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Chapter 27. Diagramming for Mechanical, ... > Adding Data to Components

Adding Data to Components

In a process engineering diagram, components come with an integrated group of custom properties, called a set, that allow you to store detailed information. For example, you can include model number or line size with an instrument or valve. Adding data to components is as simple as typing in the Custom Properties window. But what if the properties don’t represent your organization’s standards? You can add, edit, and delete custom properties to better reflect the attributes you want to track with your diagram.

Visio assumes that you want to track the same information for similar components. The process engineering shapes you drag onto the page include default custom properties based on the kind of information you’re likely to want to track for that component type. For example, all valves include a Line Size field, but only pipelines include a Design Pressure field. These default custom property fields appear when the Custom Properties window is open. Table 27-2 lists the properties associated with each category’s custom property set.


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