional.
2. You can use the same equipment name for multiple equipment items in a single drawing file. When it comes to complicated pieces of equipment, some time it’s too hard to make it all under a single equipment tag. You can use the dropdown to switch between different equipment items. We discussed converting existing equipment here using this technique.
3. The reference line can also be a great time saver. Instead of having to calculate the distances from dimensions from the start of the cylinder or head, we can set up a reference to match the dimensions given in our cut sheet.
4. Isogen and Equipment – When I first started using CADWorx my co-workers and I had several long discussions on what to model, and how we were going to model. Steel was almost a no-brainer, but some felt we could get by without modeling in CADWorx Equipment since it was another application to learn. At the end of the project, we all ended up agreeing – model virtually everything. Equipment is nice because you get standard nozzle callouts on your Isogen isometrics. While there are other ways to put nozzle callouts on an iso, They are formatted slightly different from Equipment, so my recommendation is that all piping/equipment connections are done with CADWorx Equipment. The other part of this tip: don’t use equipment to model an inline item. When running an Isometric CADWorx uses the line number to walk down the components. When CADWorx Equipment model is in the line, you will get a disconnect.
5. The fastest way to model using CADWorx Equipment? Don’t. Yes, I said that. This tip really needs to be in the hands of the project manager or someone who has input on deliverables from Equipment vendors. If you are having Equipment designed as part of your project, do everything in your power to have your vendor use PV Elite to design the vessels, and the manager should make the PV Elite files (.pvi) a deliverable required from the vendor. From there you have a 1-click Import to model the vessel in Equipment.