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It would be a great addition if it were possible to pan with a mouse scroll button like in Autocad, Inventor, Navisworks, etc ... Because it is a bit annoying to have to be selecting the pan command every time you need to move the camera and it is also simpler for new users who already use some CAD software.

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.

HVAC in Architectural Software

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by Observer goghulnath on ‎02-05-2016 09:56 PM

Dear People,

I’m a HVAC Engineer (Heat Ventilation Air Conditioning), experience nearing 5 years. Specially experienced in Cleanrooms & Industrial HVAC where consideration of minute things in HVAC are also prioritized. I have knowledge as well as capability to understand the depth of HVAC. I have seen people using your architectural software (especially RIVIT) only for modeling the plan & design. I couldn’t get an opportunity to deal with that application. But in case if the concept of heat load estimation, air flow calculation, friction loss, static pressure loss, level of filtration, Indoor Air Quality, in-filtration & ex-filtration, air balancing, details of enthalpy liberated by the equipment, thermal conductivity and other HVAC related detailing are include, I feel it will be an advance product which can simply the work of an Engineer, calculation will be precise and reduce the wastage (money & energy). This will lead a simplified automation, bms & much more.

I’m very much interested in such research & development. It would be a pleasure if I get opportunity to work on it.

Please consider my opinion & Kindly acknowledge.

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

walk through - literally

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by Collaborator Logos_Atum on ‎03-03-2015 02:23 AM

Just an idea that could be ralized with the new technology available....



Wouldn´t it be neat to be able to walk through a facility that has not been built yet supported by a 3D wearable using the actual GPS data?

You could walk across the green field, have a look at the installations in the empty building etc... .


I´d think of this as a ver good way to spark discussions if the actual design team, as the customer could watch the virtual facility right where it would be,

adding markup through gps to the actual building layout. Other devices would enable more detailed tracking or markup.


No need to squeeze around a table anymore....




Kind regards






My idea is as followed.


In my layout I am starting with the material cement in tonnes per hour and ends with cement in bags per hour (25kg/40kg or 50kg).

In this process, my cement will transfered through a bucket elevator and a screen into a storage silo over the packing machine.

The packing machine is a roto packer which filles the cement in one turn around into a bag.

After that, the bag fell on a discharge line and will be transported to a truck loader or a palletizer.


So I think, it might be very helpfull if we could build also processes like this, where processes starts in materials and ends in the product.


it would be useful to be able to connect the simulation block (source, processor...) to existing connection. This is important in the case I have multiple conveyors and I need to send the item to the conveyor that already conveys other items. If the conveyor is full (maximum capacity has been reached), the item has to wait until it can proceed to the main conveyor (main connection).


Best ragards,

Martin Madaj.

You should be able to ignore specific interferences in an assembly such as press fits.  I know there is interference there but I want Inventor to always ignore this when doing an interference anaylsis. 

Material flow analysis

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by Explorer 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!

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.







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



my next idea is related to my previous idea :) 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.

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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Process Analysis 360: Modeling Fluids

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by Explorer msparks on ‎03-15-2017 03:33 PM

We’re using Process Analysis 360 software to model a fluid process.  The software does not appear to support fluid batch processes natively.  The reason is because the connecting lines between process equipment have a storage capacity, like a conveyor line would in moving a hard good from one machine to the next.  In fluid processing, this isn’t possible – the batch must be transferred from one machine to the next before the first can start again.


Trying to model this behavior by setting Capacity of connection to 1 doesn't model it correctly.  It doesn't quite work.


The reason is because the line connector still has a capacity of “1” unit minimum.  What happens is that if a downstream piece of equipment is busy, an upstream unit will still transfer in the connector and “wait” in that connector, while the upstream equipment starts another unit.  This is not possible in fluid process as the batch unit cannot sit in a pipe line (the connector here would represent a pipe line and not a conveyor as it is intended with hard good manufacturing).


With this problem, the upstream equipment process begins its next batch while the downstream is still busy with the previous batch, and the “orphan” batch just sits on the connector in limbo.  What needs to happen instead is that line connector cannot have any holding value – capacity of “0”.  Further, the processes connected by the connector need to integrate – the upstream process cannot transfer its unit until the downstream process is ready to receive it.  Because of this limitation we have to build out these production models in Excel manually.

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Measuring --> All decimals in Delta

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by Observer retob on ‎03-11-2015 12:24 AM

We use a lot of piping functions and we need to do a lot of measuring. Unfortunately Piping will not work clearly if distance is not precise by all decimals. So we need to construct helping lines to measure the precise distance. It will be easier to copy distande from delta measure if there are all decimals.


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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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   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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   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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