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Equipment (device) information data file

This data file is used to store information about Devices, Nodes and Duplicate Devices. User may at any time add new manufacturer node models and device blocks.
The FSC_Equipment data file may be saved in a specific project folder, if unique part numbers are required for that project.

During the Parts command, when the program encounters a blank, dash, asterick or question mark in Installation Notes, Mounting Notes or Part Number, the FireSysCAD software automatically colors the background of those cells.
See 'Help - Adding Devices' for instructions on how to add Devices to the program. (To be added in the Future)
See 'Help - Adding Panels' for instructions on how to add Manufacturer Panels to the program. (To be added in the Future)

Depending on the device block, many blocks can have multiple device numbers. Here are a few examples -
   SpeakerVisual has a VDEVN and SDEVN - and will have 2 circuits thru the block.
   BoosterPowerSupplyControl has a NDEVN and MDEVN.
   CarbonMonoxide has a MDEVN and ADEVN.
Blocks in different groups will show up in the appropriate screen during the IB (Insert Block) command
All device blocks in the the following group(s) must have the corresponding main block attribute(s) -

Detector DDEVN, ZONE
Telephone TDEVN
AuxPower ADEVN
Duplicate UDEVN

Note - new sheets, rows and columns may be added when new features are added to FireSysCAD

Information about coloring in the data file -
Yellow these cells have text used by the FireSysCAD software and may NOT be changed
Light Blue these cells contain values that are stored in the Notification data file

Blocks sheet
This sheet is used to store device information. There is 1 row for each device. Notification Part Number, Installation Note and Mounting Note values are stored in the Notification data file.
Information -
   Block abbreviation
      This unique value is used to track devices
      There can be NO duplicate abbreviations
   Drawing name
      The name of the device drawing file (typically in the '\Blocks\Blocks Device' folder)
         There are several block names that may NOT be changed due to hard-coding in the software
            RiserConduit, JunctionBox and SlcTtap are protected block names
         Note - in FireSysCAD the words - block, device block and drawing have all the same meaning
   Group Type
      Control - devices at beginning of circuits
         Note - Control and Node have the same meaning in FireSysCAD
      Detector - SLC detector device
      Module - SLC module device
      Visual - NAC visual/audible device
      Speaker - NAC speaker device
      Presignal - NAC presignal device
      Miscellaneous - RiserConduit, SLC_T-tap, Printer, etc. devices
      Telephone - telephone devices
      Aux Power - Auxiliary Power devices
      Duplicate - devices that can have the same device number as other devices
         See Duplicate device number sheet for list of blocks that allow duplicate device numbers
      Cover - devices that can have a cover
         Devices in Cover Group are used during the PC command to add 'PC' to subscript attribute
      Part List - setting to determine which devices are shown in the Parts list
      Power - control devices that can have different power type (DC, FWR)
   Layer Control name
      Layer value used by FireSysCAD to determine customer layer name
   Description (Legend)
      Text shown in Block Legend
   Description (Part List)
      Text show in Parts list
   Installation Notes
      Text show in Parts list for installation notes
   Mounting Notes
      Text show in Parts list for mounting notes
   Manufacturer/Model columns -
      There is one column for each Manufacturer Control Panel model number
      Values in the row are Part Numbers (see above about blank,dash,asterick,question marks)
      See Panels sheet (below) for corresponding Manufacturer/Module panel limits/numbering style information

Panels sheet
This sheet is used to store limits for node panels and SLC Numbering style. There is 1 Column for each Manufacturer/Model.
Information -
   Node Manufacturer and Model
      Manufacturer Name and Model
   NAC Circuits
      Maximum number of NAC circuits allowed
   SLC Circuits
      Maximum number of SLC circuits allowed
   SLC Detectors
      Maximum number of SLC Detectors per circuit
   SLC Modules
      Maximum number of SLC Modules per circuit
   Total SLC Devices
      Total number of SLC Devices per circuit
   SLC device numbering Style –
      Generic - Each device number incremented (no differentiation between module or detector)
         Example - Node#1, Circuit#2, device numbers = 1-2-1, 1-2-2, 1-2-3, etc.
      EST (Edwards) – Node, Circuit (no slots)
         1st circuit detectors 1-125 & modules 126-250, 2nd circuit detectors 251-375 & modules 376-500
         Example - Node#1, Circuit#2, device numbers = 1-2-1, 1-2-2, 1-2-126, etc.
      EST-SLOT (Edwards) - Node, Slot Number, Circuit
         1st circuit - detectors 1-125 & modules 126-250
         2nd circuit - detectors 251-375 & modules 376-500
         Program can accommodate future additional circuits per slot (3rd=501-625, 4th=626-750, 5th=751-876, 6th=877-1000, etc.)
      MOD-DET (Honeywell) – 1-1-D001, 1-1-M001

Note - the maximum values are NOT a hard-code value. The program shows a dialog box whenever a maximum number times the 'Detector/Module Limit' has been exceeded. The program does not prevent the users from using more devices after limits are reached.

Duplicate device number sheet
This sheet is used to track Devices that can have duplicate device numbers. Block Name is stored in file.
Information -
   1 column for each set of Duplicate Device blocks
   Name of block with duplicate device number (1st row) and then a List of block names allowed with duplicate device numbers (Rows 2+)
   Example – RemoteKeyTestSwitch has 2 blocks DuctDetector and BeamSmokeDetectorTransmitter