P&ID Software Features
M4 P&ID provides symbol catalogs in support of EN ISO, ANSI and ISA standards. The symbols are structured by standard for ease of access.
Users can customise P&ID symbols, create new symbols, extend the catalogs, and create new symbol catalogs. Users can configure catalogs for specific projects or customers, and save these configurations for easy retrieval.
Intelligent P&ID Symbols and Lines
The symbols and process and instrumentation lines contained in M4 P&ID FX diagrams include important process information for downstream use, stored in attributes. Some equipment symbols also include intelligent connection points for connecting pipes, for example.
Symbol and line attributes can be edited or augmented in line with company requirements. Companies can decide whether attributes are to be freely definable or restricted to certain values.
Dynamic P&ID Creation & Editing
M4 P&ID contains dynamic tools for placing and moving symbols and groups of symbols. A configurable grid is available to aid in the accurate placement on the schematic.
Automatically Maintained Connections
Equipment placed on pipes, such as valves or controls, is automatically aligned. As users move symbols or groups of symbols, M4 P&ID FX automatically maintains connections, moving an entire piping system to the new position, for example.
Complete Piping Systems Design
In M4 P&ID FX, users can route process lines between connection points on their P&ID symbols to quickly create piping systems. Pipes are automatically aligned vertically and horizontally.
Extensive Instrumentation Catalogs
Users can generate configurable reports and parts lists at any time during the design process, displaying all the background information contained in the schematic.
Tools for Providing P&ID Details
Configurable P&ID Attributes
Users can add or edit process line or symbol attributes at any time during the design process.
On and Off-Sheet Connections
Multi-Sheet Reporting and QA
The information about these connection is also stored in the background, allowing users to generate reports and check P&ID consistency across multiple sheets.
Project-Based P&ID Working Sets
M4 P&ID users can collect several drawings with the P&IDs they contain in working sets, which then contain all the process information about a particular project.
Project-wide Reports and Parts Lists
Users can then run P&ID consistency checks across a working set and report on any issues found. Users can generate parts lists, line lists and from/to lists from entire working sets, or from individual drawings within the set.
P&ID Consistency Checks
Users can quality check their intelligent schematics at any time during the design process. The software checks for correct pipe connections; whether all equipment connection points have been used; whether process lines have been fully labelled; and whether there are any open pipes.
Issue Reports and Error Highlighting in P&IDs
P&ID Parts Lists, Line and From/To Lists
P&ID Data Export for Downstream Use
Users can preview, print, or place lists as tables on their P&IDs. P&ID data can also be exported to CSV for downstream use in Micrsoft Excel® for example.
P&ID Groups Saved as Symbols
In order speed up and part-automate P&ID creation for process engineers regularly creating similar schematics, M4 P&ID FX allows users to save parts of P&IDs as a special P&ID symbol. The special catalog provided also allows users to create different categories for their symbols groups.
Individual Attribute Retention
M4 P&ID can retain the attributes on individual symbols in a saved P&ID group. Users can edit these attributes as required after the group has been placed.
Project-Specific P&ID System Configurations
Complementary 2D Drafting Functionality
M4 P&ID FX provides an extensive set of 2D tools in support of P&ID creation. These tools make it quick and easy to create & edit P&ID symbols.
Ability to Add 2D Drawings and Details
Configurable DXF/DWG Interface
M4 P&ID FX provides an accurate DXF/DWG interface for easy data exchange and communication with customers and suppliers. It allows imported DXF/DWG data to be used as geometry on a P&ID, as well as P&IDs to be exported to DXF/DWG.
Project-Specific Export and Import Configurations
Users can configure the DXF/DWG interface for project or client-specific requirements. M4 P&ID FX supports all current versions of the DWG/DXF format.