Basic tutorial 3: From the ideal layout to the real layout
This tutorial is intended for new users. It teaches basic steps for layout transformation from the ideal layout created in our second basic tutorial to the real layout.
To convert an ideal layout into a real layout, so-called restrictions have to be considered. These usually result in additional space requirements. Here you will learn two things that always have to be considered:
- Transportation routes,
- Safety distances.
There are also two aspects to consider for the transport route:
- How wide does the transport route have to be?
- Which transports should it accommodate in which direction (i.e. which material flow runs over it)?
Both aspects are modeled separately in visTABLE®. The easiest way to model the width and other geometric parameters is to use the already known block layout objects. Differentiate transport routes and the other block layout objects by using your own layer:
- Assign the layer
block layoutto all (resource) blocks.
- For the block layout objects of the traffic routes define a layer
The following video illustrates how to work with layers:
Step 1: Create the areas for transportation
Start designing the area requirements of the transport routes by adding transport routes to the ideal layout created in our second basic tutorial. Use the model
Areas without line from the catalog
Block layout with the following properties:
- Hide designation
Type of area: Transport
Width [mm]: 4000
Length: Results from the layout
Now move the nlock layout areas so that the transport areas run as shown in the picture. Do you remember the snapping and alignment functions in the first basic tutorial? This will help you when lining up the block layout and transportation areas.
Step 2: Material flow mapping
For the material flow mapping use transport networks. How to do this for the example layout is shown in the following video:
Step 3: Check safety distances
After the basic determinations about the layout structure have been made in the previous steps, it is a matter of safeguarding the minimum distances between arrangement objects. The function
safety distances can support this. The picture shows how it works in our example:
The visTABLE® standard models have fixed defined functional spaces around their outer contour. If you want to define your own functional spaces, model them using objects from the
Block Layout catalog. Place them on their own layer if you want the functional spaces to be hidden. Group them with the resources to easily move and rotate them together.
Step 4: Create dimensions
Dimensions are used to identify important functional dimensions in the layout. Use them when such dimensions are to be communicated, for example, in PDF prints of the layout. In the video you can see how to create dimensions for the sample layout.
Result of the tutorial
Now you have done all the basic steps for layout creation in visTABLE®. But to realize real planning projects, it is not enough to simply apply the steps shown here to an entire factory. This would lead to complexity problems.
However, the procedure shown in the three basic tutorials is directly transferable for self-contained production areas from 200 m² to approx. 5,000 m². For smaller and larger areas, layouts should be broken down further or aggregated hierarchically. You can find tips on this in the blog posts, among others, which are compiled for you in the last chapter of this tutorial.
- Methodical support in designing the layout
- What you should definitely know about Factory Planning (visTABLE®Blog)
- How to organize factory layout planning? (visTABLE®Blog)
- Job shop production vs. production line? (visTABLE®Blog)