PL on Blueprint – What It Means and Compared to Similar Callouts [With Examples]

PL is an abbreviation for places. This notation will be shown with a number associated with it such as:

Chamfer 0.010” x 45 degrees 4 PL

When the PL note is used, it should be very clear what feature, edge, etc. that the callout applies to. Unfortunately, what was obvious to the person drafting the print and what is obvious to the person down the line reading it, does not always match up.

When in doubt ask the customer or someone higher up the food chain.

PL example on a blueprint

The example below shows two chamfer callouts that use PL notation. 

manufacturing blueprint that shows two chamfers with PL callouts

This is just a section of the blueprint but the overall part shape is square. The 4 PL refers to the 4 edges on each side there the main surface (S1 & S2) meet the sides of the part. 

Therefore the part should be chamfered at 0.5 x 45° all around on one side and 2.0 x 45° on all around on the other side.

Blueprint notes that are similar to PL

The #x format (2x, 4x, etc) gets used often in place of the places note. The PL example given above could be changed to either of the following and the requirement would remain the same:

Chamfer 0.010” x 45 degrees 4x or Chamfer 4x 0.010” x 45 degrees

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