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Panasonic launches free designer software

Panasonic has launched its new ECOi VRF Designer software to make bespoke air conditioning systems.
The free software aims to allow air conditioning system designers, installers and dealers to design and size systems using Panasonic's ECOi VRF range, create wiring diagrams and issue bills of quantities at the push of a button.

Marc Diaz of Panasonic said: 'We have created this new software program, the VRF Designer, to be very easy to use. By using it, engineers will be able to develop projects quickly, by either using the drag and drop icons or the project wizard. It comes fully loaded with all appropriate Panasonic product details and is designed with flexibility in mind so that several different system designs can be created within one project. A real boost for busy engineers!'

The program will check system designs for piping limitations in terms of height and length, capacity matches between indoor and outdoor units, correct piping and correct wiring. Correction factors are automatically applied to indoor unit capacities, depending on height differences, piping lengths, indoor/outdoor capacity ratio and design conditions. It will also calculate any additional amounts of refrigerant that may be required, based on configuration and piping lengths.

Existing projects can be modified or extended at a later stage and reports can be printed out showing piping and wiring diagrams, power supply diagrams as well as bill of quantities. All diagrams can also be exported in Autocad format.

VRF Designer is is available free of charge via PanasonicPro Club. Training will be available through Panasonic's support channels or on demand, and an e-learning training module is to be introduced in the next few months.

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15 July 2011

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