MEP Hangers is a rules-based software that places hangers and supports. To quickly start working with it, you will need Revit families of hangers and supports and configuration files.

Loading Families

To load Revit families of hangers and supports into your project, find the ‘Load Families’ button in the MEP Hangers toolbar.

Load Families

In the ‘Load families’ window, you will find libraries of Revit families that we provide. These libraries contain generic products of commonly used hangers and supports. The provided families can be customized to use different rod or unistrut sizes and more.

Load Families Window

Here you can see either metric or imperial libraries depending on your project units. We have created dual libraries so that all the provided families can be classified in both the 'Structural Connections' category and the 'Mechanical Equipment' category.

Some differences between the two:

Structural Connections libraryMechanical Equipment library
  • Possibility to create very accurate bills of materials because all components (rods, washers, nuts, clamps, etc.) are created as shared nested families and can be accounted for in Revit schedules
  • Hangers are visible in view even when above the cut plane
  • Faster performance in Revit projects

Our recommendation is to start with Structural Connections families. 

The first time, you will need to download the library from the web. Tick the checkbox for your preferred library in the ‘Load from Web’ column and click OK. Families will be loaded into your Revit project.

In the future, since the library has already been downloaded, you will be able to load it straight from your computer.

Configuration Files

Sample configurations are created automatically. Depending on your project units, you will get either metric or imperial configurations.

You can select MEP elements in the view and hit ‘Insert Hangers’. The software will show configurations depending on the category of the selected elements. Choose an appropriate configuration – e.g., if you have selected a duct run below a floor, choose ‘Floor-Roof (Search Top)’ configuration. Hit ‘Insert Details’ button to insert hangers.

Insert Hangers Window

To learn more about configurations of MEP Hangers, read this article.

Configuration Files for Mechanical Equipment families

Sample configurations have the names of the Structural Connections families, so if you are using the Mechanical Equipment library, there are two ways to update the configurations. The simplest way is to slightly modify the configurations. 

When in the ‘Insert Hangers’ window, click ‘Edit’ and you will be directed to the ‘Hanger Configurations’ window. In the ‘Hanger Selection’ section, select the Mechanical Equipment category and then the preferred hanger family. Hit ‘Save & Close’. From now on, the selected Mechanical Equipment family will be placed with this configuration.

Modifying Configurations

The other way is to download the all the Mechanical Equipment configurations from our e-help page.

Once you download it, place the downloaded ZIP file to a folder where you prefer to keep your configurations. Extract the compressed ZIP file to a folder. You can delete the ZIP file afterwards.

Configuration Files

In MEP Hangers toolbar, go to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Configuration Files’ Location’.

Configuration Files' Location

In the next window, specify a folder location and click ‘Save & Close’. Make sure it is the extracted folder. All configurations are now available to use.

Configuration Files' Location Window

You can also use ‘Configuration Files’ Location’ to specify the folder with your existing configurations. If you specify an empty folder here, sample configuration will be created in that folder.