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The Piping & Instrumentation Diagram – What is it? Practical advantages and tips

9 January 2019

The piping & instrumentation diagram (P&ID) is a highly important document for process plant design. Despite its simplicity, it contains a wide-range of detailed design information. But what exactly is behind a P&ID? 

What is a Piping & Instrumentation Diagram?

Piping & instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) are used to schematically represent a design, and are usually created before any physical equipment design or layout takes place. All of the equipment and instrumentation required for a process is depicted using symbols, and any interconnecting pipework is represented using simple lines. P&IDs contain a considerable amount of detailed information about the design such as equipment tags, line labels, bore sizes, quantities and connectivity. But how can so much information be accommodated within such a simple diagram?

Creating P&IDs – Without Errors

One of the biggest advantages of modern P&ID software packages is their ability to automatically check the entire design for consistency and errors during the drafting process. The latest P&ID systems generate a detailed list of problem areas and highlight them on the P&ID. This allows the designer to quickly and easily make corrections and prevent the issues from affecting subsequent project phases.

A modern P&ID system

One software package that stands out due to its intelligence and sheer flexibility is CAD Schroer’s M4 P&ID FX. This system is highly affordable and has all the functionality you need to quickly and accurately create intelligent P&IDs. Its extensive attribute capabilities and customisable parts list generation set it apart from other packages on the market, which often cost a lot more but do a lot less. It is also extremely easy to use, and is supported with video tutorials to help you get started. P&IDs are the basis for process design. They can be quickly and accurately created using modern P&ID software to ensure a high quality design.

What is a piping & instrumentation diagram and how can I quickly create one without errors?

For more information, please contact:

CAD Schroer GmbH
Fritz-Peters-Straße 11
47447 Moers
Germany
Email: marketing@cad-schroer.com
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