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Forgotten Electrical Feature: Equipment Connections

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The equipment connection feature has evolved over the lifetime of the software. Even long-time users are often surprised by what Design Master Electrical can do with electrical equipment beyond inserting in on the drawing.

Using Design Master Electrical, you can:

  • Insert equipment schedules on your drawing, listing all of your pieces of equipment and the important information about them. You might remember when the equipment creation window exploded in size in Design Master Electrical 7.0. Most of the fields were added  in order to have places to input all of the new schedule data.
  • Create groups of equipment, each with its own schedule that can be customized. These individual schedules allow you to have a kitchen equipment schedule that looks different from a mechanical equipment schedule.
  • Insert equipment in the database but not on the drawing. Later in the design, you can choose to place these pieces of equipment on the drawing, or you can leave them in the database and document them only on the schedule, depending upon the needs of your design.

2 Responses to “Forgotten Electrical Feature: Equipment Connections”

  1. I really wish that the minimum circuit amps and maximum overcurrent protection were reflected into the panel schedules. Having to create the equipment and then make sure the proper breaker and wire size is shown in the circuit manager is a two step process. Also it is often the case that equipment is duplicated. You have the “Copy Equipment” button which is great, but if that family of equipment then changes there is no method to globally change several pieces of equipment that have already been entered into a database. That being said the equipment feature is very powerful and I use it constantly.

  2. David Robison (Design Master Software) says:

    A lot of other customers agree with you about using the MCA and MOCP to size equipment branch circuits, and it is something we have wanted to add. Rather than explain we that we plan to add it in some future release, I decided to add it to the next release. We’ve got the feature working and it will be included in our next major release, which should be coming out in the next month or two.

    Regarding copying equipment, I agree that some way to have families of equipment would be nice. Unfortunately, this request is one that is on the list for some unspecified future release. I’ve made a note of your vote for the feature, though.

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