Superordinate to the P&ID is the process flow diagram (PFD) which indicates the more general flow of plant processes and the relationship between major equipment of a plant facility.
A piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) is defined as follows:
They usually contain the following information:
P&IDs are originally drawn up at the design stage from a combination of process flow sheet data, the mechanical process equipment design, and the instrumentation engineering design. During the design stage, the diagram also provides the basis for the development of system control schemes, allowing for further safety and operational investigations, such as a Hazard and operability study (HAZOP). To do this, it is critical to demonstrate the physical sequence of equipment and systems, as well as how these systems connect.
P&IDs also play a significant role in the maintenance and modification of the process after initial build. Modifications are red-penned onto the diagrams and are vital records of the current plant design.
They are also vital in enabling development of;
Based on STANDARD ANSI/ISA S5.1 and ISO 14617-6, the P&ID is used for the identification of measurements within the process. The identifications consist of up to 5 letters. The first identification letter is for the measured value, the second is a modifier, 3rd indicates passive/readout function, 4th - active/output function, and the 5th is the function modifier. This is followed by loop number, which is unique to that loop. For instance FIC045 means it is the Flow Indicating Controller in control loop 045. This is also known as the "tag" identifier of the field device, which is normally given to the location and function of the instrument. The same loop may have FT045 - which is the flow transmitter in the same loop.
|Column 5 |
|B||Burner, combustion||User choice||User choice||User choice|
|C||User's choice (usually conductivity)||Control||Close|
|D||User's choice (usually density)||Difference||Deviation|
|G||User's choice (usually gaging/gauging)||Gas||Glass/gauge/viewing|
|K||Time, time schedule||Time rate of change||Control station|
|M||User's choice||Middle / intermediate|
|N||User's choice (usually torque)||User choice||User choice||User choice|
|S||Speed, frequency||Safety (Non SIS (S5.1))||Switch||Stop|
|V||Vibration, mechanical analysis||Valve or damper|
|W||Weight, force||Well or probe|
|X||User's choice (usually on-off valve as XV)||X-axis||Accessory devices, unclassified||Unclassified||Unclassified|
|Y||Event, state, presence||Y-axis||Auxiliary devices|
|Z||Position, dimension||Z-axis or Safety Instrumented System||Actuator, driver or unclassified final control element|
For reference designation of any equipment in industrial systems the standard IEC 61346 (Industrial systems, installations and equipment and industrial products — Structuring principles and reference designations) can be applied. For the function Measurement the reference designator B is used, followed by the above listed letter for the measured variable.
For reference designation of any equipment in a power station the KKS Power Plant Classification System can be applied.
|Pipe||Thermally insulated pipe||Jacketed pipe||Cooled or heated pipe|
|Flexible connection||Hydraulic pump||Pump||Vacuum pump or compressor|
|Fan||Axial fan||Radial fan||Dryer|
|Jacketed mixing vessel (autoclave)||Half pipe mixing vessel||Pressurized horizontal vessel||Pressurized vertical vessel|
|Packed column||Plate column||Furnace||Cooling tower|
|Heat exchanger||Coil heat exchanger||Cooler||Plate & frame heat exchanger|
|Double pipe heat exchanger||Fixed straight tubes heat exchanger||U shaped tubes heat exchanger||Spiral heat exchanger|
|Covered gas vent||Curved gas vent||Air filter||Funnel or tundish|
|Steam trap||Viewing glass||Pressure reducing valve||Valve|
|Gate valve||Control valve||Manual valve||Check valve|
|Needle valve||Butterfly valve||Diaphragm valve||Ball valve|
|Check valve||Back draft damper||Bag||Gas bottle|
|Globe valve||3-way valve||Piston or reciprocating compressor||Relief valve|
|Rupture disc||Turboexpander||Centrifugal pump||Reciprocating pump|
Prior to the advent of computer-aided design (CAD) in the late 1980s, P&IDs were drawn by hand. The drawing template shown below, actual size 225 mm by 111 mm, is typical of those used to draw P&IDs.
Piping and instrumentation diagram manual drawing template (1980s). Symbol key: