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Currently, only assets will snap to a 2D drawing overlay in a factory layout. We need the ability to snap to that overlay during other functions as well such as sketching or just taking measurments. This is VERY frustrating not having this ability.

Status: Future Consideration
Can't get it in for 2014 release but.... we'll take a look for the future!!
7 Kudos

Display DWG overly in Inventor drawing

Status: New Idea
by pabethell on ‎07-01-2014 04:04 PM

Would like the ability to deplay the DWG overlay in the Inventor drawing. 

Also would like to able to create dimensions relative to the dwg overlay.

I believe this is a key feature missing from the factory design suite. This would allow me to present one drawing file that contains all the 2D and 3D representations.

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If one uses Factory Assets and Connectors to configure a new piece of equipment on a Factory Layout, it would be handy to publish this new equipment configuration as its own Factory Asset, from the Factory Layout environment.  This is similar to the idea of "Creating Assets using Assets".  Hope all is well and have a blessed day!




Status: Under Review
Interesting idea!! I'll see what we can do with it.
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When we create a sublayout from an existing factory layout, we can choose the name of the sublayout but not it's location on the workspace. It would be great to add this ability in order to position the manufacturing lines were we want.

For example I have one building with 3 lines that I want to have in separate layouts to ease the implantation process. My ideal folder structure would be :



| - Customer01

| | - general_layout.iam

| | | - line01

| | | | - line01.iam

| | | - line02

| | | | - line02.iam

| - Customer02

| | - C2_general_layout.iam



With the actual settings, if I use the sublayout button directly in Inventor, all the sublayout (my lines in this example) will be in the workspace folder.


4 Kudos

Asset Chaining Graphics - Update

Status: New Idea
by steve.schuchard on ‎02-11-2013 12:41 PM

Problem: Asset Chain Graphics is only a polyline when first created and requries a round trip for update. The polyline graphics are not effective or desirebale by the user and therefore may not be used.



Idea: Have a update graphics button (right click on Asset?) that would roundtrip the polyline to generate the planview graphics.

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Automatically Create Asset Tags

Status: New Idea
by Mentor on ‎06-10-2014 02:28 PM



Would it be possible to add functionality to automate the creation of asset tags.  For example if I have a sequence of items, like a conveyor line, I would like to add asset tags to each one and apply serial numbers.  However, it is quite cumbersome to have to add asset tags to each one.  It would be great if I could select on an item, say a component "Base:1" and then apply asset tags to each member of the family (Base:2, Base:3, etc.). 


My initial thoughts would be to create a special workpoint / connector, to attach the asset tag, on each published asset.  Then the command could be launched and a prefix could be assigned (maybe have the project number first, then the serial number) and Inventor would then go through each occurrence of the part and apply the next asset tag to it.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Hope all is well and have a most blessed night!




2 Kudos

Asset labeling in Inventor Drawing

Status: New Idea
by Frank.Schmelzer on ‎05-25-2014 04:48 AM

There are many customers who do not use the Fds with Autocad. They do not use the Synchronisation between Autocad and Inventor. They only use Inventor for placing Assets to create their Layout and they use the Inventor Drawing for detailing the Factory Layout because it is easy to create side views and intersection views. Therefore it is not possible to use the asset labelling in the Inventor drawing. It would be a nice feature for them, if the object labelling of the assets, which can be done on the Autocad Layout, could be shown in the Inventor drawing.




Frank Schmelzer

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By creating an element with variants. No operations are updated when changing variant decals.
It should update all transactions without exception.
You should be able to edit the 2D block to be generated. To put elements in different layers, colors, line types, attributes, etc..
If you edit the generated 2D block factory (In AutoCAD Architecture for a change of color, line type, attributes, etc..), Might not work in AutoCAD flow -> Inventor correctly.

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Descriptors and/ or tags listing

Status: New Idea
by Contributor strijkp ‎03-06-2013 10:42 AM - edited ‎03-06-2013 10:43 AM
As far as I could fnd out, there is no asset descriptor/tag reporting tool available in FDS 2014. Can be a powerful way to report/BOM the layout.
2 Kudos

Include AutoCAD Electrical and AutoCAD MEP

Status: New Idea
by Valued Contributor jberns on ‎10-02-2013 05:22 PM



Please consider including AutoCAD Electrical in the suite to support wiring the equipment. ACE is already included in PrDS, FDS users could benefit also.


Also please consider adding AutoCAD MEP to add support for wiring and plumbing the building to run these utilities to the machine equipment.


If machinery moves it would be great if the building wiring/plumbing model could update.


This could provide an even more complete BOM of equipment and MEP requirements for a design layout.


Please don't raise the cost of FDS Ultimate.


If ACE or ACMEP cannot be included, please make them available as an add-on module for a reasonable cost (less than $500).


Thanks for your time and attention.






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Unite the UCS's

Status: Under Review
by Mentor on ‎12-17-2012 05:40 AM

Why does the FDS layout have a different UCS than standard Inventor files? It makes for some frustrating moments when inserting non-asset part files. It's not that it causes problems, its just annoying!

Status: Under Review
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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
2 Kudos

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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Asset Tags in Inventor Drawings

Status: New Idea
by Mentor on ‎05-22-2014 09:02 PM



I am working on document factory layouts in the Inventor drawing environment, but have hit a snag.  The drawing environment is great for creating my plan, iso and side views, but I don't seem to be able to bring the Asset Tags (haven't tried Descriptors yet) into the drawing environment.  Can we add this functionality into the drawing environment to save time having to relabel the components?  This could either be placed near the asset, like in the AutoCAD sync'd file, a property in a text box pull down or even something that could be placed into a parts list.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Hope all is well and have a most blessed day!




1 Kudo

Specify project build order in layout tools

Status: New Idea
by Board Manager on ‎02-10-2013 05:35 AM

The user can specify in Inventor or AutoCAD the order that an asset is placed in a project. Factory Asset attributes can be used to specify the phase and/or order a given asset is commissioned. This information can be interpreted by Navisworks for the 4D / timeliner process.

1 Kudo

Double-sided link to Revit

Status: New Idea
by BiktimirovK on ‎11-02-2012 10:08 AM

I need updated link from *.iam to *.rvt file, with Axes and Levels support. I need possibility of using linked *.rvt geometry and axes via drawing creation.

0 Kudos

AEC Objects should transfer to inventor

Status: New Idea
by wiemersb on ‎06-28-2013 02:04 PM

All fuctionality of AEC objects should transfer to Inventor.  Most equipment locating is done from walls and columns so those should be availble for reference (realistic view not 2d wire frame) and snaping to when designing and creating the installation drawings. 

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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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Asset preview in Autocad

Status: New Idea
by pabethell on ‎07-02-2014 10:37 AM

Would be great to have the same asset preview capability in Autocad as we have in Inventor.

Also would be great if Asset dimensions would be projected in the preview. Length, width/depth and height.

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Component Replace

Status: New Idea
by Distinguished Contributor ADNpati on ‎02-02-2014 06:21 PM

If an asset is placed on a factory floor, and is replace by other asset using component replace, nameoof the event in broeser window is got getting updated.


In browswrer window, component name is not getting replace in the new component occurence name and number.


Worth if this is fixed.

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