Displays the spooling options to use. Each time you open the session file all spooling options default to the spool settings saved in the catalog. You can change the spooling options if needed for a special situation, but you cannot save your changes to the catalog or to the session file. The next time you open your session file, the spool options default to the catalog settings.
If you need to change the spooling options in the catalog, edit options on the PipeMfgSpoolRule sheet in the BulkLoadIsoKeys.xls workbook and then bulkload the workbook into the catalog.
Specifies the naming rule for spools.
Break Spools at Union
Specifies that the software breaks the spools at unions. The union part must have its Commodity Type property set to "Union" for the spooling software to recognize the union as a break point.
Include Stub Ins with Header Spool
Specifies that a spool can include the stub-in pipe and all the parts of this stub-in branch until the first spool-breaking component is encountered.
Include Items Welded to Pipe in Spools
Includes welded objects, such as pipe hanger or support parts, in the same spool as the components to which they are welded.
Delete Existing Spools
Changes the spool numbering only at modified or added piping. When a drawing is re-extracted, the software recalls the repeated data to avoid changing drawing split points and part, weld, and spool numbers. This setting guarantees that the software applies the same piece marks (spool names) to spools, even if spools are regenerated.
Ignore Boundaries of Object Being Spooled
When set to False, the software will not cross the boundary of the pipeline or block. When set to True, the software will cross the boundary of the pipeline or block for spool generation until an intrinsic spool break is found. This feature is intended for use when spooling by block.
To use this option correctly, you need to understand the concept of intrinsic breaks. The spooling software starts a new spool any time it hits one of the following intrinsic breaks:
extent of the collection being spooled (pipeline or assembly)
(field) welded connection
change in fabrication category from shop to field
union (optional controlled by the Break Spools at Union option described above)
The "extent of the collection being spooled" is the most important intrinsic break condition. If a pipeline is spooled, the software breaks the spool at the end of the pipeline regardless of what is there. Normally, there is no conflict with the other intrinsic break conditions; however, a conflict can occasionally happen.
For example, it does not matter if the pipeline is connected to another pipeline by a shop weld (which would normally not be a spool break); the software still starts a new spool at this point. In listing the intrinsic breaks in order of importance, the "extent of the collection being spooled" should always be at the top because it normally trumps any other intrinsic break condition if a conflict arises. Whatever is being spooled, pipeline or block, is the "basket of parts" that the spool software works with. The software does not go outside of that basket for any reason unless the Ignore Boundaries of Object Being Spooled is set to True. In that case, the spool software steals connected parts from outside of its basket until it hits an intrinsic break, an open end, or it runs out of parts. The spool software will not steal a part from outside the provided basket if that part already belongs to another spool.
Setting Ignore Boundaries of Object Being Spooled to True, turns off the first intrinsic break rule from the previous list.
Maximum Spool Length
Provides the maximum length of a spool for oversizing calculation purposes. You should type ft (feet) for the units. If you specify units other than feet, the software uses meters as the units.
Maximum Spool Width
Provides the maximum width of a spool for oversizing calculation purposes. You should type ft (feet) for the units. If you specify units other than feet, the software uses meters as the units.
Maximum Spool Height
Provides the maximum height of a spool for oversizing calculation purposes. You should type ft (feet) for the units. If you specify units other than feet, the software uses meters as the units.
Spool Break By Control Point
Specifies if spools should break at control points. You can place control points using the Insert > Control Point command. You must insert the control point on the connection. You must also set the control point Subtype to Spool Break to use the control point with this option.
Click Ignore Control Points to ignore the control points during spooling. Click Break at Control Points to break spools at the normal intrinsic line breaks and at control points. Click Break Only at Control Points to break spools only at control points.