Welcome to the Anvil Forgeworx Pro™ quick start guide!
This guide is intended to introduce you to the basic features of Anvil Forgeworx Pro™. For more complete documentation, please visit our walkthrough guides.
Anvil Forgeworx Pro™ is cloud based software accessed through a web-browser with the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in. Microsoft Silverlight is available free at http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight. Silverlight supports the following web browsers:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
Specific browser and operating system information are as follows: http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx
Microsoft Silverlight does not support Macintosh Desktop, iOS, or Android operating systems. Windows 8.1 or later is required for mobile or tablet devices.Logging In
- In the address bar of your web browser, go to www.anvileps.com/forgeworx
- Click on the Forgeworx Pro™ link
Note: if you do not have a version of Silverlight installed, you will be prompted to do so now. Instructions below.
- Enter your username and password. If you have not received your username and password, please request one here.
- The EULA will appear. Once accepted, it will not show up for subsequent logins.
The Project Browser is a project management dashboard that allows you to manage your pipe hanger assemblies by project, pipeline, and mark number. It consists of 3 different panes in your browser window:
- Navigation Pane: Allows you to navigate quickly through projects/pipelines/mark numbers. Function is very similar to the Windows explorer tree view.
- Selection Pane: Projects/pipelines/mark numbers are created or deleted here. In this pane you select the active project/pipeline/mark numbers that you would like to work with.
- Properties Pane: Displays project/pipeline/mark numbers properties. New properties can be input or existing properties can be edited here.
*Note: Panes may be out of view. To bring panes completely in view, zoom out in your browser by hitting the CTRL key and scrolling out with your mouse wheel or change the settings in th menu of your browser.
The first time you log in to Forgeworx, you will have no existing projects, pipelines, or mark numbers.
To create a project, select your customer name in the navigation pane.
At the top of the selection pane, there is a blank text box with a (+) symbol next to it. Enter the name of your project, and hit +:
Your project will now appear in the selection and navigation panes:
Double click on your project in either pane to make the pipeline level active. Add a pipeline using the same textbox as before, and hit (+). Double click on the pipeline that just appeared to make the mark level active, and add a mark. When finished, your project browser should have one project with one pipeline with one mark.
The properties of that mark will be displayed in the properties pane; this should be blank because we have not entered any yet. At the mark number level in the project browser, you have the capability to input some basic properties before you enter the configuration mode. If no properties are entered here, the rules engine will assume a default value that can be changed inside the configurator. To begin the design, on the Configuration Type dropdown, select Vertical Hanger. Continue by adding the following properties:
- Insulation Thickness = 4
- Load = 7000 lb
- PipeSize = 20
- Service Temperature = 750
This button launches the configurator. The configurator is the rules engine that builds hanger assemblies based on a set of engineering input data. The data entered into the properties pane will pass through to the configurator, where applicable.Entering the Configurator for the first time
There will a slightly longer than normal wait time while Silverlight initializes for the first time. You will also need to enable 3D graphics to see the rendering of the support assembly. To enable 3D graphics:
- Right click on the white area in the left hand side of screen (where you see the mark number of the assembly).
- Click on the Silverlight menu option.
- Under the Permissions tab, select the web address http://www.anvileps.net:80 and allow use of blocked display drivers
- Logout of ETO using the logout option in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Once logged out, close your browser session. Note: If you close your browser before logging out, there will be a wait of one minute before your license is released.
- Login as before, and select your mark number from the recent marks list in the top left and hit the configurator button.
This will log you back in to the configurator and you will be able to see your configured hanger assembly.
- Parts Tree View: Lets you navigate through configurable pieces of the support assembly.
- Main View Window: Displays a 3D rendering of your support assembly.
- Properties Window: Displays design information that can be edited.
- Messages Prompt: Displays error messages when a support cannot be configured based on the input data.
- Outputs tab: Visible only at the hanger mark number level, this allows you to download a 2D .dwg, and a 3D .stp or .iam file.
- Navigation Area: Visible at all times in the top right corner of the browser window. The options here are:
- Project Browser: This takes you back to the project browser, saving your hanger in the current state, including all data that has been input in the configurator
- Help: Click here to use our live support feature and talk to an Anvil representative for technical support of Forgeworx. If no representative is available, please submit a help ticket form here (HELPLINK)
- Logout: When leaving Forgeworx, click the logout link. If you click on the "X" to close your browser, you will have to wait up to one minute before your license is released and you can log back in.
There two more important areas that remain fixed in the browser window:
Anvil Forgeworx Pro™ is a rules based design tool that utilizes parametric modeling to render hanger assemblies into 3D models and 2D hanger sketches. These key concepts are explained as follows:
Rules Based: Forgeworx takes design information input by the user and uses rules to determine the correct output. An example of a simple rule would be which rod size to use on a rigid hanger. In pseudocode, it would look like this:
Rule Rodsize: Lookup rod size for pipe diameter per MSS SP-58 Verify load of rating of hanger rod not exceeded If the load rating of the hanger rod is exceeded, then Return correct rod size based on load rating
For every hanger where a rod size is required, Forgeworx will take the value of the pipe diameter and return a rod size based on Table 3 of MSS SP-58-2009. It will then verify that the load rating of the hanger rod does not exceed by the design load entered by the user. If the load rating is exceeded, Forgeworx will look for the smallest rod size that can accommodate that load.
Rules for Forgeworx exist in three categories:
- Hanger Assembly Configuration Rules: These are all the rules that configure the hanger assembly from the pipe attachment to the structural attachment. They come from MSS SP-58 and the Anvil International pipe hanger catalogue http://www.anvileps.com/resources/documentation. For example, Forgeworx will size a variable spring according to the rules in the load selection table on pages 166 and 167 of the January 2014 catalogue.
- Modeling Rules: These rules have to do with the "aesthetics" of the 3D model. For example, when adding an existing beam to a vertical hanger assembly, it will run across the screen perpendicular to the pipe as a default. Other examples are evident in the selection of the support type and supplemental steel types.
- Engineering Rules: These rules size welds and supplemental steel sections. At this time, Forgeworx does not size steel or welds based on loads or other parameters. It is the responsibility of the user to follow good engineering practice and verify all steel and weld sizes and configurations meet their design criteria. When a user selects supplemental steel configurations and weld sizes, there are no engineering rules present, only modeling rules. Later releases of Forgeworx will implement engineering rules for sizing welds and steel shapes.
Parametric Modeling: Forgeworx utilizes parametric modeling for all 3D solids rendered in the display. A model can be considered parametric if it utilizes a single model for different sizes of the component. For example, an Anvil Fig. 291 pin can be modeled as a parametric cylinder with three parameters:
- Extrusion Angle
Each of these parameters will be the same for every size of Fig. 291. That is to say that every pin will have a diameter, length, and extrusion angle. The numerical values of each parameter will vary, but the shape and function of the model will be the same. When you see a Fig. 291 rendered in Forgeworx, it uses the same model for all sizes, and creates a specific instance with the required values for that application. This significantly reduces the number of parts required in the Forgeworx library, and allows for accurate configuration of each assembly.Designing Hanger Assemblies: Inputing Parameters
The following parameters entered earlier into the Project browser have passed through to the configurator as entered:
- Insulation Thickness = 4
- Load = 7000 lb
- PipeSize = 20
- Service Temperature = 750
When the user does not supply a parameter, a default value is used. For example, we did not enter an overall assembly length in the Project Browser, so Forgeworx assumes a default value of 60" from the center of the pipe to the structural attachment.
Input a value of 72" and the rod will increase in length. If you input a value of 144", Forgeworx will insert a turnbuckle into the assembly. Rod lengths are kept at 6' or less when possible for shipping purposes.
To continue with the hanger design, enter the following parameters:
- Movement = 1
- Variability = 0
* Important Note: When sizing spring hangers and constant supports, the Forgeworx default includes the weight of the lower components (clamp, rod, hardware etc...) in the sizing rules. This rule can be turned off in the Project browser at the pipeline level or for the individual marks.Model Tree and User Options
Anvil Forgeworx Pro™ assemblies have a hierarchy as follows:
- Mark Number
- Support Assembly
- Anvil Hanger Assembly
- Support Assembly
At the hanger mark number level, all design data that affects component sizing and selection is entered. This includes parameters such as movement, load, temperature etc.
At the support assembly level, user options can be configured. This includes options such as overriding a rigid or spring to a constant, turnbuckle opening size, and structural attachment type, among others.
Some of these parameters can be changed in the Project and pipeline levels in the Project browser and will become the default for that particular pipeline or Project.
The support assembly level allows you to see the values of each component in the assembly, including figure number, size, weight, etc.
(The photo above shows the spring hanger selected at the hanger assembly level and demonstrates how you can see component size.)
To finish our hanger assembly, we will configure our hanger to be an 81H Type C, and remove the turnbuckle from the assembly. To do this select the following parameters:
- Constant Hanger Series = 81H
- Constant Hanger Type = C
- Maximum Rod Length without turnbuckle = 144
Congratulations! You have successfully configured your first hanger assembly using Anvil Forgeworx Pro!
In the model tree, select your mark number. This will pull up the outputs tab. From this tab, you can save a 2D .dwg, 3D .iam, or 3D .stp. To get any of the above files, simple click on the icon and hit "Save". Note: You cannot rename the drawing at this point. The Windows save file dialogue will pop up, and from here you can edit the drawing name.
Working with Forgeworx Outputs
The 2D .dwg and 3D .iam are not backwards compatible with Autodesk Products. The release year on Autodesk software must be 2014 or later. Some notes on working with the outputs:
- Drawings can be viewed with Autodesk TrueView, which is free from Autodesk and available for download here http://www.autodesk.com/Products/dwg/viewers
- The drawing can be edited with their cloud C360 service, available here http://www.autodesk.com/Products/dwg/viewers
- To edit a drawing using Autocad LT 2014 (or later) or Autocad 2014 (or later), you must convert it from a layout to a model. To do this, right click on the tab at the bottom left labeled "Supportdrawingsheet" and select "Export Layout to Model". This will create and save a new drawing with the model view that can be edited.
- The 2D drawing is a native Autodesk Inventor .dwg. If you double click on the drawing with Inventor installed on your machine, it will open an instance of Inventor. To view in Autocad, open the drawing from Autocad.
- The 3D .iam is a native Autodesk Inventor file and can be opened with any version of Inventor 2014 release or later.
- The file will come in as a zipped folder and will contain all the part files along with the .iam assembly.
- To edit, open the .iam assembly from Inventor.
- Step file follows the convention set by ISO 10303-21.
- Can be opened with any step file viewer.
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