Specifies any piece of equipment from the Equipment folder of the catalog and places an occurrence of it inside the model. You can modify the offset of the equipment, its relationships to other equipment, and other properties during or after placement. Using positioning relationships, the Place Equipment command allows you to mate, connect, or align equipment, and you can use common tools like the PinPoint command for precise positioning of the equipment.
If a parent object is selected when you start Place Equipment, the System property is automatically updated with the parent object.
You place equipment objects into the model by selecting the equipment from the Select Equipment dialog box and positioning the equipment in the model using the available relationships. When you select an equipment object from the Catalog, you can define a default surface so that, when the equipment is placed into the model, the software automatically creates a relationship to any other surface or reference element that you select. For example, you might define the bottom of a pump as the default surface because you want the software to mate that surface to the floor. If the software cannot find a suitable mating surface for the equipment, the equipment object is placed in free space, pending additional design of the structures or other reference elements.
You can also provide an optional offset distance from the surface or reference elements. The default offset distance for any new piece of equipment is zero or the last offset used in the current session. The software maintains the offset relationship between the default surface and the surface or reference element in the workspace in the event of any changes to their position (for example, if a slab is lowered, then the equipment follows the slab, maintaining the offset). You can further define the equipment position and orientation by mating, aligning, or connecting equipment to other objects in the model, or by moving or rotating the equipment.
Cable and Equipment
If you are going to use an object for routing cable, you must not model that object as equipment.
Although it may sometimes be desirable to model a piece of raceway, cable tray, or cable bus as a piece of equipment, you should not do this if there is any possibility of ever needing to route cable through the object. This is because cable routes cannot traverse equipment; they can only be terminated by equipment. A cable cannot be properly routed through a piece of equipment. The cable can only interconnect two pieces of equipment.
Equipment with Occurrence Properties Modeled Using Solid Edge
You cannot place equipment with occurrence properties modeled using Solid Edge unless Solid Edge is installed on your computer. If you try to place such an object, the following message appears: Cannot start Solid Edge. Exiting InitializSymbolDefinition.
As a workaround to the Solid Edge requirement, you can use the Bulkload utility with the flavors option. Designers can create dozens of variations for any equipment part imaginable. Also, by creating several variations of a part, rather than using occurrence properties to create the variations automatically, designers can implement custom Solid Edge equipment without having to install Solid Edge on every designer's computer.
Each variation of a part represents some minor deviation from the catalog part, be it on the basis of size, operational specifications, or material. With Solid Edge, new variations can be created on the basis of size, while the software allows manipulation of the operating parameters or material of construction in the reference data. For more information on bulkloading with flavors, refer to the Reference Data Guide, accessible from the Help > Printable Guides command in the software.
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