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Process Analysis 360 export result to movie file

Status: New Idea
by rh on ‎06-08-2014 10:07 PM

It would be good to be able to record the simulation and export a section as a movie file that you could embed in a power point.  We could have done with it the other day when we wanted to graphically show a standard batch process as part of a sales power point.  We can't seem to share the simulation to other users in 360 either.

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Material flow analysis

Status: New Idea
by tom4x on ‎10-24-2013 01:59 AM




i would like to improve the looks of my material flow analysis. Therefore I would like to adjust the width of my materialflow arrows proportionally to their transportation cost. Is that possible?

Moreover I would like to assign different colours for different jobs to my arrows.

Has anybody an idea how i can do that? Didn't find anything online.


I would be really grateful for your help!

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Conveyor Path Tool - Path Studies

Status: New Idea
by steve.schuchard on ‎02-11-2013 12:08 PM

Conveyor users need the ability to use FDS to perform studies. The user needs to place carriers on curves to generate a profile path. See example.


This is needed to ensure that the area is clear for movement of the carrier and the product is carrying. 


Required Output needed is 2D Plan View (see example)


Future Output is 3D Swept Volume for clash detection.


Created in 2D or 3D. Horizontallly and Vertically.


Movement is not requested. 


This is needed for material movement clearance studies.





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i´m testing the labs tool Process Simulation 360 and i think it is a great tool and easy to use. But i don´t know the meaning of MTTR and MTBF and there is no discription.


And now my idea:


Create my layout in ACAD Architecture and put in all of my material flow, product and so on. Export an XML or something else and load it in this new labs tool. In Process Simulation 360 i want to check out if my layout can reach my output or what happen if my processor is faster, slower or stops for 2 hours because of a crash in the maschine.


A nice to have: All operations and stations are in Process Simulation 360 from my ACAD layout export. 


Next: Process Simulation 360 integrated in Factory Design Suite 2013.





Status: Accepted
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Visualization of the material flow on the real transport routes and time calculation of these transport routes.

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Several customers have now requested that FDS allow users to compute the Return On Investment for their projects. This would allow users to understand project costs earlier in the design phase and have faster iteration of design optimization. 



  • Examine project costs to make sure designs are within budget
  • Study several different designs to see which has the best results (is my design getting better or worse with these options?)
  • Simplify the transfer of cost data to analysts for a comprehensive study

How it could work:

  • Factory assets have attributes associated with costs (machine cost, consumables, energy consumption, throughput, utilization, yield, etc). Some of these are standard, some are user created, all are populated with user data.
  • Assets are placed as required in a project or layout 
  • User selects relevant portions of a project and layout and exports to spreadsheet
  • Cost attributes of selected assets are placed in a spreadsheet for calculation
  • Optionally, users can select a spreadsheet template for the type of analysis they want to perform
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my next idea is related to my previous idea :smileyhappy: I think it would be useful to have an option to prioritize operations on processors with multiple operations that are not sequential. Currently, if a processor has multiple operations that are "filled" with product at the same time, the operations are processed randomly and one is not able to determine and set up a desired order of operations.


Best regards,

Martin Madaj.

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I think it would be nice to have a possibility to set up a round-robin processing on processors with multiple operations (that are not sequential). If I have a processor with three operations, I want them to be processed always in the same order (1st,2nd,3rd,1st,2nd,3rd,1st,2nd,3rd,...) no matter if there are more waiting products for some operation than for another (i.e. 5 waiting products for op. no. 1, 3 for no. 2, 7 for no. 3).


Best regards,

Martin Madaj.


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On the same study file, at first i run a simple Fill analysis.


After running this simple Fill analisys, without changing any of the paramaters, i wish to add to it a Pack analisys, so i select "Fill+Pack". THis will delete the already, time consuming made, Fill analisys and restart a "Fill+Pack" one.


It would be nice to have the posibility to resume from the switch over point of the previous Fill analysis.

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For example, I got two sources: the first source would send items with predefined output rate, the second one would send items depending on whether the first source sent the item or not. In other words, I want the second source to send the workpiece (item) only when the order arrives from the first source.

I now I can use the Merge function and force the order to wait for the workpiece (item) but I don't want to use constant (scheduled) output rate with no relation to the occurence of the order.

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   I know that the Operation, Transportation, etc. defaults can be customized and saved in an AutoCAD template.  However, I was wondering if these can somehow be added to AutoCAD profiles and then exported so that they can be imported into a different AutoCAD drawing.  The thought behind this is to develop a facility or workcell layout and see how it stacks up in a multi-product environment.  By using the AutoCAD profile, the hope is to only have one to generate one drawing, load the desired profile with the operation defaults, perform an analysis and then export the results as a spreadsheet.  One could then combine multiple results spreadsheets into one and then chart out how the layout works for each product.  The alternative is to copy the layout into multiple AutoCAD drawings created from the necessary templates.

   I am not sure if this is a good idea or not, but seems to me to be an efficient way to transfer the operations data into AutoCAD drawings.  The other idea I had, that is related, is to expand the Template Spreadsheet to include tabs for the various defaults.  It would be nice to keep everything in AutoCAD, but the spreadsheet may be even faster...

   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Hope all is well and have a most blessed day!




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Selective Material Flow Data Export

Status: New Idea
by Mentor on ‎08-28-2013 07:45 AM


   I have been working on a way to design an overall facility layout and then build the work cells individually as subassemblies, which I can then XRef into the drawing.  When I export the overall factory material flow data, I get everything in the XML.  What I would like to do is to select just the routings, stations and products that are required for a given subassembly.  For example, if I have a CNC machining work cell, I would like to only export the XML data for that workcell and then import that specific XML file into the proper subassembly.

   I haven't seen a way to do this yet and I suppose I could modify the XML file myself, but I think it would be a smoother workflow to simply choose the data to export and then save that XML file with a customer filename.  Please let me know if I am talking crazy or if there is a different workflow that I could use to accomplish this.  If you have any questions, or would like some examples, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Hope all is well and have a most blessed day!




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