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