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!
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...
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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!