Plant engineering adjusted to your needs
Plant design and engineering is a very consulting-intensive industrial sector. In order to realize consulting projects, a high level of know-how on individual work processes and regional and international requirements is very important. Over the years, customer requirements on the efficiency of their processes, especially in plant engineering, have steadily increased. Requirements that can only be partially realized with standard software. Against this background, CADSTUDIO has developed its own tools, the CADSTUDIO PlantTools, to be able to use Autodesk Plant Solutions products even more efficiently. In addition to that the own development department offers the possibility to implement individual solutions according to the customer’s requests.
PlantTools at a glance
- Create and compare versions and revisions of reports, lists and datasheets
- Run clash detection within AutoCAD Plant 3D
- Edit data outside of AutoCAD Plant 3D
- Log and review changes in your data
- Attach external data sources
- Improve dataflow in P&ID drawings
- Control AutoCAD properties like layer or color
- Calculate properties
- Improve symbol and properties palettes
- Extend “Assign Tag” dialog
- Synchronize, copy or rename projects
- Ex- and import project setup
- Create lists within P&ID
- Update selection lists
- Use assemblies within P&ID drawings
- Export drawings with standard AutoCAD objects
- Connect P&ID with 3D drawing (spec-driven) with real-time overview
Custom-made solutions for Vogelbusch Biocommodities GmbH
A company can only achieve the maximum value out of there software, if solutions for Plant engineering are adjusted to their requirements. Therefore Vogelbusch Biocommodities GmbH relied on the advice of CADSTUDIO and combined the Autodesk Plant Design Suite with CADSTUDIO’s PlantTools. Read in this customer success story how this customized package is helping to avoid mistakes and save time in the client’s daily work.
PlantTools - Software for Plant Design and Engineering
PlantCenter is a tool that provides a central location for launching AutoCAD P&ID and AutoCAD Plant 3D projects as well as PlantDataManager and PlantReporter. PlantCenter also allows users to launch DWG TrueView from the central project interface, which will enable users to view plant project drawings.
With 3D modeling the need to locate and resolve clashes between objects is essential. Our PlantClashDetection Tool enables users to analyze clashes between model and xref objects from within AutoCAD Plant3D without the use of Autodesk Navisworks.
PlantDataManager was developed so that customers could have access to plant project data without having AutoCAD P&ID and/or AutoCAD Plant 3D installed on their computers. Users of PlantDataManager can modify plant project data or add non-placed objects and data and link those to external databases to plant project objects or calculate data.
- Edit project data without CAD by multiple users while drawings are open and in production
- Create and insert non-placed-objects „NPOs“
- Link external databases to your project’s objects
- Ex-/Import of Excel Sheets
- Calculate properties using other object properties
- Improve dataflow in your P&IDs
- Multi-User editing
PlantExpressTools are a collection of CAD-related functions as well as project administration features. Since the list gets longer with every version, you will get a full overview at the product’s page.
- Assemblies 🎥
- Coordinates 🎥
- Copy/Rename project 🎥
- Ex-/Import – Selection Lists 🎥
- Ex-/Import – Projektsetup 🎥
- Update Line Annotation 🎥
- DWG Export 🎥
- Create lists 🎥
- Tag/Acquisition Update 🎥
- Calculated Properties 🎥
- Symbols Palette 🎥
- From/To 🎥
- Extended Assign Tag 🎥
- Update Selection Lists 🎥
- Check Nozzle Size 🎥
- Properties Palette 🎥
- Project Manager 🎥
AutoCAD P&ID and AutoCAD Plant 3D provide a flexible and convenient project database out of the box. PlantLink significantly extends the use of data with your plant project data by enabling linking to external and internal data sources with flexible and configurable unidirectional and/or bidirectional live links. PlantLink can modify AutoCAD Properties like layer or color as well. PlantLink enables customers to tremendously improve the data flow within their P&ID drawings to further become more productive and reduce errors.
The ability to create and manage reports from AutoCAD P&ID and AutoCAD Plant 3D is a powerful tool for data intensive workflows. PlantReporter extends and enhances reporting capabilities by both enabling reporting of plant project data without Autodesk products and by providing additional configurability. You can also create a group of projects and create reports from them. PlantReporter can create reports from other data sources or a group of them giving you the ultimate reporting tool. PlantReporter can also create versions and revisions of reports/lists, which can be compared to see changes in your data.
- Creating formatted reports, data/spec sheets and data exports
- Works without Autodesk Plant Solutions Products
- Versions/Revisions and Comparision
- Use relation-ships
- Reports of a group of projects
- Using other data sources
For any organization with graphical and data standards, the ability to easily synchronize AutoCAD P&ID and AutoCAD Plant 3D project configurations is essential to an efficient design operation. PlantSync enables project administrators to maintain standards in a single “template project” and update one or many live projects quickly and easily.
PlantSpecDriven allows you to assign catalog data from your AutoCAD Plant 3D specs to your P&ID Symbols. This enables you to create Bill of Materials already from your P&ID drawings. In a second phase you can insert the P&ID symbols with the assigned data into your AutoCAD Plant 3D drawings. During this process PlantSpecDriven checks for inconsistencies between P&ID and 3D. You can also link equipment and nozzles and have them checked for inconsistencies.
That's what customers say about our solutions
"PlantTools help our firm maximize the potential of AutoCAD P&ID/ Plant3D. With their data-extension, reporting, and automation capabilities, nearly any new idea or concept can be realized. PlantTools personalized customer support is also second to none."
"The reason why we decided to take PlantTools into use was because of the fact that the “out of the box” Autodesk product did not have all functionality included that we need. Especially PlantLink saves us a lot of daily engineering time."
"I’m using the PlantTools (mainly the PlantExpresstools and PlantSync) because it is so easy to make selection lists and to get changes into existing projects that have to be changed with a short down time. Just create a selection list and import it into P&ID or Plant3D within seconds. Changes of settings and symbols can be done outside a live project and easy synchronised with the desired projects. The downtime of the projects is just seconds and multiple destination projects are possible. I’m saving a lot of time, and time is money!"
"I’m a new user of PlantTools for AutoCAD P&ID. I’m using PlantExpressTools mainly because of the assembly feature when tagging components. Great feature and I’m amazed why Autodesk didn’t include this feature. Good job CADSTUDIO!"
"Our corporate claim highlights our ability to translate state-of-the-art technology into profitable plants, laying the groundwork for our clients‘ commercial success. Due to our high requirements CADSTUDIO developed a new PlantTool especially for our company: PlantSpecDriven! We also use all other PlantTools in a very efficient way. We registered 25 % time-savings in our 3D piping and the error rate dropped to a minimum. We are very satisfied with the PlantTools, life is a lot easier in our daily work."
"In our workflow process, the PlantTools provides a bridge of the P&ID data to the Engineers. We’ve customized the P&ID program to include additional data for our reports, including line lists, valve lists, equipment and instrumentation lists, etc… With the use of the PlantDataManager, the Engineer has the ability to fill in all the necessary data values and the CAD tech imports the information (data) back into the P&IDs using the Import tool of the Add-on in Autodesk P&ID. This process saves us time and money and assures the final lists that are generated are accurate and correct."
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