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User Guide

TOPSS™
Trane Official Product Selection System
version 5

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND DISCLAIMERS TOPSS, whether used by itself or in combination with other software, is intended as a tool for product selection based on performance requirements for HVAC systems guided by specific operating and environmental conditions. Program accuracy is highly dependent on usersupplied data. It is the user’s responsibility to understand how the data entered affects program output, and to understand that any pre-made templates are to be used only as guidelines for entering that data. The calculation results and reports from this program are meant to aid the system designer and are not a substitute for design services, judgment, or experience. TRANE, IN PROVIDING THIS PROGRAM, ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR THE DESIGN OF THE BUILDING OR SUPPORT SYSTEMS, WHICH INCLUDES APPROPRIATE SIZING AND APPLICATION OF HVAC SYSTEMS. TRANE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIMS, CAUSES OF ACTION, OR DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR ALLEGED TO ARISE OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE TOPSS PROGRAM. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL TRANE BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, REGARDLESS OF THE LEGAL THEORY ADVANCED. Trane and the Trane logo are registered trademarks, and TOPSS and C.D.S. are trademarks of The Trane Company. Windows, Windows NT, and Microsoft Word and Excel are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. © 2001 American Standard Inc. All rights reserved

Contents
1 Welcome! .................................................................................................................. 1-1
Overview .............................................................................................................. 1-1 TOPSS products ......................................................................................................1-3 What to look for in this manual ...............................................................................1-5 What to look for in online Help................................................................................1-5 How to reach us ......................................................................................................1-6 Want the latest developments?......................................................................1-6 Have suggestions? .........................................................................................1-6

2 Getting Started!...................................................................................................... 2-1
Installing TOPSS ................................................................................................... 2-1 A quick program overview.......................................................................................2-4 TOPSS terminology ................................................................................................ 2-8

3 The Quick Select Wizard ......................................................................................3-1
Step 1 — Select a product category .........................................................................3-2 Step 2 — Select a product family .............................................................................3-3 Step 3 — Select a specific product ..........................................................................3-4 Step 4— Specify the required performance and/or features ...................................3-5 Step 5 — View the selection results .......................................................................3-7 Why save to a Wizard file? ......................................................................................3-9

4 Tutorial: Selecting A Preconfigured Product ...............................................4-1
The general process ................................................................................................4-1 Create a preconfigured product...............................................................................4-2 Add a product ..........................................................................................................4-7 Add another product..............................................................................................4-11 Delete a product ...........................................................................................4-12

5 Tutorial: Selecting A Configurable Product .................................................5-1
A configurable product ............................................................................................5-1 Create a configurable product .................................................................................5-6

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..............................8-3 Product information........ 8-11 9 Glossary ............................................................................................................................................7-4 Set/modify default values..................9-4 Menus ............................................................9-6 Toolbars .........8-1 Open an existing file ............................................................6-4 Graphs/charts .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................6-3 Advanced features..........................8-10 Print a view...............................................................................7-10 8 Job Management ............................6 Timesaving Features ..................................................................................................................................7-4 Preferences.................................................................................................6-6 Mixed air calculator ............................................7-5 Specify tolerances........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................6-1 Dimension drawings ............................................................................................................9-1 Definitions ......................................................................9-1 Graphs/charts product information........................................................ 8-10 Export Schedule view...........................................................................................................................................................6-1 Copy/paste ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7-7 User defined tab..........7-9 Create a custom tab .................................................................7-2 Fix tag column..............................8-1 Job information .....................................................................8-4 Print product report ................................................................................................................................................................................7-3 Hide information..............................................................6-1 Find and replace ..........................................................8-6 Views .....................................................................................7-1 Change units of measurement......................................7-1 Arrange fields .......................................................................................................................................................................................................6-8 7 Customizing TOPSS..................8-4 Export product report ....................................................................................................................6-7 Sort results....................... 9-10 iv Contents TOPSS User Guide•CDS-PRM003-EN ..................6-5 Invalid results ................................................................................................................7-6 Templates................................................................................................................................................................................8-1 Job notes ..............................................................................................................................................

Overview System designers not only determine the best system for the building. TOPSS determines which products best meet the performance requirements you specify for each project. This time-consuming method is simplified by the TOPSS program. Based on the information you enter. check out the Readme and What’s New files on the program CD-ROM or in the Start menu for an overview of the new features. If you have used TOPSS before. and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment based on performance. TOPSS will quickly evaluate the heating. TOPSS provides you with equipment selection and performance calculations for the Trane units you want at the design conditions you specify. this manual will help you get started.1 Welcome! Welcome to the Trane Official Product Selection System (TOPSS™)! The program provides a single interface to select the right equipment from the continually growing list of product families and models. but also decide which equipment will optimize that system. If you are new to the TOPSS program. Welcome! TOPSS User Guide •CDS-PRM003-EN 1-1 . In the past. 2 Select a product family. ventilation. this decision was based on a trial-and-error process with the designer entering numbers on a computer spreadsheet (or by hand) and comparing the results to select the best equipment. The TOPSS selection process consists of five steps: 1 Select a product category. You make the final unit choices based on these criteria.

When you instruct TOPSS to produce results that meet or exceed the desired performance criteria. Adding another product in the same family or adding a different product family is accomplished by repeating the basic process. Although TOPSS coordinates many variables as it determines the optimum product choices for your project. I You enter the required performance and TOPSS selects the model Based on the entered conditions. As you become more familiar with this software. Then contact your Trane sales engineer to place your order from the list of suitable units.. We strongly recommend that you work through the tutorials in Chapters 4 and 5 as you start to use TOPSS. 1-2 Welcome! TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . You’ll walk through the process as you try the tutorial exercises to learn the special features and functions that will assist your project development. a working knowledge of Windows is beneficial and will greatly enhance your progress. even the novice user will come up-to-speed using the Quick Select Wizard discussed in Chapter 3. you’ll learn how to make changes to the templates which customize TOPSS to fit your needs. Because TOPSS is a Windows®-based application.. the program generates the results that best satisfy the performance criteria. it reviews the available information in a minimal amount of time. TOPSS performs in one of two ways: I You select a model and TOPSS calculates its performance Or . as explained in Chapter 6.3 Select a product file. After you enter the design conditions. 4 Specify the required performance and/or features. 5 View the selection results.

click Add Product on the main toolbar. Click the button to generate a bar chart that gives you a quick comparison of the potential products. similar to the one shown below. The Product Comparison Chart button allows you to compare products within the same category or family in the product tree. and Air Terminal Devices and Heating Products. TOPSS equipment selections will be supplemented as new products become available. Click the + in front of each group to expand the product list. with product icons. A dialog box appears. listing the four groups of product categories available: Refrigeration. to see the current offerings.TOPSS products The product list supported by TOPSS is constantly expanding. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Welcome! 1-3 . Unitary. To view the current list. Air Handling.

1-4 Welcome! TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . Double-click the product bar to add products on the chart to the current project.The drop-down lists of both Performance Attributes and Unit of Measure let you quickly modify the basis of comparison.

and Video Tutorials demonstrate various procedures in the TOPSS program. Product Help discusses specific Trane products used in TOPSS. the F1 key.What to look for in this manual I Installation instructions I Explanation of the Quick Select Wizard I Step-by-step tutorials to familiarize you with the program I Program reference information What to look for in online Help The TOPSS menu offers three varieties of Help: TOPSS Help explains the program itself. The Help files include: I Detailed descriptions of each field in the program I “How to” information I Information used by the program I Product background TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Welcome! 1-5 . through the pulldown menu. Help can be opened in several different ways. or the context-sensitive Help button on the toolbar.

Or. please take a moment to let us know. to 5:30 p. As you use TOPSS and discover opportunities to enhance its usability. Group 3600 Pammel Creek Road La Crosse. CT Monday through Thursday. The Trane Company provides this software free of charge.com/commercial/software Have suggestions? We recognize the need for continuous product improvement. The experienced HVAC engineers and software specialists will provide you with unlimited software support.trane. enter: www.S.D.S.com For Web pages specific to Trane software. including free downloads and product updates. 1-6 Welcome! TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN .How to reach us In an ongoing effort to passionately serve our customers. too. Give us a call for details. if you prefer.m. we offer regional or on-site training. phone • 608-787-3926 fax • 608-787-3005 e-mail • cdshelp@trane.m. Should you need additional help. WI 54601-7599 Want the latest developments? Visit the Trane Web site at: www.m. Support Center hours are 8:00 a.trane.m. If your sales engineer is unable to help you. contact us through any of the methods listed above.D. and 8:00 a. to 5:00 p. or if you encounter difficulties.com conventional mail • The Trane Company Attn: C. Fill out the “feedback” form included in the software package and fax or mail it to us. Contact your sales engineer for assistance with TOPSS. please contact the C.™ Support Center. CT on Friday.

and then discuss some specific TOPSS terminology.2 Getting Started! As we begin. or ME® operating system I I I I Software information Adobe Acrobat™ Reader software is required to view the PDF files of the manual and the Readme file included on the program CD-ROM. NT®. from the Adobe Web site. www. You can download the latest version of Acrobat Reader. 98. but we recommend 128 MB A CD-ROM drive A video card that displays a minimum of 800 × 600 pixels of desktop area A mouse or other pointing device Microsoft Windows® 95. Installing TOPSS Computer requirements I I I A personal computer (PC) with a Pentium® or faster processor A hard drive with 25 to 250 megabytes (MB) of free space At least 64 MB of random-access memory (RAM). 2000. TOPSS User Guide •CDS-PRM003-EN Getting Started! 2-1 . take a quick program overview. let’s install the program on your computer.adobe. free of charge.com.

link to the Trane Web site.D. tutorials. access online documentation. select Complete Installation and follow the on-screen directions. click Start\Programs\C. 2-2 Getting Started! TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . ITo install specific products and tutorials. and view ordering information. but click Complete Installation or Custom Installation when prompted to install system files on a client computer. learn about other Trane programs. and dimension drawings. open Explorer or click Start\Run\Browse and double-click SETUP. follow the steps outlined here. ITo install all products. Applications\TOPSS\TOPSS. 2 Insert the TOPSS CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive. Use the CD menu to install software. 4 Select Installation and setup on the CD menu. 6 Eject the CD-ROM and restart Windows after the installation process is completed. repeat the process to install TOPSS on client PCs. select Network Administrator Installation and follow the on-screen directions. 7 To start the program. ITo Then. install all files on a network server and then make the files available to client PCs. 5 Follow the directions on the screen to install the program.Step-by-step installation To install TOPSS on your stand-alone or network-linked computer. 3 Your AutoPlay feature should start the CD menu automatically. If not. select Custom Installation and follow the on-screen directions. All installations should follow these general steps: 1 Close all applications.S.EXE that appears in the drop-down list.

98. TOPSS will bypass this option. If you do not currently use VariTrane Duct Designer. If you just purchased VariTrane Duct Designer. and then double-click Add/ Remove Programs in the Control Panel. Note: For NT workstations without full permission. or Network Administrator Installation setup. the uninstall feature in Windows 95. and VFXF) or choose Complete. Follow the on-screen directions to complete the process. 2000.0 or higher is installed on your computer. you may have to log on as the Administrator to complete the client installation. or Custom. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Getting Started! 2-3 . The program asks if you want to install the VAV models for Duct Designer (LFXE.Installing TOPSS and VariTrane™ Duct Designer TOPSS and VariTrane Duct Designer are now interactive. How to uninstall the program If you ever need to remove TOPSS from your computer. TOPSS will acknowledge its presence during the installation procedure. If Duct Designer version 3. LFXF. VFXE. NT. or ME will remove all program components except files shared with other programs or project files. VCXF. Select TOPSS and click Add/Remove. Note: TOPSS performance is not be affected if the VariTrane Duct Designer program is not available. VCXE. install it first and then install TOPSS using the general directions on page 2-2. Go to Start\Settings.

as shown. the more closely the results match your criteria. Icons indicate the status of each unit. expand with + or Criteria results marked In Job Module included in unit Result status. Table 2-1 TOPSS result symbols Criteria Symbol Description Not marked to run Symbol Results Description Not included In Job Marked to run Included In Job No results Module not marked in unit Criteria results. These tabs can filter the available options as you define your product criteria. When working in either of the two entry views. preliminary criteria are organized by the product tree on the left side of the window. From the Input view you can add products or calculate results. Take advantage of the tabs on the upper right side of the pane to group product details. then TOPSS compares the performance of the products. see Table 2-1 for examples. Use the Input view to enter information about a single unit. Equipment that satisfies the established guidelines can be displayed onscreen in the Input view or the Schedule view before you select the units for your project. The more information you enter about the project.A quick program overview You compile and enter product information for your project in a worksheet on the screen. color-coded 2-4 Getting Started! TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN .

Tabs organize the entries for the product. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Getting Started! 2-5 . See Table 2-1 for details. a job can include a variety of products and criteria. As shown. The Products In Use pane and the In Job and Run Result columns display icons that give you visual clues about completed jobs. Lists products included in the current project. Enter a unique name in Tag for each set of criteria.Job Menu Toolbars Select the User Defined tab to customize entries for specific project needs.

you will determine the views that are most effective for you in each step. 2-6 Getting Started! TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . The first time you add information to an empty line in the Schedule view. It is set up in a spreadsheet format that organizes criteria and results horizontally and vertically as required. go to File/ Preferences and select either Input view or Schedule view on the Default tab. Enter larger projects through the Schedule view.To change the default starting view. the program automatically creates a new criteria line for the next entry. As you become familiar with the program. This view can show product information both before and after the run procedure. Some designers find the Input view helpful when entering information and the Schedule view beneficial for comparing results to make final selections.

while Chapter 7 discusses templates. so you can’t change information here. The Results view is a read-only window.Use the Results view. which is split into two panes. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Getting Started! 2-7 . Keep in mind that you can customize all of these views and templates created for specific projects. to review the outcome of each run. Compare the products that meet performance requirements of the project. This pane shows the run results. This pane shows the criteria. Add successfully-run products to the Job folder to share with your Trane sales engineer. Chapter 6 explains how to make changes to the views. Return to the Schedule or Input view to edit entries. Double-click the In Job cell to add a product to the Job folder.

and DTU (Default. The Products In Use tree is displayed in the left pane of the Job Workspace window. and Units). Tolerance. The Job folder contains products you’ve selected for the job. Output. both before and after selections. Results of the program calculations are identified as potential selections. To add a result to the Job folder. Productspecific visuals provide a quick-and-easy-to-understand overview of the equipment in your job.TOPSS terminology Let’s clarify terms used in the program before we begin to use the software. or Results view. Input. You can then share the selections with your Trane sales engineer. Click the folder icon to view the products. This information is used to calculate the performance for various product arrangements. TOPSS defines criteria as the performance data you enter. The Job Workspace can display several different views: Schedule. it becomes a selection in your Job folder. The tree lists Trane product families and tag names for sets of performance criteria and results. Results. 2-8 Getting Started! TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . double-click the In Job cell in the Schedule. You’ll use this tree to move between criteria and product families in your job. The Job Workspace window is a “scratch pad” for locating and selecting products to be included in the Job folder. Output. When you choose a valid result for a criteria.

Examples of preconfigured products are fan-coil air conditioners. The system select process. blower-coil air handlers. while the User Defined tab lets you display only the entries you choose. Output. customize the User Defined tab to group related information. You can check items to place them in the Job folder or assign a tag. The batch run selects the best fans and coils based on your criteria. You must manually run or “batch run” criteria for modules with multiple criteria.A preconfigured product contains product options within a predefined factory configuration. The workspace has tabs across the top so you can more quickly locate desired entries. These customized options save with the job. lets you select the best coil and fans for your unit in a step by step process. TOPSS automatically runs criteria and produces results for modules with a single performance criterion. and Schedule views are fully customizable and can be saved in templates for use in other projects. so edit your selections in either Schedule view or Input view. such as the mixing box. This view is read-only. such as the fan or horizontal coil. The All Fields tab includes all available entries on a single screen. fan-powered VAV units. discussed in detail in TOPSS online Help. Use the Output view to display results in a layout similar to the Input view. For example. and show only the fields you need. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Getting Started! 2-9 . A configurable product contains multiple sections or modules— each with its own set of options—that can be physically arranged in different ways to accomodate requirements. Add criteria for products through the Input view. and low-height. you can rearrange the order of criteria. The Input. and can be applied to other TOPSS files using templates. TOPSS determines the modules that best meet the performance of the unit you constructed in the on-screen window. The configurable products currently available in TOPSS are the outdoor climate changer air handler (TSCX) and the indoor central-station air handler (MCCX).

and other programs. If you are ready to print. When you’ve determined the selections for your project.EMF files. depending on your requirements. Resize the columns as needed. Criteria appear on the top pane and results appear on the bottom pane. Modify a variety of settings with the DTU view. I 2-10 Getting Started! TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . double-click the In Job field to add each one to your Job folder. tolerance.The Schedule view uses a spreadsheet format. print. which works well for large projects or when your project information is also in a spreadsheet format. Schedule view lets you cut and paste information from a spreadsheet file into your current project to save time and ensure accuracy. the current views print in these formats: I I I Input and Output views print one result per page. Dimension drawings export as *. Choose either a vertical or horizontal layout. TOPSS lets you preview. as pictures. and customize options. and unit information. change your entries. Visit one location to adjust default. Information about a selected product can be printed through the Print or Preview command under File\Print . you’ll enter project information. Schedule view prints in a spreadsheet format. This screen is divided into two panes. Dimension drawings print a scaled drawing of the selected unit with dimensional data. and export reports. Click Preview to see the report before it is printed. Here. The Results view displays performance criteria and results of the run. which can be imported into Microsoft® Word. You’ll use this read-only view after the criteria are run.

5 View the selection results. 3 Select a product file. 4 Specify the required performance and/or features. Performance criteria All the Wizard windows are sizable. Click for assisatance with current dialog box. You can also use it to quickly select products based on standard configurations. We’ll walk through the process as these five steps guide your choices: 1 Select a product category. but wonder where and how to start? The Quick Select Wizard is an easy way to become familiar with the program and its capabilities. The valid range limits for the active field are available in the lower left corner of the Quick Select Wizard dialog box.3 The Quick Select Wizard Are you ready to begin using TOPSS. TOPSS User Guide •CDS-PRM003-EN The Quick Select Wizard 3-1 . 2 Select a product family. you can always click F1 or the Help button for assistance A description of each step appears at the top of each Wizard dialog box. Each view has a Help window that explains the current step in detail. Range information for current field. Remember.

You can add other product categories later. select a product from the list of product categories on the first screen. 3-2 The Quick Select Wizard TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . after completing the current set of product requirements.Click Quick Select Wizard and we’ll get started. let’s choose Packaged Heat Pumps (PKGP) and click Next or double-click the PKGP product to move to the next window Only one product category can be selected at a time in the Quick Select Wizard. Step 1—Select a product category With your project requirements available. For example.

Although you can click Finish to leave the Quick Select Wizard and add the product to the TOPSS workspace.Step 2 — Select a product family Now select 3-20 Ton Packaged Unitary Heap Pump Rooftop Dedicated (WCD_) from the list of product families. click Next or doubleclick the WCD_ line. To move to the next window. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN The Quick Select Wizard 3-3 . a typical product picture appears on the left pane of the dialog box. After you’ve clicked it. let’s use the Wizard to refine our performance criteria.

The screen lists the possible products with additional information on the right pane. Change the measurement scheme here. Quick Select Wizard files. go to page 3-9. electric heat and click Next.Step 3 — Select a specific product Here you’ll choose an available product from the list of predefined Quick Select Wizard products. To add customized. You can select only one product at this step. SI. The window defaults to the current unit of measure scheme from the Quick Select Wizard file. or I-P —for the product family here. 3-4 The Quick Select Wizard TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . You can also select a different Unit of Measure Scheme — Scheme from Selection. Let’s select 5 ton. Preview of the selected Wizard file.

Use this cell to rename the project as required. The dialog boxes for this step vary according to the product selected. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN The Quick Select Wizard 3-5 . so you may have several to work through. is automatically entered. WCD_.Step 4 — Specify the required performance and/or features Information for the selected product. Information to complete those boxes is necessary to activate the Next button. You can make changes to reflect your project’s criteria. some product wizards have required entries which are displayed as red boxes. Note too.

3-6 The Quick Select Wizard TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . a screen similar to the one below appears to help you adjust criteria. For more information about Run Messages.If you enter information that is outside the predetermined unit limits. see page 6-6.

” and “Total. The Results window shows the total number of results returned after running the product.” “Meets.” “Low. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN The Quick Select Wizard 3-7 . See page 3-6 for an example. If available.Step 5 — View the selection results TOPSS calculates the performance results automatically between Step 4 and Step 5. Units are broken out in the columns “Exceeds. click Run Messages for additional information.” The table will scroll horizontally if necessary.

Click the red question mark for additional information. click Next Wizard. click Back to return to Step 2.If you want to add additional options to the product or add other product categories. When you click Finish. the Quick Select Wizard adds the product to the Products In Use tree and places the product information in the TOPSS workspace. click Back again to return to Step 1. Check the In Job box to add the results to the Job folder. 3-8 The Quick Select Wizard TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . If your project requires another product category. To add another product family. You return to Step 3 of the Quick Select Wizard where you can enter a different product.

Since only one criteria is selected in the Wizard. These additions will appear in the Quick Select Wizard job notes when the file is chosen. Formatting and other template information is saved in your Wizard file. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN The Quick Select Wizard 3-9 . After you customize your product file. as shown on the next page. only the first criteria of a job is saved to the Wizard file. When this dialog box opens. you can add specific notes or assign a name to your Wizard file. save it to a Wizard file so that it is available as a quick select option in the Wizard. saving the information to a Wizard file may be a timesaver.Why save to a Wizard file? If you have one or more product configurations that you use frequently.

your customized product files are shown in Step 3. 3-10 The Quick Select Wizard TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . Use this information to speed up the selection process.As you step through the Quick Select Wizard.

4 Tutorial: Selecting A Preconfigured Product Let’s look first at the overall procedure for product selection within TOPSS. Each product family has its own set of required entries necessary to calculate the performance. and Output views of the Job workspace. Enter information —Select a product family in the Input or Schedule view with the Add Product button. the fewer results TOPSS returns. Results. Repeat the process until you have determined all the units necessary for your job. Accurate preliminary project information simplifies the product selection process. Run Criteria —Choose which criteria to run and begin the process to generate performance results. then we’ll add additional products to the job. As you review the products that meet the specified criteria. Tutorial: Selecting A Preconfigured Product TOPSS User Guide •CDS-PRM003-EN 4-1 . or building plans to assemble the information that you’ll enter during the equipment performance evaluation process with TOPSS. We’ll walk through the steps involved in creating a single preconfigured selection. Enter the program-required entries as well as any additional information that is unique to the project. specifications. Keep in mind the more the product is defined. When project selections are complete. Many of the criteria have a preset range of limits within which a given product performs with optimum effect. gather the project documents. share the information with your Trane sales engineer as either an electronic file or a printed report. Check any messages in View/Run Messages for additional information. select the units to add to the Job folder. View Results —The results appear in the Schedule. The general process Gather data —Before you begin.

4-2 Tutorial: Selecting A Preconfigured Product TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . Note: If TOPSS is open. Select 3-5 Ton Unitary Cooling Rooftop T_C. 1 Click Start and select Programs\C. check this box.S. and double-click. As you work through the tutorial. 2 Locate the T_C icon. The Welcome window appears: To bypass the Welcome screen in the future. then click Add Product. select File\New Job (CTRL+N).D. save your file (File\Save As\) with a relevant name — as with all file names — to ensure the information is retrievable.Create a preconfigured job Open the program if you have not already done so. Make sure you are in the Input view.Applications\TOPSS\ TOPSS. Click OK. You’ll see the window on page 4-3 appear with the T_C unit ready for additional criteria. You’ll want to save periodically as you complete the exercise. Click + in front of Unitary\Rooftop Air Conditioners (RT). We will enter a T_C rooftop product in this exercise and will refer to the information in Table 4-1 to complete the task.

The screen lists the products with identifying icons and tags on the left in a tree format with the criteria entry area on the right side of the window. While in the criteria entry area. 3 Select the All Fields tab. if it’s not already selected. to enter your information. We can enter the details with minimal scrolling. click the appropriate product-defined tabs. Each product group has tabs that reflect the specific product. the Input view and the Schedule view. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Tutorial: Selecting A Preconfigured Product 4-3 . Select the All Fields tab to see all the available options at one time. but they will be similar to the dialog box below: We are ready to enter the product criteria. page 7-1 has more information. and enter the performance criteria found in Table 4-1. such as Main Cooling or Main Heating. let’s continue to use the Input view to add the information. You can customize User Defined fields for your specific project. Since we are entering only one T_C. TOPSS has two views that allow you to enter data.

As you work through the red boxes in the tutorial.Table 4-1 Unitary Cooling Rooftop —T_C product information Field Efficiency Tonnage Voltage Design airflow Cooling EDB Cooling EWB Performance Data Standard efficiency 3 ton 208-230/60/3 1200 cfm 80°F 67°F Field Ambient temp. double-click the box. The program displays range limits for the selected box as shown in the next screen shot. Any boxes shaded in yellow contain values that are near the recommended limits of the operating range.25 6 kW electric heater 3 Ph 70°F Supply fan/drive/motor Standard drive motor Airflow configuration Downflow You will see some boxes shaded in red as you work through the tutorial. A dialog box explains which. 4-4 Tutorial: Selecting A Preconfigured Product TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . Boxes shaded in gray indicate values aren’t required for that particular entry to run the process. If you decide to add values to gray boxes or just want more information. entry boxes will be affected by value adjustments. Design ESP Heating capacity Heating EAT Performance Data 95°F 0. notice the information in the lower left corner of the TOPSS screen. if any. Blue boxes need information to produce available dimension drawings. they require values before the program can calculate performance.

The view below shows the entry boxes completed for our exercise based on the available information. the Run Results. TOPSS determines the product sizes that best meet the entered performance criteria. The Output view window appears. 4 Click Run to begin the selection process. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Tutorial: Selecting A Preconfigured Product 4-5 . and a spin box to view additional unit results. with any Run Messages.

This selection meets your specified criteria performance. 6 Save your job. Click the question mark for further job information. Online Help provides detailed explanations of the message icons. 5 To add the results to the Job folder. This selection exceeds the specified criteria performance. Various performance-based icons indicate messages relating to the selection. This selection is below performance specifications.One of the following symbols appears after a job has been run to indicate results. check the In Job box at the bottom of the Output view. (File\Save Job\To File) 4-6 Tutorial: Selecting A Preconfigured Product TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . Recheck criteria before running again. The results are invalid and can not be added to the job.

Add a product 1 Click Add Product to see the Add Product dialog box. Table 4-2 VAV single duct product information Performance Data VCWF DDC to control n.c. Now.. let’s add another product to the current job. Click + in front of Air Terminal Devices & Heating Products to expand the list. 2 Click Input view and select All Fields tab to enter the following performance criteria. Click + in front of Variable Air Volume Units (VAV).Congratulations . Doubleclick Redesigned Variable Air Volume Signal Duct Terminal Units (SINGLE) to add it to the job. on/off wtr vlv Performance Data None None Field Unit model Unit control type Field Electric heater voltage Electric heater stage TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Tutorial: Selecting A Preconfigured Product 4-7 .. you have entered and run your first performance selection in TOPSS.

5 gpm Performance Data 68°F 55 °F Left Yes 1. Main coil type 180°F 1 row ARI 885-98 mineral fiber 4-8 Tutorial: Selecting A Preconfigured Product TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN .Table 4-2 VAV single duct product information Performance Data 1250 cfm 375 cfm 0 ft 1/2” matte 375 cfm 1. H2O ARI 885-98 Field Design clg airflow Min clg airflow Elevation Unit insulation Valve heating airflow Heating flow rate Field Room heating setpoint Primary EDB Connection side Run acoustics? Max Inlet SP Discharge transfer function Radiated transfer function Heating ent fluid temp.5 in.

3 Click Run. your screen should look like this: To review all the results. TOPSS will determine the products that best meet the performance criteria. go to View\Schedule\Vertical for a window similar to the one at the top of page 4-10. After the data has been entered and run. 4 Check the In Job box to add this product to the Job folder. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Tutorial: Selecting A Preconfigured Product 4-9 .

Save your work. If you want to review the information. go to View\Job Folder. The following window appears: 4-10 Tutorial: Selecting A Preconfigured Product TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . Both products from the tutorial have been placed in the Job folder.

entering temp. standard temperature Water Compressor start type Y-delta closed transition starter 3 Click Run to view the available products. The final results of all three products included in this job have been placed in the In Job folder. Select Refrigeration\ Rotary Liquid Chillers\70-125 Ton Water-Cooled ChillersSeries R(™). the product information would now be ready to share electronically or on paper with your Trane sales engineer. Cond. 4 Check the In Job box to add the results to the Job folder. 2 Use the product information below to complete the Input view. Evap. Table 4-3 RTWA product information Field Capacity Evap. Cond. 1 Click Add Product to add a product. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Tutorial: Selecting A Preconfigured Product 4-11 . as shown below. entering temp. leaving temp. fluid type Performance Data Series R water cooled chiller Standard cooling 40 to 65°F Standard shell.Add another product Before we finish this tutorial. Voltage/frequency Performance Data 65 tons 44°F 54°F 85°F 95°F 460/60/3 Field Chiller model Evaporator type Condenser type Cond. let’s add a final product to our preconfigured job. If this tutorial were part of an actual job. Turn to page 8-6 to learn how to print or export reports. leaving temp.

or right-click on the product and choose Delete.Delete a product Change your mind about a required product for the job? You can delete a product from the tree pane in any workspace view at any time during the process. 4-12 Tutorial: Selecting A Preconfigured Product TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . or go to File\Edit\Delete. 2 Click Delete. 1 Select the product to delete.

based on the entered conditions. before beginning the tutorial. Let’s look at the general method. The Unit Size matrix recommends the appropriate unit size for each specific project. The Input area on the top pane specifies the criteria components.5 Tutorial: Selecting A Configurable Product Projects that require configurable units can take advantage of TOPSS to simplify performance reviews for all the sections. Information can be entered in Schedule view. but we recommend Input view. TOPSS defaults to a split window Input view with product information on top pane and module information on the bottom pane. Tutorial: Selecting A Configurable Product TOPSS User Guide •CDS-PRM003-EN 5-1 . A configurable product When you select a configurable product.

such as a mixing box. When additional information is required. TOPSS automatically runs results for modules with a single performance criterion. When you select fans or coils. Select the unit size in the Unit Size field or in the Unit Size Matrix.After the air flow value is entered in the Unit Size Matrix. select the module. which opens the appropriate entry field in the Input pane. 5-2 Tutorial: Selecting A Configurable Product TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . performance results are processed through an individual Run. To update specific performance criteria. Add modules to the Elevation tab in the Input view to build the unit. Use the module toolbar to add modules to the unit. TOPSS highlights criteria outside the velocity range in yellow and displays the recommended size information in green type. the entry boxes or cells in the top half change to red. a Batch Run. or System Select as shown on the buttons at left.

go to View\Toolbars. use your mouse or the Edit menu. I Drag the module button from the Configuration toolbar to the Elevation tab. move. If you don’t see the toolbar. and click Configuration. To add. a red insertion bar—horizontal or vertical—indicates where the module can be dropped. When you drag a module to the Elevation tab. copy. I Click the appropriate Configuration toolbar button to add a module to the Elevation tab. Add new modules There are two methods to add modules to the Input view workspace as you build your unit. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Tutorial: Selecting A Configurable Product 5-3 . or delete any module in the Elevation tab.The configuration pane is divided into four tabs: I The Elevation tab—modules can be added to the unit I The Plan tab—displays the top view of the unit with service clearance I The Shipping Splits tab—shows shipping splits I The Unit Size Matrix tab—shows available sizes in a spreadsheet layout as determined by actual airflow. Note the modules on the screen indicate the direction of airflow through arrows included with each module.

right-click the module in the configuration pane. Run the module to determine results. you’ll see that the cut. and I application rules have not been violated by module placement. will be copied to the new module. You may turn off validation during the configuration process to make changes to the module that temporarily invalidate the information. Select the module to delete. Move existing modules To move an existing module in the Elevation view. drag it to the new location. right-click on it. As you work through the steps. copy. Validation TOPSS. All the module’s criteria. Validation must be active to run the module or mark the unit In Job. by default. The shortcut menu shown at left appears. right-click the module upstream of the new module to select it and then choose the Paste option from the shortcut menu. 5-4 Tutorial: Selecting A Configurable Product TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . including the settings. and then click Delete from the shortcut menu that appears. The mouse shows a plus sign on-screen to indicate a copy operation rather than a move operation. I maximum overhang is not exceeded by modules. choose the Copy option from the list of commands. Paste the new module in one step. Delete a module It is easy to remove a module from the unit while in the Elevation view tab. and paste operations are only available if the Elevation tab is visible with a module on the screen. The validation button checks these criteria: I airflow through the unit is continuous from inlet to discharge. you must run that module again after any move.Copy existing modules To copy an existing module. If you have already run a module. validates each unit when product information is entered and modules are selected.

Check Metric to change the measurement unit for these dimensions. or shipping section — items to display in the current Units of Measure scheme by clicking the appropriate button.To turn off validation. Dimensions toolbar If you accidentally turn off the toolbar. height. width. You choose which of the three — unit. go to View\ Dimensions. select a module or an item on the Products in Use list. the buttons on the toolbar are for a unit. Shipping splits may contain one or several modules. The Dimensions toolbar contains the length. the button displays a red circle with a slash. and a shipping split. Shipping splits appear numbered in the window and are outlined with bold lines. module. Click the unit button to see the dimensions totaled for all the modules in the current unit. TOPSS automatically divides units based on factory recommendations. Now. They automatically recalculate when the module layout changes. The module button is selected at left to show dimension information. a module. From left to right. If validation is not active. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Tutorial: Selecting A Configurable Product 5-5 . choose Product\Validation or click V on the configuration toolbar. Factory-defined splits produce the largest module groups that can be shipped from the factory. Select the shipping split button to see the dimensions and weight of the modules in the current shipping split. . and weight of the currently selected modular air handler item. Shipping splits A shipping split indicates how a configurable unit will be divided for shipping at the factory.

Create a configurable product Now that you have a little background about configurable products. name your project and save the information periodically.. let’s create a unit. Central Station Air Handlers (CLCH). To complete this exercise. Remember to save early . We have all experienced that sinking feeling when a file disappears into cyberspace.. and then double-click on the Indoor central station air handler (MCCX). Go to File\Preferences\ Defaults to enable the autosave feature. Click the appropriate module to display the information in the Input pane. 2 Click Add Product to show the Add Product dialog box. As you go through the entries. Then enter information in the entry cells to reflect the current module. save often! 5-6 Tutorial: Selecting A Configurable Product TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . take advantage of the online Help to further explain the various categories in this screen and the details each entry requires to process the schedule. use the information from the schedule shown in Table 5-1 on page 5-10. As you work through this excercise. Select Air Handling (AH). 1 Select New Job from the File menu.

Use the All Fields screen to select Unit Size 21 and then Unit base 4” mounting leg in the Input pane to begin the module selection process. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Tutorial: Selecting A Configurable Product 5-7 . 4 The Unit Size Matrix now displays Unit size 21 in green text as the optimum selection for the desired airflow.This screen appears after you select an MCCX outdoor air handler: 3 Enter the actual air flow as 10400 cfm.

Most of the toolbar buttons have drop-down options available to further define the module and simplify your job. a filter. Elevation is the default tab. When the mouse hovers over each module on the toolbar. a diffuser. two mixing sections. an eliminator. which appears as an open location for you to place modules as you build the unit. use the black arrows on the modules to verify airflow. Two fans. Let’s begin the module selection process—with the Configuration toolbar—based on the information in Table 5-1. a coil. As you add the modules. and a discharge plenum are needed to complete this project.Configuration toolbar The Configuration pane displays four tabs in the lower portion of the screen. it is identified onscreen. Red arrows indicate an incorrect airflow. 5-8 Tutorial: Selecting A Configurable Product TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN .

it may take a few seconds for each module appear on the screen. a module TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Tutorial: Selecting A Configurable Product 5-9 . the blue color changes to yellow. Rarely. you will notice that the fans and coil appear blue on-screen. The first five elements are further defined to assist your selection: I Exhaust fan 1 = horizontal fan module with back-top discharge I Mixing box 2 = top inlet damper and back outlet damper and front outlet I Mixing box 3 = top and back inlet dampers and front outlet I Supply fan 4 = horizontal fan module with front-top discharge I Discharge plenum 9 = front mounted discharge plenum with top and front outlets Your screen should look similar to this: 8—Bag filter 6—Diffuser 2 & 3 Mixing boxes 9 —Discharge plenum 7—Eliminator 5—Coil 4—Supply fan 1—Exhaust fan With the modules all in place. When complete. This indicates they must be run individually before final product results can be selected. We need to fill in the red-shaded cells for various modules with the information from Table 5-1. Before we run this product. let’s move to the next step.1 Drag the nine modules you need for this exercise to the Elevation screen—be patient.

MCCA-2 Type Chilled Water Fan Isolation 2” spring isolators Cooling Coil Coil System Medium Horizontal Coil System Ent.016” copper DB = dry bulb WB = wet bulb EWT = entering water temperature Notes: 1 Actual airflow = 10. 4 Select the exhaust fan and enter the external static pressure value. Static Pressure 2. Fill in the Coil fin material as Aluminum and the Coil tube material and wall thickness as 0. Type DB/WB Chilled Water 80/67 Lvg. The entry pane on the right side of the screen changes. Review any Run messages to correct the performance requirements. click the box in front of a green (meets) or blue (exceeds) report. 85%. WT Rise 10 Coil Fin Material Aluminum Wall Thickness 0. page 6-1. Table 5-1 Information to complete the indoor cental station air handler tutorial Trane Air Handling Unit Supply Fan Fan Airflow cfm 10. in the product tree on the left of the screen.75 Fans Bag/ Cartridge/ HEPA Filter Long bag. Click Run.016” copper. 2 Select the first item under the coil module.400 0.0 Exhaust Fan Fan Ext. Click Run. pleated Ident. 3 Click the filter module to add the appropriate information in the upper pane. DB 55 Ch. EWT 45 Ch.appears red or invalid.400 Ext. A small configurable unit appears in the box to 5-10 Tutorial: Selecting A Configurable Product TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN .400 2 Unit size = 21 3 Unit base = 4” mounting leg 4 The controls are not factory mounted. To mark a valid selection for each fan In Unit on the product tree. Airflow Static cfm Pressure 10.

5 Return to the Input view. 6 Return to the Input view. TOPSS has three run selection options: I Run—processes individual modules The TOPSS online Help topic “Interactively Run a Configurable Product Selection” has a comprehensive description of Systems Selection. Repeat the process for the supply fan. I Batch Run—selects the least expensive coil and fan options which still meet your requirements I Systems Selection—allows you select fans and coils based on your entered information Now that all the modules are selected. select the MCCX unit tag.indicate the module is In Unit. A partial look at the Results view is below: TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Tutorial: Selecting A Configurable Product 5-11 . Go to the Products In Use list on the left side of the pane. we want to mark the entire unit In Job. and click Run. Open Output view and check the In Job box at the bottom of the screen. Review the product tree and again select the empty box in front of a green or blue coil selection to mark In Unit.

5-12 Tutorial: Selecting A Configurable Product TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN .Well done! This completes the tutorial. You are now ready to share the product information electronically or on paper with your Trane sales engineer.

6 Timesaving Features Let’s look at some of the available features that will help you become a power-user as you navigate through the program. and paste line items in TOPSS. printed. Many of the required boxes will fill automatically. Open the spreadsheet file. go back and fill in the remaining boxes. To preview or print dimension drawings. Repeat as often as necessary. The drawings are available as *. Select File\Print and then Preview or Print Dimension Drawing. copy the desired cells. run a criteria without entering information in all the blue boxes. Now. which can be placed in Word and other software programs for printing. modify the duplicate entry as needed. The Copy current selection feature lets you select. Choose the row in Schedule view you want to copy and click F6. To save time. Then. copy. the blue boxes must be completed to view the drawings. Copy/Paste You have all the required project information for the equipment schedule. Do you have to rekey all the information? Not when you use the copy/paste process to streamline the move into TOPSS. and paste them into the right-hand pane of Schedule view in TOPSS. Timesaving Features TOPSS User Guide •CDS-PRM003-EN 6-1 . and exported. As you enter information in the Input view.EMf files. Click OK. Dimension drawings TOPSS provides dimension drawings for all the products that are currently supported by the program. but it is in a spreadsheet. place the cursor on a result. The drawings can be viewed.

Series R(TM) ( RTWA ) (This item is not 'In Job') Wednesday. 4" 13" 34" 1" Your sales you in this process.6) GROOVED PIPE WATER CONNS CONDENSER WATER INLET 71 3/4" CONDENSER WATER OUTLET 4" NPS (10. CERTIFIED PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. July 11.3) DIA. HOLE (4 PLACES) 16 5/8" 20 1/2" 93" 57" 64 3/4" TOPSS Dimension Drawing: PRELIMINARY. engineer will assist FRONT VIEW RIGHT END VIEW Page: 1 TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN .5mm) SAE FLARE 9/16" (14. 2001 Timesaving Features 1" 1 1/2" 16 3/8" 1" LOW VOLTAGE CONNECTIONS 1 1/2" 120 VOLT CONNECTIONS TOP VIEW RTWA Sample 4 1/2" 99" POWER INLET 1 3/4" 4" NPS (101.6-2 RELIEF VALVES 5/8" (16mm) SAE FLARE NOTE: ALL PIPING FOR RELIEF VALVES NEEDS TO BE DONE IN ACCORDANCE WITH NATIONAL AND LOCAL CODES.16) GROOVED PIPE WATER CONNS EVAPORATOR WATER INLET EVAPORATOR WATER OUTLET 31 1/8" 19 3/8" RELIEF VALVES (2X) 3/8" (9. 88 3/8" Figure 6-1 Dimension drawings 70-125 Ton Water-Cooled Chiller . For actual dimensions see Submittal Generator output ALL WEIGHTS AND DIMENSIONS ARE APPROXIMATE. MTG.

To use the dialog box: 1 Click on the field in Schedule view. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Timesaving Features 6-3 . the Value is Hi-Speed. 3 The Field drop-down box shows Fan Speed. click Unit Voltage field. To replace values for a field regardless of the current selection or the previously set guidelines for the field. 5 Click Replace to process your selection. 2 Go to Edit\Find & Replace. Fill in the Value drop-down box with the existing value. 1 In Schedule view. TOPSS clears the fields for you. 4 Go to the Replace With drop-down box and select Low-Speed. To delete information in a field quickly. enter 277 as the new voltage in the Replace With field. leave the Replace With drop-down box empty. 3 Select the All Values check box. For example. 5 Click Replace All. 2 Go to Edit\Find & Replace. The value changes for all the units in the current job. In the example above. Let’s choose Fan Speed. suppose you want to change all voltages to 277 in a job with many fan coils. Select Edit\Find & Replace or the Ctrl + F shortcut to open this window and make changes across multiple criteria. 4 In the Value field. check the All Values box. TOPSS updates the new value for every unit in the job.Find and replace You’ll use this feature to quickly change the value of a field across multiple criteria.

I Use the Next radio button to determine specific replacements for the next criteria. or more—in the product list. 6-4 Timesaving Features TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . three. TOPSS helps you to find and replace specific module information in a project. Select the appropriate replace option. and the value you want the program to check against. I Select the field. Change your mind? Click Remove. the operation. then click Close to return to Input view. highlight the areas you want to replace values for and choose the Selected Only radio button. You can replace values using logic statements in the Where clause group. Suppose you want to substitute VCWE units for all the current VCCE models based on the air valve size which is an 11 . I Choose the All In Product radio button to update the field information for all the criteria of the active product in the job. I To replace values only in the selected selections. Click Add to include multiple. Enter the number of selections to change— two. As shown in the screen shot below.Advanced features The Advanced button allows you to customize both location options and replacement variables for the criteria to be replaced.8” inlet. compound statements. Click Add to implement changes to this advanced selection.

or printed. you can see fan curves and/or acoustical statistics for the units. Both fans and configurable products support this tool. Pages 9-10 and 9-11 have a list of products that currently have graph/charts information available. When the Graphs/Charts button is available. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Timesaving Features 6-5 . Performance results are shown by plotting operating conditions on a fan curve. shared electronically.Graphs/Charts Graphs/Charts gives you visual feedback about the operating conditions on some products. The results can be viewed on a graph or in a spreadsheet on screen.

If you delete the current information.” appears.. You can turn off Invalid Results under File\ Preferences. 1 Double-click on the invalid selection icon or select View\Run Messages to open the dialog box. an * may appear under Category. How do you know which information to change to obtain a valid result? Click on the Run Messages dialog box to help clarify the issues. 2 To close the dialog view. with an explanation of the reason(s) the selection is invalid. other entries may be affected. but there is a problem.. When you select the rule in the top pane of the dialog box that may have invalidated the selection. It indicates that this field appeared on a previous entry. reasons for an invalid response will be less obvious.Invalid results You have run your selection. click OK. but if you do. If you review invalid results in a Quick Select Wizard run. the bottom pane displays information about the result. 6-6 Timesaving Features TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . 3 Return to the Input or Schedule view and make the changes. An invalid result or the message “Doesn’t meet ..

cooling wet bulb. The calculator is always accessible to determine mixed air results as you define your projects. Click Calculate to display the results. return air.Mixed air calculator Use the Mixed Air Calculator to determine the entering mixed air values (cooling dry bulb. and percentage of each air type being mixed. Forceflow. Products that currently use mixed air values include Fancoil. LowBoy. To change the unit-of-measures. and heating dry bulb) based on the dry and wet bulb temperatures of outdoor air. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Timesaving Features 6-7 . HUVA. BASIC. Note that OK is available only if the calculated mixed air results can be applied automatically to the current product family. select the drop-down boxes. altitude. VUVA.

. select the sort filters.Sort results After running criteria that produce more than one result. to arrange the results by the fields that will determine your selection. Use the dialog box below to sort the results on several levels. Sort by estimated price is available when configurable products are run. 6-8 Timesaving Features TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . for example). The second check box.. The results are ranked from most expensive to least expensive relative to each other. and click OK to begin the product sort. Check the box. The results are rearranged based on the estimated price of the most expensive component (the coil in an air handler. select Format\Sort Results.

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Customizing TOPSS
As you become more confident with “our” program, you’ll find there are a variety of opportunities to make it “your” program. Many of the default values can be customized for your projects.

Arrange fields
Select Format\Arrange Fields ... to customize the available performance fields. To change the fields in the displayed view for the User Defined tab, highlight the field(s) you want to move and click Remove to rearrange displayed fields. Click Add to display fields again.

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Displayed fields order can be rearranged on any available tab. Select the tab, highlight the appropriate field, and click Move Up or Move Down to reorder the fields. Hold the key down until the field moves to the desired location. Add information from other electronic applications. This option is helpful when adding information from an existing electronic schedule. You can customize the TOPSS columns to match the electronic information and then copy multiple columns. If you are not replacing existing data, TOPSS will automatically create the empty rows or columns needed to accommodate the information pasted from the clipboard. Review the information in the online Help for a detailed explanation.

Change units of measurement
In the middle of a project, you may discover you need, among other changes, the temperatures measured in degrees Celsius rather than Fahrenheit. TOPSS has three ways to change the units of measure. These changes only affect your current project, unless you save the changes in a template. Page 7-9 has an extensive discussion about templates.

Change the units
I While using any view, click the measurement unit next to an

entry to reveal the available options.
I Another method is the menu Product\Measurement

Schemes\Use Measurement Scheme.... A Load Unit scheme dialog box appears with the options SI (System International) or I-P (Imperial). Select the appropriate scheme for your job. This changes all the cells for a particular product.
I The third method is the DTU button. You can change the units of

measurement for individual entries in one location. 1 On the toolbar, click DTU. 2 On the Units Information tab, click the appropriate location to change the measurement units.

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3 Choose a new unit of measure for this field, from the drop-down list. 4 Repeat steps 2 and 3 to change additional temperature fields. 5 To save these unit changes as a template file, Select File\Schedule Template\Save as Template. The selected units are saved with any additional schedule customizing as a *.PST file.
The Unit Conversions are applied immediately to the appropriate fields.

Fix tag column
The Fix Tag Column helps you keep track of the criteria and/or results for different units as you move in both the Schedule view and the Results view. As you scroll to the right, the tag column disappears; it is difficult to track the result you were looking at or the criteria you were working on. The Fix Tag Column locks the tag column, so that it follows the scrolling information regardless of how many parameters you include. To enter or edit information into these fields, turn off the feature or use the tree functions. When the Fix Tag feature is used, you can not scroll to the following fields:

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hide either the criteria or the results to simplify your selection process. After you have run your criteria. Invalid. TOPSS lets you hide field names in both the vertical and horizontal mode. this can streamline your review method.I In Job — results can not be marked in job I Run — criterion can not be marked to run I Run Results — run results (Meets. If you are working on a project with a variety of products and locations.) can not be viewed Hide information When working in the Schedule view. etc. Use the four tabs to tailor the TOPSS program to your projects and jobs: I View I Default I Configure reports I Dimension drawing options 7-4 Customizing TOPSS TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . These settings are in effect each time TOPSS opens. The online Help file has further information about setting details. Preferences Use Preferences to customize various TOPSS options.

TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Customizing TOPSS 7-5 . 4 Repeat step 3 to change additional defaults until complete.Set/modify default values For products with performance requirements that are quoted frequently. you can save time by changing the default criteria. The new default values are inserted automatically into the Schedule and Input views when you create a new criteria line. Units to see the screen shown below. Tolerances. 3 Click in the field of the default value you want to change. Set new default values 1 Click DTU or View\Defaults. 2 Select the Defaults Information tab.

Specify tolerances TOPSS lets you specify a tolerance for a field. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to change additional fields. 2 Click the field containing a tolerance to change. Specify the tolerances 1 Click DTU or View\Defaults. Units. Tolerances. 3 Enter the specified tolerance value. the results will reflect only the products that meet the new tolerances. The next time you run criteria. It is also possible to obtain selections within a tolerance band on certain criteria. 7-6 Customizing TOPSS TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN .

when the template file was saved. You can modify. and Units Information tabs of the DTU view. tolerances. the line reads: No Current Template. Settings stored in a template include: I the Displayed Fields order for all tabs on each view in the Job Workspace window. I the entries on the Defaults Information. Open a job that has a designated template and the path appears in the bottom right of the workspace. If you have not applied a template. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Customizing TOPSS 7-7 . I the Available Fields on the User Defined tab for each view in the Job workspace window. Tolerance Information. A template file (.PST) tells TOPSS what information to display on screen. and units on a product level. and apply the templates to maintain specific formats for each of your customers. I the units-of-measure scheme in effect. Apply templates to save information about schedule formats and default values. save.Templates Templates will help you save time and ensure that you apply any preferred parameters consistently. Each product family can be customized in this way. When you designate a template as the default template for a product. the template automatically loads and applies your customized requirements to that product family every time it is opened. if any.

you can load the template (File\Template\Load *** Template) to use your pre-selected program settings. 1 Select File\Templates\Save *** Template. 7-8 Customizing TOPSS TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . defaults. Check “Save Template as the *** default template” to maintain your customized settings as the product default. Make all the changes to the field ordering. field visibility.Let’s create a template. or tolerances that you want saved in the template. it will load every time you select the product. 3 Click Save. 2 Name your file and path. Every time a project requires products that you have created a template for. Open an existing file that you have already customized or begin with a blank file. If you saved the template as the default.

or decide on the order of appearance for each field. Rename the tab to reflect your project. Output. In addition. Click OK to see your changes appear immediately in the current view. Every tab lets you rearrange the order of the fields but only the user defined tabs allow you to hide fields. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Customizing TOPSS 7-9 . Choose the required module in the Module drop-down box to display the fields for that module. or Output view from the view drop-down box. so you can customize each view. User defined tabs appear on three views: Input. Switch to different tabs with the Tab drop-down box. Schedule view. Select Input view. the user defined tabs for each of the three views are independent. You can customize each job by renaming the user defined tab. and Schedule. To select and order fields. hide fields.User defined tab The User Defined tab gives you additional flexibility to customize your project. rearranging the order of the fields into the sequence that is appropriate for your job. or hiding fields. Rename the User Defined tab here. use the Format\Arrange Fields… feature.

When the fields are arranged save the template for the product family in Template\Save *** Template As. Steps 3 through 6 are independent and can be completed or omitted as your project requires. and click Move Up or Move Down to change the order of the fields. 5 Select a field in Displayed Fields.\(new name).Create a custom tab Follow these general steps to create a custom tab: 1 Go to the view you want to customize and select the User Defined tab. 2 Choose Format\Arrange Fields.. Page 7-7 has additional information on templates.. 4 Add required fields from Available Fields to Displayed Fields with Add > or Add All>>... 7 Click OK to save the changes. 7-10 Customizing TOPSS TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN ..The fields and order that appear on the tab can also be saved in templates. 6 Rename the tab in the Tab Name window. 3 Select the field(s) to remove (hide) from Displayed Fields with <Remove or <<Remove All.

Job information The Job Information feature is located under the View menu. you are ready to share the results.8 Job Management Now that all the project information has been entered and processed. The information is available when the file is opened and is also displayed on reports. Enter the job name and address on this screen. or print the results on paper. You can organize and look at the results on-screen. Job Management TOPSS User Guide •CDS-PRM003-EN 8-1 . export them electronically. TOPSS gives you several print and export options.

Job notes After you have entered the initial job information..—the notes are displayed in Step 3. to open a note pad. as shown in the example.. The job notes can be updated or revised at any time during the project to keep the information current. Go to View \Job Notes. Want to share the project information? Open Job Notes and click Print or copy and paste the information electronically to update associates about the project 8-2 Job Management TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . you can add notes that relate specifically to that project. If you save to a Wizard file—File\Save Job To\Wizard File.. The name and related job notes are displayed in the list of preconfigured product files as you define the project parameters..

Open an existing file If you want to reopen a file you’ve created in TOPSS. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Job Management 8-3 . You can: The boxes default to the last option you selected. go to File\Open Job. You’ll see a screen similar to the one below. without selecting either check box. Click Open. I Include previous template information saved in the file to your new file. if you want to open the file exactly as you saved it. I Add the information in the newly-selected file to your current file. The check boxes in the dialog box give some options to how files are opened.

8-4 Job Management TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . Product reports show entered criteria and a single selected result on each page. or Results view. and text files. File types include CAD files. and exported within TOPSS. 2 Choose File\Export\Product Report and click Export. views. dimension drawings. previewed. or printed as needed.Product information Various types of files and information can be viewed. Microsoft Word®. Export product report Product reports can be exported in many different formats including Microsoft Excel®. Output. printed. and reports. These reports can be exported. To export a Product report: 1 Select a desired result line in the Schedule.

You could also export the Product reports directly to e-mail to send it to another location. Fill in the appropriate information and click Send. 4 Click OK.3 Select the desired format and destination from the drop-down boxes. This dialog box appears when you select e-mail. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Job Management 8-5 .

To print less pages. TOPSS reports indicate performance results for one product per page.. 3 Click OK. export the results to an Excel spreadsheet. as discussed on 8-4. Output or Results view.Print product report To preview: 1 Click a desired result line in the Schedule.. select the printer icon.. 2 Select File\Print\Preview Product Report. your report will include 50 pages of information. and print multiple results per page. 8-6 Job Management TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . or Results view. If your project has 50 VAVs.. Output. To print: 1 Click a desired result line in the Schedule. To print the report from the preview window. 2 Select File\Print\Print Product Report For.

0 cfm 2500.000 in 2806.09 in H2O Heating Information Unit heating airflow Unit LAT Primary EAT Coil heating capacity Room heating setpoint Room heat loss Main coil type Coil connection Fluid flow rate Heating delta T Entering fluid temp Heating Cv Coil fluid PD Fluid type Fluid concentration Electric heat kW Electric heat voltage Electric heat stage 2500.00 F 55.33 ft/min 55.psd TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Job Management 8-7 .00 F 68.0 cfm 0.00 F None None 14.0 cfm 55.14'' inlet DDC w/pulse width modulation Flanged outlet connection No integral outlets 0.0 lb 0.Figure 8-1 Product report for a single duct VAV Single Duct VAV Job Information RTWA Sample Office Transformation Test (Z06) Student 6 Comments Unit Information Tag Quantity Unit model Air valve size Unit control type Outlet connection Outlet size Unit insulation Elevation Design cooling airflow Min cooling airflow APD @ cooling flow UCM address BCU/CU address Cooling inlet diameter Cooling inlet velocity Operating weight VCXE-1 1 VCCE 32 .00 ft 3000.20 G:\topss_program\tutorial_1.0 None None Fan/Electrical Information Full load amps Min circuit ampacity Max fuse size 6/11/01 Product Version 3.

Figure 8-2 Horizontal product report for a VAV 8-8 Job Management TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN .

TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Job Management 8-9 . You can choose exactly what appears on the report. When printing configurable product information. Use the arrow keys to select the modules and fields to print and the display order on the final report. Determine which results appear on the Report. Select the checkboxes for the modules and/or fields to include on the report.Name the report. click Edit/ Create to see this dialog box.

Views You can export and print views that contain detailed information about a single product’s specifications based on the criteria you’ve entered into TOPSS. 8-10 Job Management TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . Although only the Schedule view can be exported. 3 Click OK... The print procedure is similar for all the views. it must be open to print or export the information. all four views can be printed from within TOPSS: Schedule view. Input view. 2 Choose the desired options. For information about exporting a report. Let’s look at the process when Schedule view is open with non-configurable products being evaluated. Export Schedule view A Schedule view file can only be exported to Microsoft Excel. go to page 8-4. 1 From File\Export\Schedule. and Results view. Output view. Regardless of which view you are working with. You have the option under Action of saving the information to an Excel file for review later or automatically launching Excel to open the file.

2 Click OK on the next screen to print. The Schedule view only prints non-blank entries. go to File\Print Setup to select Landscape paper orientation to print more units per page. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Job Management 8-11 .. If the Schedule is horizontal.Print a view 1 Select File\Print\Print Schedule View..

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TOPSS uses all of this information during a run to calculate the target performance and identify combinations of product options—potential selections—which satisfy that target. static pressure. The program uses a complete set of performance criteria to calculate the target performance for the product and identify potential selections. discharge-air arrangement. Each module has its own set of performance characteristics for which TOPSS will identify potential selections. is an example of a configurable product. Remember to visit the online Help for additional definitions. job—Groups work in a single entry. which consist of inputs. a set of performance criteria. a product that affect its performance. Trane's outdoor Climate Changer® air handler. In TOPSS. and air conditioning inputs—Part of the set of performance criteria that defines the requirements for a particular product configuration. Definitions configurable product—A product that consists of multiple sections or modules that you can arrange in different ways to fit the unique requirements of each project. Also included is a list of all products that produce graphs/charts in TOPSS. The information includes: general facts about the project. or application requirements for. ventilating. and so on. criteria —Characteristics of. examples include electrical characteristics. HVAC—Heating. is identified with a tag.9 Glossary The glossary includes traditional word references in addition to a pictorial reference section for the menus. Inputs describe the product information that you give TOPSS. which you provided as “job Glossary TOPSS User Guide •CDS-PRM003-EN 9-1 . Model TSCX.

information;” one or more results of TOPSS run(s) that you chose to add to the job folder as “selections;” a set of performance criteria (inputs and outputs) for each selection in the job folder. job folder—A virtual storage place within a TOPSS job that holds each of the run results you specify. The Job Folder window displays the contents of this “folder” in the form of a spreadsheet. job workspace—Refers to the Job Workspace window, which organizes performance criteria and results in a variety of tabbed views. This window acts as a worksheet so you can provide preliminary inputs, view the related outputs, specify the sets of performance criteria to be run, and review the potential selections resulting from that run. outputs—Part of the set of performance information that defines the requirements for a particular product configuration. Outputs describe performance results determined by TOPSS based on the inputs you provide. The program uses both inputs and outputs to calculate the target performance for the product and to identify potential selections. preconfigured product—A product with a physical arrangement of components that can not be altered. You can choose to include certain options, but you can not specify where they are placed in relation to the other components that make up that product. Examples of preconfigured products are fan-coil air conditioners and VAV boxes. product category—The broadest grouping of Trane products with similar characteristics. Each product category contains one or more product families, which in turn, consist of one or more product configurations. An example of a product category is Vertical Self-Contained Air Conditioners. product configuration—The narrowest grouping of Trane products with similar characteristics, usually distinguishing one model from another within a product family. For example, AirCooled 20 Ton is one of the product configurations within the product family, Commercial Self-Contained—Modular Series.

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product family—A subordinate grouping of similar Trane products within a product category. A product family consists of one or more product configurations. For example, Commercial Self-Contained - Modular Series is one of the product families within the product category, Vertical Self-Contained Air Conditioners. product report—Documents each potential selection on its own page. For example, if the job file contains 100 potential selections, then the complete product report would consist of 100 pages. You determine which reports to print. result—An arrangement of product options that TOPSS identifies as a potential selection when it performs a run. When a result is added to the job folder, it is called a selection. run—Represents the tasks that TOPSS performs when it calculates performance using the criteria you specified and then compares that performance with the performance of all possible combinations of product options. selection—An arrangement of product options, or result, that has been added to the job folder. schedule report—Documents all of the potential configurable product selections TOPSS identified during a run on one or more pages, as needed. tag—A unique name assigned to a piece of HVAC equipment. Aids identification in plans and specifications associated with your job. Each tag represents a set of performance criteria; the same tag is assigned to potential selections matching that set of criteria. TOPSS automatically assigns a default tag to each new set of performance criteria, but you can customize the tag onscreen. template—This file (.PST) tells TOPSS what information to display or print and how to display or print it. Settings stored in a template include: the fields and field sequence on the UserDefined tab for each view in the Job Workspace window; the entries on the Units Information, Defaults Information, and Tolerance Information tabs of the DTU view; and the units-of-

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measure scheme in effect, if any, when the template file was saved. validation—When the performance criteria is defined for a configurable product, TOPSS checks, or validates, the entries against a set of rules in the product database. These rules help to ensure that the combination of options that you selected can be built and that the resulting unit will provide stable performance within the permitted operating range. Preconfigured products are validated in the factory.

Graphs/Charts product information
This table gives an overview of products that produce fan curves and acoustic information in TOPSS through the Graphs/Charts function.
Table 9-1 Fan curves / acoustic information Acoustic Product BASIC BCXB CGAF CLCL FANCOIL FORCEFLO GEHV HTCL HUVA LFXE/F LOWBOY LPC Product Name Basic Fan Coil Blower Coil Intellipak Air-Cld (Scroll) Chllr Cooling Coil Fan Coil Force-Flo Cabinet Heater Water Source Heat Pump Heating Coil Horizontal Unit Ventilator Low-Height Fan Pwrd VAV Low-Height Fan Coil Low-Press. Climate Changer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Fan Curves Tables Yes Yes Graphs Yes Yes

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Table 9-1 Fan curves / acoustic information Acoustic Product MCC QFAN RTWA S_HF S_HG SCXF SCXG T_C TCD_ TSCX VCXE/F VDDE/F VFXE/F VOYAGER3 VUVA W_C WCD_ Y_C YCD_ Product Name Modular Climate Changer Q Fan Water-cooled Screw chiller Intellipak Rooftop (20-75) Intellipak Rooftop (90-130) Self-Contained .Signature Self-Contained .Modular Clg Only Precedent Rooftop Clg Only Voyager Rooftop Outdoor Climate Changer Single Duct VAV Dual Duct VAV Fan Powered VAV 27-50 ton Voyager Rooftop Vertical Unit Ventilator Precedent Pdg Ht Pump Voyager Pdg Ht Pump Gs Ht Precedent Rooftop Gas Ht Voyager Rooftop Yes Yes Yes Yes Fan Curves Yes Yes Tables Yes Yes Yes Graphs TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Glossary 9-5 .

) to reveal an interactive dialog box. The following views will give you an overview of your options for each menu in TOPSS.. The arrowheads at the end of a line indicate a submenu is available. Shortcut keys are included in the menu where available (for example.Menus Let’s turn our attention to the menus available on the menu bar. Remember. you can modify a template to maintain specific formats for each of your customers. Choose any item with an ellipsis (. Select Templates to save your customized Schedules.. 9-6 Glossary TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . There are multiple options under File\Print for both previewing and printing reports. CTRL+N).

so use the Delete key to remove text and then enter your changes. run messages. The View menu provides access to a wide array of possible information about your project. run the selection process. You can also open the Mixed Air Calculator and display or hide toolbars. view available model numbers. Note: TOPSS does not have an Undo command.The Edit menu helps you make quick changes to your selections. or units here. The Product menu gives you another method to add products or modules for configurable products. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Glossary 9-7 . tolerances. and print graphs or charts. You can change the quantities of required units. defaults. Check your job information. or use the Quick Select Wizard. and change views.

Use the Tutorial Videos to provide onscreen videos about TOPSS features. See Chapter 7 for detailed information. or switch between windows. arrange icons. 9-8 Glossary TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN . Look for TOPSS Help under Contents. while product specific information is located under Product Help. Open the What’s New Video to review details about changes in this release. About TOPSS information on the software version. Use the Window menu to arrange open windows.The Format menu gives you the opportunity to adjust the appearance of TOPSS specific to your current job.

and a list of the system files.The About TOPSS dialog box includes the system path used for TOPSS as well as the version number. Right-click any cell in the spreadsheet to see the menu below and proceed as required. TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN Glossary 9-9 . An extensive shortcut menu is available in the Schedule view. release date.

Configuration toolbar Dimensions toolbar 9-10 Glossary TOPSS User Guide • CDS-PRM003-EN .Toolbars TOPSS uses four toolbars to assist in the navigation of the program. Also available are the configuration and dimension toolbars. File toolbar—Previous users of TOPSS will note that the job name has moved from the workspace to this toolbar. The standard toolbar consists of two movable. All open jobs are displayed in the drop-down box on the File toolbar. dockable toolbars—the main toolbar and the file toolbar. Main toolbar—Configurable products use a drop-down box to run jobs on the Main toolbar.