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Chapter 27. Diagramming for Mechanical, ... > Using the Process Engineering Templa...

Using the Process Engineering Template

The Process Engineering template is really a set of templates and shapes for creating piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) and process flow diagrams (PFDs). Unlike the other engineering diagram types mentioned in this chapter, P&IDs and PFDs can represent a true model of your system. Not only can you create a diagram that represents your system, shapes in the diagram can store physical specifications about components, such as line and valve sizes as well as manufacturing data such as model numbers. Visio organizes related diagrams and components into a cohesive model and displays windows unique to this drawing type for organizing model information.

Several other Visio Professional drawing types also create models. What these solutions have in common is a different perspective on the use of shapes. The shape itself isn’t the important thing in a model, but rather what the shape represents. For example, you can use the Major Pipeline shape to connect to a pump, but the more interesting information is that the shape represents pipeline P-25-6-10 with a design pressure of 60 that connects Pump-6.


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