Line Drawings For Installation Manual of Process Control Equipment

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 06:47

Way back in the late 1990's or early 2000's I created some installation manuals for a line of industrial monitors called the BeeHive series.  I also created a logo, some other graphics and Flash animations. The worst thing about this early work is that I have lost so much of it. I would especially like to still have some of the Flash animations. 

I am pretty sure I still have the installation manuals in PDF form somewhere one of my old machines. I will simply have to dig.

Early in my career I worked for Data Plus Incorporated. Data Plus repaired and manufactured display equipment for the Process Control market. This meant that they fixed computer monitors for industrial factories and power plants. The equipment these displays were mounted in were built in the 1970's. It was large, expensive and was ruggedized for industrial use. There was really no need in most cases for the systems to be replaced and doing so was though to be cost preventative, so repairing and replacing parts of the system was a lucrative business. That is until the Y2K scare. Suddenly all of these companies decided they need to replace their systems with PC's. I suppose it was inevitable. 

In any case before I started building websites I was primarily interested in graphics and at the time 3D modeling had only just started becoming available to the general public for a reasonable price. In fact it wasn't long after the first Pentium chips went over 200 MHz that I bought my first 3D suite for $100.

Data Plus asked me to build some 3D models of the installation process for the documentation. These models were actually built using a free program called Anim8or. To create a line-drawing of my model I simply selected all the faces, gave it a flat black color, subdivided with a weight of 1 and then extruded just a little. Then set the selected faces to flat white with a high emmissive setting. Anim8or used square faces instead of triangles and the models were box modeled. So, it worked out nicely.

Here are some examples of this old equipment.