Piping > Setting Up Fittings > Spec-Driven Fitting Insertion > To Insert Fittings
To Insert Fittings
1. Click Insert Fitting. The Insert Fitting dialog box opens.
2. Select a Reference to place the fitting:
A location on the pipeline
A free end
A free port
If you have set the piping_schematic_driven configuration option to yes, the Schematic Driven option is available. The XML file associated with the selected pipeline is also displayed. To insert a fitting using the Schematic Driven option, perform the following step:
Select an active Fitting icon and select a Selection name from the list.
The Designator box displays the ref_des value of the selected fitting. You cannot edit this value.
The Selection name, Valve number, New size, Branch size and Bolt nut code boxes are automatically updated based on the schematic information of the selected fitting.
Continue from step 7.
3. To change the specification, click the check box and choose another specification from the list.
4. To insert a fitting in the non_schematic mode, clear the XML file check box.
5. Clear the Automatic flange & gasket check box to prevent automatic insertion of a flange and gasket with the fitting.
6. Select a fitting category:
—Inserts a valve.
—Inserts a flange.
—Inserts an elbow.
—Inserts a branch fitting (includes special olet fittings).
—Inserts a reducer.
—Inserts a general fitting or gasket.
—Inserts an assembly fitting.
—Inserts no-break fittings such as clip, ubolt and ubolt-channel.
* You can customize the fitting options in the text/piping_data/sample_project/piping_fitt_category_map.csv file. The Selection categories also include user-defined fittings.
7. A default name displays in the Selection name box. you can select a different name from the list.
8. The Bolt nut code box displays a default bolt nut code assigned to the fitting. Bolts are automatically inserted in the fitting and flanges based on the Auto-Selection file. You can select a different bolt nut code from the list.
9. Specify a string that contains one or more characters or numbers, or a combination of both, in the Valve number box to assign a number to the selected valve.
* This box is available when you set VALVE_NUMBER to YES for the selected fitting category in the Piping Fitting Category Map file. The value you type is saved as the VALVENUMBER component parameter.
* If the first fitting in the selected category is a no-break fitting, then the name of the box is Number. Otherwise, it is Valve number.
You can also use the Piping System Tree or Model Tree to assign a valve number to a selected fitting. To do so, specify the VALVENUMBER string parameter as one of the Feat Params columns to be displayed in the Model Tree Columns dialog box.
10. Click the Preview arrows to preview the fitting.
Click the Preview in separate window check box to view the fitting in a separate window.
11. Click Placement / orientation.
12. Click a Placement option:
—Click the pipeline to place the fitting.
—Place the fitting face to face with a previously placed fitting.
—Place the fitting at the end of the pipe segment.
—Place the fitting at a junction between pipelines.
—Place the fitting at a corner of the pipeline that runs into a branch.
—Place the fitting at a corner of a branch that runs into the pipeline.
13. Click a Dimension option to specify the distance from the selected placement reference:
—Specifies the distance from an end of the selected segment.
—Specifies the length ratio from an end of the selected segment.
—Specifies the distance from a corner.
—Specifies the distance from a selected plane.
—Specifies the distance from a fitting.
Click or to reference the near or far end of the fitting.
Drag the handle or edit the value in the graphics window, use the thumbwheel or type a value in the dialog box.
By default, the reference location is from the start point of the pipe segment. Click to reference the end of the pipe segment. Click to return the reference to the start of the segment.
14. When you specify the fitting location on the pipe segment you can select an Alignment option. The alignment point positions the fitting on the pipe segment as follows:
—The near end of the fitting is placed on the selected point.
—The center of the fitting is placed on the selected point.
—The far end of the fitting is placed on the selected point.
Click the Alignment offset check box to offset the alignment of the fitting by the OFFSET value. The fitting is offset in the positive z-direction of the entry port.
15. Click to flip the fitting.
16. Click a Rotation angle or type an angle value. You can use the thumbwheel to set an angle.
17. Click OK to insert the fitting and close the dialog box.
* You can also insert a missing fitting node using the standard Model Tree options.