Get up and running by installing SpoolFab on your Windows machine.
SpoolFab is used to produce piping isometrics and to track fabrication and NDE. It can also help you keep track of purchasing, heat numbers, inventory, and production. If you already have some kind of tracking system, SpoolFab can likely provide much of the data it needs. SpoolFab can even suggest which spools to fabricate in order to make better use of your current stock. It imports PCF/IDF files as installation isos and allows you to break them into fabrication drawings. It even produces files for use with various profiling and bending machines.
A SpoolFab package includes a USB flash drive containing the program, plus a numbered purple Sentinel SuperPro USB key which keeps track of the drawings used. Typically the key comes preloaded with 100 drawing counts. Additional counts can be purchased at a later date and added to the key. Any SpoolFab package can be used as a single machine installation, or to support multiple users on the same network. If you lose or damage the flash drive, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a download link, or contact tech support at 1-866-432-6540 or +1 780-434-4452.
Single machine installation is appropriate for a lone user, or for someone who operates at remote locations. To proceed with a single installation:
If this window appears only very briefly, i.e. SpoolFab does not really spend any time looking for the key, you may need to adjust Data Execution Protection to allow SpoolFab to run.
A single SpoolFab package can also support multiple users in the same office. Drawings are stored in a common SFClients folder, which is usually placed on a server that is backed up on a regular basis. The program is installed on each user’s computer and is then “pointed” at the SFClients folder. The USB key needs to be located on a machine that is always on, as the program will not run unless the key is detected. The Sentinel Protection Installer needs to be run on the machine that hosts the key. This should be done before the key is plugged in. Before you start, decide which machine will be the key server and which will be the file server. These could be the same machine.