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Export to spreadsheet to compute ROI for a layout or factory project

Status: New Idea
by Board Manager on ‎02-10-2013 05:29 AM

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
by Mentor on ‎08-28-2013 07:31 AM

Another thought I had, related to this, would be if the FDS added cost and maintenance fields for assets.  Those could then also be exported for ROI studies and to possibly compare studies using different equipment suppliers.  Food for thought...   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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