What is a PCF file?

The Piping Component File (PCF) is the primary input for Personal ISOGEN®. PCFs are text files containing component and routing information. For each component, they will include various mandatory records to define the basic information of:

  • Type – Flange, pipe, or valve, for example
  • Coordinates and size of the end-points
  • Shape (SKEY) to be used to represent the component on the isometric

PCFs are created by the piping design system extracting information from the piping model. A single PCF can contain the data for a number of pipelines, but generally, the piping design system extracts piping data for single pipelines only. Then Personal ISOGEN will produce isometrics for one pipeline at a time.

Example PCF

In the interests of brevity, only the start and end sections of the pipeline are shown in the file:

ISOGEN-FILES ISOGEN.FLS
UNITS-BORE INCH
UNITS-CO-ORDS MM
UNITS-BOLT-DIA INCH
UNITS-BOLT-LENGTH INCH
PIPELINE-REFERENCE 3"-LSA-3250

REVISION 2
AREA AR-26A
PIPING-SPEC SP1
NOMINAL-CLASS 150#
DATE-DMY 08/11/95
PIPELINE-TEMP 150.0

END-CONNECTION-EQUIPMENT

CO-ORDS 6000.00 10210.00 1400.00 3
CONNECTION-REFERENCE H-152-NZ-6

GASKET

END-POINT 6000.00 10210.00 1400.00 3
END-POINT 6000.00 10210.00 1403.00 3
PIPING-SPEC SP1
ITEM-CODE JFA150R2
ERECTION-ITEM

BOLT

BOLT-DIA 5/8
BOLT-LENGTH 3.75
BOLT-QUANTITY4
BOLT-ITEM-CODE BAA5/8X3.75
ERECTION-ITEM

FLANGE

END-POINT 6000.00 10210.00 1403.00 3
END-POINT 6000.00 10210.00 1323.60 3
PIPING-SPEC SP1
ITEM-CODE FAM150WN40
SKEY FLWN
FABRICATION-ITEM
FLOW 2

PIPE

END-POINT 6000.00 10210.00 1323.60 3
END-POINT 6000.00 10210.00 917.30 3
PIPING-SPEC SP1
WASTE 10.0
PLANT-AREA 1
ITEM-CODE PAW-40
FABRICATION-ITEM


PIPE

END-POINT 9000.00 10210.00 688.70 3
END-POINT 9000.00 10210.00 282.40 3
PIPING-SPEC SP1
WASTE 10.0
PLANT-AREA 1
ITEM-CODE PAW-40
FABRICATION-ITEM

FLANGE

END-POINT 9000.00 10210.00 282.40 3
END-POINT 9000.00 10210.00 203.00 3
PIPING-SPEC SP1
ITEM-CODE FAM150WN40
SKEY FLWN
FABRICATION-ITEM

GASKET

END-POINT 9000.00 10210.00 203.00 3
END-POINT 9000.00 10210.00 200.00 3
PIPING-SPEC SP1
ITEM-CODE JFA150R2
ERECTION-ITEM
FLOW 2

BOLT

BOLT-DIA 5/8
BOLT-LENGTH 3.75
BOLT-QUANTITY4
BOLT-ITEM-CODE BAA5/8X3.75
ERECTION-ITEM

END-CONNECTION-EQUIPMENT

CO-ORDS 9000.00 10210.00 200.00 3
CONNECTION-REFERENCE H-156-NZ-5

MATERIALS

ITEM-CODE PAW-40

DESCRIPTION PIPE -API 5L GR B SCH 40

ITEM-CODE JFA150R2

DESCRIPTION GASKET -CAF GR A 1/16 THK 150# RF

ITEM-CODE FAM150WN40

DESCRIPTION FLANGE -WN 150# RF ASTM A105 SCH 40

ITEM-CODE BAA5/8X3.75

DESCRIPTION STUD BOLT -CS 5/8 DIA X 3.3/4 LG WITH NUTS

ITEM-CODE EAM90L40

DESCRIPTION ELBOW -BW 90 DEG LR ASTM A234 GR WPB SCH 40

ITEM-CODE VW4

DESCRIPTION VALVE -WEDGEGATE TYPE 26 150# RF

The user requirement on how the data is to be processed and presented as an isometric drawing comes from a set of user-definable control files (defined using the I-Configure™ application). Together with a copy of the user’s border/backing sheet, these files combine to form an isometric style. Using ISOGEN Team Edition or ISOGEN Solo Edition, PCFs may be processed as a batch against the user’s isometric style to produce isometric drawings for final issue and document control.

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