Over the years, ECE has heard from many customers on Pipe Supports. In 2008, ECE made an attempt to track Pipe Support Material inside the CADWorx Database using the first version of PLANTMO as the data entry and selection vehicle. A few companies leveraged the technology but ultimately the solution was overly complicated for most CADWorx Projects as it required the database functionality.
The most popular method used today is the ISOGEN Pipe Support sketch. This method allows the designer to get a typical Pipe Support Sketch on the Isometric drawing. It looks nice and can be used to reference a typical Pipe Support drawing containing as much information as needed. However, this method has always neglected to take into account the Isometric Bill of Materials and the actual parts associated with the pipe supports.
To that end, ECE is set to release our newest plugin: SUPPORTWorx.
SUPPORTWorx is used for piping designs that require pipe supports and restraints.
SUPPORXWorx automatically adds parts to each 3D pipe support placed in the model using the CADWorx Pipe Support utilities. All the parts originate from the CADWorx Catalog, so there is no need for extra databases, worksheets, detail sheets, etc. In this way it centralizes pipe support component data.
After running SUPPORTWorx, every pipe support component will exist as CADWorx components that can be included in material list on drawings and exported using standard CADWorx and Isogen features and functions.
Please join us this Thursday for ½ hour just before noon CST when we will introduce SUPPORTWorx live on-line.