There are still many companies in mechanical and process engineering that manually draft piping isometrics when detailing their pipework designs. In this era of intelligent and affordable CAD solutions, this is entirely unnecessary work.
The advantages of automated piping isometric generation
Piping isometrics are the standard
Piping isometrics are among the most important drawings for pipework construction. They form an integral part of a multi-stage design process and serve as a complete, self-contained specification for the manufacture of pipework. Due to their unscaled representation, very complex and long pipe runs can be succinctly documented on just one drawing, ensuring they are easy to read and handle. Individual piping components are represented by industry-standard isometric symbols, which enables pipework fabricators to manufacture pipework quickly and accurately.
3D solutions for pipework design
Currently available 3D solutions for pipework design, such as MPDS4 or Creo® Piping, offer an easy way to quickly design pipework for a machine or plant. At the same time, these solutions also offer the possibility to automatically generate parts lists, 2D layout drawings, and piping isometrics at the push of a button. This capability saves companies huge amounts of time and eliminates human error, which in turn means that the software quickly pays for itself, often over the course of the very first project.
Fast, automated generation of piping isometrics
An intelligent approach is to use 3D pipework data from MPDS4 or Creo Piping to automatically create unscaled piping isometrics complete with parts lists, cut-length lists and pipe-bending tables, ready for manufacture. This can be achieved using M4 ISO, a software package that automatically generates piping isometrics using 3D pipework design data. The production-ready piping isometrics are delivered in seconds, styled to company standards. This is an immense advantage when compared to manual isometric drafting which is much more difficult, time-consuming and error-prone, and therefore far more expensive.
Directly integrates with pipework design
M4 ISO integrates directly into your Creo, MPDS4 and Windchill environment to provide invaluable automation. At the push of a button, piping isometric drawings are automatically generated for selected pipelines in just a few seconds. In addition, M4 ISO also generates associated documents such as parts lists and pipe-bending tables. The documents are delivered ready for entry into Windchill to ensure further integration with company processes.
By using standardized isometric symbols to represent piping components, M4 ISO provides production-ready documentation at the push of a button. Piping isometrics are understood by all pipework fabricators and clearly specify how to manufacture individual pipe spools and fasten them together. Although the drawings are unscaled, accurate dimensions and gradients show actual run-lengths and positions. Parts lists and pipe cut-length lists specify the exact quantity of materials required. Machine-ready pipe-bending tables can also be generated to aid the fabrication process if required. Even welding lists are added to ensure continuous documentation on site and beyond.
A change is highly advisable
If you already design your pipework with Creo Piping or MPDS4, you can use M4 ISO to benefit from the advantages of an automated solution. If you do not have a 3D solution for pipework design, then a change is highly advisable. This is because systems such as Creo, MPDS4 and M4ISO enable you to achieve greatly increased productivity, high design quality, and accurate production-ready documentation.