A few days ago I wrote about applying specific items to your schedules, specifically door schedules. The issue of actually naming the hardware properly has come up, and it is really determined by either a manual input or the name of the hardware applied to the door (or other object).
If you do not want your door schedule to list off “handle 1” or “pull bar 2” you will need to create a custom handle and apply it to the door. The model can be assembled from any series of components, in this case I modeled a Baldwin lever with exact overall dimensions using the morph tool. In my hurry, the finished MODEL is not perfect and has more polygons than I would like, but it is close and has identical clearances. More importantly I can include the necessary INFORMATION in my project for accurate specification.
I saved this as “Baldwin 5162 Estate Lever”. When I add the category “custom handle name inside”to my door schedule it then lists the name of the handle applied to each door or leaves the category blank for doors where no handle is used. This category can have a manual input, but as Nathan has pointed out, this makes a mess and is not technically adding information to your model.
This is definitely an example of quickly and easily maximizing the amount of information and model in your BIM.