When importing a PCF file there are additional settings that can be used to successfully convert a PCF file into a NTL file that can then be opened by AutoPIPE. These additional settings can be found on the PCF translator dialog under Tools> Settings.
Here are some added details about these features:
Tolerance factor to join disconnected elements
Ignore Pipe OD that are smaller than setting
Length of the flange which is attached to the component
Ignore components which are continuation to other pipeline
Ignore first component when overlapping components are detected
Connect branches at the surface of the pipe to the center line of pipe-line. Mainly used for connecting OLETs
Anchors are added to all node points that are not connected to another component
Use the adjacent pipe schedule for all fittings i.e. Valves, Tees and Instruments. Using this option will ignore schedule specified for fittings and inherit it from the adjacent piping component.
Use this option to connect a support between two end points. By default, this option is unchecked and the support is attached to first end point.
Use this to create a rigid pipe equaling the length of the flange component in the PCF file.
Include thermal expansion for all RIGID sections.
Detect connections at surface of the pipe and connect with the centerline to create Tees. Mainly used for connecting OLETs.
Prompts the user to map ALL unmapped components found in a PCF file to AutoPIPE component.
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