Equipment

This section describes how to use equipment.

Equipment is used to model individual electrical connections that are typically not repeated in the design. Mechanical equipment and kitchen equipment are both examples of items that should be modeled as equipment.

Equipment can be inserted on the drawing or exist just in the database.

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Common Equipment Information

The values that can be specified for equipment are listed below. All of these values are set specifically for each piece of equipment. Unlike receptacles and light fixtures, there is no schedule for equipment, so there are no values pulled from the schedule.

Group: The group that the piece of equipment is in. All of the equipment in a group are displayed in a single list. For more information about equipment groups, see the Equipment Projects Groups section.

Equipment Callout: Name of the piece of equipment. The callout is used to label the equipment on the drawing and in the equipment list.

Panel Description: The value that is displayed in the circuit description for the circuit that the equipment is connected to. There are two options for this field:

Same as Equipment Callout: The description in the circuit on the panel schedule will be the equipment callout. This is the default setting. When this is selected, the Custom Panel Description field is disabled.
Custom: The description in the circuit on the panel schedule is set to a custom panel for this piece of equipment. When this is selected, the Custom Panel Description field will be enabled. The value entered in that box will be used for the description in the circuit on the panel schedule. Custom descriptions are most useful when you need to shorten the label that is displayed on the panel schedule.

Circuit: The circuit the equipment is connected to.

Total Connected Load (kVA): The sum of the four connected loads on the piece of equipment in kVA.

Total Demand Load (kVA): The sum of the four calculated loads on the piece of equipment in kVA.

Total Connected Load (Amps): The sum of the four calculated loads on the piece of equipment in amps. This load depends upon both the load in kVA and the voltage of the equipment connection.

Volts: The voltage for the piece of equipment.

Ground: Whether the equipment requires a ground wire.

Isolated Ground: Whether the equipment requires an isolated ground wire. If this is checked, an isolated ground wire is included in the wire callout for the branch circuit connected to this device.

Elevation: The elevation of the equipment connection. See the Elevation section for more information.

Layer System: See the Layer System section for more information.

Drawing Note 1, Drawing Note 2: These two notes will be displayed on the drawing below the equipment callout.

Disconnect

This section describes information about the disconnect. Some of this information is displayed on the drawing and some is displayed in the schedule. Schedule-only fields that you do not plan to display can be ignored.

Type: The type of equipment connection and disconnect. This selection is determines the graphics that are displayed on the drawing for the equipment. It also determines whether a separate disconnect graphic is shown.

The choices available in this list can be modified using the Equipment Blocks command.

Elevation: The elevation of the disconnect. This elevation is separate from the elevation of the equipment connection to allow for cases where the elevations are different. See the Elevation section for more information.

NEMA Rating: The NEMA rating of the disconnect. This value is displayed on the drawing as a note on the disconnect block.

Breaker and Wire Sizing

FLA/ BCSC: The full load amps or branch circuit selection current. This value is used to size the breaker according to NEC 430.52 and 440.22, depending upon the Breaker Size setting. It is also used in one of the Wire Size options.

MCA: The minimum circuit amps. This value is used to size the conductors to the equipment. It is not used in any of the calculations for the breaker size.

MOCP: The maximum overcurrent protection. This value is used when sizing motor-compressor breakers, but not when sizing motor breakers.

Breaker Size: How the breaker for the equipment is sized.

Motor-Compressor, <= MOCP (or loads if no MOCP): Breaker will be sized to match the MOCP. The FLA / BCSC value will be ignored. If no MOCP value is specified, the breaker is sized based upon the connected load of the device. This is for NEC 440.22(C).
Motor-Compressor, <= 175% of BCSC, <= MOCP: Breaker will be sized to not exceed 175% of the FLA / BCSC value. The largest breaker that is less than 175% of the FLA / BCSC value will be used. If that is larger than the MOCP, the MOCP value will be used. This is for NEC 440.22(A) and (C).
Motor-Compressor, <= 225% of BCSC, <= MOCP: Breaker will be sized to not exceed 225% of the FLA / BCSC value. The largest breaker that is less than 225% of the FLA / BCSC value will be used. If that is larger than the MOCP, the MOCP value will be used. This is for NEC 440.22(A) and (C).
Motor, Dual Element Fuse, <= 175% of FLA: Breaker will be sized to not exceed 175% of the FLA / BCSC value. The largest breaker that is less than 175% of the FLA / BCSC value will be used. This is for NEC 430.52 dual element fuse breakers.
Motor, Dual Element Fuse, <= 225% of FLA: Breaker will be sized to not exceed 225% of the FLA / BCSC value. The largest breaker that is less than 225% of the FLA / BCSC value will be used. This is for NEC 430.52(C)(1) dual element fuse breakers exception no. 2 (b).
Motor, Inverse Time Breaker, <= 250% of FLA: Breaker will be sized to not exceed 250% of the FLA / BCSC value. The largest breaker that is less than 250% of the FLA / BCSC value will be used. This is for NEC 430.52 inverse time breakers.
Size based upon loads: Breaker will be sized based upon the connected load of the device.
Specific breaker sizes: A list of all of the possible breaker sizes for manually setting the breaker size.

Frame Size: How the frame for the equipment is sized.

Same as breaker size: Frame will use the same size as the Breaker Size.
Specific wire sizes: A list of all possible frame sizes for manually setting the frame size.

Wire Size: How the conductors for the equipment are sized.

Motor-Compressor, >= MCA (if no MCA, loads if motor, breaker if not): Conductors will be sized to be greater than the MCA. This is for NEC 440.33 and 440.35. If no MCA value is specified, the conductors are sized based upon the connected load of the device.
Single Motor-Compressor, >= 125% of BCSC: Conductors will be sized to be greater than 125% of the FLA / BCSC value. This is for NEC 440.32.
<= MOCP: Conductors will be sized to not exceed the MOCP.
Size based upon loads: Conductors will be sized based upon the connected load of the device.
Size based upon breaker: Conductors will be sized based upon the Breaker Size.
Specific wire sizes: A list of all possible conductor sizes for manually setting the conductor size.

Loads

Load 1, Load 2, Load 3 and Load 4: An individual piece of equipment can have up to four separate assigned loads, each assigned to a different load type. See the Load Information section for more information.

When the Horsepower field is set, the connected kVA for the load is calculated based upon NEC Tables 430-18 and 430-150. If the Connected field is later changed, the Horsepower field is reset to be blank.

Set Load in Amps: Press this button to set the load on a piece of equipment in amps. The Set Load in Amps dialog box will be opened.

Equipment--Set Load in Amps dialog box

Connected Load 1, Connected Load 2, Connected Load 3, Connected Load 4: The current on each separate load in amps. These fields are disabled if the load is disabled in the main equipment dialog box.

Enter the load in amps for each connected load and press OK. The load will be converted to kVA based upon the Volts setting for the equipment and transferred to the corresponding Connected field.

Schedule Information

This section describes the Schedule Information button. The Schedule Information button is used to set information about the equipment that is displayed on the schedule. These values are not displayed or used anywhere else. Any fields you do not plan to display on the schedule can be ignored.

Show in List: Check this box to display the equipment in the list on the drawing. For more information on the equipment list, see the Insert Equipment List section.

Show in Fault Schedule: Check this box to display the equipment in the fault schedule. For more information on the fault schedule, see the Insert Fault Schedule section.

Show in Voltage Drop Schedule: Check this box to display the equipment in the voltage drop schedule. For more information on the voltage drop schedule, see the Insert Voltage Drop Schedule section.

Description: The description of the equipment.

Location: The location of the equipment. When Default is selected, the name of the room where the equipment is inserted is displayed on the schedule.

When Custom is selected, the location can be manually entered. Using Custom is helpful when you have not inserted rooms in your project or you want a location other than the room name displayed.

Sheet: The sheet that the equipment is inserted on. When Default is selected, the name of the drawing file where the equipment is inserted is displayed on the schedule.

When Custom is selected, the sheet can be manually entered. Using Custom is helpful when the sheet the equipment is displayed on is different than the name of the drawing file it is inserted on.

Wire Callout: The callout of the branch circuit wire connected to the equipment. There are two options for this field:

Default: When selected, the callout from the circuit is displayed on the schedule.
Custom: When selected, the wire callout can be manually entered.

Control Wiring: Information about the control wiring for the equipment.

Provided By: Who is responsible for providing the equipment.

Installed By: Who is responsible for installing the equipment.

Schedule Note 1, Schedule Note 2, Schedule Note 3: Three notes that appear on the equipment schedule. See the Schedule Notes section for more information.

Equipment AIC Rating: The ampere interrupting capacity (AIC) rating for the device. This value is not automatically calculated. It is important to specifically choose this value for all of the equipment in the project.

When Custom is selected, the AIC rating can be manually entered.

Fuse Size: The fuse size of the disconnect.

Fuse Type: The fuse type of the disconnect.

Description: The description of the disconnect.

Provided By: Who is responsible for providing the disconnect.

Installed By: Who is responsible for installing the disconnect.

Schedule Note 1, Schedule Note 2, Schedule Note 3: Three notes that appear on the equipment schedule to describe the disconnect. See the Schedule Notes section for more information.

Description: The description of the starter.

Thermal Overload: The thermal overload of the starter.

NEMA Size: The NEMA size of the starter.

NEMA Enclosure: The NEMA enclosure of the starter.

Provided By: Who is responsible for providing the starter.

Installed By: Who is responsible for installing the starter.

Schedule Note 1, Schedule Note 2, Schedule Note 3: Three notes that appear on the equipment schedule to describe the starter. See the Schedule Notes section for more information.

One-Line Diagram Settings

This section describes the One-Line Diagram Settings button. The One-Line Diagram Settings button is used to set the blocks for the equipment when it is displayed on the one-line diagram.

Show on One-Line: Check this box to display the equipment on the one-line diagram. Most equipment will not have this box checked. When this box is not checked, the equipment will not be available to be inserted on the one-line diagram.

Initial Equipment Connection Block: The block used on the drawing for the equipment. The Set Default button allows you to change the Default equipment connection block in the One-Line Diagram options section.

Disconnect Block: The block used on the drawing for the disconnect. The Set Default button allows you to change the Default equipment disconnect block in the One-Line Diagram options section.

OCP Block: The block used on the drawing for the OCP.<Use upstream distribution equipment OCP block> uses the same OCP block as the upstream distribution equipment.


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