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Add the capability to make a note in panel schedules for special circuit breakers - HACR, SWD, etc.

Would make sense to add a note field in the equipment connection creation form or in the circuiting form to tag individual breakers with specific requirements, possibly with a superscript which refers to a box of notes attached to the bottom of the schedule.

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      • Bryant commented  · 

        There might be some confusion on this statement: Shunt trip breakers typically use and extra panel slot. Currently we just show a blank space (no breaker) under the shunt trip and label it 'space for shunt trip'." That extra space you are referring to is actually the control power source for another breaker which is actually the Shunt trip breaker. For Fire alarm systems sometimes you would not require that "space for shunt trip" as the power would be DC and coming from the fire alarm panel. That "space for Shunt trip" if required would just be labels "Shunt Trip Power", but the actual breaker that is the shunt trip breaker would need a note saying "Shunt Trip". Which brings me to the next issue with this special case is that we need to be able to have this note for the circuit breaker OR the main breaker as many panels are EPO protected and they shut off the whole panel. If we could get notes for the main breaker then we could then also add trip settings to that note for arch flash and circuit breaker coordination.

      • AdminDavid Robison (President, Design Master Software) commented  · 

        I am also merging in the "Shunt Trip Breakers in Panel Schedule" idea with this one. Its description was "Provide the ability to specify a breaker as a shunt trip breaker in the panel schedule. Shunt trip breakers typically use and extra panel slot. Currently we just show a blank space (no breaker) under the shunt trip and label it 'space for shunt trip'."

      • Eric Allcorn commented  · 

        I think this is the same as this idea - "Add the capability to make a note in panel schedules for special circuit breakers - HACR, SWD, etc."

      • Bryant commented  · 

        I saw another engineers schedule that l liked. Next to each circuit was another column called Notes. But it was a place to put about 5 numbers with circles around them as a reference. Then at the bottom of the schedule inside its border was a note section with all the numbers with circles around them listed in a separate rows with an explanation of the note. Look very easy to understand and clean.

      • Mosby West commented  · 

        I'd like to see a vertical "Notes" column in the PB schedule to the right of the CKT # where we would place a number (1, 2, 3...) which would refer to a table of notes at the bottom of the panel schedule. The column header would say "Notes".

        I currently do this manually by adding (Note X) in the circuit description field. The "X" refers to the note number at, i.e. 1, 2, 3..., in a table of notes at the bottom of the schedule.

      • steffteich commented  · 

        Definitely would like to see a comments column in the panel schedules!

      • gizmoid commented  · 

        This seems like a good suggestion. This comes up a significant amount that you need to make a branch breaker GFCI, AFCI, etc. It would be nice if it were either a text field so you could enter anything you wanted, or a keynote of some sort which can relate to a table.

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